Audible Feast's Best Podcast Episodes of 2018

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Creation Date December 26th, 2018
Updated Date Updated March 12th, 2019
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Here are the best podcast episodes I heard in 2018. I listened to over 2600 individual episodes, and preference on this list goes to non-serialized shows. These are the episodes that I'm still thinking about months later, that just left a mark. See my website, AudibleFeast.com, for an additional list of the best podcast series of 2018. A tremendous amount of creativity and passion went in to making these podcasts - thank you so much to the creators for all you have done.

#130 The Snapchat Thief

  • 5 months ago

This week, a new Super Tech Support: after Lizzie's Snapchat gets hacked, things start getting really creepy. Alex investigates.Michael Bazzell's PodcastThe complete Security and Privacy PodcastSteps Michael Bazzell Gave Alex to Protect HimselfHow to port your phone numberPassword ManagerGoogle AuthenticatorYubikeyMichael's workbook to freeze your credit and remove yourself from public records websitesSudoStories about Sim Swapping and OGUsers by Vice/MotherboardBy Lorenzo Francheschi-BicchieraiThe SIM HijackersHow to Protect Yourself From SIM Swapping Hacks‘TELL YOUR DAD TO GIVE US BITCOIN:’ How a Hacker Allegedly Stole Millions by Hijacking Phone NumbersHow Criminals Recruit Telecom Employees to Help Them Hijack SIM CardsAlleged 19-Year-Old SIM Swapper Used Stolen Bitcoin to Buy Luxury CarsCops Arrest Infamous SIM Swapper Who Allegedly Stole $14 Million in CryptocurrencyBy Joseph Cox'I Could Ruin Your Business Right Now': Listen to a SIM-Jacking, Account-Stealing RansomThe Organization that Lizzie Donated ToByte Back

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This was one of the best podcast episodes I heard all year. It's classic Reply All investigation - which they are so good at. It was genius to first go through everything Alex needed to protect his identity given the type of people he might be exposing (and who would potentially go after him) - it painted the picture so clearly of how serious this hacking is and how it can mess up your life. Then, Alex finds and confronts (with Lizzie) the hackers, who are astonishingly willing to talk on the record.
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She Makes More

  • 5 months ago

Your partner makes more money than you. What do you do? Mark meets a few men to learn about their economic insecurities and looks for some answers, as he fights to keep his own series of numbers a mystery. SPOILER ALERT - it does not go well.Subscribe to our newsletter for monthly secrets, Facebook to meet our friends, Twitter to talk to us, and Instagram to look at pretty pics.

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You may remember from previous posts that I am an engineer, so this is top of mind for many women in my field at some point - it can be very awkward to be the breadwinner or even to contribute equal earnings to a family pot. It was so thought-provoking to hear the comment that one partner's self-worth doesn't have to be at odds with the other partner's ambition or success level.
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In The Distance

  • 5 months ago

Sara collects sounds of her son, her second child, during the first year of his life. Laughter, cries, shrieks of joy... Her first child never made much sound and died three days after she was born. The story explores Sara's connection to both children as she listens to the sounds of her family and grieves for the sounds that are missing.

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Wow. If you need a tearjerker (and I often do, I welcome them - if you have any suggestions I will gladly accept), this is it. It's incredibly beautiful, sad yet hopeful, tender, and real. I love Sara's bravery to let us in to the most painful thing in her life.
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The Juggernaut (MEN, Part 10)

  • 5 months ago

Writer Ben James and his wife Oona are raising their sons in a progressive and “queer-friendly” New England town. They actively encourage the boys to be themselves, never mind those traditional gender norms around “masculinity” and “femininity.” All was well. Until the elder son, Huck, went to sixth grade. Story by Ben James, with hosts Celeste Headlee and John Biewen, and psychologist Terrence Real. Music by Alex Weston, Evgueni and Sacha Galperine, Blue Dot Sessions, and Kevin MacLeod. Music and production help from Joe Augustine at Narrative Music.

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This was a very heavy, you-need-to-look-in-the-mirror-as-a-parent episode of the MEN series - it hit so close to home. Celeste and John begin by talking about how John remembers using "you're such a woman" as an insult to another boy as a kid, and how that was wrapped up in some desire to be perceived as masculine. Ben James then tells his parenting story about wanting so desperately to raise woke and tolerant kids, but realizing he can't force them to be anyone but who they're going to be. I've written about this many times - I have two boys, am raising them with an atmosphere of tolerance, and try to show them examples of how to accept people who are different from them and to value individual worth. But I will have to accept that I can't control them; I am only one influence in their lives, and society still has so many messages to boys and young men about what it means to be a "man." The worst is to be a mama's boy. But that has to change; I want to raise independent, strong individuals, but I also want them to realize people of any gender have valid feelings and emotions are critical to have, share, and work through. I guess I could write an entire essay on this topic (or at least a multi-page journal entry) but I just want to say - please listen to this series.
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The $43,000 phone booth

  • about 1 year ago

Scott Pruitt, the embattled head of the Environmental Protection Agency, is facing a host of new scandals: a $43,000 soundproof phone booth, a security detail to Disneyland, and even using a siren on his car to get to a restaurant faster. But Vox’s Umair Irfan says that behind these controversies, Pruitt’s EPA has been one of the most consequential government agencies in the Trump administration.

