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An Acquired Taste Podcast


Every week Bethany and Kathleen get together to chat about their lives and what's weird in the world, and they're inviting you to join them! Pull up a chair. Pour yourself something warm or strong or bubbly. There's room at the Tastebud Table for everyone.

Every week Bethany and Kathleen get together to chat about their lives and what's weird in the world, and they're inviting you to join them! Pull up a chair. Pour yourself something warm or strong or bubbly. There's room at the Tastebud Table for everyone.


New York, NY


Every week Bethany and Kathleen get together to chat about their lives and what's weird in the world, and they're inviting you to join them! Pull up a chair. Pour yourself something warm or strong or bubbly. There's room at the Tastebud Table for everyone.






258: The History of the Baby-Sitters Club + Weird Stuff You Can Buy on the Dark Web

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! ------ Check out our merch! —>...


257: Kathleen's Mom Says We're Bad At Science & Etsy Price-Is-Right!

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!) Then we call up MB aka Kathleen's Mom who has some science bones to pick with us! And how much do you think an Etsy creator is charging for a bespoke Human Centipede scarf? ------ Check out our merch! —> ------ Please support...


256: Somnus the Dream Demon & Kathleen’s Text From Her Ex-Boyfriend

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! ---------- Check out our merch! —>...


255: Introducing Truth vs Hollywood

Introducing the newest Audioboom original podcast, Truth vs Hollywood! Join Film lovers David Chen and Joanna Robinson as they do a deep dive into well known films and discuss how similar they are to the actual story. Truth vs Hollywood premieres 6/12. Subscribe to Truth vs Hollywood on Apple Podcasts:


254: Bizarre Ways Victorians Kept Dying + Simple Ways to Feel So Fancy!

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! ----------- Check out our merch! —>...


253: You Talk, We Listen

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,...


252: Whr’d The Vwls Go? & The Phantom Barber of 1942

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! ------ Check out our merch! —>...


251: Advice Needed: I Think My Partner is a Thief! - Bonus

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?" ----- Please support the companies that support us! Athena Club - Stop using razors that underdeliver and switch to Athena Club! Sign up today and you’ll get 15% off your first order! Just go to


250: The Mysterious Michigan Triangle + Using Color in Quarantine

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)! Check out our merch! —> ------- Please support the companies that support us! Talkspace - You...


249: Dealing with Quarantine Insomnia + The History of Toilet Paper

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!...


248: Quarantine Emotional Eating + The Silent Twins

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? Check out our merch! —>...


247: Author Nicole Kronzer (AKA Bethany's Sister!) Shares Her Tips On Getting Your First Book Published

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? --- Check out our merch! —> ---- Get a signed copy of...


246: The Satanic Crime Scenes Of West Virginia + How to Stop Solving Other People’s Problems

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. --------- Check out our merch! —>...


245: Being a Flight Attendant & Creepy Body Facts

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! Check out our merch! —>...


244: When COVID-19 Hits Close to Home & Why Scary Movies May Help Anxiety

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! --------- Check out our merch!...


243: The BBC Show That Spooked a Generation + Rapid Fire Advice!

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! ----- Check out our merch!...


242: Awful Yahoo Answers & Spilling Zoo Tea

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...


241: Free Advice, Corona, Etsy & "The Price is Right" - Bonus

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! Check out our merch! —> Please support the companies that support us! Ship Station - ShipStation helps you get orders out...


240: Creepy “Sky Trumpets” & Silly Coronavirus Quarantine Activities

“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...


239: How To Date In The 1950s & Weird News Roundup!

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 :) Check out our merch! —> ---------- Please support the companies that support us! Daily Harvest - Daily...