Be There in Five

Kate Kennedy

Be There in Five is a pop culture and millennial zeitgeist-focused podcast by Kate Kennedy (entrepreneur, author, pop culture commentator). Long-form and solo hosted, Be There in Five explores different facets of popular culture in a comedic, thoughtful, and analytical way, covering entertainment, social media, bloggers/influencers, and celebrities, in addition to focusing on the humor found in reexamining the 90s/00s as an adult (from AIM to Zenon). As one listener described it, “come for the relatable humor and lighthearted topics, stay for the surprising levels of depth and thoughtfulness injected into them.”

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Our Editor's Take

Be There in Five is a podcast about millennials lifestyles. The host of the show is Kate Kennedy. She is the founder and owner of the Chicago company also called Be There in Five. Kennedy got her start by selling doormats with practical and pithy reminders. That venture grew until Kennedy was selling her brand even more than her product. Today, she writes books, has a podcast, and works as an influencer.

The podcast is a glimpse into the mind of a woman who sees herself as a spokesperson for her generation. Each episode is part diary, part ethnography, and part lifestyle guide. A single episode can pivot from a lecture on stemware to weird Groupon experiences.

It's no surprise that Kennedy has opinions on the latest pop culture news. One entire episode is a celebration of Taylor Swift's 1989 (Taylor's Version). In another, she jeers at people who scoff at TV and gushes about the sitcom Friends. Kennedy is ambivalent about the Super Bowl and the NFL. She also reviews the Barbie movie.

Kennedy often invites guests to her show, such as Elise Loehnen, an author and former executive at goop. They discuss the seven deadly sins and their connection to modern views on women. For the latest in the world of reality TV, Kennedy invites Ryan Bailey of the podcast So Bad It's Good. Jamie Golden of The Popcast chats about millennial clichés. They talk about cake pops and monetizing hobbies.

Listeners may also enjoy the frequent listener contributions to the podcast. One fan talks about receiving unexpected results in her ancestry test. Another reminisces about the twee aesthetic of the early 2000s. Kennedy and her audience discuss Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Mormon missions, and American Girl dolls.

Millennial listeners may relate to much of the content on the Be There in Five podcast. Many of the topics are light and airy. But sometimes, Kennedy can get deep about cultural matters. She is a witty and engaging host, and her monologues are engrossing. New podcast episodes come out Sundays.

