Can’t Finish The Book? Consider Podclub — Like Book Club, But With Podcasts

By Samantha Melamed
The Philadelphia Inquirer

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) The concept of a “podclub” was conceived by 43 year old Lydia Ricci. It’s a new type of social event that combines the emerging medium of podcasts with the old-fashioned art of hanging out with friends.

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Lydia Ricci kicked things off by telling the story of that time she was so broke she sold her panty hose for $10.

Jill Walters, 41, talked about how she’d spent summers selling the Inquirer and Daily News on the beach with her sister, then found out her sister was maximizing profits by stealing the papers from an honor box.

And Walters and Sarah Klein, 42, both of Narberth, Pa., were shocked to discover they had both been physically assaulted by the very same Penn State fraternity member while in college a few years apart. (Walters’ long-ago revenge: When she happened to come into possession of the perpetrator’s personal information, she used it to drop him from all of his courses and sign him up for 18 credits of women’s studies.)

These are the kinds of stories, long buried and forgotten, that are liable to wriggle their way into the light at podclub. The concept, conceived and, on a recent evening, hosted by Ricci, 43, of Narberth, is a new type of social event that combines the emerging medium of podcasts with the old-fashioned art of hanging out with friends.

Ricci, who has been organizing podclubs among her friends for the last few months, recently launched a website, thepodclubs.com, that offers a curated selection of podcasts and instructions for others who wish to host their own meetups.

Melissa McCloy, 42, of Narberth, said it’s like a book club, but less stressful.

“I’m in a book club and, to be honest, I struggle to read the book sometimes. I’m so busy: I work, and I have three kids,” she said. “But the podcast I can listen to in my car or while I’m cooking dinner. It’s a commitment of less than an hour, so it seems so much easier given my life right now.”

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