PODCAST: DeAnne Smith’s “Questionable At Best” Gets Real With Brittani Nichols

Remember DeAnne Smith’s totally cool podcast Questionable At Best? I know you do, because I know it fills you with the fuzzies – especially this week, when DeAnne asked Autostraddle’s own Brittani Nichols to answer the question we’ve all had on our minds: what the fuck is it like to be you. You guys, this podcast gets REAL. Like, really really really REAL.


DeAnne’s choice of Brittani Nichols is a sure sign of genius, considering Brittani is the single-handedly most amazing person on Earth. I mean, Brittani, a self-described “no one,” is quite possibly the most perfect human on Earth. I like, sit around wishing I was Brittani Nichols. So really, this whole situation is what we all need to feel complete. Especially me.

via Robin Roemer on brittaninichols.com because B is Marvin like that

via Robin Roemer on brittaninichols.com because B is Marvin like that

Brittani went on for a long time about herself on DeAnne’s magical mystery tour of a podcast, with topics including her tweeting-while-crying habit, improv and experiencing yourself (in a platonic way), how to inspire fear in white people, anxiety and failure, and her radiant smile. It’s absolutely amazing, because you can never know Brittani Nichols well enough. (She seems to think she talks about herself a lot in life, though, which is weird because I feel like when I visited her in Los Angeles I sat around wishing I knew her entire life but all I could really absorb in the middle of how starstruck I was was that she needed a new quesadilla maker.)

The point here is that everything is hilarious – like B herself, have I ever told you B really is hilarious? – and deeply moving in this week’s Questionable At Best. And you should, like, totally get into it.

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Carmen spent six years at Autostraddle, ultimately serving as Straddleverse Director, Feminism Editor and Social Media Co-Director. She is now the Consulting Digital Editor at Ms. and writes regularly for DAME, the Women’s Media Center, the National Women’s History Museum and other prominent feminist platforms; her work has also been published in print and online by outlets like BuzzFeed, Bitch, Bust, CityLab, ElixHER, Feministing, Feminist Formations, GirlBoss, GrokNation, MEL, Mic and SIGNS, and she is a co-founder of Argot Magazine. You can find Carmen on Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr or in the drive-thru line at the nearest In-N-Out.

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  1. This is amazing, and really funny, and really interesting. Also, Brittani has such a infectious laugh.

  2. i’ve listened to this once so far today and am going to listen to it multiple more times, brittani is seriously so important

  3. I finally listened to this and it’s so great. I think my favorite part was when DeAnne asked “Is self awareness a type of anxiety?” Wow. Could think about that question for days. Anyway, we all wish we were Brittani Nichols, and I’m downloading all these DeAnne Smith podcasts now.

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