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Let's Talk About Cats

Mary Phillips-Sandy and Lizzie Jacobs

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Let's Talk About Cats

Let's Talk About Cats

Mary Phillips-Sandy and Lizzie Jacobs

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About Us

It’s the fast-paced, fact-packed, surprisingly enlightening show that believes in one small, furry truth: Tell me about your cat, and I’ll find out who you are. Come for fan-favorite segments like the Cat Quiz, the Hot Topic Debate, and Hey, You Need A Cat! Stay for honest conversations about being human… and being humans with cats.


Your host is noted cat lady Mary Phillips-Sandy. Executive producer Lizzie Jacobs is indifferent about cats. Featuring an original theme song by Poingly, plus additional music by The English Muffins. Show logo by Julia Emiliani.

Latest Episodes

Cat Advice (ft. Julian)

We’re taking a short break in January, but we’ll be back in February! In the meantime, resident cat expert Julian (age 5) is here to tell you everything he knows about cats and how to care for them. What do different meows mean? What’s the one thing you should never let a cat have? And what can you do if your cat is afraid of her squeaky mouse toy? Plus: A not-so-subtle suggestion for Mary about getting another cat. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

8 min2019 DEC 31
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Cat Advice (ft. Julian)

Cat Reviews (ft. Ruby)

Mary is joined by resident cat critic Ruby (age 6) to review cats up for adoption in the New York City area. If you like soccer, Beverly Cleary, or cats who “never give up" we may just have the pet for you. Plus: strong opinions about cat names, and a star rating system that goes beyond infinity. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

15 min2019 DEC 25
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Cat Reviews (ft. Ruby)

Kumar (ft. Steve Selvidge)

EWhen guitarist Steve Selvidge isn’t touring with The Hold Steady, he’s home in Memphis with his extremely chill Maine Coon, Kumar, who likes to help assemble pedalboards. We investigate Memphis’s feline history, and Mary admits to almost getting carried away with this episode’s Quiz prize. Then Steve tells us about being a “lifelong cat nerd,” despite an early traumatic experience with some tomcats in heat. Plus: Introducing Steve & Steve, the cat-human supergroup the world has been waiting for. This episode is brought to you by our friends at Cat Amazing. Go to CatAmazing.com/CatTalk to get 15% off their interactive puzzles and condos! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

25 min2019 DEC 11
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Kumar (ft. Steve Selvidge)

Marnie (ft. Patrick Coker)

Alvin Ailey company member Patrick Coker was clueless about cats until he met Marnie—and he’s got the funniest new cat dad story we’ve ever heard. Naturally, Mary puts him to the test with a dance-themed Cat Quiz, which leads to a shocking revelation about a decades-long hoax. Then Patrick explains how Marnie (a gifted dancer in her own right) has inspired his craft, and why everyone should dance, even those of us with zero coordination. Plus: What really happens at professional dance auditions. Exclusive discount for LTAC listeners: Get 15% off interactive puzzles and condos at CatAmazing.com/CatTalk! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

29 min2019 DEC 4
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Marnie (ft. Patrick Coker)

Lulu (ft. Kelli Dunham)

EComedian, author, nurse, and ex-nun Kelli Dunham inherited her late partner’s cat. That’s actually not the most unusual thing Mary gets into in this episode: There’s a mixup at a livestock auction, plans for a cat cafe comedy tour, litter as penance, and tips for houseboat living. Mary and Kelli also delve into the harsh reality of grief, and Kelli explains how accepting care—and caring for a cat—can help with healing. Plus: Finally, an outlet for Mary’s Catholic jokes. She’s been saving them. Get 15% off Grendel’s favorite interactive toys and condos at CatAmazing.com/CatTalk! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

31 min2019 NOV 27
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Lulu (ft. Kelli Dunham)

Riff Raff & Squeaky (ft. Reyhan Harmanci)

Reyhan Harmanci, Gimlet Media’s new deputy head of programming, joins Mary to brainstorm a hypothetical cat media project involving GoPros and tiny billboards. Then we discuss cat journalism, audacious cat escapes, what it’s like navigating career changes in this unpredictable world, and how wrangling cats and wrangling babies is similar but also different. Plus: A brief survey of early 20th century cat magazines. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

