Free Cookies

By Kate Fagan, Kathryn Budig

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A humorous podcast by Kate Fagan and Kathryn Budig filled with thoughtful conversations ... and offering delicious takeaways.

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THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A COOKIE with JEN PASTILOFF

Kathryn and Kate host a live event with Jennifer Pastiloff, author of the brand-new memoir, On Being Human. The duo talk to Jen about, well, being human: depression and death and truth and dorking out.

Jun 14, 2019
FACTORY FARMING AND EATING ANIMALS with ANDREW DECORIOLIS

Kate and Kathryn dive into their relationship with eating animals and how the book, Eating Animals, has shaped Kathryn’s (and by extension Kate’s) thinking. Then they are joined by the executive director of Farm Forward, a non-profit trying to end factory farming. 

May 08, 2019
COOKIES-A-PORTER

Kate and Kathryn channel their inner “How I Built This” and sit down with Charleston entrepreneur Stacy Smallwood, owner of three fashion boutiques, to peel back the curtain on the fashion industry. 

Apr 16, 2019
LIFE AFTER LOSS

Kate and Kathryn sit down with Kate’s best friend, Shawna Hawes, to talk about loss, grief, raising kids solo, the friendship origin story and ... oatmeal raisin cookies.

Apr 09, 2019
TO COOKIE OR NOT TO COOKIE

Whole 30, paleo, keto, Atkins — Kathryn and Kate discuss Kathryn’s Bon Appetit essay and their differing relationships with food and strict cleanses. 

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Mar 19, 2019
FESTIVAL COOKIES with LIZ MOODY

In celebration of Charleston Wine & Food Festival, Kathryn and Kate talk wellness world (the good and the ... trendy) with Healthier Together author Liz Moody.

Mar 05, 2019
LIFE, LIBERTY and COOKIES with MARIANNE WILLIAMSON

Kate and Kathryn are back with Season Three of Free Cookies, and they’re coming in hot (or is it cold?) with spiritual leader and candidate for the Democratic nomination Marianne Williamson. 

Feb 27, 2019
'TIL COOKIES DO US PART

In the final episode of Season 2, K&K breakdown their excitement (and concerns) over their upcoming nuptials. Plus, Kate tries to explain why she called their dog, Ashi, an asshole. 

Sep 26, 2018
BETWEEN TWO COOKIES with BRAD JENKINS

K&K talk with Funny or Die’s Brad Jenkins, who worked in the White House for former President Obama and, most importantly, co-starred with Kathryn in Romeo & Juliet, circa 1999. The pair also talks food with MindBodyGreen’s Liz Moody and bring back a recurring segment: Idioms for Idiots. 

Sep 19, 2018
CAN'T COME TO THE PHONE NOW COOKIES.

A little hello note from K&K, who are away on vacay. (Hey -- that rhymes!)

Sep 12, 2018
NEW MOON COOKIES with TIFFANY MALONEY

A bite-size-cookie pod! Snack size! Ritualist Tiffany Maloney creates a New Moon mediation for the upcoming new moon (September 9th!) for Kate, which Kate tries and reports back on her effort. The trio also riffs on energy, "Mercury in retrograde", and why things feels so crazy right now.

Sep 05, 2018
SHOW ME THE COOKIES with AVA TAYLOR

 K&K stumble upon Kathryn’s rapper name, discuss Kate’s lisp, and answer another Proust Question. Then the duo is joined by Ava Taylor to discuss the business of yoga and what it’s like living in Germany. Finally, the self-anointed Jurassic Park Mixologist (Kate) offers a secret ingredient for the cosmo.

Aug 29, 2018
I SEE DEAD COOKIES with DANA CHILDS

The episode you didn't know you needed: K&K talk to Dana Childs, an intuitive and medium who shares what it's like to be in tune with the universe. Plus, Kate attempts to talk about how she's "intuitive", but it ends up becoming a therapy session about an icy trip to Whole Foods that the duo experienced that morning.

Aug 22, 2018
PLANT-BASED COOKIES with JESSICA MURNANE

Kate surprises Kathryn by picking random idioms and asking for definition and origin. Then the pair is joined by One Part Plant author (and podcaster) Jessica Murnane, who gets real about endometriosis and ... LIFE. Then K&K share a recipe Kate makes, oh, five times a week.

Aug 15, 2018
STEREOTYPE-SMASHING COOKIES with JANE McMANUS

K&K are joined by newbie Londoner (and former ESPN-er) Jane McManus to discuss our human reactions to stereotypes and labels. Plus, Kate and Kathryn ask the question: What things DON’T get better the bougier you make them? (Also, remember the song Lightning Crashes ...? Well, it makes an appearance.)

Aug 08, 2018
SEX, LIES and COOKIES with ESTHER PEREL

The episode you’ve all been waiting for: Sex! Infidelity! Marriage! Kathryn and Kate welcome Esther Perel, renowned sex and relationship therapist, who offers awesome insight into the evolution of monogamy, as well as the paralyzation that comes with too many choices. Plus, K&K TRY to have an open discussion about sex and some listeners share their relationship with sex.

