Normal Gossip

Normal Gossip

Normal Gossip delivers juicy, strange, funny, and utterly banal gossip about people you’ll never know and never meet. Host Kelsey McKinney discusses reader-submitted comedic gossip with guests, diving into the lives and decisions of complete strangers. The second-hand truth really is stranger than fiction. Produced by Alex Sujong Laughlin. Show art by Tara Jacoby. https://normalgossip.komi.io/

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June 12, 2024 55 mins

We are joined this week by our gayest Bachelorette, Gabby Windey, for a story about queer love, polyamory, and a pair of *very* special tie-dyed overalls. 

Listen to Gabby's podcast, Long Winded with Gabby Windey

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Jeneé Desmond-Harris joins us for a tale of patriotism, fire drills, and accidentally getting too stoned at the wrong time. 

Listen to Dear Prudence and follow Jenée on Twitter here

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Sonalee Rashatwar (they/he) joins us for an international story about families, inheritance, and haunting. 

Follow Sonalee on Instagram! 

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Elise Hu joins us for a tale of startup bros and the hermit crabs that come between them. 

Buy Elise's book, Flawless: Lessons in Looks and Culture from the K-Beauty Capital

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May 15, 2024 57 mins

Avery Trufelman of Articles of Interest joins us for a story about mushroom foraging, cultbrain, and greige athleisure. 

This is the mushroom video. Click at your own risk. 

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Lindy West and Meagan Hatcher-Mays join us for a story where the protagonists find themselves, in the words of our submitter, "stuck in an inescapable Samuel Beckett style loop of scandal gossip, rumor and orthotic shoes." 

Listen to their podcast, Text Me Back, and subscribe to their Patreon!

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The editor becomes the edited this week because our editor Justin Ellis is joining us for a story about indoor children's playgrounds and the Facebook groups that bind them. 

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This week's episode features daddy issues, rollerblades, and comedian Marlena Rodriguez! Some of you will remember her from our Los Angeles live show. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram

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We are back and pettier than ever with season 6! We're joined by our Radiotopia colleague and host of Weight for It Ronald Young Jr. for a story about the ridiculous things we do when we fall in love with familiar strangers. 

Follow Ronald on all social media at @ohitsbigron (Instagram, Twitter, Threads, TikTok)

One thing to clarify from episode 1 of season 6: CMV does not cause mono, herpes or chickenpox, but is in the same...

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February 16, 2024 51 mins

Alex and Jae spent the last month trying to find the source of a tale we first heard back in season two. Is the poop story gossip? An urban legend? Guerilla marketing perpetrated on us all by Big Toilet? All of the above?

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January 26, 2024 10 mins

Popping into your feeds for a cute lil announcement — we are going on a mini tour this spring! Come see us in Dallas, Atlanta, Durham, and D.C.

Get your tickets: https://www.normalgossiplive.com/

If you want us to come to your city, fill out our zip code survey!

And we'll see you for our new season in April!

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December 20, 2023 73 mins

Defector editor David Roth joins us for our SEASON FINALE! We're about to dive into the stupidest election drama you've ever heard.

If you love Roth, check out his podcast, The Distraction!

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Survivor 41 winner Erika Casupanan joins us this week for a story about the perils of gossiping at work.

Listen to Erika's podcast, Happy to See Me!

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December 6, 2023 70 mins

Hayes Brown joins us to learn just how deranged the world of upscale dog grooming can be.

Follow Hayes on Twitter @HayesBrown.

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Our Defector colleague Maitreyi Anantharaman joins us for a story about private school moms taking a theater performance — and "urban dance" classes — too seriously.

Follow Maitreyi on Twitter @maitreyiaa.

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November 22, 2023 78 mins

This week, our pal Zakiya Gibbons joins us for a story about a Thanksgiving home rental gone horribly, horribly wrong.

Zakiya is the host and editor of Hang Up, a new reality dating podcast from Radiotopia! We are obsessed. Check it out!

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We're going abroad for a long-awaited au pair adventure with writer and podcast host Amanda Montell!

Follow Amanda on Instagram @amanda_montell and make sure to pre-order her book, The Age of Magical Overthinking.

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TV writer and showrunner Sarah-Violet Bliss joins us for an evening of moral quandaries and infinite amounts of ceviche.

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Comedian Jasmine Ellis joins us for a tale about an absurdly large bachelorette party involving sardines, adult jocks, and an empathetic queen.

Follow Jasmine on Instagram at @jasmineelliscomedy.

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October 25, 2023 69 mins

What happens when you send a manic pixie dream girl to CSI summer camp? Journalist, writer, law school graduate, and podcast host Josie Duffy Rice joins us to find out 👀

Check out Josie's podcast: Unreformed: the Story of the Alabama Industrial School for Negro Children.

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