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Grounded in the topics that distract host Kate Kennedy (entrepreneur, author, pop culture commentator) on a daily basis, Be There in Five explores all facets of popular culture in a thoughtful, analytical, editorialized, and comedic format. Kate covers a wide range of topics reflecting the current zeitgeist, i.e. celebrities, bloggers/influencers, social media, and tv/moves/music, but also focuses on the humor found in reexamining the 90s/00s zeitgeist as an adult, from AIM to Zenon. Whether musing about how so many 24-year-old bloggers have 5 kids and millions of dollars, poking holes in popular self-help gurus advice, deep diving about influencer/social media scandals, or explaining Taylor Swift's clue-dropping marketing strategy, Kate aims to dive into the topics everyone's talking about in chat rooms that don't get represented in newsrooms. (And by chat rooms, she realizes it's not 1999, but it sounded more quippy than online forums and Facebook groups). Beyond the more lighthearted topics, Kate is also a seasoned entrepreneur (of her namesake company Be There in Five) who is honest about her struggles in real-time and invites her listeners along as she, too, is trying to make it as a 30 something living in Chicago. Above all else, Kate started this podcast to champion lovers of pop culture by taking the guilt out of guilty pleasures. By speaking about the zeitgeist in an intelligent, unique, and humorous way, she hopes to assure listeners that these topics have value, contribute to society, and the only naïve people are those who refuse to acknowledge their influence.

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Grounded in the topics that distract host Kate Kennedy (entrepreneur, author, pop culture commentator) on a daily basis, Be There in Five explores all facets of popular culture in a thoughtful, analytical, editorialized, and comedic format. Kate covers a wide range of topics reflecting the current zeitgeist, i.e. celebrities, bloggers/influencers, social media, and tv/moves/music, but also focuses on the humor found in reexamining the 90s/00s zeitgeist as an adult, from AIM to Zenon. Whether musing about how so many 24-year-old bloggers have 5 kids and millions of dollars, poking holes in popular self-help gurus advice, deep diving about influencer/social media scandals, or explaining Taylor Swift's clue-dropping marketing strategy, Kate aims to dive into the topics everyone's talking about in chat rooms that don't get represented in newsrooms. (And by chat rooms, she realizes it's not 1999, but it sounded more quippy than online forums and Facebook groups). Beyond the more lighthearted topics, Kate is also a seasoned entrepreneur (of her namesake company Be There in Five) who is honest about her struggles in real-time and invites her listeners along as she, too, is trying to make it as a 30 something living in Chicago. Above all else, Kate started this podcast to champion lovers of pop culture by taking the guilt out of guilty pleasures. By speaking about the zeitgeist in an intelligent, unique, and humorous way, she hopes to assure listeners that these topics have value, contribute to society, and the only naïve people are those who refuse to acknowledge their influence.

    Rachel Hollis & The Rose-Colored Glass Ceiling (Part 1)

    Rachel Hollis & The Rose-Colored Glass Ceiling (Part 1)

    A Rachel Hollis deep dive. In this episode, Kate dives into the recent controversy surrounding the self-help empire of Rachel Hollis, who is a wildly successful motivational speaker, podcast host, CEO of Rise (and formerly HollisCo), among other things, but is probably most well-known for being the author of NYT best sellers "Girl, Wash Your Face" and "Girl, Stop Apologizing." Kate starts with analysis of the troubling dialogue and caption of her now-deleted video and also now-deleted first apology last week. Then, she discusses the problem with "made for more" culture, especially in the context of the RISE conference and support of the MLM industry that preys on vulnerable people via her prosperity gospel-adjacent business coaching. Then Kate talks through her journey with what she's found troubling about Hollis' content, detailing how she thinks it fits in the broader 2010s self-help zeitgeist of #girlboss culture, and shares her journey in how these movements have shaped her view of feminism and empowerment. In the second episode, Kate will read more listener-submitted emails, wanting to give her take so she can open up the floor to give her yours. Please submit any feedback, stories of being in the RH fandom, or thoughts on women's self-help to podcast@bethereinfive.com subject line RH. All opinions in this episode are of Kate Kennedy’s or listeners that submitted emails to Be There in Five Podcast.

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    K8lilah (Answering Listener Voicemails, #8)

    K8lilah (Answering Listener Voicemails, #8)

    This week, Kate answers listener voicemails that range from a variety of light and heavy topics, such as:
    Kaylor
    Purity culture affecting marriage
    Favorite celebrity rumor/folklore
    Deux Moi
    Experiences with Tarot card readers
    Friendship fallouts on Instagram
    Kate's current obsession: QuakerTok
    Best roller rink tunes
    What to do if a friend joins an MLM

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    Warm Vanilla Sugar High

    Warm Vanilla Sugar High

    This week, Kate snorkels through a variety of topics, with the core theme being current and former overlooked and/or forgotten internet drama. She discusses Cinnamon Toast Crunch gate, sexism in Consumer Packaged Goods, the role of cancel culture in the Bible, meanders through music with her favorite SAT words, talks about how you know influencers have 'made it,' then dives into one of her favorite internet communities: Candle Culture. From funny/forgotten candle rant YouTubers, to her perceptions of Bath & Body Works vs. Yankee Candle vs. Dyptique, to the impact of COVID on the candle industry, to reading aggressive reviews and pretentious descriptions -- it's safe to say Kate spends a lot of time *waxing* poetic in this candle-forward episode. She also talks about one of her favorite stories that yielded an exciting period of internet mystery and drama surrounding an epic pop star catfish. Overall, fun, lighthearted, and hopefully fast moving-- Enjoy!

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    Under The Microinfluencer (with Ailsa Emmel)

    Under The Microinfluencer (with Ailsa Emmel)

    This week, Kate has the pleasure of being joined by one of her favorite microinfluencers and women's health advocates, Ailsa Emmel from @_happygocurly_. Ailsa and Kate talk about so many topics, from the ups and downs of instagram, to how she got started, to women's health Wednesday, cancel culture, Kate's fears about childbirth, sex ed, and more. Since Ailsa is a Certified Nurse Midwife, a large majority of this conversation is dedicated to discussing women's health, being open about our bodies, and learning more about Ailsa's experience spending her days with different women in some of their most vulnerable moments. Kate loved this episode and conversation and hopes you do too!

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    Meghan & Harry Interview Recap

    Meghan & Harry Interview Recap

    Kate recaps Meghan Markle & Prince Harry's bombshell interview with Oprah from last Sunday. The intro is new, with recent updates from Buckingham Palace and Kate discussing the British press' reaction, and the remainder of the episode is Kate's raw take from Sunday night right after it aired. If you already listened on Patreon, the first 30 mins or so are new!

    TW: Suicide

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