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Life Just Outside NYC

Get Lost in Jersey!

Join Rachel, Janette, and their guests as they dive into life in the Garden State.

“Lost in Jersey,” co-created and co-hosted by Rachel Martens and Janette Afsharian, is a podcast all about the stories and happenings just outside of NYC. They chat with locals, business owners, celebrities, parents, tourists, and more, digging into their connection to New Jersey and what they’re up to these days.

Topics on the show run the gamut—from local events and new books to regular folks, famous faces in New Jersey, tech, startups, health, family life, education, the best grub in Montclair and beyond, parenting, school, health, and even some New Jersey news and trivia!

Rachel and Janette both traded the hustle of NYC for the chill vibes of NJ over ten years ago, and they’ve been hooked on the Garden State ever since!


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One week after launch we have, 5 -Stars on Apple Podcast! Thank you! 

Meet the Candidates

April 25, 2024

Thank you for providing the opportunity to listen to mtc candidates. It’s been very helpful and informative about the candidates and their positions (and ability/lack of ability to articulate them)

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Jorge's Family Reviews Are In!

November 11, 2023

Oldest Sister: “Oh wow, Jorge. I’m watching now! I loved that they could pronounce your name properly. Both ladies are cute and smart.” Btw I’m following their podcasts now because I loved it. ”

Second Youngest Sister: “This was great!”

Youngest Sister: “Loved that podcasts! Your hostesses were funny and nice! Loved your story telling!!! Feel like you should have more quickly clarified you DID NOT get a dui 😆 I learned some about you and that was fun! I think you were prob very good at accounting. You downplayed this. “

Cousin in Australia: “Hola primo! I’m listening Lost in Jersey Podcast, it’s such a great interview. Very funny as well”

Aguirre Family

Warren's Episode, Nice Work

September 23, 2023

Nice work on the Zanes’ podcast.


Really great episode!

September 14, 2023

I listened to the Craigslist’s episode on the way home and was so impressed by Craig’s openness to share about his growth to becoming a better person. Great episode!


You're my new favorite people!

September 6, 2023

You’re my new favorite people. I actually smiled the entire time I was listening. Thanks again for having me. It was a lot of fun chatting. – It’s Kimmunity approved!


One of my favorite podcasts!

May 18, 2023

I’ve listened to all the episodes and it might be one of my favorite shows. Every Monday, I want to hear who is on.


You guys did a great job!

February 28, 2023

We need part 2 of Roger’s episode.


Listened to every episode of Lost in Jersey

February 28, 2023

We were driving back from Vermont today and listened to every episode of lost in jersey. Rob described it as an introvert’s dream – it’s like being at a fascinating dinner party. Congrats to you, Rachel, and all your guests. 😘 👏


I meant to tell you...

February 1, 2023

I thought the funniest thing you said was that you time how long it takes you to get home from the city, let people know, and that you are in your jammies. I truly laughed out loud on that one. It is hard to believe this is your first podcast. Stay the same, don’t change.


What a great idea!

January 30, 2023

Okay, what do I have to do to be a guest on this? What a great idea! – Julie


Just spent my morning listening!

January 30, 2023

Just spent my morning listening to this amazing first episode! So inspiring to spend my morning with three talented, creative, and cool women. – Georgette


I am blown away!

January 30, 2023

Whoa! Ladies! Just finished listening to your first episode and I am blown away! I giggled with you, I learned so much and it was really fun. Great interview with Chanda and great voices all around! Everyone needs to hop on and listen! – Liz


Enjoying the convo

January 30, 2023

I’ve listened to 25 mins of the podcast so far! 👏 👏 👏 I have no notes so far. Enjoying the convo and getting to know your friends! – Yana



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Rachel Martens


Voice-over artist, writer, violinist, Montclair Story Salon member, and former engineer. Has some kids, one husband, and a decent amount of friends. Finds life is okay most of the time, other times, it’s hilarious. Lives – in Jersey, just outside of NYC.

Janette Afsharian


Graphic artist, coder, painter of an excessive amount of straight lines on canvas, and titan of digital design with a few awards. Has some kids, one husband, and a decent amount of friends. Finds life is okay most of the time, other times, distractions are needed. Lives – in Jersey, just outside of NYC.