August 6, 2020
Money is tight and conversations about money are stressful (and confusing)! But as Bethany and Kathleen have both figured out, ignoring money conversations doesn’t make anything easier. If you’ve always wanted to learn more about putting away for retirement, how to start investing money, or just how to start tackling your student loan debt, Shannon McLay has you covered. Shannon answers your money questions, explains confusing financial terms, and plays a rousing game of “How’d These Celebrities Blow Their Money?”
July 30, 2020
Have you ever had a loved one totally call you out for being a jerk? Kathleen’s husband just did this and she's is actually glad he did it! What was the issue? Plus, Bethany is inspired by a new podcast to fall back into the rabbit hole that is Ghost Adventures, and she’s teaching the class Zak Bagans 101. ALSO, watermelon juice is coming out of someone's rear-end! Wanna know who? Here's a hint: She has two cats.
July 23, 2020
It’s Bethany’s turn to lay out all of the big and hilariously small things that are happening in her life right now. (Did anyone else trip UP the stairs this weekend?) Then, Kathleen’s been spending a lot of time on “life hack” accounts like 5 Minute Crafts, and she’s brought along a ton of ingenious ideas and shady shortcuts. Who knew there was so much demand for cooking a hot dog with nothing but a Pringles can??
July 16, 2020
Have you ever felt like so much is happening at once, your brain can’t get anything done? Kathleen is having that kind of week, so she’s laying out all of the big (and hilariously small) things that are going on in her life right now. (For example, she’s accidentally getting an old Texas woman’s grocery receipts…) Then, Bethany digs into the mysterious story of a handful of American and Canadian diplomats who suffered brain damage after hearing strange noises in Havana, Cuba! Plus, the ladies have a fun announcement, Bethany debuts a new movie game, and the class hears your voicemails!
July 14, 2020
Normally, Kathleen and Bethany play your voicemails at the end of the episodes. But for this week’s Bonus Ep, they decided to dedicate the episode to hear from you! Whether it’s new friendships, personal struggles, or strong feelings about Will Ferrell, nothing is off the table this week. Leave your message after the *BEEP!*
July 9, 2020
It’s safe to say that most people are nervous about money right now, so what happens if someone in your life asks to borrow some cash? Can you loan a friend or family member - or your partner - money without ruining the relationship? Or are there better ways to help? Bethany is tackling that touchy topic on today’s episode. Then, Kathleen got a mysterious letter from a secret society! Who are they? Will she join? Is it an MLM? And, as always, you tell us what’s on your mind with your voicemails.
July 7, 2020
Today we're doing God's work discussing how halter tops have gone MIA, tactics for making big decisions (eeny, meeny, miny, moe), romantic ways to make COVID-19 weddings special, and the pros and cons of bringing your own lunchbox of food to a BBQ party. Fill those coffee cups and gear up for some chit chat with your friends Bethany and Kathleen.
July 2, 2020
Ring around the rosie, kids are super creepy! After the wholesomeness of last week’s Baby-Sitters Club topic, Bethany is swinging back in the other direction with a bunch of creepy kids. Whether they’re in movies, books, TV, or pop culture, creepy children are everywhere, and Bethany tells you just why they creep us out so much. Then, Kathleen has been self-diagnosed with Dead Butt Syndrome. Do you have it, too? Is it time to panic? And do you really need to take 10,000 steps a day or is that a dirty lie spread by dirty liars?
June 25, 2020
Since Netflix is about to release a brand-spankin' new incarnation of The Baby-Sitters Club, Bethany and Kathleen take a look at the series’ entire history, from the cheesy-yet-empowering novels to the 1995 film, computer game, HBO series, and more! Then, count your bitcoin and open up your Tor browser because Kathleen is guiding you through the bizarre things you can buy on the Dark Web. Raise your hand if you need a ghost or a fake passport!
June 23, 2020
It’s a Loosey Goosey bonus ep! Kathleen and Bethany discuss some of the exciting/dramatic things happening on the Facebook page right now. (Shout out to our listener who’s leaving on their new schoolbus-RV!) And how much do you think an Etsy creator is charging for a bespoke Human Centipede scarf?
June 18, 2020
Are you having weird dreams lately? Bethany brings the story of a woman on Twitter who is being haunted in her dreams by a demon character named Somnus. Can thinking enough about something make it real? Then, Kathleen’s ex-boyfriend texted her out of the blue this weekend and dropped a bit of an emotional bomb. What was it? Plus, Kathleen reveals a huge secret she’s been keeping from her husband, Neil, and he reacts “live” on the pod!
June 12, 2020
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June 11, 2020
Stop what you’re doing! Get your tongue off that wallpaper! Bethany brings a list of strange, unexpected ways that people in the Victorian era found themselves quite dead. (You won’t look at the color green the same way again…) Then, if you need a little pick-me-up, Kathleen talks about the easy and funny ways she makes herself feel fancier every day. Plus, an awful family trip to The Lodge and your voicemails!
