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The Podcast everyone is talking about

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

In case you haven’t heard about it yet: The producers of This American Life and Serial have released a new series called S-Town. You can download all seven episodes. I binge-listened to them last week.

The New Yorker: “S-Town” Investigates the Human Mystery. By Sarah Larson.

The Atlantic: S-Town Is a Well-Crafted Monument to Empathy. “The much-hyped podcast evolves from murder mystery and rural tourism into timely, humanistic biography.” By Spencer Kornhaber.

Vanity Fair: How S-Town, From the People Who Brought You Serial, Is Changing Podcasts All Over Again. “After releasing all seven of its episodes at once, S-Town in inspiring fierce devotion—but you’ll have to figure out your solution for spoilers on your own.” By Katey Rich.

Charlotte Observer: Professor featured in S-Town gives his take on hit podcast – and its central mystery. By Ann Doss Helms. (Includes a short video of the sundial John McLemore made for his Chemistry professor and which is described in the last episode of the podcast.)

And in case you’d like to listen a podcast about this podcast:
Longform Podcast: Brian Reed. (1 hour 13 minutes)

I’m going to listen to this while on a little roadtrip tomorrow.

Some links via MetaFilter FanFare.

Audio Book

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

Moby Dick Big Read.

Open Culture: Hear Moby Dick Read in Its Entirety by Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, John Waters, Stephen Fry & More.

Also available on iTunes and Soundcloud.

This was posted back in March 2016, but I found out about it today via Audrey.

Podcasts, Podcasts, Podcasts

Friday, December 16th, 2016

The Bello Collective: 100 Outstanding Audio Stories of 2016. “The best podcast episodes & audio journalism of the year, as chosen by the Bello Collective team (and friends).”

Lots of links to gread podcast episodes. I’ve been following Missing & Murdered: Who Killed Alberta Williams? and How to be a Girl and have listened to the Radiolab episodes The Buried Bodies Case and Debatable as well as the Radiolab Spinoff Podcast, More Perfect. Also, this American Life episodes Tell Me I’m Fat, Anatomy of Doubt and My Damn Mind and HumaNature episode Hoofprints on the Heart.

Link via MetaFilter: Ear of the Year.

Along the same lines, check out the answers to this Ask MeFi: Favorite episodes of radio shows/podcasts.

Maybe a little hindsight will help in the future?

Saturday, November 12th, 2016

Inquiring Minds Podcast Episode 154: Changing Political Minds – The Deep Story With Arlie Hochschild and Reckonings. (Podcast, 1hr 18min 40s)

“We team up with Stephanie Lepp from the Reckonings podcast and talk to sociologist Arlie Hochschild about whether or not this election is causing more people than usual to change their minds about politics. We then hear from two voters who did in fact make some kind of transformation during this election season – one young voter who was voting in his second presidential election and one long-time voter and political insider who has been voting for 40 years.”

This podcats aired six days ago, a few days before the election. Still, the interviews with the two voters and especially the insights of Arlie Hochschild gave me a lot of insight into how many Americans think about politics and how they decided who to vote for. Recommended!

About Arlie Hochschild, quote from Wikipedia:

“Her latest book, Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right, is based on five years of immersion among Louisiana supporters of the Tea Party. It explores the role of emotion in politics by first posing a paradox. Why, she asks, do residents of the nation’s poorest state vote for candidates who resist federal help? Why in a highly polluted state, do they vote for candidates who resist regulating polluting industry? Her search for answers leads her to what she calls their “deep story,” a metaphorical expression of the emotions they live by. The people she studied may not be voting for their economic self-interest, she found, but they are voting for their emotional self-interest as members of a group which feels marginalized, scorned by coastal liberals, and left behind.”

Refugees in Greece

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

I’m catching up on my podcasts after our vacation and listened to two episodes of This American Life today:

This American Life: 592: Are We There Yet? and 593: Don’t Have to Live Like a Refugee (29 July and 5 August, 2016).

There is an interactive tour of five Greek refugee camps as well, where you can see the five camps they visited in the two episodes and watch short film clips.

Also, read on the This American Life blog how to help.