If you are anything like me, you probably have been neglecting podcasts for most of your life. You've thought, "I don't have time to listen to people talk for an hour," even though you spend your free time watching Youtube videos of people talking. Now I'm not saying I've never listened to a podcast before—I'm not completely uncultured. I loved the Sourcefed podcast (RIP Sourcefed), but that was about the extent of my podcast knowledge. I just felt too busy to listen for them.
I recently just did a big road trip to California and felt like I needed something to listen to other than the same old boring music I listen to all the time. I looked into some podcasts to add to my playlist and stumbled upon "And That's Why We Drink," an incredible supernatural/true crime/comedy podcast and I instantly became addicted. It's sparked my interest in podcasts as a medium and these are some reasons why I think everyone should listen to it (you know if you're into that kind of thing).
Christine and Em are so good to their listenersGiphy
They are so interactive with listeners on social media and in the podcast itself. I honestly don't think Christine and Em have gone a single episode since the very beginning without saying "I love our listeners so much," at least once. Also, their "Listener Stories" episodes are amazing. They are always so creepy and I love how thankful Christine and Em are that people send their stories in.
For a spooky podcast, it's actually really funny as wellGiphy
Christine and Em have this great banter and joke around when things get a little uncomfortable. When things in a story get a little too real or unsettling, they always have something to say that lifts the mood a bit. I find myself feeling guilty for laughing sometimes because normally it's about a murder or something equally as bad happening, but it does make me feel better.
The titles of each episode are goldGiphy
I have been listening to the podcast in chronological order and every title makes me giggle or super excited to listen. A few of my favorite titles include: "The Wandering Cowboy and The Pregnancy Pact, but for Boys," "The 300-Year-Old Drama Queen and the Bitchy 7th Grader," "A 200-lb Rat and the Dollar Store Plunger," and "A Human Lazy Susan and the Bloody Bunch."
They are dedicated to their show
About a year and a half old, the podcast grew a following pretty quickly. Christine and Em have started doing live shows across the country and seem to be having a lot of fun with it! Unfortunately, I don't live near where they have been able to do shows at, but hopefully one day I will be able to attend one. The podcast is still just something they do on the side of their real jobs, but they put in the time and effort to put out an episode every week and do things to give back to their listeners.
Christine and Em are seriously relatableGiphy
I honestly feel like Christine and Em are my friends now because I relate to them so much. They will say something and I'm just like "Wow, they get me." Every episode feels like I'm just catching up with friends and they're telling me spooky stories. Also, while I'm not a huge wine fan, I do love a good drink so Christine gets it, and Em has reignited my love of milkshakes. So thanks for that, Em. I also find myself often thinking, "And that's why I drink," after anything remotely bad or weird happens to me.
They really do their researchGiphy
Each story that Christine and Em tell is well-told and detailed that I never question anything. Normally I feel the need to research things more in-depth after I learn about them, but I never feel the need to do that after an episode. I just accept that Christine and Em do their research so well that I don't need to know anything else about it.
Their reactions to each other's stories are on pointGiphy
When one of them tells their story to the other, they always have great reactions to what's happening. Christine's gasps and Em's go-to phrases are always on point. I often find myself gasping like Christine while I listen or just straight up yelling to no one while I'm in my car because I seriously can not believe what is happening in the story.
The stories they tell are seriously spookyGiphy
I have been listening to this podcast in every spare moment I've had for the last few weeks and I literally feel terrified 24/7. I have done this to myself, but I still think that's a testament to the stories these cool pals choose to share on their show. It's so addicting, I just can't stop listening. If there's anything this podcast has taught me, I am probably right to be scared all the time because there is some weird stuff that happens in this world.
Christine and Em are friendship goals
Christine and Em met at grad school, but didn't really become friends until they moved to LA around the same time. The two immediately bonded over their love of spooky stuff, from ghost stories to conspiracy theories to serial killers to aliens, and decided to start a podcast about it. Their banter is one of the best parts of the podcast, and their support for one another's passions is heartwarming.
Gio is the good boy you need in your life
Last, but certainly not least, Christine's dog Gio is probably the best part of the whole podcast. Christine and Em often talk about Gio and it honestly makes my day. Whenever a story is getting too dark or spooky, Gio is always there to remind us that there is some good in this world. I mean, just look at that handsome face! Best mascot ever.
I highly suggest you give this podcast a listen. You can find "And That's Why We Drink" on iTunes and Spotify, and you can also check out their Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook accounts. Happy listening!