June 4, 2020
Our country is in upheaval right now. Black Lives Matter and police brutality are front and center, and protests are continuing around the country. So to better understand what Black Americans are experiencing in this moment, Bethany and Kathleen spoke with five Black listeners of An Acquired Taste to hear how they’re feeling and coping in this current moment, and to hear their hopes for our country’s future. This podcast has always been first and foremost about creating a safe community, and in this week’s episode, we’re going to rally around a community that’s hurting and give them the microphone to tell their own stories.
May 28, 2020
Hppy Thrsdy, Tstbds! Have you ever wondered why so many companies are dropping the vowels out of their names, like BHLDN and MNDFL? Bethany finally gets to the bottom of this techy trend. (The reason isn’t what you’d think!) Then, Kathleen lowers the lights and tells a spooky tale about a mysterious intruder who broke into people’s homes and cut off locks of their hair during WWII. Lock your windows! It’s another episode of An Acquired Taste podcast!
May 26, 2020
Listener “Tom’s” partner is in hot water at work for stealing. Now, Tom is suspicious that all of those good deals his partner was getting at work were also stolen. How far do you go to support your loved one? Plus, play Bethany’s new game, “TikTok Star or Superhero’s Real Name?"
May 21, 2020
The Midwest isn’t just overly friendly, it’s also spoooooky! Bethany brings stories from the lesser-known triangle, The Lake Michigan Triangle. Disappearing sea captains, anyone? Then, Kathleen talks about using different colors to change/boost your mood (and make a great first impression when you’re finally allowed to leave your house)!
May 14, 2020
Is it daytime? Is it nighttime? Is it the weekend? Who the hell knows! We’re in quarantine and it’s all a terrifying blur. So Bethany brings an armload of advice for how to overcome the insomnia that so may people are dealing with right now. Then, Kathleen is forcing Bethany - and you! - to talk about your body’s bathroom cleanliness. Which would you rather use: a corn cob or a sponge on a stick that your friend Ted just used? Wash your hands, cuz it’s time for a new Acquired Taste podcast!
May 7, 2020
Is quarantine taking a toll on your mental and physical health? Kathleen opens up about her renewed struggle with emotional eating while under quarantine, and she brings some tips to help! Then, Bethany brings some distraction to the table with the story of June and Jennifer Gibbons, aka “The Silent Twins.” Plus, Kathleen schools Bethany on classic summer camp arts and crafts! Who wants to play knock hockey?
April 30, 2020
Bethany’s older sister, author Nicole Kronzer joins the ladies to talk about her debut YA novel “Unscripted,” the power of giving yourself permission to succeed, how to write a book, and how we often put off the things we want to do the most. Plus, the sisters make Kathleen play a game where she must guess who did various childhood mischief: Bethany, Nicole, or Los Dos?
April 23, 2020
Together again! (Sort of... from separate apartments.) Kathleen is back and she’s brought a creepy story out of West Virginia. People found two different campsites covered in candles, dead birds, disfigured dolls, and mysterious symbols. What the heck is going on? And Bethany is going to help you relieve some of that stress by making sure you’re letting other people solve their own problems, instead of trying to take them on yourself.
April 15, 2020
In the first installment of the new feature “Tell Us About Your Job,” Kathleen and Bethany talk to Tara, a TasteBud who works as a flight attendant. After giving the inside scoop on the profession (Is it true that if someone dies on a flight, they’re put in the fridge??), Tara gives insight into what flight attendants and pilots are going through during the Coronavirus pandemic. Then, the ladies switch gears with some creepily delightful facts about your body!
April 9, 2020
This is a tough episode, friends. Kathleen says goodbye to a family member suffering from COVID-19, and the women talk about how this virus is affecting families. Then, Bethany offers some light distraction in the form of scary movies. Turns out, there’s a history of people with anxiety turning to horror films to ease their symptoms. Why does this work? Bethany brings you some theories. And a TasteBud is still dating during social distancing, and is loving it!
April 2, 2020
Looking for a creepy distraction? Bethany talks about the '90s BBC special “Ghostwatch,” a show that terrified a generation of kids, caused The BBC to bury it, and inspired tv and movies like “The Blair Witch Project." Then, Kathleen dips into the Facebook page to help you all out with your problems! From being stuck at home with parents to losing your bra tissues, Kathleen and Bethany try to sort out some of your tricky situations. And, as always, your voicemails!
