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Author: Penn Badgley, Nava Kavelin, Sophie Ansari

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Podcrushed — the podcast where Penn Badgley reads your middle school story -- explores the heartbreak, anxiety and self-discovery of being a teenager. Hosts Penn Badgley, Nava Kavelin, and Sophie Ansari bring you stories and conversations about middle school - from childhood crushes, to battles with body hair, to schoolyard scuffles. The results are sometimes awkward, sometimes heartwarming, and always relatable.

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Today we're rerunning our Taylor Tomlinson episode in celebration of the release of her new Netflix special "Have It All"! You may know her from her other Netflix specials, "Quarter Life Crisis" and "Look at You", but this week's guest, the bright, witty, and ludicrously funny Taylor Tomlinson, feels duped! She thought she was coming on for a breezy conversation on first periods and childhood crushes, and instead found herself deep in a conversation on heartbreak, rejection, death, and mental illness. The hosts hold nothing back, too, this week as they reflect on sudden loss and middle school trauma. This is a special episode of Podcrushed you won't wanna miss.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Ziwe

Ziwe

2023-12-2049:54

In our Season 2 finale the one and only Ziwe stops by! Her legendary sharp wit and inimitable comedic voice are on display as she showers us with stories of adolescence and coming of age. She shares why being completely herself has been critical to her career, an update on her future foray into pop stardom, and why the keys to success are within our own reach. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
In our penn-ultimate episode of the season, we interview the trailblazing renowned psychotherapist and relationship expert, Esther Perel. We learn about her new course "Turning Conflict into Connection," and Esther shares her profound wisdom on love, conflict, and human connection. She leads us in answering personal questions from her new game "Where Should We Begin", while she shares personal stories of worst dates and delicate family dynamics. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
In our final EXTRA CREDIT episode this season, we talk to Katie Florence, whose father and brother both died when she was young. We explore the process of navigating grief and using humor as a tool to heal and survive devastating losses. Follow Podcrushed on Socials: InstagramTikTokXSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Charlotte Ritchie

Charlotte Ritchie

2023-12-0652:55

YOU asked, we delivered! This week the one and only Charlotte Ritchie (YOU, Ghosts) brings Penn to tears with stories of her tween gymnastics days in his favorite embarrassing story of the season. She and Penn share some Season 4 BTS and share their predictions over Joe and Kate's fates in the final season of YOU.Follow Podcrushed on socials:TikTokInstagramXSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
In a full circle moment, on this EXTRA CREDIT episode we connect with Quinn Hardy (@quinickle) — a content creator whose plea for Penn to "duet" him went viral last year. He talks all things bullying, social media infamy, and gets surprisingly philosophical.Follow Podcrushed on Socials: InstagramTikTokXSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Seth and Josh Meyers

Seth and Josh Meyers

2023-11-2901:08:07

Seth Meyers (Late Night with Seth Myers, Saturday Night Live) and Josh Meyers (Mad TV, That '70s Show) join us this week for a hilarious conversation on their Midwestern upbringing. They recall their first 'birds and the bees' chat with their dad, why Seth is incapable of lying, how Josh handles heartbreak, and why they're each other's biggest supporters. Sophie, Penn and Nava declare them the most wholesome guests they've ever had and try to find a way to become part of the Meyers' family.Follow Podcrushed on socials:TikTokInstagramXSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Is there such a thing as twin telepathy? Find out on this week's extra credit YOUR STORY episode, featuring listeners and twins Nahja and Nahjeniq Buchanan. Nahja and Nahjeniq share about their twin hijinks in middle school, establishing their own identity separate from being a twin and tapping into their twin intuition.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
In this week’s extra credit YOUR STORY episode, Nayya Hassan opens up about her teenage experience with a forced arranged marriage to her own cousin. Nayya blows the team away with her strength, resilience and courage.Follow Podcrushed on Socials: InstagramTikTokXSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Matt Rife

Matt Rife

2023-11-1501:06:32

The stand-up comic taking the world by storm, Matt Rife, drops by this week and shares about his first love, his most epic on-stage bomb at 15, how comedian Ralphie May changed his life, and for the first time, shares the full story of how he and his girlfriend met and fell in love. We have a feeling you’re gonna love this one. Stick around! Follow Podcrushed on socials:TikTokInstagramXSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Join us this week for our second extra credit YOUR STORY episode, where we devote an entire episode to a conversation with a listener. Today we we talk to our youngest guest ever— 16 year old Sophie Fergi shares about how severe bullying in middle school led to a home-schooling journey that has culminated in a very prominent online presence on social media. She shares what she’s learned about navigating hate, both from peers in real life, and trolls on the internet. Follow Podcrushed on Socials: InstagramTikTokX  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Ramy Youssef

Ramy Youssef

2023-11-0801:04:57

Come join us as Penn falls in love with our guest, Ramy Youssef (award-winning actor, producer, and stand-up comic). Ramy shares what it was like to be a Muslim kid in New Jersey the day after 9/11, why he loves Jesus but won't eff with Santa, and why in middle school he literally would have rather shit his pants than miss out on a good time. **This episode was recorded prior to the SAG-AFTRA strike.** Follow Podcrushed on socials:TikTokInstagramXSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Join us this week for the launch of our first ever extra credit YOUR STORY episode, where we devote an entire episode to a conversation with a listener. Today we talk to Simran Jeet Singh, a professor, activist, and author, about his first memorable encounter with religious discrimination on a soccer field, and in a boys' locker room, in Texas. Follow Podcrushed on Socials: InstagramTikTokXSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jada Pinkett Smith