Aug 01, 2018
BONUS COOKIES: IMPACT AND ALLYSHIP with MELANIE KLEIN

In the wake of Nia Wilson’s murder, and spurred by conversations K&K have had off-line, the pair reach out to Melanie Klein, professor of sociology and women’s studies, for insight into how to engage in an impactful and thoughtful manner.

Jul 31, 2018
DROP & GIMME COOKIES with KIRA STOKES + TIFFANY MALONEY on FULL MOON RITUALS

 K&K are joined by Kira Stokes, founder of The Stoked Method, and Kira reveals that she obsesses over transitions (just like Kate in writing! Just like Kathryn when she teaches yoga!) and once weighed and measured her stuffed animals. Plus, it’s Full Moon this Friday, so KB talks moon rituals with Tiffany Maloney, and, much to Kathryn’s dismay, Kate reveals that she doesn’t feel pressured to accept food when someone offers.

Jul 25, 2018
ALLEZ LES COOKIES!

Kate and Kathryn are back from the World Cup (in Russia!) and they’re chock-full of observations: about travel, bartering, love and ... French fries! Plus, the pair discuss what about today’s innovations would blow their minds in 1995. Kate also has a very strong opinion — shocker! — about putting ketchup on hot dogs.

Jul 18, 2018
COOKIES ON THE LOOSE with Gina Caputo

Kate and Kathryn tackle an incredibly hot topic: If you were stuck in Jurassic Park, would you be Team Budig or Team Fagan (and why Kathryn has strong feelings about this). Then things get spicy as they patch in Gina Caputo, the Yogini on the Loose, to lift the curtain on the yoga scene. Is it ‘yogic’ to be judgmental? How passive-agressive is the yoga world? Is it healthy to be competitive, how has yoga affected our psyche, and why you should NEVER talk smack about Gina’s beloved avocados.

Jul 11, 2018
FIREWORK COOKIES

Happy 4th of July from K&K - they'll be back in full force after the holiday.

Jul 04, 2018
COUNTLESS COOKIES: A METRIC DRIVEN SOCIETY

Kathryn calls out Kate’s obsession with numbers, and the pair discuss the ramifications  our number, data-driven society might be having on all of us. Plus, a few witty reader emails and our rabbit hole segment: THE MULTIVERSE! (Warning: You don’t want to run into Kathryn there.)

Jun 27, 2018
EXOTIC COOKIES: MOST IMPORTANT BOOKS + KATE'S MOM!

Kathryn and Kate share the most important books they've ever read -- broken down, of course, by a categorization that Kate has ruthlessly implemented. Then the pair, who are about to travel to Russia for World Cup 2018, deconstruct a list of "travel rules" that Kate claims she lives by. Kathryn calls out Kate's b.s. Lastly, an emotional snippet from Kate's mom, in honor of Pride Month.

Jun 20, 2018
COOKIES ON POINTE with MISTY COPELAND

Misty Copeland, the first African American Female Principle Dancer with the American Ballet Theatre, joins Free Cookies. She shatters the archaic ideals of what ballet should look like, talks about the mental and physical struggles of being an elite performer, and shares the ultimate secret: is ballet really like Black Swan?! Kathryn and Kate tackle a few revealing questions from the Proust Questionnaire and finish up with Kate reading some pretty epic pages from Kathryn’s childhood diary.

Jun 13, 2018
RAINBOW COOKIES: MISGENDERING, MYTHOLOGICAL MONSTERS QUIZ + LIFE COACH ASHLEY CEBULKA

Kathryn blends her love of mythology with Kate’s love of lists to produce the ultimate Mythological Monsters Quiz. Then, in keeping with Pride month, the pair tackles an issue that hits very close to home. Finally, K + K welcome a dear friend, Ash Cebulka, a life coach who drops wisdom on “core values.”
 

Jun 08, 2018
PLATINUM COOKIES with RACHEL PLATTEN

Season Two premiere! Platinum recording artist Rachel Platten beat-boxes as Kathryn sings a cookie-related ditty. The "Fight Song" star then opens up about expectations, how success affects art, and what kept her up at night before a TODAY SHOW appearance. Also -- what do S'mores, lobster and denim all have in common? Kate and Kathryn break it down for you!  

Jun 08, 2018
COOKIES IN THE OVEN

Kathryn and Kate get you hyped for Season 2, which includes conversations with Misty Copeland, Rachel Platten, Esther Perel, Kira Stokes and...Kate's mom!  Plus, the pair have had a cookie-related revelation.

Jun 08, 2018
BONUS COOKIES with SUE BIRD

Surprise! It's a bonus episode - who says no to Sue Bird? First, K&K grapple over who's responsible for a recent failed idiom (things escalate quickly). Then, WNBA superstar Sue Bird joins to discuss why people tear down women's sports, how stopping comparisons to the NBA might help, and her power couple status with USWNT star Megan Rapinoe.