33 min2019 NOV 20
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Riff Raff & Squeaky (ft. Reyhan Harmanci)

Milo, Theo, & Basil (ft. Mara Wilson)

Writer/actor/tea drinker Mara Wilson tries to figure out if that’s an actual BBC episode plot description or a thing Mary just made up. Then we debate the biggest question facing Silicon Valley: Should there be a separate Twitter just for cat content? Plus: Mara’s best nap ever, cat sunburns, why spring is the worst, and cats in LA vs cats in NYC. Also, for you Night Vale fans, we finally get the real scoop about Khoshekh’s name. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

29 min2019 NOV 12
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Milo, Theo, & Basil (ft. Mara Wilson)

Rorschach & Orange Julius (ft. Sam Escobar)

Allure’s deputy digital director Sam Escobar is a beauty expert who uses makeup as a form of creative expression. Mary tried eyeliner once. This opens up a lively conversation about differing views on beauty, the pressures and pleasures of self-presentation, and our moms’ Clinique habits. We also talk about cats! Obviously! Sam makes the case for adopting FIV+ kitties and reveals what people really see when they look at Rorschach. Plus: Cat vs. red lipstick, a messy true story. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

27 min2019 NOV 5
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Rorschach & Orange Julius (ft. Sam Escobar)

Dorothy & Agatha (ft. Louise Hung)

Mary invites Louise Hung, writer/producer at The Order of the Good Death, for a seasonally appropriate conversation about death, black cats, and why so many people fear them both. Spoiler alert, we're pro-black cats (especially Louise's companions, Dorothy and Agatha). We also discuss the death positive movement, mourning pets, and getting comfortable with spooky stuff. Plus: A Japanese cat funeral, a death-themed Cat Quiz, and a startling statistic about Halloween costumes for cats. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

26 min2019 OCT 29
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Dorothy & Agatha (ft. Louise Hung)

Wallace (ft. Jay Smooth)

DJ, video blogger, and cultural critic Jay Smooth helps Mary unpack one of hip-hop’s biggest mysteries: Why doesn’t Missy Elliott have a cat? Then we learn about Wallace, who’s been a source of positivity through times of change and who is a cultural critic in his own right (specifically, he likes all kinds of music but dislikes Jay’s broadcast voice). Plus: Growing up in NYC, and cats vs. racism. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

28 min2019 OCT 23
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Wallace (ft. Jay Smooth)

Latest Episodes

Cat Advice (ft. Julian)

We’re taking a short break in January, but we’ll be back in February! In the meantime, resident cat expert Julian (age 5) is here to tell you everything he knows about cats and how to care for them. What do different meows mean? What’s the one thing you should never let a cat have? And what can you do if your cat is afraid of her squeaky mouse toy? Plus: A not-so-subtle suggestion for Mary about getting another cat. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

8 min2019 DEC 31
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Cat Advice (ft. Julian)

Cat Reviews (ft. Ruby)

Mary is joined by resident cat critic Ruby (age 6) to review cats up for adoption in the New York City area. If you like soccer, Beverly Cleary, or cats who “never give up" we may just have the pet for you. Plus: strong opinions about cat names, and a star rating system that goes beyond infinity. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

15 min2019 DEC 25
Comments
Cat Reviews (ft. Ruby)

Kumar (ft. Steve Selvidge)

EWhen guitarist Steve Selvidge isn’t touring with The Hold Steady, he’s home in Memphis with his extremely chill Maine Coon, Kumar, who likes to help assemble pedalboards. We investigate Memphis’s feline history, and Mary admits to almost getting carried away with this episode’s Quiz prize. Then Steve tells us about being a “lifelong cat nerd,” despite an early traumatic experience with some tomcats in heat. Plus: Introducing Steve & Steve, the cat-human supergroup the world has been waiting for. This episode is brought to you by our friends at Cat Amazing. Go to CatAmazing.com/CatTalk to get 15% off their interactive puzzles and condos! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

25 min2019 DEC 11
Comments
Kumar (ft. Steve Selvidge)

Marnie (ft. Patrick Coker)

