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The spoken diary of Katy Bellotte, a self-employed graphic designer living in New York. Each Thursday, Katy blends her personal experiences with stories from history, offering advice, laughs & some major epiphanies. She chats about living in full color, through the thick & the thin (with a dirty martini in hand).
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Thick & Thin Studio71

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 1.9K Ratings

The spoken diary of Katy Bellotte, a self-employed graphic designer living in New York. Each Thursday, Katy blends her personal experiences with stories from history, offering advice, laughs & some major epiphanies. She chats about living in full color, through the thick & the thin (with a dirty martini in hand).
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    Cracking the code

    Cracking the code

    This week, let's add a chapter to our history books because this episode of Thick & Thin is dedicated to Elizebeth Smith Friedman –– America's first female cryptanalyst. As a literal codebreaker, she busted drug smugglers and helped derail Nazi spies but never got the recognition she deserved. 

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    Sources: 
    https://www.nsa.gov/History/Cryptologic-History/Historical-Figures/Historical-Figures-View/Article/1623028/elizebeth-s-friedman/
    https://www.europeana.eu/en/blog/francis-bacon-shakespeare-and-secret-societies
    https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-pbs-film-tells-story-wwii-codebreaker-elizabeth-friedman-180976759/
    https://allthatsinteresting.com/elizebeth-smith-friedman
    https://time.com/5928583/elizebeth-friedman-codebreaker/
    https://www.usni.org/magazines/naval-history-magazine/2022/april/mother-cryptology
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    • 54 min
    What would you do?

    What would you do?

    In this smorgasbord episode of Thick & Thin, I start with a few confessed secrets from Reddit to tie in a story from Rutger Burman's book Humankind. An anecdote that reminds us that if we see something, then we should do something –– because helping others always goes a long way. 

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    Sources:
    https://www.reddit.com/r/offmychest/
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_City
    https://www.amazon.com/Humankind-Hopeful-History-Rutger-Bregman/dp/0316418536
    https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/bystander-effect
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    • 52 min
    A hidden masterpiece

    A hidden masterpiece

    In this episode of Thick & Thin, we take a moment to appreciate the arts with two different stories. The first tale, recalls a man's unexpected discovery of artwork once showcased at The MET. While the second, accounts for a couple's accidental collaboration with an exhibition painting on display.


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    Sources: 
    https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/400-year-old-dutch-masterpiece-found-iowa-storage-room-180968684/
    https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/entertainment/2022/12/27/hoyt-sherman-place-celebrates-100-years-of-entertainment-in-des-moines/7964478001/
    https://allthatsinteresting.com/john-andrew-perello-painting
    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/07/world/asia/jonone-vandalism-south-korea-art.html
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    • 38 min
    Don't save the candles

    Don't save the candles

    As we bring in the new year, let's remember that any day can be special. In this episode of Thick & Thin, I take inspiration from writer Erma Bombeck to live life to the fullest. So let's all conquer our daily scaries, leave anticipatory regret in the past, and finally enjoy the now. 

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    Sources:
    https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/49262-if-i-had-my-life-to-live-over-someone-asked
    https://ermabombeckcollection.com/
    https://www.tiktok.com/t/ZTRbg8SKy/
    https://www.amazon.com/Cottage-Cheese-Cream-Thoughts-Bombeck/dp/0740721275
    https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1996-04-23-mn-61747-story.html
    https://www.teenvogue.com/story/zoey-101-time-capsule-spoilers
    https://www.tiktok.com/@sunday.nobody/video/7162587340274240810?is_copy_url=1&is_from_webapp=v1
    https://allthatsinteresting.com/flamin-hot-cheetos-sarcophagus
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    • 42 min
    Partners in crime

    Partners in crime

    Some people live for the thrill of the chase. So in this episode of Thick & Thin, I go back to the early 1960s to reveal the master plan surrounding New York City's biggest jewel heist –– all attempted by a couple of stylish men from Miami. 

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    Sources:
    https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-three-amateur-jewel-thieves-made-new-yorks-most-precious-gems-180949885/
    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/17/nyregion/natural-history-museum-jewelry-heist.html
    https://www.vanityfair.com/style/scandal/2014/10/museum-of-natural-history-jewel-heist
    https://avenuemagazine.com/murph-the-surf-new-york-greatest-jewel-heist/
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    • 47 min
    The secret

    The secret

    Let's bring some Holiday cheer into this week's Thick & Thin and discuss some unsung heroes of the past –– The Nine Nanas. What started with a few pound cakes became something much more remarkable as this group of women dedicated their nights in secret to help make a difference. 

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    Sources:
    https://www.al.com/living/2016/04/whatever_happened_to_sh_green.html
    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/it-aint-over-the-business-secret_n_1607385
    https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/between-cultures/201805/in-helping-others-you-help-yourself
    https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/vitality/201404/the-neuroscience-giving
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    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
1.9K Ratings

1.9K Ratings

JaneAshlyn ,

Check yes Juliet 5 stars

I think this is my fav episode you have created so far! I’d love to see more like this in the future 🤍

Skwarepeg ,

Just started ….

Just started listening to this, and had to go back and look for more. She has a nice voice and I enjoy hearing her talk about her introspection and her thought/feeling process. She speaks and articulates her thoughts well and as if she’s had some professional training, though her job doesn’t suggest she would have. Not an “um” or “uh” or filler word to be found! 🤣

I wish I could rate some of the other reviews…..! People can be really rude or ignorant. For instance, confusing reflection with insecurity, or commenting on privileged white girls trying to be motivational speakers. Firstly, maybe she says it in an episode I haven’t listened to, but I don’t know that she’s white…? Secondly, what a gross mischaracterization of the podcast by someone who appears to not be self-aware.

That said, if you’re not into “diary” type podcasts (and this is not at all cringey like that word implies.. ;)) then this won’t be your cup of tea. But if you like having an authentic chat with a friend, then you’ll like it like I do.

Brooke Dowd ,

I wait for these episodes every week!

Obsessed with this. It feels so easy and like I’m listening to a friend. I love the history stories, it’s really cool learning about everything she talks about. It’s almost like a mini audio docuseries plus some gal chat. It’s one of my favorite podcasts!

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