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Episodes

Total Eclipse of the Scarf (feat. Caroline Moss)
1w ago
Total Eclipse of the Scarf (feat. Caroline Moss)
This week, a magical marvel of a solar event stuns the world, and Kate and Caroline can’t be bothered to go outside. Instead, they take a look into their mirrored furniture and do some self-reflection, such as why we always think the current version of ourselves participating in lightning-fast trend turnover is “timeless.” They also discuss various topics like avoiding popular movies and tv shows that will bum them out, fast furniture, SoulCycle music, etc. At one point, Kate goes on a rant about the marketing of a denim company that works overtime to remind her she probably hates her body post-baby, and they also spend quite a bit of time going through the Cupcakes & Cashmere archives on the Wayback machine. Enjoy!SUPPORT OUR SPONSORSOrder Kate's NYT Bestselling book, One in a Millennial here!Treat yourself to ultimate comfort with Cozy Earth bedding and sleepwear, and prioritize your self-care and sleep health. You deserve it Mom. Head over to cozyearth.com and use promo code BETHEREINFIVE for an exclusive 35% off. The luxury she deserves. Cozy Earth.Helix is offering 20% off all mattress orders AND two free pillows for our listeners! Go to HelixSleep.com.BeThereInFive and use code HELIXPARTNER20. This is their best offer yet and it won’t last long! With Helix, better sleep starts now.Take the first step to visibly thicker, healthier hair. For a limited time, Nutrafol is offering our listeners ten dollars off your first month’s subscription and free shipping when you go to Nutrafol.com and enter the promo code BETHEREINFIVE. Find out why over 4,500 healthcare professionals and hair stylists recommend Nutrafol for healthier hair.For understated luxury at its best this spring, shop the must-have pairs of the season and receive 20% off your purchase with code BETHEREINFIVE at marcfisherfootwear.com.
Magical Overthinking (with Amanda Montell, author of Cultish)
Apr 7 2024
Magical Overthinking (with Amanda Montell, author of Cultish)
This week, Amanda Montell (linguist and bestselling author of Cultish) is back on the pod for the first time since the LuLaRoe deep dive. This time, they’re discussing Amanda’s new book (out April 9) called The Age of Magical Overthinking, which explores our cognitive biases and the power, disadvantages, and highlights of magical thinking. Broadly defined as the belief that one’s internal thoughts can affect unrelated events in the external world, the book (and this episode) examines topics like celebrity worship, manifesting babes, therapy speak, toxic relationships, weaponized nostalgia, conspiracy theories, and other categories where our inner mental gymnasts are doing the most to justify our behavior. Enjoy!SUPPORT OUR SPONSORSOrder Kate's NYT Bestselling book, One in a Millennial here!Right now, BÉIS (base) is offering our listeners 15% off your first purchase by visiting BEISTRAVEL.com/BETHEREINFIVE. Go to BEISTRAVEL.com/BETHEREINFIVE for 15% off your first purchase.Get 20% off your first order when you go to LIQUID-IV.COM and use code BETHEREINFIVE at checkout. That’s 20% off your first order when you shop better hydration today using promo code BETHEREINFIVE at LIQUID-IV.COM.Get 10% off your first order sitewide with code BETHEREINFIVE at OSEAMalibu.com. You’ll get free samples with every order, and free shipping on orders over $60.Get 25% off your first month for a limited time at ritual.com/BETHEREINFIVE. Start Ritual or add HyaCera to your subscription today. That’s ritual.com/BETHEREINFIVE for 25% off.
Under the Influencer (with Blogilates, Cassey Ho)
Mar 31 2024
Under the Influencer (with Blogilates, Cassey Ho)
This week, Kate is joined by Cassey Ho, best known for her blog/brand/YouTube channel Blogilates and also for being CEO and lead designer behind her apparel line POPFLEX. As the daughter of Vietnamese immigrants, Cassey's non-negotiable, pre-destined career path was medicine. Despite her dream of becoming a fashion designer being severely suppressed, she found her way out of biology and into design and fitness influencing in the heyday of YouTube and now has amassed millions of subscribers and followers, billions of views, and a wildly successful activewear line (that Kate wears constantly). She also happens to be a Beth, so this combines two series: Under the Influencer & Beths in Show. They dive into her background, her YouTube days, diet culture and body positivity, internet trolls who comment on your body, Popflex crowdsourced product development and design, and Kate even provides her two cents about what she needs in an elusive black one-piece bathing suit and Cassey just might be up for the task. Enjoy!SUPPORT OUR SPONSORSColumbus & Minneapolis tickets for sale Monday 4/1 10 EST at bethereinfive.com/live-showsOrder Kate's NYT Bestselling book, One in a Millennial here!Go to dreamlandbabyco.com and enter my code BETHEREINFIVE at checkout to receive 20% off sitewide + free shipping. This offer is for new and existing customers!Prose is SO confident that you’ll bring out your best hair and skin that they’re offering an exclusive trial offer of FIFTY percent off your first subscription order at PROSE.com/bethereinfive. So you get your FREE consultation, then FIFTY percent off at PROSE.com/bethereinfive.For understated luxury at its best this spring, shop the must-have pairs of the season and receive 20% off your purchase with code BETHEREINFIVE at marcfisherfootwear.com.
