Normal Gossip

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Normal Gossip

Normal Gossip

5.0/5

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Normal Gossip delivers juicy, strange, funny, and utterly banal gossip about people you’ll never know and never meet. Host Kelsey McKinney discusses reader-submitted comedic gossip with guests, diving into the lives and decisions of complete strangers. The second-hand truth really is stranger than fiction. Produced by Alex Sujong Laughlin. Show art by Tara Jacoby.  https://linktr.ee/normalgossip


Critic Reviews

Score: 5

Emma Dibdin • New York Times Jun 28, 2022

"The low stakes are part of what makes “Normal Gossip” work — each yarn is as inconsequential as it is juicy, a pleasure as fleeting as cotton candy."

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Score: 5

Andy Dehnart • Reality Blurred May 30, 2022

"They’re so satisfying, and my only complaint is that I hate when stories and episodes end. That’s because the stories are unspooled well, and have just the right amount of surprising twists and juicy moments. Occasionally I found myself wondering about the veracity and verifiability of the stories, but that’s gossip, right?"

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Score: 5

Smithereens Staff • Smithereens Blog Apr 1, 2022

"This podcast is like satisfying a sweet craving, in a weird way. I don’t know at all the people they speak about, I have never met them and the story has anonymized some details, but I was sucked in and could not help but think about what I would say or do in the situation."

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Score: 5

Áine Ryan • 9Honey Mar 21, 2022

"...each episode is more jaw-dropping than the last. So much so, you might be tempted to google the little crumbs McKinney and Laughlin have dropped in an effort to identify the people involved. …"

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Score: 5

Nicholas Quah • Vulture Feb 17, 2022

"McKinney is a great, casual storyteller; her slightly discursive style lulls you into a soothing rhythm before a sly reveal extracts an involuntary gasp. Normal Gossip can evoke bigger ideas about gossip: its purpose in society, its nature and meaning, its appeal. There’s no need to always over-intellectualize things. Good gossip can be just a good time."

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Score: 5

Rachel Syme • New Yorker Jan 24, 2022

"...provides pure, voyeuristic, candy-coated pleasure. The show evokes the thrill of sitting next to chatty, high-drama strangers at a café, a rare feeling in these indoor-oriented times. It’s delicious."

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Score: 5

Lauren Passell • Podcast The Newsletter Jan 17, 2021

"The kind of gossip your mom tells you she heard about at the hairdresser. The way it’s presented, it feels a little like a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure. (What would you do if this happened to you?) A fantastic episode with Sam Sanders about a woman who learns a bit too much about her boyfriend’s family will force you to question your morals and ask yourself, how did this woman get into this situation?"

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