The Brain Candy Podcast ★★★★★
There is nothing that is not fun about this podcast from Susie Meister and Sarah Rice from MTV’s Road Rules and The Real World (and the Challenges for you young ‘uns who have no idea what Road Rules is). Sarah and Susie dish about everything from love, sex, money, home improvement, work, and of course-reality TV alums. The friendship between the two is obvious and balanced: where Meister is even-tempered, Rice is easily excitable; where Rice has a passion for science, art and psychology, Meister has a PhD in religious studies and is working on a book; and yet the two comfortably bond over a glass of wine and their shared experience in MTV-reality-show-land as two of the most intelligent people to ever appear on the network. (I contend that TJ Lavin is up there also, that guy is definitely way smarter than he might project.)
This is such a happy show and although it’s usually about 50 minutes to an hour long, I don’t feel like I’m listening to a long show, I feel like the time is flying by. Admittedly, I’m sure I’m in the target demographic for this show (I’m a 35 year old woman who especially loved MTV in my teens and twenties) and I share many of the feminist perspectives that Meister and Rice discuss regularly. So if that sounds like you, download an episode and check them out. The hosts take a casual approach toward important topics like gender equality, friendship, cults, and religion, and find a way to seamlessly meld in chats with former MTV Challenge cast members and other special guests. It might sound like a mismatch but just listen – it’s not at all, and it’s because Rice and Meister’s on-air cadence and fun banter makes it flow.
I’m happy that the podcast has evolved over the last several months, offering fewer annoying ads in the middle and switching to the native ad model, which I normally despise–but for some reason, Susie and Sarah are much less obnoxious about it than other hosts. Excellent job ladies.
A recent episode was devoted wholly to cold-calling Challenge cast members, like recent winner Cara Maria Sorbello and two-time winner Wes Bergmann. Other episodes have featured calls with social media civilians, even people who don’t agree with the often strong feminist stance portrayed by Meister and Rice. These episodes are never negative-always productive and respectful, and over and above, fun. This is a great, relaxing, humorous and thoughtful show that will remain in my regular playlist. Check it out!
What do you think of this podcast? Leave a comment below and let’s discuss!
Audible Feast Ratings
Educational Value ★★★★☆
Pop Culture Value ★★★★★
Reality TV inside scoops, behind the scenes info about MTV, and discussion about pop culture with two intelligent women? Yes, please.
Host Listen-ability ★★★★★
What a great pairing! Rice and Meister play well off of each other and will make you want to be their personal friend – at least one, if not both of the women will likely resonate with you if you’re an open minded woman.
Flow & Production Value ★★★★☆
Makes Me a Better Person ★★★☆☆
BONUS STARS: ★
I just really love this show. There have been a couple episodes that were a little bit of a miss for me, but in general, The Brain Candy Podcast is reliable fun, and I love it!
Overall Audible Feast Rating: ★★★★★
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