May 31st – International Flight Attendant Day with James Cridland

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Today’s guest is James Cridland, host of the Podnews podcast.

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Hey. This is Paul Kondo. This is the Podcast Gumbo podcast and I’ve got a rhetorical question for ya.

Are you like me and find those things we call National Days, like Cheeseball Day or worse, Moldy Cheese Day, amusing? Yeah, me too. So each week, I’ll have one of my podcast friends challenge me to find an episode related to one of those days and I’ll be releasing it on the actual day it occurs. 

So, let’s get to it. What is today’s National Day?

Sadly James, I haven’t been on a flight in 2020. On the other hand, for someone that is afraid of heights, maybe that’s not such a bad thing. 

Yes, we have our second International Day because of this man down under who, based on his lingo, has been on his fair share of flights.

International Flight Attendant Day was created to recognize the people known as the flight crew – the ones who tell you how to use your seatbelt and fit your hopefully never needed oxygen mask. 

Normally, you would thank your flight attendant today but I’m guessing many of you aren’t flying these days. So the next time you do fly, make sure you say thank you for the extra tiny bag of peanuts and the unneeded $5 headset.

You can also tweet a thanks using the Flight Attendant Day hashtag.

For today’s recommendation, I made a special effort. I actually found the Jade Talks Travel podcast which hails from Australia. In this episode, Jade interviews a Flight Attendant from a major US airline who gives a lot of professional insight and how easy it is to make her day. 

Today’s guest is James Cridland, writer of the daily Podnews industry briefing and podcast of the same name. In all honestly, if James ever missed sending out his newsletter by 7am my time, I would swear it was the weekend. It’s the first thing I do before my morning S,S, and S.

The good news is that even if I had a particular big night of eating and drinking, I can still get through his newsletter or podcast before S’ing since they are both typically less than 4 minutes. 

For our last recommendation, James recommends The Missing Cryptoqueen. James says (and I quote): it’s an investigative podcast about a woman who ran a crypto-coin network, took lots of peoples’ money, and then just vanished. It was a weekly podcast last year, and the episode of it that I loved the most wasn’t really an episode at all – one week, all they posted was a thirty-second episode saying “we’ve got a new lead, and we’re on a plane, and this week’s episode is going to be a few days late”. That really kept me listening!


For today’s Extra Hot Sauce, I just wanted to say that you can still buy tickets to the recent Outlier Podcast Festival Virtual Summit where you can see James and me talk about podcast newsletters along with Arielle Nissenblatt and Skye Pillsbury. 

And if you’re hungry, stay tuned when my next episode drops on June 5th where I’ll be dishing up something good. 

As always, take a look at the show notes for links to all the podcasts mentioned in this episode as well as other life-altering information. To make it easy for you, there’s also a link to a podcast playlist that will contain all the episodes ever mentioned in this show. 

See you next week sometime for another round of recommendations. 

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