Chef Fany Gerson’s paletas, ice creams, and other Mexican-inspired treats are some of the best in town. When she’s not busy at La Newyorkina and Dough, and writing James Beard-nominated cookbooks, she’s home with her new baby and Leonard (aka Terremoto), the cat she didn’t intend to have. We find out how THAT happened in what may be the strangest cat acquisition story we’ve ever heard. We also talk cat-kid dynamics, optimism, oatmeal, and more. Plus! An extra-sweet Cat Quiz, and Fany invents an exciting new dessert inspired by Leonard.
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The Atlantic’s Adam Serwer takes a break from cogent political analysis to talk about his most loyal co-workers, The Garfields—Butters, Burns, Eggsy, and Benne. Then we put his love of Italian food and felines to the test in the Cat Quiz, where Mary definitely pronounces some things incorrectly! Plus: a debate about cats on surfaces. Finally, we get the lowdown on Adam’s international cat acquisition strategy, how cats help when your job involves staring into the abyss, and what the last pure things on the internet are.
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We’re doing it live! An audience member joins comedian Carmen Lagala for a Cat Quiz about performing cats, and bandleader/musical guest Leslie Goshko performs a song about Tater’s journey from Florida to New York. Carmen and writer/producer Muna Mire decide if the phrase “let the cat out of the bag” is canceled or not, then Muna tells us all about Simone, who loves fast food and might have mystical powers. Plus: Since it’s a safe space, Carmen tries out a new cat joke and Mary explains her most elaborate cat theories!
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Heidi Vanderlee (The Chris Gethard Show, Early Riser, Shark Party Media) spent the last morning of 2018 reflecting on her aging Maine coons and how taking care of them has changed her life both personally and professionally. There’s also a fact-packed Shark-Cat Quiz, and a new segment in which we try to decipher a tweet about an incident involving a cat, a squirrel, and a bed.
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The multi-talented Shane O’Neill a.k.a. Shane Shane (comedian, musician, host, video maker, facial hair advocate) stops by for a conversation about love, creativity, community and cats. We put him to the test with a nightlife-themed Cat Quiz, then persuade Sandra Bernhard to get a cat in Hey, You Need A Cat! Be sure to listen to the end for Shane’s real-life confession about the time he almost killed Lil Bub.
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Carnage Electra skates in the legendary Gotham Girls Roller Derby league, but more importantly, she manages her cat Steve’s career (he started out modeling, but is more interested in music these days). We debate cats in the Olympics and put Carnage to the test with a Cat Quiz about her derby namesake, former Pussycat Doll Carmen Electra. Hey, it’s 2019, we’re back!
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Late Show with Stephen Colbert writer Ariel Dumas is here to play a Chicago-themed Cat Quiz and to explain the saddest tweet ever tweeted by a cat lady. We also debut a new segment: Hey, You Need A Cat!, in which we convince Keanu Reeves to get a cat. Then we learn all about Boy Kitty and Girl Kitty, Ariel’s passion for cat furniture and one very memorable Late Show cat moment.
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Comedian, writer and producer Sachi Ezura (Girl Code, After After Party) had two cats, then one, then two cats again. She tells us about the sudden loss of Corn and the sudden adoption of Pudding, and how Corn’s sister Magoo has dealt with it all. Plus, How Much Do You Know About Cats In Scripted Television Comedy Since 2013? and raising cats as a feminist act.
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With Friends Like These host Ana Marie Cox stopped by the day after the midterm elections to discuss voter turnout. JUST KIDDING, she came to talk about cats! Specifically Luke and Leia, aka The Jedi Twins, who’ve helped her and her husband on their paths to sobriety. Plus, a U.S. politics-themed Cat Quiz and some thought-provoking debate about cats’ role in government.
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Naomi Ekperigin and Andy Beckerman, the hilarious hosts of Couples Therapy, are here to talk about their relationships with each other and with their cats! Lots of breakthroughs in this one, plus a therapy-themed Cat Quiz, a debate about what to do if you fall in love with someone who’s allergic and some philosophical discourse about cat consciousness!
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Cats, like New York City, are complicated. Curbed NY editor Amy Plitt is here to talk about that and her ride-or-die, Stella, the one constant she’s had in the city that never stops changing. Also! Cat Food or NYC Delicacy?, a debate about cat cafes, the case for cat unions and a timely suggestion for updating New York’s city seal.
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When she’s not making videos for BuzzFeed’s Pero Like channel, Claudia Restrepo is home with Oscar, who leads a complex life as an indoor/outdoor cat. He has also made Claudia’s dating life complicated. Plus, what it’s like being the only cat person at work and a Cat Quiz about the differences between cats and dogs.
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Dulcé Sloan lives in New York City for her job as a correspondent on The Daily Show. Her cats are back in Georgia, living with her mom. We talk about long-distance cat relationships and Miracle’s miraculous origins, and take a break from the depressing news cycle with a happy cat news Cat Quiz.
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Choire Sicha is the Styles editor of The New York Times and a founding editor of The Awl, but what’s really impressive is the fact that he has three trained cats. In this episode we test Choire’s knowledge of New York Times cat headlines and go on a cat-themed fashion journey that changes his life forever.
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