Thrillist's Best

Thrillist's Best

In Thrillist’s Best Podcast, our infinitely curious host Wil Fulton (Senior Writer/Producer at Thrillist) takes each episode as a new challenge: to learn as much as he can about one topic in food/drinks/travel/entertainment with the help of Thrillist’s best resources -- whether that be internal editors and writers, outside experts, or personalities and comedians who can share their own perspectives. Listeners will get a crash course education in the finer things in life: what to eat, how to travel, and…. the best things to watch on Netflix this weekend. This is the primer you need to be fun at parties. This is everything you love about Thrillist distilled into approximately 40 minutes of weekly audio. This is an entertaining way to get highly educated on a topic that always revolves around fun. This is Thrillist’s Best.... Show More

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August 20, 2020 47 min

If you've been on the Internet over the past four years, chances are you've seen Andrew Rae. His series "Binging With Babish," in which Andrew recreates iconic foods from television and film history (everything from Krabby Patties to Kevin's chili from the Office), has 7.6 million YouTube followers, and has inspired several spinoff series. In this episode, Rae (aka Babish) himself calls into the pod to talk abou...

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Is Ratatouille the best food movie ever? Should you be tuning into Padma Lakshmi's new food/travel show on Hulu? Why does the animated food in Studio Ghibli movies look so damn good?


In this CROSSOVER episode, host Wil Fulton is joined by Thrillist Senior Entertainment Editor Leanne Butkovic and Food Staff Writer Kat Thompson to talk about the best food movies of all time, the best food moments in movie history, food-centric sho...

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As the (much-overused) quote goes: it isn't about the destination, it's about the journey. In this episode, we fully embrace this concept by delivering a trio of the wildest, funniest, and most thought-provoking road trip stories we've ever heard, told by the people who lived through them.


Why did a simple childhood prank lead to a highway police chase? How did a fire just spontaneously start inside the car on a coast-to...

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What's the best way to stay alert and safe on a long drive? Where's the most scenic stretch of road in the United States? How many people out there are doing some very, very inappropriate things inside their cars on the morning commute? There's only one group of professionals truly fit to answer these questions (especially that last one): truckers.


On this episode, I call four different truckers on the road to get the an...

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No summer road trip (please social distance, wear a mask, and be smart) would be complete without stops at the Britney Spears Museum, the upside down White House, or the world's largest ball of twine -- and these are just some of the weird roadside attractions host Wil Fulton and Thrilist Senior Travel Editor Andy Kyrza dig up on this episode. Also featured: calls with the man who owns the world's largest ball of paint, the...

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As both social distancing and wanderlust continue to be in full effect, many Americans are deciding to hike and/or camp for the first time -- which is great! What isn't great: so many novice outdoorspeople are woefully unprepared with the knowledge and gear they need to have a safe and enjoyable experience with nature. 


So in this episode, Host Wil Fulton is tapping the advice of writer and podcaster Lauren Gay, aka Outdoorsy Di...

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On this episode of Thrillist's Best Podcast, the budget is big (not really), the stars have assembled (well, the stars of Thrillist) and the popcorn is ready (this depends on you, to be honest) for our celebration of the summer blockbuster. Host Wil Fulton is joined by Thrillist Entertainment Team icons Esther Zuckerman, Dan Jackson, and John Sellers to break down:


  • The best summer blockbusters of the 80s, 90s, 00s, and 10s
  • The or...
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    Summer might just be the best time to drink great beer (well, it's in a four-way tie with fall, winter, and spring) and on this episode we're speaking with comedians Day Bracey and Ed Bailey, hosts of the Drinking Partners podcast and two of the driving forces behind Fresh Fest, the first black beer festival in America. They tell us about the (amazing) plans for a digital Fresh Fest this year, inclusivity in craft beer, and...

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    In this episode host Wil Fulton is joined by activist, comedian, and general icon Margaret Cho to talk about virtual Pride, her podcast, and why she loves the movie Bound.


    Later, he's joined by Thrillist writer Kyler Alvord to talk about the best queer shows to stream right now on Netflix, Hulu, and HBO Max. 

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    In this episode, host Wil Fulton is joined by Virginia Ali, owner of Washington D.C.'s iconic Ben's Chili Bowl, to talk about what she's seen over her 60+ years in business, the similarities between the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and the current protests, and what she remembers the most about the Reverend Martin Luther King, one of her "regulars."


