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Thirst Aid Kit

96 EpisodesProduced by Slate Podcasts

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 inclusi… read more

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Coming Soon: Thirst Aid Kit

October 19th, 2017


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, …

Southern Baes

November 2nd, 2017


Bim and Nichole examine the charms of Southern men. With a little help from Nichole’s friend Cynthia Harris, they jumpstart the conversation looking …

Pow! Bam! Thirst!

November 4th, 2017


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 …

John Cho For President

November 9th, 2017


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 …

The Great British Bae Off

November 16th, 2017


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 …


November 23rd, 2017


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 …

Loony For Toons

November 30th, 2017


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 …

Back To Baesics

December 7th, 2017


In this hectic world, sometimes you need something uncomplicated to make it through. ~Very~ uncomplicated. Special guest Bolu Babalola is our guide, …

Literary Baes

December 14th, 2017


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 …

Mahershala, In Yellow

December 21st, 2017


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 …

Zaddy, Zaddy, Zaddy

December 28th, 2017


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 …

The Ballad of Colin Farrell

January 4th, 2018


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 …

Chris Evans (feat. Chris Evans)

January 11th, 2018


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 …

“I find myself thirsting after Kylo Ren, which is RIDICULOUS.”

January 18th, 2018


“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 …

TAK Live: The Quenchening

February 15th, 2018


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 …

And Our Heart Goes to...Oscar Isaac!

March 29th, 2018


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 …

Tom Hiddleston, The Earnest Scarecrow

April 5th, 2018


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 …

The Evolution of Michael Bae Jordan

April 12th, 2018


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 …

The Golden Baes of Hollywood

April 19th, 2018


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 …

In A 90s Kind of World...

April 26th, 2018


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 …

The World's Preeminent Movie Kisser

May 3rd, 2018


Gael García Bernal proves the idiom “good things come in small packages.” Special guest Alexis Nedd, Mashable’s new Senior Entertainment Reporter, …

We Learned to Spell Jake Gyllenhaal

May 10th, 2018


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 …

Ryan Coogler: Bay Area Bae

May 17th, 2018


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 …

Kissing Sebastian Stan

May 24th, 2018


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 …

More, More, More

May 31st, 2018


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 …

Tom Hardy, Chameleon

June 7th, 2018


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 …

Ruffle My Feathers, Mark Ruffalo

June 14th, 2018


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 …

Sadly Dead Baes: Patrick Swayze

June 21st, 2018


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 …

It Ain't a Thing (feat. Rahul Kohli)

June 28th, 2018


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 …

You Can Say That Again

July 5th, 2018


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 …

Summer Treat #1: Thirsty Thirst Buckets

July 26th, 2018


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 …

Summer Treat #2: What the Foof Wants

August 2nd, 2018


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 …

Summer Treat #3: Quenched and Clenched

August 9th, 2018


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 …

Summer Treat #4: Raleigh Ritchie, the Reluctant Thirst Object

August 30th, 2018


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 …

To The Only Boy We Ever Loved

September 6th, 2018


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 …

Lee Pace: Sturdy but Delicate

September 13th, 2018


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? …

Adam Rodriguez: Full Lips, Clear Skin, Can’t Lose

September 20th, 2018


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. …

A Sterling Choice

September 27th, 2018


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, …

The Nancy Fancies

October 4th, 2018


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 …

Our Favorite Genre Is Thirst

October 11th, 2018


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 …

TAK en español

October 18th, 2018


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, …

Finally: The Chrises

October 25th, 2018


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 …

A Whole Year, Fam

November 1st, 2018


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 …

The (Dare)devil You Know (feat. Charlie Cox)

November 8th, 2018


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 …

Dev Patel Glows Up

November 15th, 2018


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 …

TAK On Tour: Thirsty Toronto

November 22nd, 2018


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 …

To Beard Or Not To Beard

November 29th, 2018


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 …

Thirst & Learn with Cheers & Queers

December 6th, 2018


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 …

Boris Kodjoe: Fufu & Sauerkraut

December 13th, 2018


This week's episode is all about a certain even-complexioned, old-fashioned dreamboat of a Thirst Object, Boris Kodjoe! Half German, half Ghanaian, …

The Artist Formerly Known as MC Fresh (ft Wilson Bethel)

December 20th, 2018


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 …

Stay Thirsty

January 28th, 2019


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 …

Trailer: We're Back!

September 19th, 2019


Thirst Aid Kit is back in your ears on September 26th, with a new home on Slate Podcasts.