Bubble Bubble Bubble Bubble Pop Culture
Mar 24 2024
Bubble Bubble Bubble Bubble Pop Culture
This week, Kate solo snorkels through a variety of topics, including but not limited to:Power ranking Ms. Rachel songsCalculating how much money she probs makesHand-slapping campfire songs as millennial folklore2000s songs with a maybe problematic cultural flairThe Giving Tree is not the vibeMinor controversies with Ms. Rachel’s troupeOlivia Rodrigo ConcertPeople don’t understand Plan BA Frito Pie/Traveling Nacho hangoverHero school cafeteria lunchesDodgeball as a torture mechanismWondering if I’d get a boyfriend if I drove a stickAnd other riveting topics.Kate Middleton newsEnjoy!SUPPORT OUR SPONSORSOrder Kate's NYT Bestselling book, One in a Millennial here!With ButcherBox, you don't have to worry about what's for dinner. ButcherBox is offering our listeners their choice of a weeknight meal essential—3 lbs of chicken thighs, 2 lbs of ground beef, or 1 lb of premium steak tips—for free in every order for a whole year. Plus, get $20 off your first order. Sign up today at butcherbox.com/BETHEREINFIVE and use code BETHEREINFIVE to choose your free offer and get $20 off.Take the first step to visibly thicker, healthier hair. For a limited time, Nutrafol is offering our listeners ten dollars off your first month’s subscription and free shipping when you go to Nutrafol.com and enter the promo code BETHEREINFIVE. Find out why over 4,500 healthcare professionals and hair stylists recommend Nutrafol for healthier hair.The Fits Everybody collection is available in sizes XXS to 4X. You can shop now at SKIMS.com. Plus, get free shipping on orders over seventy five dollars! After you place your order, be sure to let them know I sent you! Select "podcast" in the survey and be sure to select my show in the dropdown menu that follows.Listen to Stars and Stars with Isa wherever you listen to podcasts.
y = mx + bti5 (katelilah)
Mar 3 2024
y = mx + bti5 (katelilah)
This week, Kate’s solo and back to answering listener voicemails, and each tangent makes less sense than the next. From useless things we learned in school, to mute models and mouth tape, to Wilma Flintstone pioneering statement jewelry, to her journey with tummy time, to an ethical dilemma about using other people’s numbers at the grocery store for discounts, to TS album leaks, some midcentury litterbug lore, and more, this episode is a weird one. She had a great time. Enjoy! Call 312.379.9676 to be featured on a future Katelilah. SUPPORT OUR SPONSORSOrder Kate's NYT Bestselling book, One in a Millennial here!Right now, Chomps is offering our listeners 20% off your first order and free shipping when you go to Chomps.com/BETHEREINFIVE. Go to Chomps.com/BETHEREINFIVE, to see all the delicious flavors and get 20% off your first order and free shipping. Don’t forget to use our link so they know we sent you!Take the first step to visibly thicker, healthier hair. For a limited time, Nutrafol is offering our listeners ten dollars off your first month’s subscription and free shipping when you go to Nutrafol.com and enter the promo code BETHEREINFIVE. Find out why over 4,500 healthcare professionals and hair stylists recommend Nutrafol for healthier hair. That’s Nutrafol.com, promo code BETHEREINFIVE.Prose is so confident that you’ll bring out your best hair and skin that they’re offering an exclusive trial offer of FIFTY percent off your first subscription order at PROSE.com/bethereinfive. So you get your FREE consultation, then FIFTY percent off at PROSE.com/bethereinfive.
Women be shoppin' (feat. Money with Katie)
Feb 18 2024
Women be shoppin' (feat. Money with Katie)
This week, Kate is joined by Katie Gatti Tassin from the podcast beloved by many Beths, @moneywithkatie. This isn’t a money episode in terms of how you spend or invest it, but a broader conversation about the weirdness of money, our fascination with it, Kate’s personal anxiety about it, the conflicting ways they both feel about capitalism, the ways they’ve evolved since Girlbossing too close to the sun, while also acknowledging that the way we all were too delighted to watch the Girlboss burn was a problem. Kate airs her grievances about how exploitative online financial content can be or how out of touch the Dave Ramseys of the world can be with their audience, and Katie explains the “hot girl hamster wheel,” aka the immense cost of ongoing maintenance to uphold beauty standards, among other things. Enjoy!SUPPORT OUR SPONSORSOrder Kate's NYT