    In the second half of the episode, Wil calls David Cab...

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    On this episode, host Wil Fulton is joined by Chris Miller, Ben and Jerry's "Activism Manager," to discuss the company's statement on "Dismantling White Supremacy," how Ben and Jerry's has fostered a longstanding culture of activism, and what brands need to consider when making political statements.


    In the back half of the episode, Wil talks ice cream with Ben and Jerry's Flavor Guru Eric Fredette, in...

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    If you've been weirdly into movies about widespread disaster, calamity, and mayhem lately -- you are not alone. Recently, Thrillist's Entertainment team put together the definitive list of the best disaster movies of all time, and sat down with host Wil Fulton to discuss:


  • What defines a "disaster movie" anyway?
  • Why we want to watch them right now
  • Armageddon vs Deep Impact, and Volcano vs. Dante's Peak
  • Why everyone...
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    In this episode, host Wil Fulton is joined by Timothy Chantarangsu (YouTuber, Wild n' Out, No Chaser podcast) to discuss:


  • His recent name change, and why he dropped the "DeLaGhetto"
  • Why he doesn't consider himself a "foodie" (technically)
  • The lack of Asian male role models he had growing up (except Rufio!)
  • His favorite Wild n' Out members 
  • If he really likes to eat booty, as much as he says he does.

  • Check out ...

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    In this episode, host Wil Fulton learns the enduring value and myriad benefits of learning family recipes, especially those passed down over generations. He speaks with:


  • Superstar chef Aaron Sanchez on learning to cook from his mother and grandmother, and the ingredients they prefer in their kitchens
  • Rosella Rago, on her show Cooking with Nonna, and why nonnas are the unsung heroes of the cooking world
  • Erin Byers Murray and Cindy Wal...
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    A couple weeks ago, we sent out an open call for musicians to submit a song about Mothers' Day, in an effort to crown an "official" Mother's Day anthem. (Picture the Monster Mash, but for moms). Our producers sifted through hundreds of submissions (thanks to all who sent something in!) and sussed out a handful of contenders. Host Wil Fulton sat down with his own Mom to try and pick one song that truly spoke to them ...

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    This week we're returning to our greasy, drive-through roots by discussing some of our favorite fast food restaurants, and delivering our definitive answers on their best menu items. Thrillist host Wil Fulton is joined by Senior News Editor Tony Merevick and Food Staff Writer Kat Thompson -- the two pillars of Thrillist's esteemed fast food coverage -- to discuss the the MVP (Most Valuable Pickle) in fast food, how to make ...

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    There's never been a better time to start playing board games than right now… for some very obvious reasons. In this episode of Thrillist's Best Podcast host Wil Fullton hops on Zoom to play a spirited game of Codenames with:

  • Matt Rogers host of Gayme Show on Quibi
  • Comedian Rachel Sennott
  • Langston Kerman, Bless This Mess, South Side
  • Thrillist staffers Alex Robinson and Gabrielle Williott

  • He also speaks with our in-house bo...

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    On this week's episode, host Wil Fulton is speaking with several professional athletes (and one doctor who works out a lot) about cannabis in the sports world, and how they use it to recover physically and mentally. Featuring:


  • Former NBA pro Al Harrington on his cannabis venture Viola, and why he advocates for cannabis use in the NBA
  • Cyclist and disqualified Tour De France winner Floyd Landis on how he uses CBD to help ease chron...
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    On this week's episode of Thrillist's Best and the Rest, host Wil Fulton surveyed dozens of his friends and colleagues on their current go-to comfort TV show, and the results were (disturbingly) unanimous: everyone is turning to the Office. So in an effort to discover why, Wil speaks with:


  • a media psychologist (named Pam!) to talk about comfort tv in the age of Covid-19
  • Andy Greene, Senior Writer at Rolling Stone author of T...
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    On this new, kind of greasy, definitely quarantined episode host Wil Fulton is asking the question that has plagued pizza purists and freezer evangelicals alike: is there really such a thing as a great frozen pizza? Along the way Wil, along with his partner/Thrillist Executive Travel Editor Keller Powell:

  • taste test five, expertly picked, nationally available frozen pizzas
  • talk to pizza expert Scott Weiner on why it's so hard to ...
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