The JV Club with Janet Varney

Throw your hair in some springy red braids and jump on your spotted horse for a mosey down memory lane with the super cool Ever Carradine (“The Handmaid’s Tale,” Marvel’s "Runaways”), including a love of a certain house on a certain prairie, reflections on the Waldorf method, and a thorough appreciation of the perfection of chips and guac.

Direct download: JVC231_Ever_Carradine.mp3
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Meditation! Norwegians! Jesus! All this and more with the delightful Laura House on this week’s episode of the podcast. Plus: Vince Gilligan’s new show about the real Edna Garrett*! *Yes, we know this reference will mean nothing to anyone born after 1985.

Direct download: JVC230_Laura_House.mp3
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While this week’s episode with the fantastic Jena Friedman (The Daily Show) is one of the least teen-years-focused JV Club episodes of all time, there’s a pretty compelling reason for that: Jena’s experience and thoughts about today’s challenging climate, are provocative and inspiring. She’s a badass!

Direct download: JVC229_Jena_Friedman.mp3
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This special live episode recorded at the 16th annual SF Sketchfest, presented by Audible, brings you the wit, charm, and considerable heavyweight talent of Rachel Dratch, Jon Hamm, and “Musical Director” Matt Nathanson!


This week, the inspiring and super cool author, activist, and founder of Spacehack.org, Ariel Waldman reassures Janet that you don’t need to have a PhD in science to get involved in the space program! Plus: raves, horses, mac and cheese, and how it feels to be named after a cartoon character. No, not that cartoon character.

Direct download: JVC227_Ariel_Waldman.mp3
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It's a re-release of Jen Kirkman! The podcast's first listener-generated interview! You asked (most) of the questions, and Jen Kirkman was up for the task. Find out what she and Janet have to say about Judy Blume, making out in basements, ironic greeting cards and more in Episode 10 of The JV Club.

Direct download: JVC2265_Jen_Kirkman_Re-Release.mp3
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Get paleontological with the fantastic Lyric Lewis (“Mad TV”) in episode 226 of the JV Club, where you can revel in the wonder of “Jurassic Park,” appreciate the vibrance of New Orleans and the blue ribbon public schools of St. Paul, Minnesota, and even gain an extra special new month of the calendar year!

Direct download: JVC226_Lyric_Lewis.mp3
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It’s a live episode of the JV Club from chilly Portland, Oregon with rapper DaRealWordSound, “Warm Bodies” author Isaac Marion, and anime voiceover star Cristina Vee! Tolerate the slightly poor recording quality to hear adorable tales of teenagerhood from these sublime guests!


No, this isn’t the beginning of a long run of “winter boys” for The JV Club- it’s a special circumstance that merits the special episode title. IT’s also an episode that includes numerous references to penises. For realz. Be forewarned! You’ll also hear plenty about being a white teen in Hawaii, a secret inventor, and a Star Trek: TNG fantasizer.

Direct download: JVC224_BOY_OF_WINTER__Hennessy.mp3
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It's a JV Club re-release! It's tough to beat New York City in the 1980's, as this week's guest Zandy Hartig (Childrens Hospital) proves with memories of museums, clubs, and a very special classroom. Plus: Sting!

Direct download: JVC223.5_Zandy_Hartig_Re-Release.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am PST