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my favorite podcasts

Since graduating from college two years ago and entering the workforce, I’ve spent A LOT of time sitting at desks and commuting, and needed something besides Pandora and coffee to keep me from falling asleep. Enter: podcasts.

Like so many others, my introduction to podcasts started with Serial. SO GOOD. Like, Law & Order SVU for your ears. I binge-listened to the whole thing on the train ride to work in, like, one week (should’ve paced myself), and then started to branch out to other podcasts.

As a fan of the aforementioned SVU franchise as well as Making A Murderer, I love a true crime story – so those are most of what I listened to in my early podcasting days. Since then, I’ve ventured into other genres and have truly found some gems. These are my favorites.

2 Dope Queens

This one makes me literally LOL in silent subway cars and at my desk. So many good guest stars. Also, big fan of The Incredible Jessica James (on Netflix!) which stars one of the 2 Dope Queens, Jessica Williams.

Locked Up Abroad

You’ll be gripping the edge of your seat! So dramatic, and so attention-captivating – a must for my short attention span.


This is from the producers of Serial, and is SO. GOOD. It came out one episode at a time last summer, but now you can binge the whole thing.

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This American Life

In my world, ‘This American Life’ is like, the forefather of podcasts. Something about Ira Glass’s voice soothes me, and I feel so smart when I’m listening to one of the episodes.

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This isn’t a serial-style podcast (each one is different), but there are lots of incredible documentary episodes that have restored my faith in humans.

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what your choice of dating site says about you


I’m (OBVIOUSLY) no stranger to dating apps. In fact, I’ve tried just about every single one. In using everything from Tinder to OkCupid, I’ve learned a thing or two about the kinds of people each app attracts. Here, what your preferred app says about Y-O-U.

1. Bumble


You’re an over-achiever. All of your social media platforms are totally professional, and there isn’t a keg stand photo of you to be found on the Internet. If you’re a female user, you’re cool, confident, and collected–and if you’ve managed to get lucky on Bumble, I’m betting you have a stockpile of witty pick-up lines (please send over). If you’re a male user, you’ve either been raised to appreciate women or are lazy AF.

2. Tinder


You’re not here for anything serious. Chances are, you like the instant gratification of swiping and matching with someone, and have a hard time making long-term commitments. You’re likely a nomad, jack-of-all trades, who can’t stay in one place for too long. If you’re a male user, you’re drawn to Tinder by its ease of use and unspoken promise of a hook-up.

3. OkCupid


You prefer browsing singles on desktop rather than mobile, or maybe you like the flexibility to do both. If you’re a male user, you’re highly aggressive–since you don’t have to “match” with someone before you start a convo, you can literally message anybody. If you’re a female user, you probably know someone who met their husband on OkCupid (literally a one in a million chance), and joined with a faint hope of finding something real. Also, you probably like attention since you’ll get approximately 400 messages a day.

4. Happn


This one is for anyone who regularly trolls the missed connections section on Craigslist (guilty 🙋). You’re a hopeless romantic who believes in fate and chance encounter. Good luck out there.

5. Match


You’re ready for commitment and financially stable enough to pay for a dating site membership. You’ve probably used all of the above apps to no avail, and finally caved for something that promises results. You’re someone who doesn’t like bullshit, and regularly mutters “I’m too old for this.”

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i tried every dating site so you don’t have to

This blog is called “New York is My Boyfriend” for God’s sake, so this post was kind of inevitable. I’m pretty loyal to Tinder, but I branched out and tried some other popular sites so YOU can be lucky in love. After all, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. What’s your favorite dating site or app?


I was quite impressed with eHarmony. I did a one-week free trial, but I felt like the matching was super legit. Randos can’t just like your pics and message you; you answer a pretty extensive series of questions and get paired up with guys based on your answers. It was kind of hard to be honest (is wine a hobby?), and the limits of the free trial were super annoying. For instance, you can’t see what anybody looks like or directly message them. K. As you can probably guess, I didn’t get super lucky.

# of phone numbers gotten: 0

# of dates resulting: 0

Farmers Only

A country-bumpkin style website, Farmers Only looks like it was created in 2006 and never updated. I was automatically assigned the username of cowgirl79798156, and was surprised that there are men trying to be cowboys within 20 miles of NYC.

# of phone numbers gotten: 1

# of dates resulting: 0


Ok Cupid

This site is TERRIBLE. Omg. The website itself is campy, and it’s impossible to filter messages. Every time I logged in I got hit with some obscene notification like “471 people have liked your profile!” I didn’t know I had a ‘type’ until I signed up for Ok Cupid. And that type is educated & employed.

# of phone numbers gotten: 0

# of dates resulting: 0


Christian Mingle

This site had a ton of potential, but like eHarmony, I was limited by my free trial (anyone wanna sponsor a follow up to this story so I can pay for a membership?). How am I supposed to find God’s match for me when I can’t message any of my matches?! I feel like there were a lot of nice, genuine guys, so if I’m still single in ten years, I might be shelling out some cash to the folks at Christian Mingle.

# of phone numbers gotten: 0

# of dates resulting: 0


Ok first of all…hottest guys EVER. Like, I don’t know how they do it, but the guys on Bumble are (overall) twice as hot as the ones on Tinder. And most of them went to great schools and have job titles like “investment banker” and “financial consultant” (i.e. douchey but rich). The thing I hate about this app is that you, the girl, have to initiate the convo. Which I don’t really mind, but I guess I need to work on my pick-up lines since I rarely got a message back. </3

# of phone numbers gotten: 7

# of dates resulting: 2



You probably know I have a lot to say about Tinder, but I’ll always have a love/hate relationship with this app. It’s just so entertaining, plus every time I get a new match it’s a nice little ego boost. The real problem with Tinder is that it’s come to be known as a place to find quick hook-ups, though my bio clearly states I’m looking for the opposite.

# of phone numbers gotten: 17

# of dates resulting: 5


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