Thirst Aid Kit

Thirst Aid Kit

Thirst is natural… so let’s celebrate it! Join Bim Adewunmi and Nichole Perkins as they dig deep into the various ways women express their thirst, asking: why do we desire who we desire? At a time when men are Not Doing Great, Bim and Nichole want to ask keep asking questions about Hollywood inclusion and opportunity, through illuminating and hilarious conversations with special guests, original fanfic designed to make you sit up, and of course [REDACTED]. Bring a straw… and come thirst with us.


The Weird and Wonderful Lakeith Stanfield
Nov 14 • 50 min
You know it, you see it: there’s something about Lakeith. It’s there in Atlanta, in Get Out, in Someone Great… the list goes on. It’s actually many things — ace acting ability, a bucketload of confident, quirky charm, and a presence that belies his slight…
Jason. And Jason Again.
Nov 7 • 53 min
We say Sudeikis, you say Mantzoukas, let’s call the whole thing off! Yes, it’s a ‘two for one’ deal on this week’s episode, in which we examine two funnymen named Jason and figure out their very distinct and very different brands of sex appeal. Sudeikis…
That Sturdy Feeling ft. Driadonna Roland
Oct 31 • 65 min
Happy Halloween! This week there are no tricks, and only BIG OLE TREATS thanks to the top tier selection of Thirst Objects gathered. We asked our friend, writer and covert thirst-bucket Driadonna Roland to help us break down the dudes that make her weak…
Stern Men and Power Femmes with Nicole Cliffe
Oct 24 • 64 min
Buttoned Up. Taciturn. No-Nonsense. We all know the magnetism of a stern man, and how it compels thirst. Writer, benevolent internet queen and genteel bisexual lady Nicole Cliffe joined us to discuss her many thirsts, both real and fictional — from her…
Mark-Paul Gosselaar Can Catch It
Oct 17 • 47 min
We never wanted a hall pass for Zack Morris but our thirst for Mark-Paul Gosselaar grew from a tiny acorn into a mighty oak — JUST LIKE HE DID. From Pitch to the Passage, we explore what makes MPG the MVP: is it the well-groomed beard? The thick thighs?…
Forgive Us, Father
Oct 10 • 52 min
Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ll have heard all the #ThirstDiscourse about Fleabag’s Hot Priest — and we’re here to peel back his cassock and reveal what lies beneath… We also look at his forebear, Sidney Chambers AKA the Sexy Vicar of…
In The Shadows with Taika Waititi
Oct 3 • 47 min
If you like your comedy packaged in a bundle of silly, offbeat joy, then this week’s Thirst Object should appeal. We’re talking about Oscar-nominated director, writer and actor Taika Waititi. The lesser-spotted New Zealand silver-haired fox knows that…
Dan Levy: Smokeshow Extraordinaire
Sep 26 • 53 min
We’re back, thirst-buckets! We were away for nine months, gestating this thirst baby, and now we have returned… and named it Dan Levy! The co-creator and showrunner of the Emmy-nominated comedy Schitt’s Creek is our Thirst Object, and we have lots to talk…
Trailer: We’re Back!
Sep 19 • 5 min
Thirst Aid Kit is back in your ears on September 26th, with a new home on Slate Podcasts.
Stay Thirsty
Jan 28 • 4 min
Dear Thirst Buckets, Thirst Aid Kit’s time at BuzzFeed has come to an end. At this point, we don’t know if the show will live again elsewhere but we wanted to give you a proper “goodbye-for-now.” Thank you for listening and sharing and talking about…
The Artist Formerly Known as MC Fresh (ft Wilson Bethel)
Dec 20, 2018 • 83 min
It’s our season 3 finale and let’s just get straight to it: We’ve got Wilson Bethel AKA Wade Kinsella AKA Bullseye in the building! What a delightful, funny, thoughtful man he is. We could barely maintain our professionalism. We talk about everything from…
Boris Kodjoe: Fufu & Sauerkraut
Dec 13, 2018 • 63 min
This week’s episode is all about a certain even-complexioned, old-fashioned dreamboat of a Thirst Object, Boris Kodjoe! Half German, half Ghanaian, and all American, Mr K is a tall drink of water we have been quietly thirsting after for more than a…
Thirst & Learn with Cheers & Queers
Dec 6, 2018 • 57 min
What we do is serious academic business, and that’s why we’re honored to have Cheers and Queers hosts Isoke Smith and Kirya Traber teach us a new criterion of thirst: does your crush have a rower’s back? Isoke and Kirya tells us all about a new set of…
To Beard Or Not To Beard
Nov 29, 2018 • 71 min
Almost all of us can make our own hair, but there’s something about the way the Thirst Objects of this episode grow the stuff on their faces that required close and thirsty examination. This bumper episode starts with John Krasinski, who has been steadily…