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There is no way this episode was NOT going on the best of list, because they made up a song about Scott Pruitt to the tune of Michael Jackson's Beat It, and it was amazing. 
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EP215: A Very Special Brain Candy--Sarah's Story

  • 12 months ago

We thought today's show was going to bring a joyful surprise, but instead it is a difficult one. Hear what's been going on with Sarah, and why she hasn't been herself lately. We also discuss crazy news stories like the woman who was embalmed alive, Katy Perry's questionable shoes, roads that play music, and more. 

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I wrote about this in a separate post, but trigger warning, host Sarah Rice shares the story of her recent miscarriage. The ladies still find time to discuss some lighter topics, like Katy Perry's smelly jellies. 
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3.2 Changes

  • about 1 year ago

Featuring: Amanda (Wine & Crime), Dan (Podcast Meander), Hannah (Film Roast), and Jason (The Binge Movie Podcast) Today we're sharing the songs that changed the ways we listened to music. And as Jason says, 'This whole tracklist is totally fucked.'Plus: A song that inspired IKEA's nomenclature, a song to trash a grocery store to, and a song to lap dance to. Dan and Josh share a kiss. Jason fights a man over miscarriages. Dan is concerned about the state of home furnishings in 90s music videos. And a song that actually causes one of our guests to walk out on a job. This week's playlist:Svefn-G-Englar by Sigur Ros (Josh)I Luv The Valley OH by Xiu Xiu (Dan)Life Itself by Glass Animals (Hannah)Love You Madly by Ella Fitzgerald (Amanda)Pretty Good Year by Tori Amos (Jason)Spark by Tori Amos (Josh)Caroline Shaw's Allemande by Roomful of Teeth (Dan)Through The Wire by Kanye West (Hannah)Good Times by Chic (Amanda)Dragon Lady by The Geraldine Fibbers (Jason) Listen to the playlist at our-americana.com/playlist

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PLAYLIST sometimes makes me feel sort of mushy, nostalgic for a song I haven't heard in years or that is one of my all time faves. This was the case in this episode. I had totally forgotten about how much Tori Amos changed the way I listen to music and what I hear in music, because it was about 20 years ago that I started listening to her. Two picks in the playlist this week were Tori songs, and I felt myself immediately transported back to a tumultuous time in my life when I was going through much change myself.
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79. Queer

  • 11 months ago

Strange or obtuse; a stinging homophobic slur; a radical political rejection of normativity; a broad term encompassing every and any variation on sexual orientation and gender identity: the word ‘queer’ has a multifarious past and complicated present. Tracing its movements are Kathy Tu and Tobin Low from Nancy podcast, Eric Marcus from Making Gay History, historian and author Amy Sueyoshi, and Jonathan Van Ness from Queer Eye.  Find out more about this episode at http://theallusionist.org/queer. Content note: this episodes contains discussions of sexuality and sexual acts, as well as some problematic terms. See the Allusionist live in Australia and New Zealand in the next month: show listings are at http://theallusionist.org/events The Allusionist’s online home is http://theallusionist.org. Stay in touch at http://twitter.com/allusionistshow and http://facebook.com/allusionistshow. The Allusionist is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX, a collective of the best podcasts on the interwaves. Hear all the shows at http://radiotopia.fm. This episode is sponsored by Bombas and Babbel. Get a 20% discount on Bombas’s expertly engineered socks by visiting http://bombas.com/allusionist and entering the offer ALLUSIONIST in the checkout code space. There are fourteen languages you can learn via Babbel, the number 1 selling language app in the world. To get 50% off your first 3 months of Babbel, use the code ALLUSION when you go to babbel.com/allusion.

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Loved hearing Eric Marcus (who I interviewed in 2017) on this episode where people from two generations that sandwich my own non-generation (I'm a 1980 baby) talk about a word that I myself feel conflicted about; when I was younger, it was not cool at all to call someone queer, but now, the word has been reclaimed. Classic The Allusionist episode where we get to learn the origin of a word, its evolution over time, and how many ways people understand a single word. 
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4. The Rise and Fall of Diego Maradona

  • 12 months ago

The retired Argentine midfielder Diego Armando Maradona is regarded by many soccer fans as the greatest player who ever lived. They’ll say he was creative, surprising, masterful—a gift to the game. But there are others who will tell you the opposite. That Maradona was the worst: A scoundrel, a villain, a cheat. In this episode, we tell the tale of soccer’s most complicated icon.CREDITS: We Came to Win is hosted by Nando Vila. This episode was produced by Emma Morgenstern, Emily Ulbricht, and Ngofeen Mputubwele with help from Anna Foley and Jasmine Romero. Our senior producer is Matthew Nelson. Our editors are Caitlin Kenney, Devon Taylor, and Jessica Weisberg. This episode was scored, sound designed, and mixed by Bobby Lord. Additional music by Emma Munger and Bliss Blood & Al Street. Check out more Gimlet podcasts at gimletmedia.com.To find a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to gimlet.media/OurAdvertisers

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 I don't think Maradona will be too thrilled with this account of his life, but I was totally engaged throughout the entire episode, and I have been telling people about this one all week. Great new show from Gimlet - it's succeeding in storytelling where perhaps the other new Gimlet shows have fallen a bit short - but you decide. I really like sports, so this is up my alley anyway.
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Help I Don’t Wash My Gym Kit

  • 12 months ago

William and Jordan share very different advice as they help you navigate the struggles of going to the gym.

