Afternoona Army: Thinky and Thirsty BTS Takes

Afternoona Army: Thinky and Thirsty BTS Takes

Think. Thirsty. Over Thirty. Welcome to Afternoona Army, a safe place for grown-up Army to dish and discover BTS. We are four ladies who just wanted to know their names and now can explain the meaning of Lachimolala. New to ARMY? No problem, join us as we, and various correspondents, explore all the important businesseu that Bangtan throws our way. Visit us on Instagram at @afternoonaarmy Love K-dramas? Check out our sister pod at Afternoona Delight (Three American romance novelists exploring K-drama through a writer's lens).


March 21, 2023 76 min

Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction, at least that's what Tonya, Alison, Megan and Lia have learned in the world of ARMY fandom. Back before BTS got their hooks in us, we were avid K-drama watchers and one drama that delighted us was Her Private Life which depicts the secret life of a professional art curator who happens to be a little (lot) obsessed with a Kpop idol. We thought it was cute but also maybe over the top...

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Afternoona Army is back with another installment of the Kim Namjoon Book Club. This month the feature is Haikyu!! a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Haruichi Furudate all about high school volleyball. While all BTS has enjoyed the series...Jungkook and Taehyung are apparently the biggest Haikyuu fans (both manga and anime). Serve, set, spike...get into this sweet sports story with us.

If you have any questi...

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February has a reputation for being a month dedicated to the celebration of love. But these twenty-eight (or nine) days aren't just about valentines and romantic partners; it can also be a month for cultivating self-love...all the ways we appreciate and respect our unique needs/wants, our playful sides, and the types of energy we want to tap into. Frankly, self-love is hot all year long, and it's liberating force becomes m...

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February 27, 2023 56 min

The first in our Kim Namjoon Book Club. We noticed RM reading Almond (Won-Pyong Sohn) in the 2020 In the Soop series.

It's the perfect book to jump into for these bonus monthly episodes.

Almond tells the story of Yunjae, who at an early age, is diagnosed with Alexithymia, a condition where people are unable to identify or express their feelings (the almond of the title refers to the underdeveloped almond-shaped amygdalae in...

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J-Hope in the Box, the documentary about Hobi making Jack In The Box, is out now on Disney Plus and a WILD RIDE of feels. We follow our favorite Dance Captain as he enters the stretch zone planning everything from the music to the look/feel to the listening party to headlining Lollapolooza in Chicago. We also get to see his KAWS collection at home and Mickey #cutestdogever. Join Tonya, Alison, Megan and Lia as we discuss h...

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February 6, 2023 30 min

Two friends. Two drinks. Three surprise questions each about BTS. Did Lia ask Lexi to play marry, mate and murder with BT21? She really, really did. See how your own answers line up with ours!

Show Notes:
Lexi Time Travel Choice (Wembley)
Lia Time Travel Choice (Tony Montana, Muster 3)
BT21 Line Friends
Ice Cubes in Wine (LOL)
B-Free Dissing Namjoon/Suga as sellouts
BTS Kidnapping Prank
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In February 2020, BTS featured on James Corden's Carpool Karaoke - after the Late Late Show host had over a million Twitter requests for the members to be featured in his popular segment. What happened next is history...BTS drove into the hearts of millions of Western viewers and inspired a new generation of memes. Join Tonya, Megan, Alison and Lia in the clown car as we unpack the impact of some of the happiest sixteen mi...

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As part of BTS’s takeover of 2023 fashion, Suga (Min Yoongi)--and his signature blue hunting hat--flew into Paris for Valentino’s latest collection. Min Yoongi was recently announced as Valentino’s latest brand ambassador and Valentino DiVa, attended Valentino’s Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2023 show by designer Pierpaolo Piccioli. Join Tonya, Megan, Lia, and Alison as we dive into the brown blouse, the brouhaha, and yeah.....

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BTS is kicking off 2023 in style at the Paris Fashion Week Menswear shows. Newly-minted Dior Ambassador Park Jimin and World-Class Fashionista Jung Hoseok took the City of Lights by storm and we loved to see it. Join Megan and Tonya for a quick dive into the glitter, the glam, and the really really really ridiculously good-looking.