Bestselling book, One in a Millennial here! And come see Kate in Chicago on her last book tour stop 2/22 in Chicago at Thalia Hall. See more info and tix here.With ButcherBox, you don’t have to worry about what’s for dinner. ButcherBox is offering our listeners their choice of a weeknight meal essential— 3 lbs of chicken thighs, 2 lbs of ground beef, or 1 lb of premium steak tips— for free in every order for a whole year. Plus, get $20 off your first order. Sign up today at butcherbox.com/bethereinfive and use code BETHEREINFIVE to choose your free offer and get $20 off.Weekends are for going wild. Have a game plan for Monday with Liquid I.V. Grab your Liquid I.V. Hydration Multiplier Sugar-Free in bulk nationwide at Costco or get 20% off your first order when you go to LIQUID-IV.COM and use code BETHEREINFIVE at checkout.Helix is offering 20% off all mattress orders AND two free pillows for our listeners! Go to HelixSleep.com/BeThereInFive and use code HELIXPARTNER20. This is their best offer yet and it won’t last long! With Helix, better sleep starts now.
Pookie & the Jetts (feat. Kelly, Caroline, Rachel, Claire and Ally)
Feb 5 2024
Pookie & the Jetts (feat. Kelly, Caroline, Rachel, Claire and Ally)
This week, Kate’s on the road for her book tour and her recording technology is lacking (and her episode posting is lagging) but she figured she’d tell you what she’s up to! This episode is a hodgepodge of Kate & friends reporting live from various moments on the road, from backstage at House of Blues with Caroline Moss talking about Jett & Pookie to an after-show with her sister Kelly to a rainy poolside gab session with her sisters in law in Orange County. Deeply sorry again for sound quality; Kate is going to invest in travel tech going forward, but we didn’t want to skip another week, so better something than nothing? Tbd. LoveyaSUPPORT OUR SPONSORSKate's book is out-out!, Order One in a Millennial here! And come see Kate on her book tour! See cities and tix here.Right now, BÉIS (base) is offering our listeners 15% off your first purchase by visiting BEISTRAVEL.com/BETHEREINFIVE. Go to BEISTRAVEL.com/BETHEREINFIVE for 15% off your first purchaseCustom, made-to-order haircare from Prose has your name all over it. Take your FREE in-depth hair consultation and get 50% off your first subscription order today PLUS 15% off and free shipping every subscription order after that! Go to Prose.com/bethereinfive.You can now fully customize your Wildgrain box, so you can get any combination of breads, pastas, and pastries you like. If you want a box of all bread, all pasta, or all pastries, you can have it! Plus, for a limited time, you can get $30 off the first box - PLUS free Croissants in every box - when you go to Wildgrain.com/BETHEREINFIVE to start your subscription. You heard me - free Croissants in every box -and $30 off your first box when you go to Wildgrain.com/BETHEREINFIVE.
You've Got Male (Audiobook Preview!)
Jan 21 2024
You've Got Male (Audiobook Preview!)
This week, Kate's sharing a full chapter from her book coming out Tuesday (1.23!), One in a Millennial. This is an excerpt from the audiobook, chapter 3: You've Got Male, which details Kate's first experiences developing an online identity in the 90s via AIM, and discusses the lore of dial-up, the art of building a screenname, finding a vacation boyfriend, mastering the art of going idle, and the realization that boys who wouldn't talk to her in person seemed to really like her behind a screen. But first, Kate also talks about getting the opportunity to go on GMA and talks about some of the book's core themes. After the audiobook clip, she shares some thoughts about how this is a book the Beths built and shares some high-level summaries of what you can expect before you read it! Thanks for being patient with the promo; this week has been years in the making, and Kate is excited for it to be out in the world :)Enjoy and if you want basically a 9.5 hour podcast, listen to the full audiobook Tuesday when it comes out! https://amzn.to/47BS7GJSUPPORT OUR SPONSORSPre-order Kate's book, One in a Millennial, here! And come see Kate on her book tour in 2024. See cities and tix here.Right now, Chomps is offering our listeners 20% off your first order and free shipping when you go to Chomps.com/BETHEREINFIVE. Go to Chomps.com/BETHEREINFIVE, to see all the delicious flavors and get 20% off your first order and free shipping. Don’t forget to use our link so they know we sent you!Rehydrate yourself for the New Year. Get 20% off your first order when you go to LIQUID-IV.COM and use code BETHEREINFIVE at checkout. That’s 20% off your first order when you shop better hydration today using promo code BETHEREINFIVE at LIQUID-IV.COM.Go to paireyewear.com and use code BETHEREINFIVE for 15% off your first pair. And support the show by mentioning that Be There in Five sent you in your post-checkout survey!
Sephora The Explorer
Jan 11 2024
Sephora The Explorer
