Podcasts we love: A.V. Club’s “Hatecast”
During the ten minutes I ventured out to the pool Sunday, I almost managed to have a heat stroke, despite being submerged in the water the entire ten minutes. Like Diablo Cody, I hate summer. I hate the heat, I don’t like to sweat, and when the August temperatures hit the 95+ degree mark, I start hating everyone and everything.
Fortunately, this summer I discovered Hatecast, a podcast moderated by Amelie Gillette, a writer for the A.V. Club ,who has my dream job of writing a pop culture column called The Hater. Gillette has a guest each week, usually from The Onion.
First, let me get this off my chest. I am consumed by hatred over the fact that A.V. Club has pretty much produced the exact podcast that I would, if I ever had the time, inclination, or guts to do so. They totally beat me to the punch. Gillette gets to say what we are all thinking each week. What better way to call out annoying people or things than under the guise of your job?
Case in point, in her most recent episode, Gillette points out that the Mad Men avatars became annoying approximately 2 hours after they were introduced. A few weeks ago she expressed her annoyance with cupcakes. That’s right, cupcakes. You might be thinking, how could a cupcake deserve hatred, after all, they are perfectly delightful. However, Gillette makes the astute observation that they are annoying by their mere trendiness, and their sudden saturation of the confectionery landscape. She has also pondered the stupidity of people who think anything called a “wrap” on a restaurant menu is healthy. See why I love this?
If I had a gripe, it would be that these podcasts are way too short, and absolutely fly by (about 15 minutes an episode). I could listen to these musings all day. You can subscribe to this podcast on iTunes, and it is relatively new, so you can catch up on all the previous musings.