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Thanks to my Podcast Brunch Club Podcast co-host Adela for this recommendation - I listened while I was on a plane and I must have looked like a crazy person cracking up as I heard William and Jordan's advice about what you should do if you see a guy's balls fall out of his yoga gear during a particularly sweaty session.
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A Million Dollars Worth of Plastic

  • 11 months ago

Flexi-discs are thin plastic or plastic-coated paper records, and in the 1980s they were all the rage in fast food. Burger King teamed up with the popular sitcom character ALF for such hits as “Melmac Rock” and “Take Me, ALF, to the Ballgame.” But McDonald’s truly upped the ante in 1989 when it ran the biggest flexi-disc promotion ever, sending out 80 million discs (playing the “Menu Song”) as inserts in newspapers all over the country. If one of those 80 million recipients was fortunate enough to not only find the plastic disc, but recognize that it could be played on their turntable - they’d win a million dollars. Charlene Price of Galax, Virginia was that lucky winner, and her son Scotty keeps the record as his most prized possession. Reporter Richard Parks III ventured out to Galax to become one of only a handful of people to hear that winning record, and along the way he discovered the complicated history of the family that claimed the prize.Scotty’s most prized possession. Photo courtesy of Richard Parks III.Charlene at the Price is Right, her grocery store. Photo courtesy of Richard Parks III. Charlene’s boyfriend striking a pose with a large sum of money. Photo courtesy of Richard Parks III.Tammy at the Galax motel. Photo courtesy of Richard Parks III.Scotty in front of the house he grew up in, where he found the winning record. Photo courtesy of Richard Parks III.

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In this story only slightly tangentially related to music, the listener is constantly wondering whether they're going to learn the truth. 
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The Sky is Burning

  • 8 months ago

There are between eight and ten thousand wildfires in the United States each year, but most quietly burn out and we never hear about them. The Pagami Creek Wildfire in Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area was supposed to be like that, but things turned out differently. And Greg and Julie Welch were camping right in its path.

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A breathtakingly scary story about a couple who lived to tell what happened when a forest fire descended upon them.
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Settling for average

  • 9 months ago

A healthy relationship is meant to feel like a warm hug from your mum after about a year, according to psychologists. But if your partner doesn’t feel like your perfect soul mate all the time, you might feel like you settled for something you didn’t sign up to. So does 'settling' exist or is it just a reality of long-term monogamy?

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Whewwwww. I love this discussion of the concept of settling in relationships. I don't really believe in it myself, I think it's a cultural construct derived from the acceptance of judging strangers we have no business judging. Each couple's relationship is their own and I think the idea of "could I do better" is suggested by external parties. But many, many people do question whether they should settle or have settled, so this was a great discussion to listen to.
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Comedian Cristela Alonzo

  • 12 months ago

Writer. Actor. Trailblazer. How Cristela Alonzo makes room for stories like hers in every medium.

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Host Alicia Menendez draws out deep feelings from her guests - what a great skill. Cristela Alonzo talked about her imposter syndrome as the lead character in Cars 3 and I almost cried. She said she always felt she achieved because of hard work and not because anyone thought she was special - heartbreaking but so relatable.
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Episode 82: The Choir

  • over 1 year ago

As a child, Lawrence Lessig was a gifted singer. His church choir director encouraged him to attend a choir camp at a prestigious boarding school in New Jersey. He was so talented that the school invited him to stay and join their official choir. He sang at Carnegie Hall and toured the world. But it was what happened behind the scenes that would change his life forever. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: Burrow Promo code: CRIMINAL (all caps)  The Alienist  Rocket Mortgage  Squarespace (promo code CRIMINAL to save 10%)

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Lessig's stunning bravery to be open enough to share his childhood sexual abuse by the hand of someone who is not behind bars floored me. His vivid storytelling painted a clear picture for me of what that boys' choir school looked like, how his abuser worked his way into the pants of boys who didn't know any better, and how he felt as he worked through the abuse as an adult. 
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S2 E1: July 16, 1996

  • 12 months ago

On the morning of July 16, 1996, someone walked into a furniture store in downtown Winona, Mississippi, and murdered four employees. Each was shot in the head. It was perhaps the most shocking crime the small town had ever seen. Investigators charged a man named Curtis Flowers with the murders. What followed was a two-decade legal odyssey in which Flowers was tried six times for the same crime. He remains on death row, though some people believe he's innocent. For the second season of In the Dark, we spent a year digging into the Flowers case. We found a town divided by race and a murder conviction supported by questionable evidence. And it all began that summer morning in 1996 with a horrifying crime scene that left investigators puzzled. Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.

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What I waited nearly two years for ... In the Dark is amazing. Terrific investigative journalism with the perfect reporter-host, Madeleine Baran, who along with her team, won a Peabody Award for the first season of the show. This was the best show of 2016, the last time it was published - you cannot miss this season. Episode two, The Route, is just as fantastic as the first episode: the team follows the supposed route prosecutors say Flowers walked in order to commit this crime.
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Risk