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January 17, 2023 40 min

Exploring Namjoon’s world through the books he has read.

Because we love nerdy deep dives around here (and want to keep ourselves booked and busy during enlistments) we thought that for 2023 that we'd read books that Namjoon has enjoyed. Each month we will read a deep dive into a book and then get into discussions about it on our Instagram page (including a group discussion via Instagram live). Our IG handle is: @aftern...

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December 21, 2022 62 min

BTS Year in's been a wild ride. From seeing the guys in person, to "that" Festa, to the amazing solos, to the incredible Yoongi glow up, to the start of enlistment. Get into 2022 which has been the highest highs and some painful moments, thirst and deserts, but we're in this Army life through thick and thin.

Want to catch other great BTS content? Visit or find us on Instagram at @afternoon...

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In the second part of their deep dive of K-indie group, The Rose, Tonya and Lea talk about what it was like to wait for a LONG time to get up by the barricade for a live show, and deep dive into their new album HEAL and how being in the Black Rose fandom is different to ARMY.

Want to catch the first part of THE ROSE deep dive or other great BTS content? Visit or find us on Instagram at @afternoonaarmy...

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December 8, 2022 49 min

Hosts Tonya and Lea unpack their experiences at seeing The Rose in Dallas and San Francisco. The Rose is a K-indie band that broke out in 2017 with the song "Sorry." After experiencing conflict with their company and three members enlisting into the military, they are back, recording and touring--and THEY. ARE. FANTASTIC. Looking to get excited about another group during BTS enlistment? Check out our experiences. This is a...

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With his first official solo album, RM's Indigo is an audio portrait of his inner life...a rich reflection of his later twenties. Over ten songs, he grapples with living and creatively working while also being one of the most famous people on the planet. We've seen a lot of emotion from Kim Namjoon in this second chapter and the album (which he requests we listen to in order) delivers on raw vulnerability and introspection...

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November 21, 2022 64 min

Ever wonder how your bias smells. Admit it. It's okay. Join hosts Alison and Tonya as they journey into the scratch and sniff world of BTS fandom. Over time, members have all shared different fragrances and colognes they favor...and our intrepid hosts have gathered scent samples to do the the hard work on behalf of ARMY. 

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November 18, 2022 62 min

HYBE announced Jung Kook will perform at the 2022 FIFA World Cup, which begins at Al Bayt Stadium in Doha, Qatar on Nov. 20. This is an event steeped in controversy over numerous human rights abuses, and has been stirring up debate within the fandom on whether or not this was a good decision. Join Lea and Lexi as we explore how and when should fans hold their faves accountable?

Show notes:

@bts_bighit’s “proud” tweet


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Jin's voice is more stable than our future, and as the BTS hyung gears up for enlistment, Afternoona Army unpacks why Jin is so special. From his windshield wiper laugh to his mischievious humor to his commitment to Army-Jin is arguably the member who most understands the fan experience.


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November 8, 2022 24 min

The Astronaut, Kim Seokjin's solo single/Coldplay, released on October 28th, 2022 and established itself as a love letter to Army. While it's not a goodbye, it's a see you soon, before our Jin leaves for enlistment. Your hosts/correspondents give their initial impressions on the song We will miss you World Wide Handsome, and your Super Tuna too!

Show notes:
The Astronaut Official MV
Jin performance at Coldplay's Music...

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October 27, 2022 48 min

BTS and Army are famous for breaking audio and video streaming records on platforms such as Spotify and YouTube. Why does Army work so hard to hit those big numbers, does it matter in the bigger picture, and is it something you need to be concerned about? 

Because so many of us are newer, pandemic army, we wanted to do a short episode on the whys and hows of Billboard streaming. However, we also think that loving BTS sh...

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Afternoona Army host Alison sat down with her spouse for a quick conversation about what it looks like to watch your loved one fall down the Bangtan Rabbit Hole. We cover bias/bias wreckers, the universal joy of seeing a live show, and the very real concerns about where our money is going post BTS ARMY life.

Want more great Afternoona Army content? Pop over to Instagram and find us at @afternoonaarmy or visit us at www.afte...

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