March 26, 2020
In an attempt to distract you from the dire outside world, Bethany and Kathleen review eye-rolling questions and even worse answers on Yahoo Answers. Plus, what’s really going on in zoo animals’ heads? And why is that monkey sharpening that stick? Check out our merch! —>  Please support the companies that support us!  Talkspace - Talkspace online therapy is the most convenient and affordable way to make lasting change in your life with the support of a licensed therapist. The bottom line is that life can be hard, and Talkspace wants to give more of us get the support we need, at a price we can afford. As a listener of this podcast, you can get $100 off your first month on Talkspace. To match with your perfect therapist, go to or download the app. Make sure to use the code TASTE to get $100 off your first month and show your support for the show! Helix - Helix has a sleep quiz that takes two minutes to complete and they use the answers to match your body type and sleep preferences to the perfect mattress for you. Go check it out for yourself: go to, take their two-minute sleep quiz, and they’ll match you to a mattress that will give you the best sleep of your life. BioClarity - Get healthier, more radiant skin today at ( . You’ll get 15% off EVERYTHING on the site when you use code ACQUIRED at checkout. ThredUp - Sustainable, stylish, and totally affordable! You’ll look and feel good with thredUP! And for An Acquired Taste listeners, here’s an exclusive offer just for you: Get an extra 30% off your first order at Terms apply. ------- Kathleen's Sources: -https://sf.eater.c­­om/2020/3/23/21191436/yelp-reviews-coronavirus-stockholders-hell (https://sf.eater.c%1f%1fom/2020/3/23/21191436/yelp-reviews-coronavirus-stockholders-hell) - - -
March 24, 2020
We’re still in Isolation Nation, so Kathleen and Bethany give a couple of listeners some free advice. (How much money DO you need to move to NYC? How do you handle a straight-up sexist workplace? Then, Bethany goes through some shell chandeliers, tooth rings, and haunted dolls for a game of Etsy Price is Right!
March 19, 2020
“Live” from their separate apartments, Bethany and Kathleen are here to keep you company while you socially distance yourself! First, Bethany covers the bizarre phenomenon of “Sky Trumpets,” mysterious otherworldly noises that come from the sky all around the world. Then, Kathleen wants to keep you from going crazy as you shelter in place. She has a list of activities and games you can play with yourself - and your imaginary coworkers - to stay sane! Plus, there’s a new member of the Acquired Taste family! Who is she??
March 12, 2020
Sunday was International Women’s Day, so Bethany takes a look back to some ‘50s dating advice to show how far women have come (even if we have much further to go)! And Kathleen tells the class about a beach towel-eating python (don’t worry, the python’s fine), crazy watermelon snow, and more! Plus, as always, your voicemails :)
March 10, 2020
Podcast crossover alert! Kathleen and Bethany sit down with Dr. Lisa Lippman & Richie Redding, the vet and comedian hosts of the podcast “We Don’t Deserve Dogs.” The group discusses topics like pet anxiety, how to know when it’s time to put your beloved pet down, whether or not Shetland ponies are assholes, a new soap opera called “Anal Expressions,” and more!
March 5, 2020
When’s the last time you gave someone a second chance? When does someone deserve that second chance? Kathleen is wrestling with this issue herself right now and has some tips on when you should let someone back in and when you should cut them loose. Then, Bethany tells a very creepy (true!) story about three men who disappeared from their lighthouse duties, never to be found again.
February 27, 2020
Do you use the same password for multiple websites? Of course, you do! Who can remember 17 million different passwords? Apparently everyone can, according to Kathleen! She teaches the class how to use storytelling to remember crazy complicated passwords that are virtually hack-proof. And Bethany has never read a parenting blog in her life, so she pulled together life lessons from “mommy blogs” that apply to non-parents, too! Plus, 12 things you should never wear to a wedding. Which one got Bethany and Kathleen RILED UP?
February 25, 2020
Bethany had a rough weekend so she’s pulling out the trusty ol' “pick me up” playlist! Kathleen and Bethany go through some of their tried-and-true songs for banishing bad moods and reminding you how awesome you are.
February 20, 2020
Is that a ghost?? Nah, your eyes are just buzzing at 19 Hz! Bethany discusses the (possible) connection between Infrasound and ghost sightings. And just like you totally did at work today, Kathleen fell down a Buzzfeed wormhole and is coming back up to tell the tale.
February 13, 2020
It’s Valentine’s Day (-ish) so Kathleen and Bethany are fielding your toughest sex-related questions. Then, Bethany explains what’s REALLY going on in your head as you’re falling in love (or lust) and why you shouldn’t make big decisions in the first 6 months of a relationship. It’s all chemicals, baby! And which famous guy does Kathleen have a major crush on? You’ll never guess…...
February 10, 2020
Tastebud Camden wants to know if she's in an accidental 'Sugar Daddy / Sugar Baby' agreement! Bethany and Kathleen deconstruct the details of Camden's relationship with a married, older co-worker. Are unsolicited forehead kisses ever NOT creepy? Hum....
February 6, 2020
*Note: Segment 3 of this episode discusses eating disorders in detail and may not be for all listeners. If you wish to skip ahead, you’ll be told when to do so before the segment begins.* Bethany found an olllllllld magician’s book and teaches Kathleen that anyone can be psychic - with enough memorization! Can Kathleen read Engineer Rachel’s mind? Then, Kathleen opens up about a struggle she’s been hiding for most of her life and what lessons she’s taking from it. Plus, the ladies read your responses to “What fact about you is true but no one believes it?"