  • 10 months ago

In this IMMERSIVE episode, “Risk,” our goal is to immerse you in a soundscape that pulled and pushed you to alternatively feel risk-seeking and risk-averse. To preserve this immersive experience, we stripped out a lot of the reporting we did on the science of risk. Here, you can find out more about the science of risk perception. We’ll walk you through the episode, and point out materials – interviews we did with researchers, journal articles we dug up, books we read – that let you dig deeper into the research. SCENE: You finally make it to the top after a long climb (after a strenuous skinning up). WHAT THIS ILLUSTRATES: This should make you feel like you’ve invested a lot of resources and effort into an activity. Later, when you make a decision, this investment of resources can color your choice even though it shouldn’t if you’re objectively evaluating a risk. FIND OUT MORE: Read Heuristic Traps in Recreational Avalanche Accidents. NARRATION: You’re imagining this environment because it is the perfect environment because it’s the perfect setting to explore your feelings towards risk. FIND OUT MORE: Listen to our interview with Leaf VanBoven (starting at 03:40). SCENE: You’re very close to skiing down the mountain. You feel the powder under your skis. The wind pushes on your cheeks. WHAT THIS ILLUSTRATES: Proximity to something (especially something you find somewhat addictive) makes you perceive it as more rewarding than if you would be considering it from a distance. FIND OUT MORE: Listen to our interview with Fernbach (starting at 39:00). SCENE: WE ARE INVINCIBLE! WHAT THIS ILLUSTRATES: When you are overconfident, you disregard evidence that contradicts your confidence. FIND OUT MORE: Listen to our interview with McKell Carter and Kim Farrelly (starting at 57:00) SCENE: CINDY’S AVALANCHE STORY WHAT THIS ILLUSTRATES: Hearing a distastrous result from an expert, which occurs from a similar situation to your own will decreases your confidence in taking the risk and makes you more risk averse. Of course, this is assumming you are not brimming with overconfidence. FIND OUT MORE: By reading SEVERAL(most) of the articles here. SCENE: My intuition is telling me something’s off. Come on, Jake, what are you afraid of? WHAT THIS ILLUSTRATES: Groups heavily influence decision making during risky situations. Males are particularly good at evoking risky decisions. However, there is a lot of nuance in this dynamic. FIND OUT MORE: Listen to our interview with VanBoven (starting at 13:00 and 30:00) SCENE: You’re normally cautious, so if you think it’s fine then I’m sure it’ll be OK. WHAT THIS ILLUSTRATES: Contagious understanding. You can get a house of cards effect, where your knowledge in something rests on the belief that someone else in the community has done the intellectual heavy-lifting and have a solid knowledge of something. However, this is not always the case and many people can believe they have knowledge of something even though nobody does. FIND OUT MORE: Listen to our interview with Fernbach (starting at 48:20) SCENE: Question! Why is one type of snow better for avalanches? How do you know? You just guessing? WHAT THIS ILLUSTRATES: In our lives, we often do not notice complexity because it’s cumbersome and doesn’t actually change our decisions. We have an illustion of knowledge. But in risky situations, complexity really matters and one way to poke holes in our normal knowledge illusion is by asking very simple questions, which will (hopefully) give you more pause and consider more factors. FIND OUT MORE: Read Phillip Fernbach’s book “The Knowledge Illusion”. Listen to our interview with Fernbach (starting at 9:30). Our website: qualiapod.com Listen to us on the RadioPublic app to help support the show. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Qualiapod/   Twitter: @qualiapod

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I love this because it's so different from anything I've heard. The last immersive podcast I listened to was The Walk, and I just couldn't ever get into it, I think it needed a different type of narration style. Here, it's very clear what you should be doing, the scenes are set up well and if you want to read about the scenes you can find useful research in the show notes. The intense sound mixing added so much to the show; the team was so intentional about where sounds should go and how volume should be used.
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HS #99 Hi, My Name Is Shannon

  • 9 months ago

The 1994 Freaknik spring break in Atlanta is the scene. College spring break is a perfect time to come out of your insecurities and let loose. My breaking loose was more practiced and rehearsed, but it did the job well.

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Sometimes, when I'm lucky, I come across a storyteller that in any medium, on any show, I can tell - the story being told is uniquely "that person." Al Letson, Andrea Silenzi, Glynn Washington, Erica Heilman are all great examples of this. I love Shannon Cason's style and I was only a few minutes in to this story when I knew - this is so Shannon Cason. Narrators who have the ability to make you feel like you know them personally are my idols.
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Time, with Maria Menounos, Eve Rodsky, and May Kim-Tenser

  • 6 months ago

If there’s one thing we never have enough of, it’s time. So how can we be more mindful of it -- appreciating each moment without losing momentum? Relationship expert Eve Rodsky shares her groundbreaking research about how couples divide their time and household labor; Maria Menounos tells us how being diagnosed with a brain tumor changed her perception of time; and neurosurgeon Dr. May Kim-Tenser explains what it’s like to make life and death decisions in a matter of minutes.Hosted by Diane Guerrero. Brought to you by Reese Witherspoon and Hello Sunshine. We want to hear YOUR story. Find us @hellosunshine on Instagram and Twitter and hello-sunshine.com. #HowItIsEpisode sponsors: Phlur.com/howitis and Ritual.com/howitis.