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Dan Levy: Smokeshow Extraordinaire

September 26th, 2019


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 …

In The Shadows with Taika Waititi

October 3rd, 2019


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 …

Forgive Us, Father

October 10th, 2019


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 …

Mark-Paul Gosselaar Can Catch It

October 17th, 2019


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 …

Stern Men and Power Femmes with Nicole Cliffe

October 24th, 2019


Buttoned Up. Taciturn. No-Nonsense. We all know the magnetism of a stern man, and how it compels thirst. Writer, benevolent internet queen and …

That Sturdy Feeling ft. Driadonna Roland

October 31st, 2019


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 …

Jason. And Jason Again.

November 7th, 2019


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 …

The Weird and Wonderful Lakeith Stanfield

November 14th, 2019


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, …

The Many Lives of Joshua Jackson

November 21st, 2019


It’s difficult to separate ‘Joshua Jackson the actor’ from ‘Pacey Witter the character’ but we managed it in this episode! He may have captured our …

Jake Johnson: Turtle, Bear, Total Snack

November 28th, 2019


The thing about Jake Johnson is: so. many. people. fancy. him! Is it because he legitimately looks like a guy you might bump into at your neighbourhood bar? Or is it because he serves up a specifically appealing mix of …

How To! With Charles Duhigg (Plus Bim and Nichole!)

December 3rd, 2019


Hey, Thirst Buckets! In case you missed it, we were featured on another Slate podcast called How To! With Charles Duhigg, and we want to share it with you here. 

Traci is a single, professional woman looking for love. …

Funny Bones ft. Wyatt Cenac

December 5th, 2019


Wyatt Cenac knows funny. You may have heard him in everything from Bojack Horseman to Archer and Bob’s Burgers. He was a writer for King of the Hill, a correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and starred in …

Randall Park: He Has the Range

December 12th, 2019


Does Randall Park know what he does to us? We only ask because whether it’s performing a classic prank as Asian Jim on The Office or punching Keanu Reeves in Always Be My Maybe, Randall keeps showing us he’s one to …

The 2019 Thirst Report

December 19th, 2019


What a year 2019 has been! After a 9-month hiatus, Thirst Aid Kit found a new home at Slate and we had much to catch up on— so much so that we weren’t able to get to as many listener-submitted drabbles or Thirst …

REWIND: Chris Evans (feat. Chris Evans)

January 9th, 2020


Happy New Year, Thirst Buckets! 

As you probably know, in 2019 we found a new home for our podcast at Slate. Since then, we’ve lusted out loud over quite a few of our favorite thirst objects. And you thirsted with us!

To …

REWIND: Lee Pace, Sturdy but Delicate

January 16th, 2020


Hey Thirst Buckets! We’re taking a break right now, resting up to do some intensive thirsting. But until then, we’re sharing some of our favorite episodes from over the years.


Enjoy, and we’ll be back with a bunch of …

REWIND: Ryan Coogler, Bay Area Bae

January 23rd, 2020


Hey Thirst Buckets! We’re taking a break right now, resting up to do some intensive thirsting. But until then, we’re sharing some of our favorite episodes from over the years. In this one, we talk about Ryan Coogler, …

TAK Takes Sundance

January 30th, 2020


From Lost to Hawaii Five-O, Daniel Dae Kim is all talent and cheeky smiles. He joins the hosts of Thirst Aid Kit to discuss the premiere of Blast Beat, what it’s like to be discarded for Keanu Reeves and Randall Park, …

Next Stop: Penn Badgley

February 6th, 2020


Somehow, Penn Badgley’s turn as sneering killer Joe Goldberg on Netflix’s You has recently made him the internet’s sort-of boyfriend… but our …

Blair Underwood: The Most Charming Man in the World

February 13th, 2020


Blair Underwood is a multi-generational snack: he’s been hot for so long, it’s kind of unreal. He’s currently starring on Broadway in A Soldier’s Play

The Deceptive Deference of Clive Owen

February 20th, 2020


Clive Owen: is he dangerous or is he the love of our lives? As someone wise once asked, why not both? When Clive steps into a scene, we don’t know if …

We Love James McAvoy, That’ s All

February 27th, 2020


Nichole is ill this week, but there could be no better Thirst Object to rouse her from her sickbed than Glasgow-born actor James McAvoy! We looked …

Flooding the Basement with Ashley C. Ford

March 5th, 2020


This week’s guest was once in her underwear on a billboard in Brooklyn, but that’s the least of her accomplishments. Writer and podcast host Ashley C. Ford joined us in the studio to talk about her most pressing Thirst …

The Emotional Intelligence of Brian Tyree Henry

March 12th, 2020


When it comes to having the range, there is one man in particular who hits all the high notes—Brian Tyree Henry can make you feel joy, despair, …

Thirst Buckets Galore!