Alvin Ailey company member Patrick Coker was clueless about cats until he met Marnie—and he’s got the funniest new cat dad story we’ve ever heard. Naturally, Mary puts him to the test with a dance-themed Cat Quiz, which leads to a shocking revelation about a decades-long hoax. Then Patrick explains how Marnie (a gifted dancer in her own right) has inspired his craft, and why everyone should dance, even those of us with zero coordination. Plus: What really happens at professional dance auditions. Exclusive discount for LTAC listeners: Get 15% off interactive puzzles and condos at CatAmazing.com/CatTalk! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

29 min2019 DEC 4
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Marnie (ft. Patrick Coker)

Lulu (ft. Kelli Dunham)

EComedian, author, nurse, and ex-nun Kelli Dunham inherited her late partner’s cat. That’s actually not the most unusual thing Mary gets into in this episode: There’s a mixup at a livestock auction, plans for a cat cafe comedy tour, litter as penance, and tips for houseboat living. Mary and Kelli also delve into the harsh reality of grief, and Kelli explains how accepting care—and caring for a cat—can help with healing. Plus: Finally, an outlet for Mary’s Catholic jokes. She’s been saving them. Get 15% off Grendel’s favorite interactive toys and condos at CatAmazing.com/CatTalk! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

31 min2019 NOV 27
Comments
Lulu (ft. Kelli Dunham)

Riff Raff & Squeaky (ft. Reyhan Harmanci)

Reyhan Harmanci, Gimlet Media’s new deputy head of programming, joins Mary to brainstorm a hypothetical cat media project involving GoPros and tiny billboards. Then we discuss cat journalism, audacious cat escapes, what it’s like navigating career changes in this unpredictable world, and how wrangling cats and wrangling babies is similar but also different. Plus: A brief survey of early 20th century cat magazines. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

33 min2019 NOV 20
Comments
Riff Raff & Squeaky (ft. Reyhan Harmanci)

Milo, Theo, & Basil (ft. Mara Wilson)

Writer/actor/tea drinker Mara Wilson tries to figure out if that’s an actual BBC episode plot description or a thing Mary just made up. Then we debate the biggest question facing Silicon Valley: Should there be a separate Twitter just for cat content? Plus: Mara’s best nap ever, cat sunburns, why spring is the worst, and cats in LA vs cats in NYC. Also, for you Night Vale fans, we finally get the real scoop about Khoshekh’s name. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

29 min2019 NOV 12
Comments
Milo, Theo, & Basil (ft. Mara Wilson)

Rorschach & Orange Julius (ft. Sam Escobar)

Allure’s deputy digital director Sam Escobar is a beauty expert who uses makeup as a form of creative expression. Mary tried eyeliner once. This opens up a lively conversation about differing views on beauty, the pressures and pleasures of self-presentation, and our moms’ Clinique habits. We also talk about cats! Obviously! Sam makes the case for adopting FIV+ kitties and reveals what people really see when they look at Rorschach. Plus: Cat vs. red lipstick, a messy true story. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

27 min2019 NOV 5
Comments
Rorschach & Orange Julius (ft. Sam Escobar)

Dorothy & Agatha (ft. Louise Hung)

Mary invites Louise Hung, writer/producer at The Order of the Good Death, for a seasonally appropriate conversation about death, black cats, and why so many people fear them both. Spoiler alert, we're pro-black cats (especially Louise's companions, Dorothy and Agatha). We also discuss the death positive movement, mourning pets, and getting comfortable with spooky stuff. Plus: A Japanese cat funeral, a death-themed Cat Quiz, and a startling statistic about Halloween costumes for cats. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

26 min2019 OCT 29
Comments
Dorothy & Agatha (ft. Louise Hung)

Wallace (ft. Jay Smooth)

DJ, video blogger, and cultural critic Jay Smooth helps Mary unpack one of hip-hop’s biggest mysteries: Why doesn’t Missy Elliott have a cat? Then we learn about Wallace, who’s been a source of positivity through times of change and who is a cultural critic in his own right (specifically, he likes all kinds of music but dislikes Jay’s broadcast voice). Plus: Growing up in NYC, and cats vs. racism. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

28 min2019 OCT 23
Comments
Wallace (ft. Jay Smooth)
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