This special guest post was written by Christine Hollins. Check out this note about her background!
I will be the first to admit that podcasts were not always on my radar, I would listen to the occasional replay of a radio show or two – but I was never really a podcast listener. On the flip side I was and am a Downton Abbey super fan, so when our local Houston PBS station began offering an after show (Manor of Speaking) I hung in and watched from time to time. Though she had been a guest on this show multiple times, I never paid much attention to Lizzie Post’s segment this past January. Yes, Post, as in Emily Post – The Queen of Etiquette herself. Lizzie is her great-great- granddaughter. At any rate, this particular Sunday I listened to her segment and they plugged her podcast Awesome Etiquette – so I put it on my radar. A few weeks later, I finally looked it up and ever since I have been hooked on Awesome Etiquette where Lizzie and her cousin Daniel Post-Senning answer anything and everything you ever wanted to know about etiquette.
Awesome Etiquette is a weekly podcast and is one thing I look forward to on Mondays. When I first began listening to the show Dan was out on his extended honeymoon trip – being the thoughtful hosts that they are, Lizzie and Dan recorded several episodes to air during his absence. Once I finished the first hour I binged on all of the remaining episodes – that was several hours and several days of awesomely Awesome Etiquette. The natural chemistry of the cousins, and their practical and proper advice are both humorous and perfect. Listeners have a few ways to contact the show with their questions via either Facebook, e-mail, or phone. Interestingly enough the listeners are playful as well, asking signing questions with what we would today call classic self-help alliteration: names like “Irked Intern.”
Nothing so far has been off limits – weddings, proms, pizza toppings (Episode 70 – this is a must listen episode as is the follow-up in Episode 78), work, dogs and Lizzie and Dan will often give sample scripts/responses to the listener questions. Occasionally, you will also hear their producer Hans chime in with some cool tidbits. In addition to your questions – the show also allows listeners to call or write in with an Etiquette Salute – to a person or persons that made someone’s day. It is a nice segment which, in a world where so much goes wrong, good behavior and manners are highlighted and praised. Another fun aspect of the podcast are the opening titles and bump music which feature clips from a 1950s/1960s era instructional film about manners.
The show has one main advertiser, Blue Apron, but it is so expertly woven into the episode you are not always aware of the shift from the programming to the advertisement. Lizzie and Dan make the meals sound amazing, and because the podcast is weekly they highlight different meals – so it does not feel recycled or disingenuous. I have not signed up yet – but I have based on the descriptions, visited the Blue Apron site a few times to check it out.
Awesome Etiquette is a playful and enjoyable podcast that I file away their tips and use them as a guide. In a completely etiquette-nerdy way think I think it is pretty cool that the mission and work of Emily Post lives on in her family and the Emily Post institute.
What do you think of this podcast? Leave a comment below and let’s discuss!
Audible Feast Ratings
Educational Value (5 / 5)
Pop Culture Value (5 / 5)
Host Listen-ability (5 / 5)
Flow & Production Value (5 / 5)
Humor (5 / 5)
Investigation (0 / 5)
N/A for this show.
Storytelling (5 / 5)
Makes Me a Better Person (5 / 5)
Overall Audible Feast Rating: (5 / 5)
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