March 19th, 2020


‘Thirst In The Covid-19 Era’ could well be the title of this episode or an academic paper in the year 2050 — but we’re not doing that! No, we decided …

Maximum UST

March 26th, 2020


Maddie and David. Will and Alicia. Ichabod and Abbie. Brennan and Booth. Moonlighting, The Good Wife, Sleepy Hollow, and Bones all showed us the …

Thirsting In Place

April 2nd, 2020


We’ve all been sheltering in place for some time now, which has given us ample time to think about who our ideal quarantine buddies would be. Who …

The Smoldering Appeal of Shazad Latif and Manny Montana

April 9th, 2020


Shazad Latif and Manny Montana have paid their dues and it’s time to give them the recognition they deserve. From Spooks to Penny Dreadful to Star …

No Chill With Yahya and Simu

April 16th, 2020


For a long time, it’s felt like superpowers only went to lantern-jawed white men… but if we urge you to consider two up-and-coming Thirst Objects: …

Conscious Coupling

April 23rd, 2020


We’re going on hiatus! But before we go…we spend a little time with our favorite TV couples from our quarantine binge rewatches… you know, the ones that make us blush or sigh or yearn. So shoutout to Leslie and Ben from …

A Dog Called Rex (with Jason Mantzoukas)

June 18th, 2020


Jason Mantzoukas? In the virtual Thirst studio? We did it for you! We decided to come back with a bang, and there’s none bangier than Mr M. Let’s see. We discovered Jason’s love for romcoms, dogs, and … Bim! Is this the …

The Adventure Known As John Boyega

June 25th, 2020


We always had an eye on John Boyega, but for a slew of reasons conditions never quite felt… right. Until now. Now we want to talk about how he’s grown his hair, has been unburdened by a Disney contract, and is finally …

Hot Men In Bad Movies

July 2nd, 2020


Every movie we watch can’t be a part of the Criterion Collection, okay? Sometimes you have to suffer through a movie to gorge yourself on eye candy …

Nichole’s Thirst ABCs

July 9th, 2020


We talk about formative crushes A LOT of the show, so we decided to do a little digging… Who, exactly, was the first person to indoctrinate Nichole …

Friendship and Thirst (feat. Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman)

July 16th, 2020


We’re joined this week by Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman of the wildly popular podcast Call Your Girlfriend. We giggle over Tunde Adebimpe, Peter …

Bim’s Thirst 123s

July 23rd, 2020


It’s Bim’s turn to delve into the roots of her thirst habits — and naturally, it turned out to be a journey through TV and film! Watching Tevin Campbell sing to Ashley on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and falling in love …


July 30th, 2020


It’s never a bad move to hear from our thirsty yet oh-so-talented Thirst Buckets! Our audience is the best audience because they send us drabbles that make us swoon and giggle and we immediately put them aside so we can …

Rakes, Sheikhs, Shipping Magnates

August 6th, 2020


We’ve long talked about our love for romance novels and in this episode we are going deep: talking about the changing aesthetics of romance novels, the increased visibility of our favourite tropes and sub-genres, and …

A “Two Appetizers” Kinda Guy (feat. Jake Johnson)

August 20th, 2020


Every so often, the thirst stars align, or the thirst goddesses smile down on us, or whatever you want to call it... and well, it all came together for us this week. We manifested a long held TAK desire — we got to …

The Naughty Bob Ross (feat. Marc Rebillet)

August 27th, 2020


Okay. You might be saying “who?” but trust us. Marc Rebillet’s rising star is one to watch. Using a loop machine, a keyboard, and a strong WiFi connection, Marc live-streams his way across platforms and into that …

The Sweet Thirst of Sweet Magnolias

September 3rd, 2020


Thirst is a broad church—did you know that? Which is why we can cackle like dirty aunties at filthy innuendos but also relish the pure PG-13 …

A Bottle of Matthew Rhys-ling

September 10th, 2020


Matthew Rhys’ energy is complex and layered, like a roasted pepper: there’s spice, there’s heat, and there’s smoke. In Rhys, there is a balance of all our favorite things — superb eye and face acting, characters that …

Good Night, and Good Thirst

September 17th, 2020


And… SCENE. 

We came, we ushered in a glorious age of elucidating female desire, coined a few salient expressions of desire, and poof! like magic, we …

Introducing: This Is Good For You from Nichole Perkins

February 8th, 2021


Nichole Perkins has a new podcast, and we’re bringing you Episode One, “Riding Is Good for You,” so you can check it out. Search for “This Is Good …

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