POOG with Kate Berlant and Jacqueline Novak

POOG with Kate Berlant and Jacqueline Novak

Wellness is a trillion-dollar industry full of scams and snake oil salesmen but comedians and best friends Kate Berlant and Jacqueline Novak just can’t get enough. Join them as they try products and practices, consult healers and experts, and ask the ultimate question: is it truly wellness they’re after or just the thrill of the chase?

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May 11, 2021 58 min

The hags deliver you a morning Poog. Colonics are the primary concern. Jacqueline had one. Kate wants one. Can they get one together? Early surgery and the romance of dying on the table, any table. Being awake while under anesthesia. The importance of Astral Projection. Pre-biotics, pro-biotics, leaky gut and extinction events. Glyphosate and Round Up causing our cells to forget their identity. Lingering in the the hypnogogic phase...

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The hags want to shop at night. Kate fell in love with a Chihuahua and fears alligators. Kate finds out Jacqueline has been quietly using retinoids. Jacqueline got her lashes permed. Bloomies. 40 Carrots tart yogurt. Speck and guanciale. Risking death for the promise of transformation. Sulwhasoo cream.

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April 27, 2021 58 min

The hags beg for a free night at a California resort. Kate reveals she loves to boogie board. They ponder the movements of the gazelle. The world of massage is discussed, as is EMDR therapy and mushroom microdosing. They discuss prevailing models of productivity and even contemplate drinking cocktails while doing taxes. The gift of ADD. Are they monks? The world of dreams! Six Feet Under.

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April 20, 2021 57 min

They're both premenstrual. It's called the Creative Phase according to The Optimized Woman, a book on optimizing your life by honoring the special gifts of each part of the menstrual cycle. Cervical swabs. Bleeding on someone's chair. Toxic Shock Syndrome fears. Sublime lyrics. Jacqueline quotes Ani DiFranco's My I.Q. again. The hags try begging for audio equipment. A discussion on boundaries and being called a bad ...

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April 13, 2021 63 min

Scorned gods, archetypes, and the other puppets within. The hags started meditating again with mantras paid for in cold hard cash and figs. Jacqueline wants to give herself over to a series of alarms. Kate experiences phantom PMS and rageful micro-productivity. The Shangri-la Diet. Can you go to a thrift or vintage shop with friend? Micro-traumas. Can peace and safety be found inside oneself?

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April 6, 2021 63 min

The hags die unto themselves, experiencing life, death, and life again in the course of a single Easter episode. Chocolate bunnies, chocolate fountains, Kate's childhood jealousy of friends' parents' divorces. They lay bare their skeletal knowledge of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Unexpected silences signify that this 23rd episode of Poog is in fact a transformational one, a rebirth if you may. Biologique Recherche.

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March 30, 2021 61 min

Is Poog a morning radio show? It is now. The hags are up at 9AM and levitating on caffeine while displaying their morning voices. Topics include Eat that Frog, the hotel breakfast buffet, morning fathers, 50 First Dates, and TV characters hitting Snooze. Todd Barry, Dannon, and NaNo WriMo.

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March 23, 2021 59 min

The hags are bubbling over with excitement. Jacqueline wants help with her navicular accessory foot injury, but they discuss: Werner Herzog's Grizzly Man and Cave of Forgotten Dreams, red light therapy, Bonus rooms, Buster Keaton, Tartuffe, and Best Week Ever.

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March 16, 2021 61 min

Kate is concerned about a mysterious pain in the sternum and wants a new ass. Jacqueline's into face yoga and is afraid ADD will take her out. Kate is revived by a new hard kombucha in one of the most stunning unpaid endorsements on Poog to date. Jacqueline shares her core values around late fees. The hags explain how gift givers from gratis departments can get into their Poog hearts.

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March 9, 2021 54 min

The hags are plagued by the complications of clutter. They reflect on the Container Store. Also discussed: PH balance. The world of shaving. The cultural complexity of The Mall.

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March 2, 2021 53 min

Numinosity chases the hags. Kate's grumpy but Poog lifts her spirits. Superstitious versus obsessive rituals. Dream journaling. Paradise Lost, Dante's Inferno. Boethius and Goethes. Chez Panisse and Dirty Girl Produce. Tomatoes. Kate's need for certainty and inevitably in every decision. Email poog podcast at gmail if you're looking to gift the hags a treat.

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February 23, 2021 62 min

Berlant and Novak discuss the pressure to have kids, religious upbringing, and the comic nature of twins. The hags role play an adoption fantasy.

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February 16, 2021 59 min

The hags discuss frothers versus steamers and dying among close friends. Jacqueline got a 5 on the French AP exam and has never been to Paris. Kate speaks fake French gibberish, but has been multiple times. Making a friend into a tit you procure milk from. Narrating your own routines. Space gray.

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February 9, 2021 61 min

Mirror work. The World Wide Web. Flash frozen blueberries. Fructose. The Holocaust Museum. The Freedom Tower. The fall and rise of Smoothie.

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February 2, 2021 61 min

Captain Sully. Liminal spaces. The pleasures and limitations of jargon. The ice cream cone metaphor. Jacqueline cries.

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January 26, 2021 56 min

Hypersomnia, sleep studies. Vitamin Water. Felicity. Giving birth on your back and dying on your back. Squatty Potty, snail venom.

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January 19, 2021 53 min

The hags weave a path through: doshas, past life memories, lucid dreaming, astral projection, ghosts, and masterclasses. Can greatness be taught? Abjection.

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January 12, 2021 59 min

The hags discuss flossing, taxes, and the confusion of natural deodorant.

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January 5, 2021 53 min

The hags reflect on the seductive archetype of the young prodigy. The problem with better babies. Juilliard. Harvard. Lying for self-esteem.

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December 29, 2020 61 min

Resolutions are joyless. The hags want ecstasy and a folding treadmill.

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