Slate announces the addition of hit podcast Thirst Aid Kit to its network
PRESS RELEASE — August 28, 2019
Brooklyn, NY — August 26, 2019 — Slate today announced that it’s adding the hit podcast Thirst Aid Kit, hosted by Bim Adewunmi and Nichole Perkins, to its network. Thirst Aid Kit, which launched in 2017, is a podcast about how pop culture shapes our desires, and the public ways women express those desires, in a moment when we are all asking more pointed questions about representation and opportunity. The podcast will return on “Thirstday” September 26th.
Thirst Aid Kit explores critical topics like gender, race, sex, and relationships through insightful cultural commentary, while embracing — and expressing — lust and passion. It’s a unique show that validates and quenches its audience’s thirst while breaking down the greatest in celebrity and entertainment, exploring original fanfic and fantasies, and presenting a fresh take on what listeners care about each week outside the world of politics in an open and accessible format.
“Nichole and I have missed making each other — and our thirst buckets — cackle in the studio,” said Bim Adewunmi, host of Thirst Aid Kit. “I am absolutely delighted we’ve found a new home at Slate, and that we’ll be quenching thirst again, as God and Keanu Reeves intended.”
“I’m so happy to be heading back into the studio with Bim and am grateful we found a new home at Slate. Slate seemed like the perfect fit right away, and I can’t wait for our Thirst Buckets, OG and new, to hear what we have in store.” said Nichole Perkins, host of Thirst Aid Kit.
“Thirst Aid Kit is one of my favorite podcasts—sharp, hilarious, companionable, and endlessly insightful on celebrity, sexuality, and lust,” said Gabriel Roth, Slate’s Editorial Director of Audio. “I’m thrilled there will be more episodes, and even more thrilled that they’ll be coming from Slate.”
On episodes of Thirst Aid Kit, Bim and Nichole talk to notable guests, including journalists, thirst experts, and those who they’ve thirsted about on the show. Past guests have included Chris Evans, Rahul Kohli, Charlie Cox, Wilson Bethel, and Raleigh Ritchie. Since its launch in 2017, Thirst Aid Kit has garnered both fan and critical acclaim, and has been featured on numerous “best of” lists including by Entertainment Weekly, TIME, Bustle, The A.V. Club, and POPSUGAR among others.
In addition to episodes that will air weekly, Thirst Aid Kit will host regular events including live shows and “Thirsty Movie Nights.” The first “Thirsty Movie Night” will be a screening of, and conversation about, Point Break on October 7th at IFC Center in New York.
Thirst Aid Kit is the seventh podcast Slate has launched in 2019, and the sixteenth since early 2018. In total, Slate has more than 25 podcasts currently in production, and Slate podcasts were downloaded more than 180 million times in 2018, a 78 percent increase from 2017.
About The Hosts
Bim Adewunmi is a producer on This American Life, a journalist and playwright, and cohost of Thirst Aid Kit. She has written for BuzzFeed News, the Guardian, Vogue and many other outlets. For Follow This on Netflix, she reported on Amish romance novels, black survivalists, and modest fashion.
Nichole Perkins is a writer from Nashville, Tennessee, currently based in Brooklyn. Her work focuses on the intersections of pop culture, race, sex, gender, and relationships. She co-hosts Thirst Aid Kit, and is one of the hosts of The Waves, a Slate podcast that examines news and culture through a feminist lens.
Slate is a daily magazine on the web. Founded in 1996, we are a general-interest publication offering analysis and commentary about politics, news, business, technology, and culture. Slate’s strong editorial voice and witty take on current events have been recognized with numerous awards, including the National Magazine Award for General Excellence Online. Slate’s podcast network, established in 2005 with The Slate Political Gabfest, produces more than 25 podcasts, including Slow Burn, What Next, The Gist, Political Gabfest, Culture Gabfest, Decoder Ring, How To!, Outward, and The Waves. Slate’s podcasts were downloaded 180 million times in 2018.
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