January 30, 2020
This podcast could save your life! Literally! Stop what you’re doing and throw. away. your. fake. makeup. Kathleen has facts and horror stories about what’s REALLY in those “too-cheap-to-be-true” lip kits and eye shadow palettes. Also, Bethany discusses why she and Dennis choose to live separately and why living alone is becoming a popular choice for couples, even those who are married! Plus, there’s a heated discussion on the Facebook Fan Page about whether or not Tastebud “Liesl" - who is an adult - should move out of her parents’ home. What do you think?
January 27, 2020
Game time! (Play with your office as a team building exercise!) Bethany spent too much time on the internet and has brought in a game. Are these people with exciting names YouTube influencers or soap opera villains? Plus, listen in as Kathleen and Bethany work their hardest to remember the name of Joey’s soap opera character on “Friends."
January 23, 2020
Cereal before milk or milk before cereal? Is it necessary to ALWAYS wear a bra? Would you make a deal with the Devil for something UH-MAZING? Kathleen is asking us life's most important questions! THEN, Bethany is serving up all the weird and terrifying ways Mother Nature is trying to K-I-L-L us! Worm rain? Check! Fire tornados? Check! Sit back and enjoy an extremely informative stream of consciousness, Friends! We're having #OneOfThoseWeeks! LOL.
January 16, 2020
Where would YOU hide important documents in your hotel room? Bethany found a survival book written by a retired Navy SEAL, and she’s teaching you how to escape from a car trunk, recognize someone following you, and pack your own rectal concealment! Then, Kathleen is ready for some cozy togetherness because Hygge is more than just candles and warm socks! Improve the quality of your life with this wintertime mentality. Plus, the ladies announce the winner of the Introvert Club sweatshirt giveaway!
January 14, 2020
Listener “Esmerelda’s” husband has a friend who has feelings for him. Not only that, this “friend” has been talking behind Esmerelda’s back. After Esmerelda’s husband cut ties with that friend for a year, he suddenly wants to check back in with her. Should Esmerelda be worried? Please support the companies that support us! Wantable - Wantable has taken the challenge out of finding the right clothes to wear every day! Go to for $25 off your first Edit!
January 9, 2020
We’d welcome you to this week’s podcast but we’ve been putting it off… Bethany talks about the strange daily tasks that give her TONS of anxiety. Turns out, this is a real thing and there are ways to cope with it! Then, Kathleen goes through the strange things that have already happened so far this year. 2020, you’re a total weirdo and we couldn’t be prouder.
January 2, 2020
Happy New Year! Kathleen is opening up about her rough past 18 months, and she shares the steps she’s taking to fully live in the moment and take things 'One Day At A Time' in 2020. Then, Bethany looks back to the original Roaring Twenties and all of the weird things you could do in NYC. (Anyone need to buy a leg?) Plus, tips on gym etiquette for all of you Resolution-ers, and more of your voicemails!
December 31, 2019
In honor of the last day of the year, we are tossing in a final 2019 bonus episode with listener grab bag questions! What accomplishments are we most proud of from the past year? Is it time do move out of your Mom's house? Who will you slap in the process of dying? Also... it's time to revisit our fave songs from the decade! Knock, knock Reese Witherspoon! DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM?!
December 24, 2019
Bethany and Kathleen read HILARIOUS and HORRIFICALLY embarrassing holiday stories submitted by Tastebuds. These tales are for the record books! Plus, Hallmark is getting a remix with some sassy new plotlines! Light your menorahs and hang on to your sleighs, it's time to wrap up the holiday season with a sprinkle Christmas poo.
December 19, 2019
Could you leave your entire life behind and start fresh? Kathleen is ready to disappear herself, and she’s teaching you how you can do it, too. Plus, you’ve probably heard that “humans only use 10% of our brains.” But it’s FALSE! Bethany is ready to blow your mind with 10 other facts you totally believed about the human brain! (Spoiler Alert: Your birth order does NOT decide your personality……) Please support the companies that support us! Instacart - Try Instacart and get $10 off and free delivery on your first order! Download the mobile app or go to ( and enter our promo code TASTE at checkout! thredUp - thredUP, the world’s largest online thrift store, is on a mission to help you be kinder to your wallet and the planet this season! Get 30% off your first order at ( ! Terms apply. Silent Waves podcast - Silent Waves is a seven-part podcast series that tells the true story of 26-year-old Raquel O’Brien as she attempts to liberate herself from the trauma of childhood sexual abuse and a father with a dark secret. The complete seven-part series of Silent Waves is out now and available to binge-listen. Find out why reviewers have called Silent Waves “powerful,” “phenomenal,” “bravely confronting,” and “a must-listen.” Download Silent Waves on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts.  Bethany’s Source: Kathleen's Source: - - - - - - - - - - - -
December 16, 2019
Listener “Kelly Kapowski” had a pretty famous rapper slide into her DMs and he knows she’ll be at his upcoming concert. Is he really flirting with her or is she reading into things? Would you hook up with a celeb just for the story?
