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The JV Club with Janet Varney
78 minutes | 4 days ago
Dance your way into a shoe commercial with this week’s fantastic Amy Okuda (“Atypical" on Netflix), who also talks pandemic-livestreams, being a Non-Tryer (a term we just made up), and how fascinating and scary it would be to get a close-up look at the deep ocean’s most f***ed-up fish!
103 minutes | 11 days ago
Experience the conversation that JV must describe as “a little slice of heaven” with this week’s guest, the terrific comedian/author Sara Schaefer! Hear about Sara’s marvelous new book, “Grand,” the problematic-hair-yet-nostalgic-appeal of Counting Crows, and dollhouses, Dollhouses, DOLLHOUSES!
64 minutes | 18 days ago
It’s the other half of the charming What Are Friends For podcast, Gabrielle Ruiz ("Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”), who sang, danced, and counted down her teen years in Texas as she readied herself for the Big Apple. This is a very talented woman who knows the value of a good beef stew!
72 minutes | 25 days ago
It’s JV’s first guest who has had— and fully recovered from, yay! — the thing that’s keeping us all on our toes this year. Celebrate the good news with Pallavi Sastry ("What Are Friends For podcast"), who expounds on many fascinating subjects both heavy and light on this almost-the-end-of-2020 JV Club episode!
99 minutes | a month ago
Twin Peaks! Black Dahlias! Breakfast burritos! This week JV geeks out with one of her podcast host crushes, Dr. Shiloh (LA Not So Confidential), who talks police reform, psychology, cheerleading, LA noir, and generally proves that she’s every bit as cool as JV suspected she would be!
75 minutes | a month ago
If you don’t already adore this week’s guest, Negin Farsad (Fake the Nation), YOU WILL BY THE END OF THIS EPISODE! Dish on the coolest uncool Palm Springs local hangs! Rummage vintage in Tennessee and end up answering questions about 9/11! A conversation about current political divides that is actually upbeat! It’s all right here for YOU.
77 minutes | a month ago
This week marks the 400th new episode of The JV Club! To celebrate the occasion, JV was incredibly excited to be joined by someone who was a huge inspiration during her late teens (and beyond, to today!): singer/songwriter/playwright Jonatha Brooke. This episode also includes a duet of Jonatha’s song (as the band The Story) “So Much Mine" that she graciously sang with JV, which is also viewable as a video!
71 minutes | 2 months ago
Blogging at work, Flagging at school, and how to carefully pick which horror movies you jump into during a rousing game of M.A.S.H. with this week’s guest, comedian/writer/actor/podcaster Halle Kiefer!
68 minutes | 2 months ago
Samantha! Heidi! The Girls Next Door! This week JV reconnects with her audition buddy, comedian and actor Melinda Hill (“Inappropriate”), who chats about lifehacks for the kid who moves a lot, does Siouxsie Sioux impressions, and relishes a good doughnut.
90 minutes | 2 months ago
If you like your thrills in the form of chewing gum (called, you guessed it, “Thrills”), you might be Canadian, and you might like the taste of soap! This wisdom and so many other important lessons come this week from comedian Jess Salomon (The El-Salomons), who talks cilantro, triathlons, and Quebec City and so much more.
84 minutes | 2 months ago
It’s time for a chat with award-winning comedy writer, artist, and games producer Libby Ward, who talks Tucson deserts with a very excited JV, but more importantly shares her values of inclusion, diversity, teamwork and love. And a little crayon-illustrated book called “Luchador Mice!"
58 minutes | 3 months ago
This week brings us the talented Nashville-based musician Eloise Alterman, who chats with JV about the glorious Stevie Nicks, the perfect vanilla sheet cake, and being just grown-up enough to know you’re just young enough to make big moves.
76 minutes | 3 months ago
This week’s episode welcomes the utterly delightful Becca Scott (Good Time Society), whose intelligence, humor and compassion will somehow make you believe in all of humanity! Plus, a dip into Victorian times, partially in honor of the RPG where JV and BS first met… as tiny British orphans.
66 minutes | 3 months ago
The luminous Daralyse Lyons (the Demystifying Diversity podcast) joins JV and brings with her an honest, reflective, and delightful conversation about “otherness,” the ways we try to be in charge of ourselves, the appeal of some really good Narnia-based witchcraft!
74 minutes | 3 months ago
This week is very special guest, author Anna Cox (I Keep My Worries in My Teeth), whose wonderful, strange, funny and poignant new novel is also available as an audiobook… and JV was honored to read one of the characters in it! Anna and JV talk about the book, Anna’s teenage years in curlers and more!
90 minutes | 4 months ago
JV and delightful YA author Maurene Goo (“I Believe in a Thing Called Love") chat about the complexities of mother-daughter relationships, growing up first generation Korean American, being an expectant mom in during the pandemic, and why “Supernatural” is pretty delicious.
143 minutes | 4 months ago
This week on The JV Club, JV has the pleasure of speaking with reporter Amelia McDonnell-Parry, whose remarkable work in Baltimore covering cases like those of Freddie Gray and Keith Davis, Jr. (UNDISCLOSED podcast) has been inspiring JV for years! From her teenagerhood in California to her artwork and current focus in criminal justice reform, this ep is a gem!
66 minutes | 4 months ago
It’s the sublime Naomi Ekperigin (the fantastic Couples Therapy podcast, "Broad City”) on this week’s ep of the podcast (episode 389 if you’re keeping track! Zowie!), who reveals her continued perfection as one of the funniest people around.
78 minutes | 4 months ago
This week brings you a virtual hang with the talented and inspiring Nashville-based musician Zoë Nutt (“How Does it Feel”), who fills JV in on the benefits of a great coach, great family, and great BBQ. Plus! The secret to enjoying a certain marshmallow Easter confection!
79 minutes | 4 months ago
It’s no surprise that JV is once again delighted to have a guest who brings back a conversation to the weird, special dynamic of San Francisco adolescence, in this case with Boy of Summer Josh Levine (Rebel Radio podcast). From teens behaving badly in private ravines to early hiphop, this is a juicy ep not to be missed!Hosted by Janet Varney.Edited by Julian Burrell
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