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At the risk of sounding dramatic, Maria Menounos' commentary on what time means to her given her potentially shortened life was profoundly impactful for me. Why should we spend hours, days, weeks of our lives worrying about meeting non-family members' expectations? We have to take time for self-care. Life is just not unlimited and it's crap to waste time stressed out when a job, something you volunteer for, all the mental load things that women carry will be there whether you're alive or not. All The Things will get done. You don't have to do all of them.
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Phoebe and Terry Gross Make It A Girls' Night

  • 12 months ago

Radio legend Terry Gross (we’re not worthy!) is in the studio to tell Phoebe about her early days in radio, her marriage, and how the Trump administration is ruining her music listening.  ---- About the podcast:  Phoebe Robinson is tired of being the token black woman in an ocean of white dude comedians. So in this podcast, Phoebe’s calling the shots. She hosts intimate, funny and super honest conversations with musicians, actors, writers and comedians who are killing it in their fields—AND who aren’t white dudes! Stay tuned for the one token white guy (it’s only fair), cameos by Phoebe’s ball-busting executive producer Ilana Glazer, and a whole lot of hijinks. Catch up on Phoebe's other hit podcast, 2 Dope Queens: www.2dopequeens.org Produced by WNYC Studios. www.wnycstudios.org

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I haven't heard Terry Gross interviewed very often, and I love that she was interviewed by a comedian who is honing her interviewing skill. Robinson just gets better and better. This was really fun and personal.
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Finding the Void

  • 4 months ago

*Please note that this episode contains explicit language*What makes a place home? Is it a place that feels like a refuge? Is it somewhere you sleep really, really well? Does it matter if it’s a place you’re not technically allowed to be? What if the place that feels like home lives only in your memory, like a perpetually interrupted dream? Michael Townsend has made and lost more than one home, but only one of them was born of a unique blend of grief, curiosity, imagination, and mischief.  And only one of them was accessed by crawling through a series of pitch black caverns in the bowels of a giant mall.

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Host Vanessa Lowe has a knack for finding stories that make you think about the night in new ways. I've listened to this show forever, and I would listen to the back catalog over and over again because it makes me want to settle into my bed or a comfy chair in the dark and tranport myself into the story. The sound is always excellent. This is a show that deserves your download.
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Emus – Varmints! – 100

  • 7 months ago

Emus! Woo hoo! It’s our 100th episode and we have all sorts of fun stuff in store! First, we’re joined by nationally recognized biologist and TV personality, Corbin Maxey, to discuss emus! And, we announce the winners of our Cellphone Backyard Wildlife Photo Contest! It’s going to be a fun ride, and we’d like to thank you, the listener, for making 100 episodes possible. You Varminions rock! Let’s get our giant bird on! Corbin Maxey and a Napoleon the emu! Check out his website at CorbinMaxey.com. Emus’ long necks let them see over pretty much everything. Yes, the fluffy dino sees you. “Ooh, wind yer neck in!” How fast can emus run? Well, how does a demonstration strike your fancy? Video courtesy of YouTube user MadFeral. No emus were injured while making this video. But, they did rock and/or roll. Emu eyes have nictitating membranes! This adaptation keeps the eye hydrated and offers an extra layer of protection. Give us a wink, emu! It’s no flight of fancy: emus are birdbrains. Article Courtesy of The Sydney Morning Herald, smh.com.au. Super smarts unnecessary. Look at dat face!!! Royalist emu confronts Sir Michael Parkinson, Video courtesy of YouTube user aussiecrowntv. Emu puppet run by Rod Hull. What a weird guy! We love him! Meeting Farmer Ernest! Video courtesy of YouTube user DingoCrash. A bane on all quest-reward-smashing bad guys! Bad bad guy! No cookie! Emu plays fetch just like a doggie! Video courtesy of YouTube user The Dodo. Go fetch! Good bird! Emus make a really great drumming sound! Here is a sample courtesy of YouTube user Muhamed Faour! Boom, boom, boom! The Great Emu War: In which some large, flightless birds unwittingly foiled the Australian Army. Article courtesy of Scientific American. Now you know not to mess with the emu! Emus are fantastic swimmers! Here’s a video of them doing just that, courtesy of YouTube user Alexandra Douglas. Dino swim time. All humans out of the pool! And now! The winners of our Cellphone Backyard Wildlife Photo Contest! In third place, our judges said: “This photo of a tortoise… or possibly my grandfather wearing some armor. Either way, I wanted to ding this photo for looking just slightly overexposed and for the odd shadows cast by the lighting, but I think that drew me in more and my criticisms became positives. The weird lighting matches the old man face and the expression it makes and I could not look away. Really interesting shot of a beautiful animal.” Congratulations to the third prize winner: Chris! In second place the judges said: “This person gave herself the difficult task of asking insects and spiders to sit still long enough to get good shots of them and it paid off. It took some time but I finally decided this one was my favorite due to the fantastic bright orange that is the perfect complement to the green of this background, they way your subjects are just slightly off center and bees… I really just think bees are supercool.” Congratulations to the second prize winner: Angie! And now the first place winner of the Varmints Cellphone Photo Wildlife Contest! The judges said: “This person turned in an incredibly charming shot that really got under my skin and made me smile. This shot captured a candid family moment that piques my curiosity and makes me wonder what they’re looking at. This shot is cropped in an interesting way with the hen spilling out of frame while acting as a contrast to her chick. She’s both a subject and a background to the image while the actual background accomplishes a lot by being full of details without taking attention away from the birds. This photo has charisma and drips with rural American flavor and I think it’s a perfectly captured moment.” Congratulations to the first prize winner: Mandy!  Thanks everyone for your participation!  Now you know a little more about emus than you did this morning! What do you think of them? We want to hear from you! Send us your suggestions for animals you’d like to hear us talk about, or just drop us a line about anything at varmintspodcast@gmail.com! We might even read your email on the show. Your feedback is always welcome! Connect with your Varmints! hosts| Paul Csomo | Donna Hume | The Show | Pinterest  And a very special welcome to the more than 1,200 of you that gave us a like on our Facebook page. Holy cow! Thank you! We hope you like what you hear and we look forward to hearing from you soon! All music is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Artist: Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Featured image “Dad keeping a watchful eye” was taken by Patrick Kavanagh and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license. Additional image “Emu” was taken by William Warby and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license. About our voice actors: Kari McGinnis runs Blazing Caribou Studios and is a co-host on the podcasts Feast On History and Trivia Geeks Live. Chris Braaten runs the Podfix Network and is a co-host on More Gooder Than. Chris “Toph” Green is the host of the GravityBeard podcast. Curtis Craddock is the author of the novel An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors (The Risen Kingdoms, #1) Josh Hallmark runs the Our Americana network and hosts the podcasts Our Americana, The Karen and Ellen Letters, Playlist and True Crime Bullshit. Andrea Freitas runs the A Measured Life blog and is a co-host on the Feast On History podcast. Frosty is the co-host of The Show with The Preshaah and Frosty, and last but never least, Stacey from Rough Giraffe.