December 12, 2019
MAJORLY NSFW: Kathleen has discovered a new genre of audio erotica called 'audio porn' and she's excited to share her new discovery with Bethany in a guided masturbation threesome. Tristian, a hot British man, makes loves to the ladies on a private beach. Then, since the “Cats” trailer and “The Irishman” are forcing the uncanny valley on everyone, Bethany takes a deeper dive into where exactly the uncanny valley begins (and all of the creepiness you can find down there). Buckle up, friends!
December 4, 2019
Kathleen is fresh off of a visit to the Spyscape Museum and she’s ready to teach you how to hone your spy skills. Then, in the spirit of making you feel not so alone, Bethany reveals the most common Google suggestions based on embarrassing prompts like “bumps on my…..” And take a second look at your jeans because Bethany learned a tough lesson the hard way.
November 27, 2019
It’s Thanksgiving! Whether you’re basting a turkey or hiding from your family, you’re among friends. First, Bethany and Kathleen help you figure out how to respond to rude relatives who can’t seem to STFU about your personal life or politics. Then they share their favorite Thanksgiving memories, ideal Thanksgiving menus, and an idea for the newest Acquired Taste podcast Vitamix segment, “Will It Blend?”  Please support the companies that support us! thredUP - thredUP, the world’s largest online thrift store, is on a mission to help you be kinder to your wallet and the planet this season. And you can shop today for an extra 30% off your first order at! KiwiCo - This holiday, give the gift of hands-on learning for tomorrow’s makers. KiwiCo is a convenient, affordable way to encourage your children to be anything they want to be. There’s no commitment, you can cancel anytime. For Acquired Taste listeners, go to to get YOUR FIRST MONTH FREE! Instacart - Try Instacart and get $10 off and free delivery on your first order! Just download the mobile app or visit ( and enter our promo code TASTE at checkout! BioClarity - This holiday season, give the gift of glowing skin courtesy of bioClarity. Right now, you can save 15% off EVERYTHING on ( when you use our code ACQUIRED at checkout! That’s on top of the already incredible 40% off discount on their Ultimate Skincare Bundle! Our Sources: - - - -
November 26, 2019
The ladies asked if you had any nagging questions about anything, and you responded! Kathleen and Bethany answer your questions about how to calm down a panic attack, who would win in a fight of ninjas vs. pirates, how to know what salary to ask for, and so much more!
November 21, 2019
We’re fast approaching the season of entertainin' and preparin’ stuff for other people with limited time and space. Thankfully, Kathleen has collected some of her favorite - and most useful - life hacks for this time of year! Then, Bethany is inspired by her friend’s true story and shares all of the dark, exciting, and RICH things people have found hidden in their homes! Plus, who did Kathleen and Neil deGrasse Husband sit next to on their dinner date?!
November 14, 2019
Pining after your best friend? Wondering if you should confess your feelings? Bethany has a great way to tell if you should go for it or not, and good ways to bare your soul if you decide to confess your feelings! Then, Kathleen fills us in on the crazy case of Natalia Barnett, the Ukrainian orphan who is either a kid or an adult...
November 12, 2019
Not every problem is earth-shattering. Bethany and Kathleen tackle a bunch of your questions in this rapid-fire advice-giving bonanza! Which is better: a Pegasus or a Unicorn? How can you save your shoes from overly sweaty feet? Is Christmas the best time to announce a surprise baby? (Hint: YES.)  Please support the companies that support us! Instacart - Try Instacart and get $10 off and free delivery on your first order! To get this limited time offer, download the mobile app or go to ( and enter our promo code TASTE at checkout!
November 7, 2019
Do you look to other people to make you happy? Kathleen has a friend whose marriage is on the rocks because her friend relies on her husband to keep her happy. You may be doing this without even realizing it! Then Bethany talks about a haunted military base in Okinawa, and Kathleen lets us know where the sharks are gathering to party…..
October 31, 2019
It’s our last spooky episode of the season and your scary stories didn’t disappoint! One of you is being haunted - literally - by a very angry ex, and Bethany reads a real-life “the call is coming from inside the house” story! Then, Kathleen tells us how to tell if your Air Bnb is secretly recording you…...
October 29, 2019
It’s a true crime bonanza on this week’s bonus episode! Two of our TasteBuds write in with strangely similar true-crime close encounters, and Kathleen tells us how some killers couldn’t help but confess… on Facebook!
October 24, 2019
’Tis the season to be SPOOOKYMWAHAHAHAHA! Mama Watson’s cooking in Kitchen Studio NYC while Bethany and Kathleen read your scary stories! Then, it’s time to figure out which kind of Miranda YOU are!
