First Time With Bts?



In this podcast, hosts Yady and Natalie investigate the exciting career of (peerless?) kpop group BTS. Join us as we take apart Bangtan's global success episode by episode. For fans and non-kpop listeners alike!This account is not affiliated with or in any way officially connected to Big Hit Entertainment or BTS. All content is fanmade and not for monetary gain. Thank you!


  • Episode 13: Our Top 7 BTS Songs

    Episode 13: Our Top 7 BTS Songs

    12/06/2019 Duration: 01h01min

    In this episode, hosts Natalie and Yady embark on the very difficult mission of choosing the best tracks from BTS’ discography. They make great efforts to put aside sales and general reception, focusing instead on song quality and function within the group’s discography. Tune in to listen to their thoughts on the music and what they consider to be BTS’ top seven songs! Want to help us get some new recording equipment? Check out our Ko-Fi!

  • Episode 12: To Ship or Not To Ship?

    Episode 12: To Ship or Not To Ship?

    31/05/2019 Duration: 31min

    Breaking from their usual emphasis on BTS’s career, this episode features hosts Natalie and Yady tackling the controversial topic of romantic shipping within the fandom. By examining platonic pairings and exploring the members’ unique personality traits, the talk considers how working off the wide range of footage we get of BTS can lead to a rich world of fan-made content. With the many positive effects of celebrating love and friendship, however, can a line still be crossed? If so, is the KPOP industry to blame? Want to help us get some new recording equipment? Check out our Ko-Fi!

  • Episode 11: The Wings Comeback

    Episode 11: The Wings Comeback

    16/04/2019 Duration: 45min

    In this installment of First Time with BTS?, hosts Natalie and Yady spend some time revisiting the WINGS era. Using the Wings Concept Book as a guide, they explore the various fissures of this critical moment in BTS’ career. From literary references to cinematic parallels, this episode aims to paint a full picture of WINGS and its overshadowed importance. Want to help us get some new recording equipment? Check out our Ko-Fi!

  • Episode 10: Were Back!

    Episode 10: We're Back!

    01/04/2019 Duration: 01h25min

    For the first episode since the show’s hiatus, hosts Natalie and Yady ambitiously take us through each month of their time away, revisiting some of the most important news surrounding the world’s biggest boyband. From the start of the Love Yourself Tour to the UN speech to the release of an original webtoon, the hosts offer commentary on the various events that kept fans of BTS occupied over the last six months. Be sure to check out our twitter and (new!) instagram accounts, @bangtanpodcast!

  • Comeback Teaser

    Comeback Teaser

    30/03/2019 Duration: 31s

    A taste of what's to episodes coming out Monday, April 1st at 7:00 AM EST! Music credit: BTS DNA Teaser #2

  • Hiatus Announcement

    Hiatus Announcement

    29/09/2018 Duration: 38s

    We will be going on a brief hiatus, coming back in December with regularly scheduled episodes. Thank you all for your support in the past, we'll be back soon! In the meantime, check out our twitter where we'll continue posting regularly! @bangtanpodcast

  • Episode 9: Love Yourself Tear Comeback Stages

    Episode 9: Love Yourself Tear Comeback Stages

    21/08/2018 Duration: 28min

    At the request of their twitter followers, hosts Yady and Natalie set aside some time to make their way through the Love Yourself: Tear comeback stages. Follow along as they comment on the various elements that make these performances so fulfilling to watch. Can you guess which one is their favorite? For donations, check out our ko-fi account.

  • Episode 8: Love Yourself Tear

    Episode 8: Love Yourself Tear

    06/07/2018 Duration: 01h10min

    Follow hosts Yady and Natalie as they give their various thoughts on BTS' latest full length album, Love Yourself: Tear. A track by track review where we voice our likes, dislikes, and tell a lot of dumb jokes. Check out our twitter @bangtanpodcast to participate in a poll for the topic of our next episode!

  • Interlude: BTS in America

    Interlude: BTS in America

    08/06/2018 Duration: 46min

    This episode of First Time With BTS? presents a series of questions concerning BTS’s first American comeback. Can the focus on fans have a negative impact on their image, or even their career? Listen to hear hosts Natalie and Yady get critical on matters concerning fandom, streaming campaigns, and western journalism.

