We kick off the new season with Jameela Jamil of The Good Place! The actress, writer, and activist talks to Pheebs about her embarrassing audition to get the role of Tahani, dealing with paparazzi in her native England, taking on companies whose ads make women feel bad about themselves, and not giving a fuck about being polite anymore.
Ben Abbott wants to pair his meals with drinks, but as a Mormon, he doesn't drink alcohol. So Dan journeys to an offbeat soda shop in Los Angeles to find Ben some beverages. Plus, a linguist explains why some people say soda, coke, or pop.Today's sponsors: Go milklife.com to learn more. Go to find out more go to ling-ling.com/SPORKFUL. Go to neoufitness.com and enter the promo code SPORKUL to receive one month free. Go to shipt.com/podcast to see available stores in your area and start your free two-week trial. Go to thirdlove.com/SPORKFUL to get 15% off your first purchase. This week we're making a Green Goddess English Muffin Sandwich on Thomas' English Muffin. Get the recipe here: https://thomasbreads.com/recipes/green-goddess-english-muffin-sandwich.
We resume Season Two with the U.S. Supreme Court weighing Curtis Flowers' case. In the first of four new episodes, we preview oral arguments - set for Wednesday, March 20 - and delve into the allegations at the heart of the appeal: that Doug Evans tried to keep African-Americans off the jury in Curtis' sixth trial.
Today the Supreme Court hears oral arguments about Curtis Flowers, who has been tried six times for the same crime: a quadruple homicide at a furniture store in Mississippi. Madeleine Baran, host of the “In the Dark” podcast, explains how this case represents a fundamental problem with jury selection in the United States. (Transcript here.)
If you’ve heard anything about juggalos, you may have heard that they paint their faces like clowns – or maybe, that they don’t get how magnets work. From the outside, the rabid fans of Insane Clown Posse seem incomprehensible. But once you get to know them, the logic of juggalo culture starts to reveal itself. Producer Carla Green took a bus trip across the country with a juggalo – and learned some things about the people who sometimes call themselves the most hated family in the world. Roger Tedi has been a juggalo since he was a teenager, and went to the Juggalo March on Washington in 2017. Photo credit: Woodrow Currie.A juggalo at the Juggalo March on Washington in 2017. Photo credit: Woodrow Currie.Children at the Juggalo March on Washington in 2017. Photo credit: Woodrow Currie.One juggalo applying face paint to another at the Juggalo March on Washington in 2017. Photo by Woodrow Currie.Roger Tedi (left) with Jake Jones (AKA Sidehawk Ninja) on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial at the Juggalo March on Washington in 2017. Photo credit: Hazin of Juggalo News.
Marlon James is a writer who won the Man Booker Prize in 2015 for A Brief History of Seven Killings, a novel which centres on an attempt to assassinate Bob Marley. Marlon was the first Jamaican to win the Prize. He was born in Kingston in 1970 and grew up in suburbia. His mother worked as a detective, and his father was lawyer, leading to a family joke that his mum locked criminals up and his dad got them out. As a self-confessed geek, Marlon did not enjoy his time at school, and even pretended that he was not related to his older brother, a fellow pupil, because he thought his lack of cool would embarrass his sibling. After studying English at the University of the West Indies, he worked in advertising as a copywriter. His first novel was rejected 78 times, and he thought he had destroyed every copy of it, until he met novelist Kaylie Jones at a writing workshop and she insisted on seeing it. She showed it to her publisher and his career was launched. The book, John Crow's Devil, was published in 2005. His fourth novel, Black Leopard, Red Wolf, the first of a fantasy trilogy, was published earlier this year. Marlon lives in the United States, where he teaches Creative Writing at Macalester College in Minnesota. BOOK CHOICE: Tom Jones by Henry Fielding LUXURY: A pressure cooker. CASTAWAY'S FAVOURITE: When Doves Cry by Prince Presenter: Lauren Laverne Producer: Sarah Taylor
Libraries aren't just for books. They're often spaces that transform into what you need them to be: a classroom, a cyber café, a place to find answers, a quiet spot to be alone. It's actually kind of magical. This week, we have stories of people who roam the stacks and find unexpected things that just happen to be exactly what they required.
At the only shelter for unaccompanied minors in Tijuana, Mexico, teens watch Pokemon and blast Bad Bunny songs. Most of these teens are from Central America, thousands of miles from their families, and waiting for months to apply for asylum in the U.S. As they wait, shelter administrators work to regulate their stress and trauma. But now, they're also worried about their safety outside the shelter's walls. Last December, two of the teens staying there were kidnapped and murdered. Jesse Alejandro Cottrell takes us inside the daily lives of these teenagers—as they wait for an uncertain future.
On this week's episode, we're celebrating the release of the Moth's third book, Occasional Magic. Listen to Ana Del Castillo tell her story of finding her light again after a harrowing family trauma. Find Occasional Magic anywhere you buy your books March 19. Hosted by: Dan Kennedy Storyteller: Ana Del Castillo
Who do we allow to shape our identities? What experiences awaken the power within us to define it ourselves? Comedian and actress Nicole Byer reflects about the moment her ADHD/ADD diagnosis challenged the way she identified herself for most of her life; Sabrina Jalees discusses the journey of her family coming to accept her identity as a lesbian; Model and transgender rights activist Geena Rocero explains how one man’s ignorance helped her realize the control she had in defining her own identity.
“Trust isn't a brand that you should use. It's a social glue that, when it breaks down, has really huge consequences to our lives.” Trust expert and author Rachel Botsman explains why we need to protect this word that has remained steadfast throughout its existence, but may now be too popular for its own good. Find out more about this episode at theallusionist.org/trust. The all new Allusionist live show, No Title, is heading to New Zealand! Tickets for Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch are on sale now; find out more at theallusionist.org/events. Australia: you’ll be our next stop. The Allusionist's online home is theallusionist.org. Stay in touch at twitter.com/allusionistshow, facebook.com/allusionistshow and instagram.com/allusionistshow. The Allusionist is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX, a collective of the finest podcasts on the interwaves. Find them all at radiotopia.fm. In March 2019, the Allusionist is sponsored by: • Squarespace, your one-stop shop for creating and running a good-looking and well-working website. Go to squarespace.com/allusion for a free trial, and use the code ALLUSION to get 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain. • Bombas, socks that won’t let you - or themselves - down. Buy your expertly engineered socks at bombas.com/allusionist and get 20% off your first purchase. • Molekule, a complete reinvention of the air purifier. For $75 off your first order, use the discount code ALLUSIONIST at the checkout at molekule.com. • American Masters, the PBS podcast featuring new conversations with contemporary artists and cultural figures, along with a mix of previously unreleased interviews from the award-winning documentary film series. Subscribe in your podgatherer of choice.
Brandon Baltzley is the chef and co-owner of a restaurant called the Buffalo Jump. Determined to kick his substance abuse issues, he climbed a snow- and ice-covered hill in the dark to reach his home for the next month of his life: a yurt with no heat or running water. This episode is sponsored by HelloFresh and Care/of Vitamins. Original illustration by Payton Cosell Turner.