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Congratulations to Varmints! on 100 episodes! Paul and Donna have profiled dozens of critters, have kept the show fresh and creative the whole time, and truly produce something fun, funny, family-friendly, and educational to listen to. How awesome is it that Corbin Maxey binge listened to all 99 previous Varmints! episodes? And he didn't just come on for a guest spot, he stayed for the whole episode about emus, because Maxey has one (of course!). If you haven't heard Varmints! before, one of my favorite parts is when Paul and Donna debate how intelligent an animal is on a scale of 1-10. Emus are ... not bright.
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Ludwig Göransson - Black Panther

  • about 1 year ago

Marvel’s Black Panther was released in theaters on February 16, 2018, and in just a few weeks, it made over a billion dollars worldwide. It’s already broken some box office records and it looks like it’s going to break some more. The score for the film was created by Swedish composer Ludwig Göransson. His film and TV credits include Creed and New Girl. He’s also Grammy-nominated producer, who’s worked most often with rapper Childish Gambino. In this episode, Ludwig takes apart one of his pieces from Black Panther. The track is called “Killmonger,” and it’s the theme for Erik Killmonger, a character played by Michael B. Jordan. Black Panther is set in the fictional African nation of Wakanda, and coming up, Ludwig tells the story of doing research and making recordings in Africa, and how he incorporated that into the score for the film. songexploder.net/black-panther

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Some of the best Song Exploder episodes are songs from a TV show or movie. I was thirsty for everything Black Panther at the time and this was fantastic, of course it made me want to go watch the movie again and listen for the Killmonger music.
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The Remarkable Rebirth of Medellín

  • 10 months ago

Medellín, Colombia, is lauded as one of the most innovative and tourist-friendly cities in the world. But 30 years ago, the city was the world's cocaine capital—ravaged by the cartel war led by Pablo Escobar. Latino USA travels to Medellín to hear how the city's violent and narcotic history changed the lives of one family and how Medellín went from being one of the most dangerous places in the world to the "model city" it is today.

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Maria Hinojosa and Luis Gallo bridge two generations to share what Medellín once was and the incredible investment in urban planning that transformed the city. A surprise bonus was the connection that Hinojosa and Gallo have as reporters in the city, including Hinojosa's present-day encounter with a cartel killer who was watching her as a young reporter.
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Why Now?

  • 7 months ago

Nearly a quarter century ago, a group of women accused a prominent playwright of sexual misconduct. For the most part, the allegations went nowhere. In 2017, in the midst of the #MeToo movement, more women came forward to accuse the same playwright of misconduct. This time, everyone listened. On this episode — originally broadcast in February 2018 — we explore the story through the lens of social science research and ask, "Why Now?" What has changed in our minds and in our culture so that allegations of sexual harassment and assault are being taken more seriously than they were in the past? A note: This story includes descriptions of sexual harassment and assault. It may not be suitable for all listeners.

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I am not done with #MeToo, I want to keep hearing more angles, perspectives, solutions. It was terrific to learn about the social psychology (if you will) and societal reasons why #MeToo is a thing now, but couldn't have been even twenty years ago. I started working around fifteen years ago and can totally relate to feeling that if I spoke up, the consequences for me would be grave. Now, strangely because of Trump, for many women the outcome may be much different. 
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Errthang #1 – 808s and Three Heartbreaks

  • about 1 year ago

Al Letson and Willie Evans Jr. are back with season two of Errthang! After a long hiatus, the dynamic duo returns to tell stories, and have a good time. This season Letson and Evans focus on stories and interviews about fatherhood, the political unrest in the country, and ruminations on love. It’s a wild, fun ride with a lot of heart and depth. In episode one, Al tells the stories of three excruciating heartbreaks that will leave you laughing. Errthang is produced and hosted by Al Letson, with co-host and music supervisor Willie Evans Jr., show systemizer Brie Burge and actor Jason Stephens. Check out season one here. Errthang is a production of Showcase, from PRX’s Radiotopia. Find out more and listen to the previous series, Ways of Hearing, The Polybius Conspiracy and Secrets, at radiotopia.fm/showcase.