TAK On Tour: Thirsty Toronto
Nov 22, 2018 • 78 min
It’s true that we have thirst-buckets all over the world, but Thirst Aid Kit went truly international for the first time — doing a live show at the Hot Docs Podcast Festival In Toronto! Yes, we took our unique brand of lusting out loud to the Great White…
Dev Patel Glows Up
Nov 15, 2018 • 55 min
Hunter Harris, Associate Editor at Vulture (and thirst critic extraordinaire) stops by the stude to help us shed some light on why Dev Patel is so dreamy. Maybe it’s his eyes like chocolate drops of sunshine, his mesmerizing glo-up from playing a foolish…
The (Dare)devil You Know (feat. Charlie Cox)
Nov 8, 2018 • 49 min
Of course, you remember our Charlie Cox discussion from The Great British Bae Off, right? Well, we got the man himself in our studio and asked him all about his characters Tristan from Stardust, Owen Sleater from Boardwalk Empire, and Matt Murdock of…
A Whole Year, Fam
Nov 1, 2018 • 59 min
IT’S OUR BIRTHDAY! That’s right, Thirst Buckets! We are a whole year old. Whew! From the dirty auntie laughs to the profane gasps of delight, we’ve enjoyed every minute of breaking down pop culture and thirst with you. From southern men to British baes,…
Finally: The Chrises
Oct 25, 2018 • 55 min
We never like to rank crushes, but we finally decided to talk about the Hollywood Chrises: Chris Pine, Chris Hemsworth, and Chris Messina. (We think we’ve covered Chris Evans thoroughly enough in our season one finale so feel free to re-listen to that…
TAK en español
Oct 18, 2018 • 21 min
Welcome to our bonus episode! Hispanic Heritage Month just wrapped up, and we decided bring producer Camila Salazar into the studio to explain her unquenchable thirst for hispanic music. Get ready for sensual lyrics, whiny men, and Drake singing in…
Our Favorite Genre Is Thirst
Oct 11, 2018 • 40 min
This one goes out to our nerdy thirst-buckets — because we went to New York Comic Con again! Shoutout to Cher and Preeti AKA the very generous cohosts of the SyFy Fangrrls Strong Female Characters podcast, because they invited us to be part of a live show…
The Nancy Fancies
Oct 4, 2018 • 54 min
We got some pals in for this week’s bumper episode: our friends from Nancy! That’s right — Kathy Tu and Tobin Low from the acclaimed podcast came to talk about thirst and joy and representation and yes, more thirst. On the docket: the incredible way…
A Sterling Choice
Sep 27, 2018 • 51 min
Sterling K. Brown gives us such an overflow of feelings that we needed to bring in reinforcements to discuss how incredible he is. Essence Gant, senior beauty editor at BuzzFeed, joins us to discuss Sterling’s smile, his shoulders, his unapologetic love…
Adam Rodriguez: Full Lips, Clear Skin, Can’t Lose
Sep 20, 2018 • 48 min
Adam Rodriguez has been on our screens for so long, playing so many hot versions of crime-solver that it can be easy to overlook just how hot he is. No longer! In this week’s episode we delve into his chocolate curls, his endless eyes, his utterly sinful…
Lee Pace: Sturdy but Delicate
Sep 13, 2018 • 46 min
Some inarguable facts: 1) summer is the hot season; 2) you need to drink more water; and 3) Lee Pace is symmetrically blessed. On this week’s episode, we go deep on that last one! What is it about Lee we love so much? Is it his broad, broad shoulders, or…
To The Only Boy We Ever Loved
Sep 6, 2018 • 52 min
WE’RE BACK! How was your summer? Perhaps you spent a good chunk of that time falling in love with one chin scar-having, kombucha-drinking, popcorn-moving dreamboat by the name of Peter Kavinsky. What a coincidence – us too! Join us as we go on a journey…
Summer Treat #4: Raleigh Ritchie, the Reluctant Thirst Object
Aug 30, 2018 • 35 min
Our last summer treat features Raleigh Ritchie (aka Jacob Anderson aka Grey Worm from Game of Thrones). Raleigh may have a hard time thinking of himself as a Thirst Object but he’s cute, shy, and multitalented. How could we not swoon over him? With Bim on…
Summer Treat #3: Quenched and Clenched
Aug 9, 2018 • 25 min
We couldn’t bring you any part of Thirst Aid Kit without our invaluable producers, Julia Furlan and TK Dutes, so we decided to bring them from behind the glass and into the studio. We wanted our listeners to hear how thirsty the whole team can get. TK…
Summer Treat #2: What the Foof Wants
Aug 2, 2018 • 18 min
If you thought our Thirst Sommelier requests were… well, thirsty, wait until you hear this selection of listener-submitted drabbles. Lauren serves up some heat with Aamir Khan. Stacy gets messy with Tom Hardy. Saija catches eyes with Alex Turner, and…