October 17, 2019
Kathleen has discovered a new lifestyle and she’s going all-in: Doomsday Prepping. Listen in as she teaches the class what to hoard, how to turn a gum wrapper into fire, and why you should always choose a hatchet over a boring knife. Then Bethany goes through the type of emotional vampires out there, how to protect yourself from these exhausting people, and how to tell if YOU’RE the emotional vampire! *hisssssssss*
October 16, 2019
It’s a double dose of listener emails on this here bonus episode! Lucia has gone through a traumatic loss and is using a big lesson she learned to help the rest of us deal with body insecurities. And then we hear from a TasteBud who can’t seem to stop Insta-stalking ex-friends. How should she stop? SHOULD she stop? Are you doing it right now? (You’re not alone ;)
October 10, 2019
Someone rescue Bethany; she’s in full-on Spooky Mode. This week she’s talking about the (almost) ghost town of Centralia, Pennsylvania, and the not-so-spooky reason that you shouldn’t visit it. Then Kathleen gets personal with some advice for everyone on bringing intimacy back into your relationship. And the women stop down to remember a TasteBud who passed away last month and whose obituary touched people around the world.
October 3, 2019
Did you know Wes Craven created Freddy Krueger after reading about a very real medical mystery? Bethany fills you in on the bewildering details. And since anxiety is skyrocketing right now, Kathleen teaches the class how simple breathing techniques can change your body and your brain! Plus, the final verdict on whether or not you need to take your shoes off inside the house.
October 1, 2019
Put on your spooky pants and your creepy shirt! Our Tastebud Hauna has *THE* creepiest story you’re going to hear this fall! Plus, Kathleen has some awesome and not-so-awesome spells you can cast with a simple apple! Who knew?
September 26, 2019
Quick! If your beau crosses a slippery plank before you, should you call off the engagement? If you see your BFF Charlotte in church, can you bow to her? And why is there sit-down service at the mall sushi place? Bethany and Kathleen are FULL of questions today. First, Bethany gives you a pop quiz on Victorian manners, then Kathleen ruminates on her recent shopping mall experience and why it’s causing her to spiral. Cover up those ankles, ladies! Take off your silk hats, gentlemen! It’s time for a new episode of An Acquired Taste!
September 19, 2019
Bethany is currently in Minneapolis covering for a colleague on maternity leave, so she has babies (or the lack of desire for them) on the brain! Kathleen tumbled down a particularly unique Reddit rabbit hole that’s leaving her tasting soap. And the women get into a tense discussion (fight) over….droplets?
September 17, 2019
Our TasteBud “Ms. Anonymous” asked for your help on Facebook, and you responded! Her husband has a hard time making friends, but he finally made one: a woman he works with. Who he messages on FB. All the time. A family visit to go get ice cream was the nail in the coffin, so Bethany and Kathleen dig through the situation to get to the truth. Plus, Kathleen teaches us the international symbol for…..foreskin?
September 11, 2019
Are you waking up at 3 AM? Bethany has personal experience with the so-called “Witching Hour” and she’s sharing what may be going on! Then, Kathleen talks about Imposter Syndrome and how it’s been hitting her lately. Plus, get an Ear Infection Update - we know that’s what you’re here for - and more voicemails from you!
September 4, 2019
Bethany and Kathleen take you on a one-way trip to Spookytown this episode! Kathleen is fresh off her trip to Alaska, and she brought some crazy facts and creepy stories back with her. And Bethany is giving you the rundown on a bunch of unsettling and downright gross things that have happened on cruises over the years. (Takeaway? Always travel with plenty of flashlights and plastic bags.) Grab a chair, friend. There’s room for you at our table! Please support the companies that support us! Figs - Whether you are one of the awesome humans that works in healthcare or someone that wants to say thanks to these deserving folks, FIGS is going to make that easy by providing you with 15% OFF your first purchase! Head to ( and enter our code TASTE at checkout. Lola - For 40% off your first month’s subscription, visit ( and enter TASTE when you subscribe! thredUP - For a limited time, thredUP is offering An Acquired Taste listeners a special deal for an extra 30% off your first order when you go to That’s on top of the already low prices so hurry and take advantage! BioClarity - Get healthier, more radiant skin by going to ( And right now, save 40% on skincare routines PLUS an additional 15% off EVERYTHING on their website! But you need to enter our code ACQUIRED at checkout! Bethany’s Story Sources: CheatSheet ( CNN ( CNN ( NY Daily News ( CBS News ( Wikipedia ( Wikipedia ( Google Books ( Kathleen's Sources: - - - - -
August 28, 2019
Put down your phone! Wait, do it after the podcast! Kathleen is realizing how badly she’s addicted to her phone, and she hopes she’s not the only one. Are you a screen addict, too? And after a Pennywise doll (allegedly) floated into a New Jersey woman’s backyard, Bethany is going through some of Hollywood’s best – and worst – attempts at viral marketing.
August 26, 2019
Our listener has a major dilemma: she’s in a happy relationship with a guy who’s putting in just as much effort as she is, and they’re about to move to a new state together! The problem? She can’t stop thinking about her first love. Is her ex really The One or is she idealizing the past?