  • Episode 7: Our Wings Tour Experience

    Episode 7: Our Wings Tour Experience

    20/04/2018 Duration: 34min

    Unscripted and unfiltered, tune in to listen to the story of how we got front row at the Chicago Wings Tour, with some valuable advice along the way. We discuss ticketing issues, GA line tension, and some comments on the front row experience itself. Tour dates will be here sooner than you think…good luck! Music Credits Youtube user A.R.M.Y Boy Instrumentals: Cypher Part 4 Instrumental Youtuber user RYUSERALOVER: BTS Run REMADE INSTRUMENTAL Youtube user koreanpopinst: [INSTRUMENTAL] BTS(방탄소년단) - I Like It (좋아요)

  • Episode 6: The Most Beautiful Moment in Life

    Episode 6: The Most Beautiful Moment in Life

    06/04/2018 Duration: 46min

    The time has come for us to jump into the most beautiful moment in life, starting with a technical discussion on BTS’s videos and ending with our own theories regarding the mysterious and ever-evolving HYYH (화양연화) narrative. Join us as we take apart music videos, teasers, short films, and album notes to put together this beast of a story. Head over to our twitter, @bangtanpodcast, to read our thoughts on the latest installment of this saga, “Euphoria: Theme of Love Yourself; Wonder.” Music Credit: David O’Brien: Desolate David O’Brien: Anxious David O’Brien: Nightshade (shoutout to Buzzfeed Unsolved!) Youtube user koreanpopinst: [INSTRUMENTAL] BTS(방탄소년단) - I Like It (좋아요)

  • Interlude: Our Trip to Hope World

    Interlude: Our Trip to Hope World

    04/03/2018 Duration: 44min

    In this episode, Yady and Nat react to Hope World, J-Hope's long anticipated mixtape. Going track by track, we talk about what we enjoyed, artists we were reminded of, and give our general thoughts on this new project. Spoiler: we think it's GREAT. Big kudos and congrats to J-Hope! Check out our playlist of the artists we mention (and more!) here:

  • Episode 5: The BTS Situation

    Episode 5: The BTS "Situation"

    02/02/2018 Duration: 40min

    Globalization. A big ass topic with big ass implications. Are BTS leading the way for a bigger trend? Could we be hearing K-pop on the radio in the near future in the way we did with Latin Pop in 2017? In this episode, hosts Yady and Natalie touch on many topics that come up when thinking of BTS as "global pop stars," from their music genre (hello, American Hustle Life!) to what it even means to have an Asian act gain so much exposure in America. There's a lot to say, and thankfully it doesn't end here. Head over to our poll for upcoming episode ideas! Twitter: @bangtanpodcast

  • Interlude: #BTSOutcast

    Interlude: #BTSOutcast

    06/01/2018 Duration: 29min

    It hasn't even been a week, and the Twitter-based interactive fanfiction "Outcast," has managed to take over ARMYville. Over the past 72 hours, there has been an entire subfandom, complete with worldwide trending hashtags, fanart, and memes created in response to user @flirtaus' story & polls. Why? How? What does this say about internet fame in general? Is Hoseok really as shady as everyone thinks he is? In this impromptu episode, Yady and Natalie are joined by their dear friend Silvia in thinking through these questions, as well as in providing their own theories in what's to come in this spooky game...

  • Episode 4: A Psychoanalysis of ARMY

    Episode 4: A Psychoanalysis of ARMY

    31/12/2017 Duration: 24min

    In this episode, we get real and discuss ARMY, the world-wide fandom that helped propel BTS to the beginnings of an American takeover. Why are they so implicated in BTS' narrative of success? What makes them different from other Kpop fandoms? We explore these questions and more, ending with an anecdote (cautionary tale?) for fans hoping to catch em in the future...

  • Episode 3: WHY BTS?

    Episode 3: WHY BTS?

    26/12/2017 Duration: 26min

    Billboard has written about it, Rolling Stone has touched on it, and now we’re here to go IN on it. In this audio essay, we give our thoughts on why BTS have gotten as big as they are, providing context on their early history and a few theories about the Kpop industry.

  • Interlude: BTSxAMAs

    Interlude: BTSxAMAs

    28/11/2017 Duration: 29min

    Taking a break from being BTS scholars, Yady and Nat go off-script to talk about what’s been going on in ARMYville this past month: BTS in America! Topics discussed: the AMAs, MIC Drop Remix, some good (and not so good) interviews, and a very self-indulgent theory regarding BTS and the city of Miami.

  • Episode 2: Love Yourself Some More

    Episode 2: Love Yourself Some More

    24/11/2017 Duration: 28min

    We conclude our talk of Love Yourself: Her with a VERY serious discussion of the live stages, a mini rant on DNA slander, and a quasi-dissertation on Go Go. Never seen a BTS live stage? Check out our spreadsheet to follow what the hell we’re talking about!

  • Episode 1: Love Yourself

    Episode 1: Love Yourself

    21/11/2017 Duration: 40min

    For our pilot episode, we give a brief introduction to BTS and walk through their latest (mini) album, Love Yourself: Her. Follow us as we arrive at the conclusion that BTS is really doing THAT.