Jada Pinkett Smith

2023-11-0153:53

This week we are joined by the sensational Jada Pinkett Smith. Jada shares about her tumultuous adolescence in Baltimore, how her time in a metal band helped her learn how to shield her heart from bitterness, what she’s learned about healing and forgiveness in family relationships, and why love is only possible when we sacrifice our ego. Follow Podcrushed on socials:TikTokInstagramXSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
World-renowned expert on the science of happiness, Dr. Laurie Santos (host of The Happiness Lab; professor of Yale University’s most popular class in history!) takes the time to answer YOUR most submitted questions on happiness this week. From sharing about the most misunderstood ideas on happiness (hello money!) and the most overlooked aspects of happiness, to whether single people can actually be as happy as married couples, to the fastest way to lift yourself up out of sadness (the answer might surprise you), this episode of Podcrushed will leave you armed with new insights to improve your happiness, in the short and long term. Follow Podcrushed on socials:XTikTokInstagramSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Bob & Erin Odenkirk

Bob & Erin Odenkirk

2023-10-1844:34

Today we have not one, but two guests -- Bob Odenkirk, the award-winning actor, writer, and comedic trailblazer whose career has spanned decades, and his daughter Erin Odenkirk, an accomplished multimedia artist and illustrator. Together they co-authored a book of children’s poems and illustrations called ‘Zilot & Other Important Rhymes”, which manages to entertain while also encouraging children to write their own poems. Bob tells us why he still sometimes feels like a fourteen-year-old, Erin tells stories of growing up in the uber-creative Odenkirk household, and the hosts finally discover what exactly a "zilot" is.  Follow Podcrushed on socials:XInstagramTikTokSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Geri Halliwell-Horner

Geri Halliwell-Horner

2023-10-1140:27

Geri Halliwell-Horner — the singer you may know best as *the* Ginger Spice from the Spice Girls — joins us to talk about her first experiences navigating fame as a Spice Girl, her lifelong journey with spirituality, and her NYT best-selling fantasy novel for young readers “Rosie Frost and the Falcon Queen."  Follow Podcrushed on socials:TikTokXInstagramSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
James Scully

James Scully

2023-10-0454:25

**This episode of Podcrushed was recorded prior to the SAG-AFTRA strike.** Today we're joined by James Scully, the actor you may know from shows like Titans and Heathers, or from characters like Forty Quinn from Penn's show You. Coincidentally, James just so happened to be taught by Nava when he was in ninth grade. Yes, that's right -- Nava was James Scully's teacher when he was in high school. James shares his favorite memories from Nava's class, gets candid about growing up as a theater kid in Texas, and recalls his favorite moments working alongside Penn on set.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Kevin Bacon

Kevin Bacon

2023-09-2748:32

This week we get to experience Kevin Bacon in the first degree! Kevin tells us all about his new podcast, Six Degrees with Kevin Bacon, how his mother influenced his passion for philanthropy, and how he came out of the womb seeking attention. Kevin shares why fame doesn't bother him (too much), how he draws inspiration for his spirited Tik Tok account, and most significantly, finally agrees to share a piece of marriage advice.  Instagram TikTok XSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey

2023-09-2059:30

If you’ve ever asked yourself, “Who is the most charming man alive?” and come up with Matthew McConaughey, you are correct. This week, the hosts bask in the light of Matthew’s infectious spirit as he regales them with stories from his adolescence in Texas, important lessons on love and patience, why a little bullshitting is vital, and shares the inspiration behind his new children’s book, Just Because. Follow Podcrushed on socials:TikTokInstagramXSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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NAB Z

thank you for making this interesting podcast.🙏

Jan 15th
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Shapar Shamim

keep it up guys. ❤️ bring Jacob elordi

Dec 25th
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Ashlee Rees

tired of hearing from her...

Nov 1st
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Kaveh Karami

great episode, so sad we can't watch this on video

Oct 22nd
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Tabassum Latif

Omg. I love Penn! He's a very intelligent person and the topics that he talks about , he relates to people so much, he says things that no one is willing to talk about. It is very true that we all need Love at the end of the day and that is why people more and more nowadays watch TV shows that are about friendships and relationships

Sep 20th
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Saldana Will

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Sep 7th
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Mehri

❤️‍🔥❤️‍🔥❤️‍🔥

Jul 28th
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Kat Scher

Born & raised in Chicago.... We do not claim that man.

Apr 10th
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Nick Paolucci

I could honestly have these conversations for hours! Great topics and so crucial to talk about

Jan 10th
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Silvia Gatti

Love it!

Oct 6th
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Brooke Venning

it's very cute but I thought there'd be more story and less commentary

Jun 12th
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Elham ahmadzadeh

Awesome 😍♥️👌🏻

May 5th
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