December is the perfect month to binge new podcasts because there are plenty of opportunities to pop in your headphones. These three relatively new podcasts—curated monthly by Bitch—will keep you entertained as you travel to be with family and friends and relax after indulging in hearty meals to ward off the cold. Happy listening!
1. Crazy; In Bed
Mental illnesses such as S.A.D., depression, and Agoraphobia tend to flare up in winter because of the cold weather, lack of sunlight, and general anxiety associated with the holidays. Crazy; In Bed, a podcast by the UCB Comedy Podcast Network that will launch on December 11, uses humor to take aim at the isolation that mental illness often causes. Cohosts Alyssa Limperis, head comedy writer for Condé Nast’s The Scene, and May Wilkerson, editor at Someecards, spend 45 minutes showing people with mental illnesses that their experiences are common. They laugh together, cry together, and work together to destigmatize mental illnesses. You’ll love this podcast if you’re struggling this winter. We’re all in the trenches with you.
2. Thirst Aid Kit
Thirst Aid Kit is the podcast I never knew I needed until I got it. Each week, cohosts Nichole Perkins and Bim Adewunmi tap into our inner thirst buckets by obsessing over the gorgeous people who get us all hot and bothered. Whether it’s reading delicious fan fiction, a staple at the beginning of most episodes, or offering thirst recommendations, Thirst Aid Kit is incredibly entertaining. It affirms what many of us already know: Being thirsty is a lifestyle.
3. They Call Us Bruce
So often Asian Americans are viewed as a monolith with one culture, one religion, one ethnicity, and one worldview. On the They Call Us Bruce podcast, cohosts Jeff Yang and Phil Yu and their special guests debunk this stinted perspective. Since March, They Call Us Bruce has tackled an array of issues, including orientalism in Iron Fist, whitewashing in Ghost in the Shell, cultural appropriation during Halloween, the lack of funding for independent Asian American cinema, and the 25th anniversary of the Los Angeles riots. Yang and Yu beautifully combine cultural criticism with entertaining interviews and anecdotes, making They Call Us Bruce one of the best podcasts on the internet.