Summer Treat #1: Thirsty Thirst Buckets
Jul 26, 2018 • 26 min
We told you we wouldn’t leave you completely alone for the summer! Because we can’t get to all of the Thirst Sommelier requests in our inbox, we made a special episode answering a few Thirst Buckets’ desires for ~ more ~ . Danielle needs a new cute little…
You Can Say That Again
Jul 5, 2018 • 61 min
What’s in a voice? Well, A LOT. In this, our season finale (don’t cry, we’ll be back!), we are paying close attention to the very special voices that make us feel stuff. _And thangs_. We go South, and sample the very specific delights of Big KRIT, travel…
It Ain’t a Thing (feat. Rahul Kohli)
Jun 28, 2018 • 48 min
We highlighted Rahul Kohli in our “More, More, More” episode, which went over so well, we decided to give you… well, more. So we got Rahul on FaceTime, before he’d even finished his morning coffee, to ask him why he’s so dang hot. He explained his Big…
Sadly Dead Baes: Patrick Swayze
Jun 21, 2018 • 50 min
If you watched Dirty Dancing and it didn’t change your life in some way, R.I.P. because you are clearly dead and we need to send flowers to your family. Patrick Swayze epitomized a certain type of graceful masculinity, a Marlboro man who can dance en…
Ruffle My Feathers, Mark Ruffalo
Jun 14, 2018 • 44 min
The thing about Mark Ruffalo is that he’s so hot, it can be a little bit confusing. To help you make sense of your emotions, we tried to analyze the roots of his appeal. Whether he’s the soft bad boy (You Can Count on Me, The Kids Are All Right) or the…
Tom Hardy, Chameleon
Jun 7, 2018 • 45 min
We know, we know. Another British Tom? YES. We had to put Tom Hardy under our microscope to examine his ability to disappear into roles like Heathcliffe from Wuthering Heights to Eames in Inception to Tuck in This Means War, one of the best worst rom-coms…
More, More, More
May 31, 2018 • 64 min
It feels like some of our favorite Thirst Objects have been around all of our lives, but what about a new generation of talented hotties waiting to leave us panting? Dear Hollywood, give us more Rahul Kohli, more Alfred Enoch, more O’Shea Jackson, Jr.,…
Kissing Sebastian Stan
May 24, 2018 • 48 min
Here it is, thirst-buckets! Sebastian Stan has easily been one of our most thirsted-for Thirst Objects, (our Tumblr askbox has been FULL of him this season) and we decided to explore. Gather round, thirst-buckets, and let’s go on a journey that will…
Ryan Coogler: Bay Area Bae
May 17, 2018 • 40 min
Ryan Coogler is not your average Hollywood auteur, seeing as he is a) incredibly talented; b) apparently generous and gracious; c) fine as hell and d) fresh out of the Bay. All those things — and more — are what make him so very special. In this episode…
We Learned to Spell Jake Gyllenhaal
May 10, 2018 • 47 min
Let’s talk about the good, the bad, and the method of Jake Gyllenhaal. Jake, with his pretty cow eyes, that chameleon face of his, that breath control perfect for the stage… and elsewhere. From bleakly funny Donnie Darko to the heartbreaking tenderness of…
The World’s Preeminent Movie Kisser
May 3, 2018 • 45 min
Gael García Bernal proves the idiom “good things come in small packages.” Special guest Alexis Nedd, Mashable’s new Senior Entertainment Reporter, helps us break down Gael’s prolific career and his magnetic charm. We consider the idea that he may be one…
In A 90s Kind of World…
Apr 26, 2018 • 45 min
Besides Tamagotchi, grunge, and Friends, what were the 90s actually good for? Glad you asked: superior Thirst Objects! We’re taking a look back at the decade that helped advance our thirst development and shaped the core tenets of our thirst as we live it…
The Golden Baes of Hollywood
Apr 19, 2018 • 47 min
If you’re anything like us, and we think you are, you’ll remember watching black-and-white movies and feeling *things* for the handsome leads without even understanding *why*. Well, we’re here to help, using a quartet of stars from Hollywood’s golden age:…
The Evolution of Michael Bae Jordan
Apr 12, 2018 • 48 min
Michael B. Jordan is, objectively speaking, the hottest man in the world right now. Like, it’s almost offensive? Come with us on this thirsty journey as analyze the evolution of his hotness. Is it his slow smile, the one that emerges like the sunrise…
Tom Hiddleston, The Earnest Scarecrow
Apr 5, 2018 • 48 min
When Tom Hiddleston’s Loki tells us to kneel, then, by God, we kneel! We can’t resist an evil British accent nor a man who knows how to cry. But what happens when a dreamboat drifts off course? In 2016 The Incident occurred, and Tom went from being a…
And Our Heart Goes to…Oscar Isaac!