August 22, 2019
We hope some story writing execs from the Hallmark Channel are listening to this gem! Bethany has a very serious theory about Ryan Gosling's fists. Kathleen is blowing our minds with her 'work backwards' idea about creating your ideal life. PLUS, she's sharing the top 6 signs you are giving too much of yourself to your job!
August 15, 2019
HAPPY SEASON 3! This episode, Bethany and Kathleen share what this new season will focus on. Then, tearing up at work? At the bank? In front of your crush, Andrew Keegan? Bethany is giving tips on how to trick your body into stopping crying. And Kathleen shares a fascinating article from Cosmo on the woman who is working undercover to catch dangerous men before they hurt others aka 'The Savant.'
August 14, 2019
Welp, Bethany’s put on her witch hat and her buckle shoes, so you know what time it (almost) is! The ladies read two of your spooky emails leftover from last year. Then, Kathleen reads an email from a Tastebud who used 23&Me and had her entire world rocked.
August 8, 2019
Kathleen’s had an eventful week, so she’s teaching you how to clear your mind. (The tips come from an “ultra-endurance athlete” so you know they’re legit because this dude ran for DAYS.) Plus, Bethany’s concerned that her reaction to Stranger Things is abnormal. The ladies also give advice to a shy listener who wants to put their best foot forward at a new job.
August 1, 2019
On the table today: Step Mullets, Forever 21 and Macy's made a sizeism faux pas, Bethany says vacations make you stupid... but the joke is on her. Andrew Keegan and his defunct cult get stirred in with a touch of DIY wedding cake advice, teenage romance fantasies and the pasta that gives Bethany the poops.
July 30, 2019
Hello from our new recording home... Audioboom studios! We're so happy to have some really fancy microphones to get our mittens on, but Kitchen Studio NYC will forever live in all of our hearts. But first things first.... a new studio means Bethany and Kathleen have to come up with a new escape plan in case zombies attack!
July 24, 2019
Can you describe the plot to a movie you’ve never seen? Bethany brings back her favorite game and forces Kathleen to run down the plots of classics such as Gosford Park and John Wick, films Kathleen has never watched. Then Kathleen reads some of the best questions that middle school kids have asked during sex ed. CAN you get pregnant from grinding during a dance?
July 19, 2019
Last week’s episode was pretty serious, so Bethany and Kathleen lighten things up a bit this week! Bethany is fully traumatized by something her boyfriend is doing in the bathroom…with her cat’s mini-sofa. Kathleen’s been creeping on Reddit to find answers to your biggest beauty questions.
July 16, 2019
Our listener Hannah is feeling alone and, well, just broken. Why? She’s 26 and has never had an orgasm, not even by herself!
July 11, 2019
Listener Ted has fallen in love - hard - with the wrong dude, and Bethany has some theories on what may be going on. Kathleen had an ice cream run-in with a stranger that made her take a deep dive into how to spot potential serial killers.
July 3, 2019
Bethany and Kathleen are doing a deep dive into the Amazon Vibrator that the Twitterverse was buzzing about this weekend. There's a lot of clitoris sucking involved (allegedly).
June 27, 2019
Kathleen and Bethany reminisce on the awful fashion sense of Babysitter’s Club member Claudia Kishi (socks over socks over a unitard?). Kathleen has some great business ideas if you already own a 15 mile wide dome. And Bethany is ready to move past self-care and start pushing toward her bigger goals. Are you ready, too?
June 26, 2019
Bethany’s back from San Francisco and her first Airbnb experience was….enlightening? And Kathleen and Bethany help Listener Paige dip her toe back into dating after a particularly awful breakup.  Please support the companies that support us! MVMT - MVMT has tons of quality, clean, and all-around good-looking watches and accessories that you can actually afford! Get 15% off today —WITH FREE SHIPPING and FREE RETURNS—by going to (
June 20, 2019
Bethany and Kathleen are tackling one of the biggest drags of a relationship: when your significant other's friends don't like you! Ugh, so tricky. Also, Kathleen is opening up about 'Fuck It' moments in life, something RUDE that was said to her, and giving yourself a clean slate every day. Then, Bethany is giving Ginuwine's 'Pony' and NSync's 'Girlfriend' a whole new meaning. You're never going to listen to a love song the same way again with their self-care listening technique. LOL!
June 12, 2019
Kathleen and Bethany are joined by their respective partners, Neil and Dennis! The four have an honest discussion about what it feels like to have an erection, the perils of public toilets, and we learn the smooth technique Neil used to woo Kathleen. Plus, Kathleen has great tips for how to travel with your partner without the trip ending in murder!
June 11, 2019
Bethany and Kathleen are tackling today's hardest hitting issues: dating a blood relative and societal norms when it comes to shared genetics, Bethany's missed opportunity to defuse a bomb, the wise words of Carla Borthwick and what we can all do to save Mother Earth, and lastly... Kathleen is finally ready to build her Tiny Home compound. Do you want in?