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Al really should meet Terry Gross and just, you know, chill and have coffee. What's wrong with sending her a love letter first to break the ice? I was laughing out loud. 
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We Deserve Better Than “Attagirl”

  • 6 months ago

Hearing your manager say you’re doing a great job is, of course, lovely. But without examples of your greatness in action, or suggestions for how to be even better, you don’t have the information you need to keep improving. Studies have found that women tend to get feedback that’s vague or tied to their personalities, which doesn’t boost our performance ratings. Meanwhile, men get feedback that’s specific and tied to business outcomes, which sets them up to develop and be promoted. First, we talk with Harvard Business School professor Robin Ely about the research on women and feedback. Next, we talk with Tuck School of Business professor Ella Bell Smith about how to draw out actionable, useful feedback from our managers, and how to respond when we’re not getting what we need to succeed. Our HBR reading list: “What Most People Get Wrong About Men and Women,” by Catherine H. Tinsley and Robin J. Ely “The Gender Gap in Feedback and Self-Perception,” by Margarita Mayo “How Gender Bias Corrupts Performance Reviews, and What to Do About It,” by Paola Cecchi-Dimeglio “Research: Vague Feedback Is Holding Women Back,” by Shelley Correll and Caroline Simard Get the discussion guide for this episode on our website: hbr.org/podcasts/women-at-work Join our online community Email us: womenatwork@hbr.org Our theme music is Matt Hill’s “City In Motion,” provided by Audio Network.

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I was yelling "YES! YES! YES!" listening to this while simultaneously wondering if it would be kosher to send it to my boss. No offense to him, but his reviews are along the lines of "attagirl" which leave me almost no actionable growth opportunities. I know enough to push back and ask for specific examples, so I felt validated by this podcast episode albeit a little depressed that it's so prevalent.
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7: The Bodies at the Brooks Brothers

  • 8 months ago

There's a Brooks Brothers store across the street from the World Trade Center in New York. Shortly after the attacks on September 11, a young doctor named Sandeep Jauhar headed to ground zero to help. He ended up at the store, which was transformed into a makeshift morgue. Suddenly, he’s put in charge, which was the last thing he wanted. This is a story of ties and white collared shirts, and how heroism is often improvised.

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A story of a different kind of heroism, and the long-lasting trauma from it, on the worst day in American history - all in a Brooks Brothers store. 
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55: T-T-T-Today, Junior!

  • 5 months ago

Did I stutter? Erin did. Erin does. And here's what it's like to live with a speech impediment that people still make jokes about. You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Nora's Instagram is @noraborealis. Check out our sponsors this week: Talkspace -- talkspace.com/ttfa Calm-- calm.com Brooklinen -- brooklinen.com and get $20 off plus free shipping with promo code THANKS Ritual -- ritual.com/thanks

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This is one of the bravest stories I've ever heard. Erin didn't go into a burning building, save a puppy who fell into a sewer, or fight in a war, but she put her stuttering story out there for everyone in the world to hear. She endured the cruelty of childhood bullies and "well-meaning" adults who didn't understand her speech impediment but offered unqualfied and unsolicited advice, and worked her way toward giving presentations at work. I admire her so much.
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Maeve, Lamppost

  • 9 months ago

Maeve is a lamppost. She sees all of us, but does anybody see her?

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I recognized Maeve Higgins' voice immediately and was therefore in love. Everything is Alive is a very silly show about inanimate objects and the life they lead. Poor Maeve just wants to be famous.
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Pulling Through

  • 5 months ago

Meghan DePonceau, Christian Finnegan and Jenn Gavlin share stories about a mushroom overdose, a tumultuous romance and living life to the fullest.

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RISK! is so good because it's no-holds-barred, totally open and honest, and attracts phenomenal storytellers. I particularly loved the first story about a woman who OD'ed on mushrooms and essentially left a suicide note for her family, which of course, she had no knowledge of the next day when she finally started to come back to earth in the hospital.
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Bleeding

  • 8 months ago

For years, KalaLea experiences debilitating periods. It gets so bad that she has to stay in bed two days every month. And even when she’s not on her period, she’s exhausted and in pain. We often define “normal” based on our friends and family. Lots of women have period problems. And so for a long time, KalaLea thought that this was just something that she needed to deal with.    When she finally gets a diagnosis, she discovers that her experience is common for Black women like herself, but very far from normal. KalaLea also believes her experience is connected to a generational kind of pain—the pain of being a Black woman in America. Distrustful of Western medicine, KalaLea embarks on a journey to heal herself. To learn more and to share your own story, visit our Facebook group here. Nothing is off the table, and everyone is welcome.

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I was riveted listening to a biological problem so many women deal with and are told to accept.
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4.1: Mount Horeb, Wisconsin (The Reading)

  • about 1 year ago

A rural town, known as The Troll Capital of the World, unites over the attemped banning of a book reading and its very close-to-home consequences.    To learn more or sponsor the show: www.ouramericanapodcast.com     Written, edited, and produced by Josh Hallmark  Research by Vanessa York, Nicola Jezequel, Shannon DeFilippas, Jennifer Menges  Guests: JoEllen Graber, Amy Lyle, and Sarah  Library recordings from: Carly Fisher, Jane Burns, and Julie Plotkin  Featuring "Legend of the Wild Horse" by Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton  Other music by Lee Rosevere, Borrtex, Ketsa, Derek Clegg, Chris Zabriskie / Courtesy of Free Music Archive   Sponsors: Podbean

