From plastic surgery to feminist philosophy, Olivia D’Angelo (COL ’24) and Anya Caraiani (SFS ’24) discuss it all in their candid weekly podcast, “Outrageous Acts.”
Every Friday night, D’Angelo and Caraiani share their experiences as young female college students with their dozens of weekly listeners in a spoof of “Call Her Daddy,” a popular advice and comedy podcast that rose to fame because of the raunchy, candid nature of the hosts’ conversations on sex and relationships. Since they launched “Outrageous Acts” last fall, the pair has covered topics like spring break trips to Florida, modern hookup culture and getting cheated on.
D’Angelo said the podcast gives her a space to share her college experiences, reflecting on the relationships she’s made in an unconventional way.
“A lot of what we talk about is inspired by our own experiences, so we’ll often take a situation that has happened during the week and debate it more broadly,” D’Angelo wrote to The Hoya. “For example, a couple weeks ago Anya was getting some suggestive texts from a boy she was talking to, so on the show we talked about sexting, how we feel about it, and the risks.”
Caraiani said the pair decided to create the podcast to show women in college that they are not alone in their experiences.
“We were inspired by our little sisters and our experiences living in D.C. during Covid spring because we wanted to provide a resource for our friends/college girls to know they are not alone, and we are all going through it together,” Caraiani wrote to The Hoya.
In their first episode, titled “The [Real] Sex Lives of College Girls,” the pair reviews the TV show that is the episode’s namesake and discusses dissociation feminism, Slavoj Žižek’s philosophy on the difference between men and women, and tips on how to sneak into nightclubs.
While the pair originally focused on sharing stories they thought people would find entertaining, “Outrageous Acts” has shifted to discuss topics related to college life, D’Angelo said.
“When we first started the podcast, it was really focused on our own lives,” D’Angelo wrote. “As we’ve gotten deeper into it we’ve made a point to talk about topics that will be relatable to more people and not just entertaining.”
The first few episodes of the podcast feature personal stories, including one where D’Angelo talks about the time her high school boyfriend cheated on her, while more recent episodes cover advice on topics like the talking stage of dating.
Caraiani and D’Angelo record the podcast live during their 6 p.m. show every Friday on WGTB, Georgetown’s student-run radio station, uploading it to Spotify after their producer, Rachel Kerr (COL ’24), edits it.
Kerr said working on the podcast has opened her eyes to a potential career path in the media and production industry.
“I’m the number one fan of the show, so I love working on it — and it’s also been really cool to get hands-on experience of something I might do as a career,” Kerr wrote to The Hoya.
Kerr said she appreciates how Caraiani and D’Angelo explore serious topics like social media footprints and the intersection of feminism and capitalism in a light-hearted manner.
“Anya and Olivia have a way of noticing something that’s going on in the world and making it funny,” Kerr wrote. “What really makes the show special is how entertaining it is even when we do take on serious issues.”
Caraiani said the podcast has forced her and D’Angelo to learn how to balance discussing intimate subjects with sharing personal details of their lives online.
“Something that we’ve struggled with is finding a balance between sharing meaningful experiences in our lives and maintaining privacy,” D’Angelo wrote. “It can be a challenge to remember that this isn’t actually therapy when we’re talking about emotional topics — being cheated on, consent, and mental health, to name a few.”
D’Angelo said “Outrageous Acts” has been an opportunity for her to fulfill her dream to share her life and experiences with others.
“I’m a big reality TV fan and always have had this dream of being able to share my life in a public way,” D’Angelo wrote. “If I’m telling a story about a night out, or a boy I’m talking to, or something like that, it forces me to reflect on the situation — it’s sort of therapeutic.”