Life of the Party

Life of the Party

<p>Life of the Party is the podcast that teaches you just enough to get by. Party tips, ice breakers and cultural conversation from Stephanie Hayes, Brittany Volk, the staff of the <em>Tampa Bay Times </em>and community experts.</p> ... Show More

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September 6, 2019 34 min

It's been fun! But Life of the Party bids you farewell. On this, our last episode, we sing the praises of short-lived shows from 'My So-Called Life' to 'Freaks and Geeks.' Let us become your new cult favorite.

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August 29, 2019 32 min

Abigail StClair, founder of Tampa Bay's TeBella Tea Company, talks about shifting careers — she was a whale trainer! — to follow her lifelong passion for loose leaf goodness. She talks business, British pop culture and that time Shawn Mendes came to the shop.

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August 22, 2019 31 min

Theme park reporter Sharon Kennedy Wynne joins us for a sneak peek of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, opening at Disney's Hollywood studios. Find out how it's different from Disneyland's version and prepare yourself for the extreme heat. Also: We celebrate love with a celebrity couple roundup and debate the best temperature in the house.

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Jen Jacobs joins the PartyCast for a sweet conversation. The owner of Wandering Whisk Bakeshop talks about opening her own store with the help of Kickstarter and what it was like to compete on Holiday Baking Championship. Plus, Miley and Liam have broken up and love is dead.

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It's pop quiz time on Life of the Party. Brittany quizzes Steph on her knowledge of fandom group names, from Claymates (easy) to the Victims (harder!). Plus, we revisit Woodstock and ask: are music festivals actually fun?

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We welcome Laura Chinn, star and creator of the Pop TV series Florida Girls, to talk about her childhood in Clearwater, hostessing at Winghouse, diversity on TV and the critical acclaim of her show. Plus, Lil Nas X is a record breaker, and we watch the trailer for Cats together.

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July 25, 2019 33 min

Get to know the person behind the scenes of Life of the Party. The woman who edits our mumbles and bleeps our curse words, Allison Graves tells us about her favorite diva, the songs she hates the most, and how moving to new cities alone was necessary for her personal growth.

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July 18, 2019 48 min

Danielle Ferrari of Valhalla Resale talks about resale, rentals and clothing swaps as a way to shrink your closet and help the world. Plus, Emmy nominations are out, the new 007 is a woman of color and Pottery Barn has Friends furniture.

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July 11, 2019 52 min

Get to know the Tampa Bay Times new food critic Helen Freund, who tells us her favorite and most hated foods, what she's binge watching, the most annoying restaurant trends, and whether a hot dog is a sandwich. Plus, we dive into the music industry, Aziz Ansari and the Little Mermaid.

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Ernest Hooper joins Life of the Party for a special bite-sized holiday episode to defend one of his favorite patriotic jams this Fourth of July.

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June 27, 2019 58 min

Your phone call can wait. Don't put your hands on the art. Yes, you're standing in front of someone. But museums are also a fun place to have a drink and bring the kids (no, really). We welcome Lashonda Curry from the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg to give us a crash course on gallery etiquette. Plus: It's time to retire the term "adulting." And we update you on the legal and personal drama of Britney Spear... Read more

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Everyone's favorite celebrity trainer joins us to talk about his heart attack, how he adjusted his own habits after it and how he's spreading the word about heart health. Plus, we ask about his tattoos, what he's doing for Pride and whether or not he's part of The Biggest Loser reboot. Plus: A look back at the history of Grey's Anatomy and a dissection of Taylor Swift's new video.

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All That is back on Nickelodeon, and so is Kel Mitchell. He stopped into the Life of the Party studio for a chat about spending time in Florida, the show’s legacy and what it’s like being the adult in the room now. Plus: Justin Bieber is fighting with Tom Cruise?

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NPR TV critic Eric Deggans talks through the ups and downs of Spoiler Culture in 2019, and we pick the best and worst series finales of all time.

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May 30, 2019 39 min

Tampa attorney Erica DiAngelo talks about defeating self doubt and starting her own practice as a young woman in a heavily male field. Plus, Whitney Houston could be back as a hologram and the Spice Girls bus is now an AirBnB.

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The actor and writer’s Love in the Sun was filmed for the Hallmark Channel in Tampa Bay. We talk about his years on Days of Our Lives, playing Rachel's doctor on Friends, online dating apps and more. Plus: A deep dive on Kylie Jenner's walnut scrub and the Downton Abbey movie.

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May 16, 2019 30 min

This episode is Wicked. The award-winning performer talks being a nice person in show business, remembers Doris Day and tells us why Game of Thrones helps her fall asleep.

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May 9, 2019 44 min

Steve Contorno joins the PartyCast to rank Burger King’s Impossible Burger among its peers, talk surprising vegan snacks and suggest vegan restaurants around the country. Plus, we recap the Met Gala and rejoice in the royal baby.

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The PartyCast welcomes Scott Pollenz to lend his expertise on planning a theme party that will have everyone vying for total friendship domination. We also dive deep into the important parts of Avengers: Endgame — Captain America’s butt.

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April 26, 2019 55 min

We bid farewell to our producer McKenna Oxenden and reflect on life as an intern, from wins to losses to vending machines. Plus: An update on the bees living at Notre Dame, thoughts on Lizzo and developments in the college admissions scandal.

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