Mar 29, 2018 • 44 min
We’re back, thirst-buckets! And we’re starting our new season off with a sultry bang – it’s the internet’s boyfriend, Oscar Isaac! Whether you know him as Llewyn Davis, Star Wars’ Poe Dameron, or from a thumb-licking reaction gif (!), you can’t take your…
TAK Live: The Quenchening
Feb 15, 2018 • 65 min
We’ve missed you during the hiatus, thirst-buckets! Thankfully we had OUR VERY FIRST LIVE SHOW before the withdrawal symptoms began to hit really hard. Recorded on Monday February 12th in New York, we discussed Black Panther, supervillain, um,… prowess,…
“I find myself thirsting after Kylo Ren, which is RIDICULOUS.”
Jan 18, 2018 • 6 min
“I was wondering if you guys could help me find another sexy monster man to thirst for.” We reflect on the past season, and hear some listener voicemails we didn’t get a chance to tackle.
Chris Evans (feat. Chris Evans)
Jan 11, 2018 • 57 min
That’s right, you little thirst buckets. Our season finale is all about Chris Evans — and guess what? We speak to him! We have a nice long chat with the man, the hero, the legend-in-a-smedium-tee, about what it feels like to be an Object of Thirst. Our…
The Ballad of Colin Farrell
Jan 4, 2018 • 48 min
This week, we are singing The Ballad Of Colin Farrell… too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral-BAE. Those soulful eyes! Those thick eyebrows! We’re joined by writer and editor Kendra James, who shares her Colin expertise as we track his career from bad boy to family man.…
Zaddy, Zaddy, Zaddy
Dec 28, 2017 • 51 min
Thirst evolves as we age and mature, and sometimes it’s that maturity you… crave. This week, we swoon over some seasoned baes (“zaddies,” if you will, though Bim wishes you wouldn’t) — classics such as Laurence Fishburne, Bruce Willis, Jesse L. Martin,…
Mahershala, In Yellow
Dec 21, 2017 • 45 min
In the beginning, Mahershala Ali invented the color yellow, and we all saw that it was Good. This week’s episode is all about the beautiful sunshine of his smile, his thoughts on explicit love scenes, his black cat, and much more. We also have another…
Literary Baes
Dec 14, 2017 • 47 min
Are you a book-lover, or like, a book… *lover*? What is it about literary characters that make us so damn thirsty? Special guest Mallory Ortberg (Dear Prudence, The Toast) joins us to talk about the first loves that made us stay up past our bedtimes, the…
Back To Baesics
Dec 7, 2017 • 47 min
In this hectic world, sometimes you need something uncomplicated to make it through. ~Very~ uncomplicated. Special guest Bolu Babalola is our guide, helping us discover the wonders of Basic Baes, aka thirst objects that don’t need much, yet somehow give…
Loony For Toons
Nov 30, 2017 • 40 min
This week in the broad church of TAK, we zero in on a very specific category: animated baes. That’s right: cartoon men, big cats, bears, and more. Gena-mour Barrett of BuzzFeed UK joins us for our most raucous conversation of the season so far, featuring…
Keanu.
Nov 23, 2017 • 41 min
This week, we’re all up and under the one and only Keanu Reeves: owner of the most emotive hair in the business, long-legged wearer of excellent suits, and formative crush. Join us as we explore the beginnings of our thirst expertise, how we first…
The Great British Bae Off
Nov 16, 2017 • 43 min
Having previously shown love to Nichole’s southern roots, we now skip across the pond to shine the spotlight on some of Bim’s British countrymen. We talk to writer Bridget Minamore about everything from roadmen to posh geeks, and ponder why Americans love…
John Cho For President
Nov 9, 2017 • 40 min
This week’s hottie rarely takes off his shirt but when he does, boy, does he. If you didn’t know, John Cho can get it any time, any place, any how he wants it. Our fantasies starring John Cho encapsulate all manner of activities: going to the post office…
Pow! Bam! Thirst!
Nov 4, 2017 • 38 min
Special guest Krutika Mallikarjuna, features editor at TV Guide, joins us to lust after superheroes and comic book baes. We also talk about our experiences at this year’s New York Comic Con, where we talked to fans and artists about cosplay, first…
Southern Baes
Nov 2, 2017 • 40 min
Bim and Nichole examine the charms of Southern men. With a little help from Nichole’s friend Cynthia Harris, they jumpstart the conversation looking at the very juicy André 3000 before sifting through portrayals of the South in film and TV. Plus: a battle…
Coming Soon: Thirst Aid Kit
Oct 19, 2017 • 4 min
Lust is a feeling. Thirst is the performance of that feeling. Thirst Aid Kit is a podcast about the public ways women express their desire, particularly in this moment when we are all asking more pointed questions about Hollywood, representation, and…