Counter Programming with Shira & Arielle

Counter Programming with Shira & Arielle

Counter Programming with Shira & Arielle is your new favorite coronavirus/COVID-19 distraction podcast. Join this duo as they embark on a quest to bring the world counter programming of all kinds. They'll focus on countertops (namely, they're doing a series on marble, granite, and quartz), time counters, calorie counters, counters of other kinds... Each episode will be a mix of comedy and fun facts that no one knew they ever needed. Shira and Arielle have been friends for 5 years. They met in Jackson, Mississippi during their first job post-college at the Institute of Southern Jewish Life (yes, there are Jews in Mississippi). They lived 4 doors from one another. Now that they're on opposite sides of the country and experiencing intense anxiety due to the constant barrage of bad news surrounding coronavirus, they decided they needed a distraction. This distraction comes in the form of a podcast. Shira and Arielle are bringing you... Counter Programming. Tune in for stories, useless (read v. important) facts, and so much more. Episodes will be released weekly and will be available wherever you get your podcasts.Follow us on Instagram: @counterprogrammingpodFollow Shira on Twitter: @shishimoskFollow Arielle on Twitter: @ariellethisandthatYou can email us at


September 14, 2021 64 min

Hello Counties! It's been a minute but we're back with a feed drop!

We were recently interviewed by the co-founders of, Zach Moreno and Rock Felder, on their podcast, Between Two Mics: The Remote Recording Podcast.

They asked us to join them because when we wrapped season 2 of our podcast, Arielle posted this epic tweet thread about podcast marketing. In it, Arielle writes about how in just 14 months, with no ne...

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Well Counties, the time has finally come for us to bid adieu. Today we say goodbye to Counter Programming with Shira and Arielle. This little podcast has been a distraction for us during a crazy year, and we hope it's been that for you as well. We promised we'd continue Counter Programming until we were all vaccinated...and somehow that day is finally here. 

So now for some thank yous...

Thank you, Counties, for tuning in ea...

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Welcome to the penultimate episode of Counter Programming season 2. In this episode, we speak with Shira's cousin and recent bat mitzvah girl, Remy.

We get into all things Jewish "counter," including: why bnei mitzvahs take place at age 13, the counting of the omer, and more. We also discuss what it was like to have a bat mitzvah at the height of the pandemic. 

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May 12, 2021 23 min

This week, it's all about Sophie Countess of Wessex, AKA the wife of the youngest son of Queen Elizabeth. Why is she a countess and not an earl, like her husband, Prince Edward Earl of Wessex?

We've got you. Tune in to explore the British peerage system!

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Caio Slikta - logo
Jason Shaw - Tennessee Hayride (theme music)

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Today we're diving into the question that was on everyone's mind after watching Bridgerton...What the heck is a Viscount?

The good news for us here at Counter Programming is that Bridgerton was recently back in the news. Unfortunately for everyone else, the news was that Regé-Jean Page will not be in the upcoming season (even though Shonda Rhimes said this was planned from the start).

In order to fully understand what a vi...

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This week we're heading down to the County Fair with our friends from Every Day is a Food Day.  During this special crossover episode, we discuss the history of county fairs and we explore the food you can enjoy at 'em.

After you listen, you'll be craving fried Oreos, Chicken Charlie's, and a Petro. Checkout this list for ways to recreate your favorite fried fair food finds at home. 

Be sure to subscribe to "Ev...

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April 21, 2021 24 min

This week, more counters! Tally counters.

Welcome to Counter Programming with Shira & Arielle. Each week, we bring you information on anything with the word "count" or "counter" in its title. We started as a pandemic distraction cast. And we will continue until we're both fully vaccinated and incubated.

A tally counter is usually cased in metal and is cylindrical in shape. Part of the circle is fl...

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April 14, 2021 33 min

This week on Counter Programming we're joined by Jess Goodman, the Indiebound bestselling author of young adult thrillers They Wish They Were Us and They'll Never Catch Us. Most importantly for Counter Programming, Jess recently started a newsletter called WORD COUNT.

We chatted with Jess to learn more about her writing process, her books, and her most recent counter stats. She even shared some recommendations for romance n...

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It's THE FINAL COUNTDOWN. Today, we're headed to Europe.

Each week on Counter Programming, we bring you stories and info-tainment on any topic with the word "count" or "counter" in its name. You're catching us in our series on musical counters. Last week was all about the Counting Crows. Today, Europe's hit song "The Final Countdown."