A discussion about tweens, the modern history of the teenager, tween third places of yesterday and today, makeup counters, growing up too fast, and finger-pointing at the parents, influencers, and brands allegedly responsible for behavior that, in Kate’s opinion, is less aligned with being subjected to oppressive beauty standards and more related to what kids do best: play and explore. Enjoy!SUPPORT OUR SPONSORSPre order Kate's book, One in a Millennial here! And come see Kate on her book tour in 2024. See cities and tix here.New members get 2 lbs of ground beef, 3 lbs of chicken breasts, or 2 lbs of salmon—for free in every order for a whole year! Plus, get $20 off your first order. Sign up today at butcherbox.com/bethereinfive and use code BETHEREINFIVE to choose your free offer and get $20 off.Helix is offering 20% off all mattress orders AND two free pillows for our listeners! Go to HelixSleep.com/BeThereInFive and use code HELIXPARTNER20. This is their best offer yet and it won’t last long! With Helix, better sleep starts now.Right now we have a special discount just for our listeners. Get 10% off your first order sitewide with code BETHEREINFIVE at OSEAMalibu.com. You’ll get free samples with every order, and free shipping on orders over $60.HyaCera from Ritual is a skin supplement you can actually trust. Get 40% off your first month for a limited time at ritual.com/BETHEREINFIVE. This offer is only available through January 31st. Start Ritual or add HyaCera to your subscription today.
Welcome to Plathville, Population: Me (feat Caroline Moss)
Jan 7 2024
Welcome to Plathville, Population: Me (feat Caroline Moss)
This week, Kate discusses her most recent pop culture obsession, the reality show Welcome to Plathville on TLC. Since she roped many of you into this mess over the holidays, she figured she’d kick off the year by kicking off her shoes and taking this toe-headed DIY failed cult of a crew in Cairo, Georgia for a deep dive. Instead of her usual in-depth style, since she got into this like 12 days ago, she shares her thoughts in the first hour and then brings in a longer-term fan of the show (and friend of this show!) Caroline Moss to sort through their complicated feelings about the characters in the second hour, given opinions on them change from season to season, scene to scene. If you can believe it, there are 40 more minutes of this episode on patreon.com/bethereinfive. When it comes to content, we, too, believe we should be fruitful and multiply. Enjoy!SUPPORT OUR SPONSORSPre order Kate's book, One in a Millennial here! And come see Kate on her book tour in 2024. See cities and tix here.Right now, BÉIS is offering our listeners 15% off your first purchase by visiting BEISTRAVEL.com/BETHEREINFIVEYou can now fully customize your Wildgrain box, so you can get any combination of breads, pastas, and pastries you like. If you want a box of all bread, all pasta, or all pastries, you can have it! Plus, for a limited time, you can get $30 off the first box - PLUS free Croissants in every box - when you go to Wildgrain.com/BETHEREINFIVE to start your subscription.Go to Zocdoc.com/BETHEREINFIVE and download the Zocdoc app for FREE. Then find and book a top-rated doctor today.
Dolls of Our Lives
Nov 19 2023
Dolls of Our Lives
This week, Kate is joined by Allison Horrocks and Mary Mahoney, self-identified Mollys and hosts of the Dolls of our Lives Podcast (FKA American Girls), to talk about their newly released book, Dolls of our Lives. They discuss the origin story of American Girl dolls and why they were vital to so many of our girlhoods, Pleasant Rowland’s brand of feminism, their tie to Colonial Williamsburg, reexamining historical plot lines, hot takes about Uncle Gard, and so much more AG lore, e.g., the doll hospital, catalog culture, best/worst fashions and furniture, and niche drama in Aurora, NY. Randomly, there are plenty of Saved by the Bell tangents, too. Enjoy!SUPPORT OUR SPONSORSPre order my book, One in a Millennial here!Choose between 2 NY strip steaks, filet mignons, or ribeyes to get FREE in every box for a whole year when you join. Sign up today at butcherbox.com/bethereinfive and use code bethereinfive to choose your free steak for a year and get $20 off. That’s butcherbox.com/bethereinfive and use code bethereinfive to get this special Black Friday deal plus $20 off.Make every look merry with Pair eyewear. Take advantage of Pair’s holiday sale. Go to paireyewear.com and use code HOLIDAY20 for 20% off your first pair. And be sure to mention that Be There in Five sent you in the post-checkout survey! That’s paireyewear.com, code HOLIDAY20.Reduce wrinkles without compromising on clean science. HyaCera from Ritual is a skin supplement you can actually trust. Ritual is offering my listeners 30% off during your first month. Visit ritual.com/BETHEREINFIVE to start Ritual or add HyaCera to your line up today.To get 15% off your next gift, go to UNCOMMONGOODS.com/BETHEREINFIVE. That’s UNCOMMON GOODS.com/BETHEREINFIVE, for 15% off! Don’t miss out on this limited time offer! Uncommon Goods. We’re all out of the ordinary.