Betty in the Sky with a Suitcase ★★★
“Betty” is an American flight attendant for an airline who travels around the world and lets us in on some of the funniest, most touching, and unbelievable traveler and flight crew stories. Her podcast, Betty in the Sky With a Suitcase, has been running for 11 years, since 2005 – quite a long time in the audio world. Congrats Betty!
Both Betty and crew members she interviews share anecdotes about crazy people they’ve met: flight attendants who hooked up with pilots, passengers with monkeys as therapy animals, hotel managers who hit on flight attendants, and plenty of slightly gross but still entertaining bodily function stories. Each episode, released roughly once a month, has a title which is not necessarily a theme for the entire show but may relate to one or several of the anecdotes.
The show is a little patchy sometimes, it is obviously recorded in airports and hotels and on location in some of the busiest places on earth, so the production style takes a little getting used to. What sells me most on coming back time and again to listen to the next episode is Betty. Her infectious joy exudes from every show, and I love how she interviews and talks with other crew members – it’s very informal and perfect for an anecdotal storytelling podcast. It’s really not that focused on travel per se, but more about the people who travel: what happens in seats, in the bathroom, in the cockpit of a plane. I wish Betty had time or a partner to help with sound mixing, but on the other hand-this is not a radio show, it’s intended to be anecdotal, and you just have to roll with the informality. Give her a listen if you have an hour on your commute!
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Audible Feast Ratings
Educational Value (2 / 5)
Pop Culture Value (3 / 5)
Host Listen-ability (3 / 5)
Betty has a distinctive laugh. There is a lot of giggling in the podcast – I have to be in the mood for it. Betty is extremely likable. If you haven’t figured it out, I’m sure Betty is not really named Betty, her alias is Betty N. Thesky. The corniness is very appealing to me!
Flow & Production Value (2 / 5)
The show is a little scattered, and I’m pretty sure Betty puts it together herself, so I have to cut her a break. But sometimes I get confused about how the stories tie together, or not. I try to keep in mind that this is not recorded in a studio – it’s often recorded on the road in a faraway land!
Humor (4 / 5)
Investigation (1 / 5)
Storytelling (4 / 5)
The hour-long show is typically packed with tons of stories. They’re short, easy to pay attention to, and usually funny – can’t go wrong.
Makes Me a Better Person (2 / 5)
Overall Audible Feast Rating: (3 / 5)
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