Request Pending

During this time of social isolation, The Drag explores all the ways people are finding community and comfort online.

Coming: Summer 2020

‘Request Pending’ host reflects on end of season one

For the past three months, “Request Pending” host Sara Schleede cultivated a weekly podcast exploring the internet’s most unique communities. With the single click of a button on Friday afternoon, it all came to an end. The last episode of season one was finally published.  “I’m really excited for this episode,” Schleede said. “I think…

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Interns produce OnlyFans podcast episode 100% online

All summer long, interns Maya Fawaz, Mikayla Mondragon and Kadija Baldé worked on their very own episode of “Request Pending.” The episode aired on Aug. 18 for the world to hear. Fawaz and Mondragon told their friends and family about the episode, a culmination of their hard work. Baldé only told her friends. Her family…

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A new age of sex work

They say sex work is the oldest profession, and as over generations, it has evolved and taken on new forms. Its latest iteration: Onlyfans. On Onlyfans, creators sell and users pay for access to original, independently made pornographic content. Sex workers are making big money from behind a computer or phone screen and often find…

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Minisode: Deep sea of deep space?

This week, the Request Pending crew explores a very big question: deep sea or deep space? Executive producer Haley Butler offers her stance and explains why her love for the deep sea goes deeper than a fascination with octopi and submarines.

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Not your average yard sale site

How can you help the environment, make friends and furnish your house without spending any money? Join your local Buy Nothing Facebook group. The Buy Nothing Project is a global network of hyper-local gift economies. All you have to do is find a group near you and start posting.

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Why does everyone love true crime?

Look at the trending podcasts on any streaming app, and odds are there is at least one true crime series topping the charts. These tales of horrifying violence, conniving killers, and kindhearted victims who didn’t see it coming inspire shock and interest across the internet, and the audience is notably female. Podcasts like Crime Junkie…

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How Money Diaries empower women

Common etiquette bans three topics at the dinner table: politics, religion, and money. But women on the internet are breaking one of those rules in a big way, with Refinery29’s Money Diaries. Women post weekly journals documenting their salary, monthly expenses and daily expenditures. It’s a great way to empower women with finance knowledge, but…

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5 ASMR videos we love

“Request Pending” host Sara Schleede shares her favorite videos to fall asleep to The second episode of “Request Pending” is all about ASMR — a slight euphoric sensation triggered by different auditory and visual stimuli that has taken over the internet. In honor of this episode, I have decided to share my top five favorite…

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The comforts of ASMR

ASMR? Is that when people eat with their mouths open on YouTube? Sometimes, but not really. ASMR, or autonomous sensory meridian response, is the euphoric sensation that arises from certain relaxing sounds or visuals, and an entire online world has risen from it. Viewers and creators use ASMR to relieve anxiety, fall asleep and feel…

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Into the woods with cottagecore

Young people’s latest fantasies aren’t about fame and fortune. They’re about the tranquility and simplicity of a small cottage in the woods with a lot of books to read, bread to bake and raised garden beds to tend. But they aren’t fulfilling this fantasy by moving out to the country — they’re going online. Request…

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