Jun 08, 2018
HOPEFUL COOKIES with TWLOHA'S JAIME TWORKOWSKI

K&K head to Mexico, but not before a hopeful sit-down with Jamie Tworkowski on the importance of honesty and asking for help. Kathryn then interviews Kate on her upcoming book, "What Made Maddy Run," discussing suicide prevention and mental health awareness. Finally, a thank you to Cookie Monsters for an incredible first season.

Jun 08, 2018
COOKIES, THE CLASS with TARYN TOOMEY

K&K talk NFL franchise tags and share times when they took a chance on themselves. Then mind-body fitness founder of "The Class by Taryn Toomey" brings her no BS approach to wellness and crushing your inner critic. Finally, K&K share something that may be better than lattes.

Jun 08, 2018
NAKED COOKIES: GENDER + SEXUALITY STEREOTYPES

K&K talk NBA free agency. Then, things get naked as they go sans guest to answer Cookie Monster (read: listener) emails while tackling gender and sexuality stereotypes.

Jun 08, 2018
THE O.G. COOKIE with SEANE CORN

K&K get scientific about which sport is best suited for their body types, and no, you wouldn't have guessed them. The OG of yoga, Seane Corn, discusses the importance of giving back, living with vertigo, and her amazing hair (ok, ok, Kathryn talks about that part).

Jun 08, 2018
EXPLICIT COOKIES with THUG KITCHEN + CANDICE KUMAI

K&K discuss their career game-changers and consider an International Cookie List. Plus, they are joined by the plant-based duo behind Thug Kitchen and Candice Kumai, the Queen of Wellness, gets real over a literal plate of free cookies.

Jun 08, 2018
LIGHTS...CAMERA...COOKIES with ERIC BALFOUR + ADAM ROSANTE

After adding another cookie to the SCL (Standard Cookie List), K&K share about why a particular sports story hurt their heart. The duo is then joined by actor Eric Balfour, who opens up about fame, whether he wants more or less of it, and how yoga has helped him deal with Hollywood. Plus, celebrity fitness and nutrition coach, Adam Rosante, stops by to offer some tricks of the trade.

Jun 08, 2018
COOKIES FOR EVERY BODY with JESSAMYN STANLEY + AMERICAN GODS' MOUSA KRAISH

K&K talk NBA Finals and their Top 3 sporting event memories. Jessamyn Stanley explains her body positive approach to teaching yoga, current book tour and the complexities of being queer and polyamorous. Actor Mousa Kraish stops by for a delicious Pop Cookie discussing his groundbreaking sex scene in American Gods. Finally, Kate reacts to suggestions from a listener (aka a Cookie Monster!) and agrees to consider a new cookie for The List.

Jun 08, 2018
BUILDING FORTUNE COOKIES with LEWIS HOWES

K&K return from London with a new (semi-failed) idiom and Kathryn offers some tips for traveling, a.k.a. "Healthy Cookies." NYT bestselling author, lifestyle entrepreneur and former pro athlete, Lewis Howes, shares how after being bullied and raped as a child he worked tirelessly to find his value and now teaches others how to find theirs.

Jun 08, 2018
RESHAPING THE COOKIE CUTTER with EMILY NOLAN

Emily Nolan talks diets, deprivation, eating disorders, plastic surgery, liposuction and her journey through 16 different sizes as a model to becoming a self-care, body-positive blogger. Kate gets called out for her non-adulting ways while Kathryn breaks a cardinal cookie rule.

Jun 08, 2018
CURTAIN CALLS AND COOKIES with ALEXANDRA ANSANELLI

 

Alexandra Ansanelli, a prodigy and principal ballerina discusses bowing out at the peak of her prestigious career after realizing there was more to life. Then, Kate and Kathryn rank some seriously failed idioms involving guppies, yuppies and ducks.

Jun 08, 2018
SCHOLAR-CHIP COOKIE: KATE FAGAN UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO COMMENCEMENT SPEECH

espnW's Kate Fagan delivered this commencement speech to the University of Colorado Class of 2017 on May 12th, 2017 with Free Cookie in Crime, Kathryn Budig, cheering her on from the audience.

Jun 08, 2018
RAW SUGAR with ESPN'S TONY REALI

Kate Fagan's obsession with lists continues as she permits one new cookie add to her "Standard Cookie List." Also, Kathryn Budig makes a startling admission. Plus, Around the Horn host Tony Reali opens up about his family, life and more.

Jun 08, 2018
G.O.A.T. COOKIES with ABBY WAMBACH

In the pilot episode of "Free Cookies," Kate Fagan and Kathryn Budig chat with Abby Wambach, discuss Kate's obsessions with lists and much more.

Jun 08, 2018
EPISODE ZERO

Kate Fagan and Kathryn Budig talk about what you should expect from Free Cookies.

Jun 08, 2018