We also sit down to chat with Eric Johnson, the founder of ...

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March 31, 2021 30 min

Today, we enumerate some birds. Just kidding. Today, we talk about the famous 90s band, The Counting Crows. Though, as you'll soon find out, the Crows may very well be coming back soon with some more.

Each week on Counter Programming, we bring you stories and info-tainment on any topic with the word "count" or "counter" in its name. You're catching us in our series on musical counters. Last week was Beyonce&#...

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March 24, 2021 29 min

Are you part of the beehive? Beyhive?...Are you a fan of Beyoncé is what we're asking...?

Welcome to our musical "count"/"counter" series. First up, our breakdown of Beyoncé's 2011 hit "Countdown." Check out the music video here.

In this episode, we go through the history of Beyoncé's career, stopping to highlight her big wins. We focus this episode, of course, on "Countdown."

About this so...

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It's the countertop series! We're learning about recycled glass today.

Recycled glass countertops are made from glass (sometimes from curbside recycling programs) mixed with resin or concrete. They can be made to look like natural stone (the homogenous look) OR they can have a glassy, tiled look (terrazzo style).

Fun facts:
- The recycled glass countertop was invented in 1996 by Don McPherson, who was at the time a...

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March 10, 2021 30 min

It's the countertop series! Last week was all about quartz.


Laminate is a combination of plastic and paper—interestingly, though, generally not recycled—and sometimes board. These materials are formed into a thin layer and colored or manufactured with naturalistic or textured designs. This layer is then laminated to particleboard or chip board. (Bobvila).

Fun facts:
- Laminate countertops are only a bit ...

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Welcome to season 2, Counties! We're kicking off this season with a series on countertops. We'll hit quartz today, then we're onto laminate, recycled glass, and more.

Today, QUARTZ!

Quartz is a hard, crystalline mineral composed of silicon and oxygen atoms. Quartz is the second most abundant mineral in Earth's continental crust, behind feldspar. Quartz is also called engineered stone (according to counterto...

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February 24, 2021 14 min

Here we go, Counties! Counter Programming officially kicks off next week. Please enjoy this little trailer where we give you a peek into what's new this season.

What is Counter Programming?: What is Counter Programming? CP is your new favorite pandemic distraction-cast. We started Counter Programming in April, back when the pandemic first hit. We wanted to distract ourselves (and others) from the grim COVID news. Well, it's...

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Counties! We are (almost) back for season 2. Enjoy this short episode where we tell you what's on the horizon for season 2 of Counter Programming with Shira and Arielle.

What is Counter Programming? CP is your new favorite pandemic distraction-cast. We started Counter Programming in April, back when the pandemic first hit. We wanted to distract ourselves (and others) from the grim COVID news. Well, it's now almost a year la...

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November 12, 2020 26 min

Here it is, Counties! The last episode of season 1 of Counter Programming.

Here's what to expect in this episode:
 - Shira and Arielle share where they were when Joe Biden was projected the winner of the presidential election
 - A recap (recount) of the episodes and the themes we discussed throughout the season: counts, countertops, counting of things, and so much more
 - Facts and figures of season 1
 - Plans for next season

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Counties, what a week we are in for.

We're bringing you a bit of a distraction in the form of a recap episode. We re-watched The Office's season 5 two-episode premier, Weight Loss (Part 1) and Weight Loss (Part 2). Joining us for this episode is Leah Apothaker, a dear friend of our's and an Office historian, of sorts.

What a treat!

- They Wish They Were Us

Counties, we need your voices!
Send us a voice memo to us at co...

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October 28, 2020 22 min

Counties! It's almost here. Election 2020.

In this episode, we share our voting plans -- What's your voting plan?

Welcome to Counter Programming with Shira & Arielle. On this podcast, we bring you stories and information on topics with the word "count" or "counter" in the title. Last week, we reviewed the 2002 film The Count of Monte Cristo

This week we're... COUNTing Down to the Election AKA giving...

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October 21, 2020 29 min

Hey Counties! Welcome to the show.

This week we review the 2002 version of film The Count of Monte Cristo.

Warning: this episode is full of spoilers so we recommend you watch the film on Amazon first.

If you're as obsessed as we are with the cast, checkout IMDB.

We'll be back next week with some more VOTE Counter Programming content. But in the meantime, make sure to check back in our episode archive -- may we recommend our...

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