June 6, 2019
When’s the last time you checked in with yourself and remembered what you’re grateful for? Are you grateful for chilly movie theaters during the summer heat? Are you grateful for Hallmark Christmas in July? Are you grateful you found a gizmo on the Home Shopping Network that helps you make eggs 10 different ways? Pull out your journal and cover Alexa’s ears, Tastebuds! It’s time for a new episode of An Acquired Taste!
May 29, 2019
Bethany thinks a dude she met is taking himself WAY too seriously but is she being a jerk? Kathleen updates us on some health stuff she’s dealing with that may help you as well. Plus, the ladies share their summer goals and hear some of yours, too! Pull up your rompers! It’s time for a new Acquired Taste Podcast!
May 23, 2019
Bethany needs advice on how to bring up a very specific awkward topic in business conversations. Kathleen has found a way to pull herself out of a funk; will it work for you? Plus, the women discuss a gross news story that is…just…’s just awful. (Keep your wedding rings on your fingers, folks.)
May 16, 2019
Kathleen is about to smack you upside the head with love! She brings in an awesome lesson she learned that will change the way you think about your online (and real life) haters. Then Bethany changes lanes with a spooky highway story and tales of an underground tunnel. And, as always, the ladies have your voicemails! Pull up a seat, friend. The world is a big scary cafeteria and you can definitely sit with us.
May 14, 2019
Bethany and Kathleen are cracking open their June 2019 issue of Cosmo Magazine and deep diving into 'Three Day Rule' the modern matchmaking service you didn't know you needed! And, just for good measure, they're throwing in some deliciously cheesy 90s quizzes too! Are you a snob in the UK? It's time to find out!
May 9, 2019
There’s so much in this episode, one might call it a Pasta Salad of topics! Listener Sophie needs help regarding her under-motivated boyfriend Frank, Bethany found a super creepy old book in her apartment, Kathleen teaches the class how to email like a CEO, and the women take an old Seventeen Magazine quiz. Will Chase Crawford or Pete Wentz be YOUR Spring Fling? Plus, Kathleen learns a hard truth about Carmen Sandiego...
May 2, 2019
Kathleen is sharing something absolutely cray-cray that happened to her last week... she was visited by a spirit! Get your step-by-step instructions for discovering your spirit guide via Montel Williams. Also, Dennis makes a special appearance in Bethany's tale of ultimate movie betrayal. UFOs are aplenty according to the government AND there was also a bar cart. We're in a weird mood!
April 30, 2019
Kathleen takes over the bonus episode while Bethany lives her best life in California this week. First up, there's a bone to pick with everyone's favorite Netflix organizer: Marie Kondo. Then Kathleen's husband gets in on the podcasting action with '160 Questions to Ask On A First Date.' Good thing they're already married or else it would most definitely, NEVER, work out.  Please support the companies that support us! ThredUp - Get 30% off your first order at! ThredUP is the world’s largest online consignment and thrift store with up to 90% off + 50,000 new items added every day. Yay for sustainable fashion!
April 25, 2019
Want to be more charismatic but you’re too lazy to try? This week, Bethany teaches the class four easy ways to be more charming and charismatic like your favorite Mother of Dragons. Kathleen is all about renaming some stressful things in life, plus she tells us what really boils her blood about mint!
April 18, 2019
Put on your prom looks, friends, cuz Kathleen has some Cosmopolitan magazine hard-hitting news: beauty tips for prom! (Because we’re all 17, right?) And true to form, Bethany brings some crazy old-timey beauty routines to the conversation, too. Like did you know there used to be a contraption you wore at night to give you dimples?
April 15, 2019
Our girl Kathleen is on a much-earned vacation (jealous!!) so Bethany sits down with her boyfriend Dennis for this very special bonus episode! The two discuss Bethany’s complete inability to talk about s-e-x, what they both freak out about in the relationship, and what Bethany did that made Dennis POSITIVE she was breaking up with him.
April 11, 2019
Black holes, evil thongs, and knees bending where they shouldn’t. It’s an emotional rollercoaster of an episode, friends, and Bethany is feeling queasy. And then the ladies accidentally start a fire (true story) and everything goes to hell. Aren’t you glad you’re in our family?
April 3, 2019
Fasten your jean shorts, it’s time for another Acquired Taste podcast! Bethany is giving you the perfect dating profile bio, courtesy of a bot she created. (Can the Zak Bagans bot find love?) And Kathleen is teaching you how NOT to spend all of your hard-earned dough at Target and Starbucks and Target. Plus, we hear back from “Maisie,” play MadLibs, and hear more of your awesome voicemails!
March 28, 2019
Uh oh. Have you ever been in love with your best friend? Listener Maisie’s BFF knows that she has feelings for him and he’s flirty back! But is he just stringing her along? Plus, Bethany gives you one big thing NOT to do during a wedding, and grab the thinkin’ part of your head brain cuz it’s time to take the Psychopath Test!
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