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I got choked up multiple times during this episode and felt spurred to activism, so yeah, it was frickin' great. The book in question is "I Am Jazz." The way the community responded to the potential banning of this book was what the true America is, and should be proud of. There is a lot of hope contained in this story and there are a lot of amazing people fighting for human rights.
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Episode 7: 'It’s the Hardest Thing I’ve Ever Done'

  • about 1 year ago

The justice system isn’t the catch-all for every struggling kid. Desperate parents with means can turn to a whole network of private programs before their kids even get caught. The state of Utah houses a $400 million industry for just such families. For an average cost of $513 a day, parents can send their kids to one popular option: wilderness therapy camps. These are programs that claim sending kids into the wild can cure all kinds of issues, including everything from drug use to screen addiction, anxiety, and defiance. For a young person named James, this type of intervention in his teenage years was life-changing. Caught: The Lives of Juvenile Justice is supported, in part, by the Anne Levy Fund, Margaret Neubart Foundation, the John and Gwen Smart Family Foundation, and the Economic Hardship Reporting Project.

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Caught is a great binge-worthy miniseries, and this was my favorite episode. Not only does the episode address what happens at wilderness camps and how the young people are impacted by it, but also compares this type of treatment to regular juvenile detention. 
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Andrew Zimmern Wrecks His Life, Rebuilds His Life, and Eats Weird Food

  • 8 months ago

Celebrity chef and Travel Channel host Andrew Zimmern has made a reputation as a culinary expert with an adventurous streak, traveling the world and sampling tree grubs, shark meat, tarantulas, and horse rectums among many other cuisines. But before his current fame, he was on the street, stealing handbags to fuel his alcoholism, which existed to deaden his long-held depression. We hear about hitting bottom, redemption, and Andrew's friend, the late Anthony Bourdain.

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I share Zimmern's extreme love of the Minnesota State Fair, so he's always been one of my favorite food celebs. It's sad how many chefs travel down the path of addiction, and Zimmern tells all of the details in this interview. My favorite quote from the episode was, "Trauma that is not transformed is transmitted." This is a cerebral, yet still fun interview.
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Searching For A Home After Hate

  • about 1 year ago

In February 2017, Srinivas Kutchibhotla fell victim to an alleged hate crime. In the aftermath, his widow, Sunayana Dumala, had her life and her immigration status thrown into question. Now, she's trying to figure out what it means to stay — and find community — in the small Kansas town where her husband was killed.

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Sometimes an episode will stick with me because I find myself so drawn in to someone's emotional diary-like story; this is one. It was heartbreaking listening to Dumala share how her husband just didn't come home when he was supposed to, and she had this intuition that something bad happened. 
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Episode 1: The Run

  • about 1 year ago

In 1971, David Alexander went for a run in Central Park and started talking to a stranger. For our first episode of This Is Love, a story about what's possible when we bet everything on each other. This Is Love is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please subscribe to the show and review us on iTunes! https://apple.co/2BmMZr5 Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: Sunbasket Virtue Zola

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Just wow. Beautiful, beautiful story about the strongest love between a man, his wife, and their daughters. All the feels.
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Episode 39: Junk

  • about 1 year ago

Marcus Eriksen wanted to draw attention to a problem no one could see. So he sailed into the middle of it. (more…)

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HumaNature is SO GOOD. Every story is told first-person, about something that has happened in nature. I loved this narrative about a man who sailed out into the ocean in search of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
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Rhinology (NOSES) with John Craig

  • 10 months ago

Allergies. Nose jobs. Smell nostalgia. Street drugs. Septum piercings. Snoring. Hang on to your faces because Dr. John Craig goes deep and shares why he's so passionate about rhinology. You'll have a whole new relationship with your whiffer, appreciating what happens behind your nas-holes and coming away with some strategies to combat hay fever, Afrin addiction plus: a very legal substitute for illegal party drugs. Also: why you may want to shove a crayon into your nose. Dr. John Craig's YouTube ChannelHelp send Aidan to camp via this t-shirt fundraiserBecome a patron of Ologies for as little as a buck a month: www.Patreon.com/ologiesOlogiesMerch.com has hats, shirts, pins, totes!Follow @Ologies on Twitter or InstagramFollow @AlieWard on Twitter or InstagramMore links at www.alieward.com

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I laughed out loud several times listening to this episode of Ologies, especially at Alie Ward's nose puns (nas-hole, OMFG) and the discussion of cocaine ingestion. 
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Boys Don't Cry

  • over 1 year ago

Boys Don't Cry by The Cure is, on the surface, a tribute to teenage angst and a slice of pop perfection. Lol Tolhurst, the band's drummer, wrote the song with his band mates in Robert Smith's parents' house extension. Poorna Bell saw the song's lyrics echo her husband's struggle with expressing his emotions, and describes the devastating impact which that can have. Runner Derek Redmond recalls the moment he lost his 'game face' at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, and Sara Pacella and Jeffrey Axt chart the changing fortunes of a giant Boys Don't Cry poster. Producer Sally Heaven.

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If you're not familiar with this show, each episode explores a single song and how it has impacted people's lives. Tolhurst's songwriting memories interspersed with these very emotional stories was masterful; I was completely engrossed in this episode. Excellently produced and terrific storytelling. Plus - hella amazing logo.
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The End Zone

  • about 1 year ago

Concussion is taking much of the sheen off America’s behemoth national sport and leading to many parents forbidding their children from taking it up. Bill Littlefield asks whether this multi-billion dollar business can survive if so many players turn their backs on the sport. Where will the next generation of players needed come from?

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Why it's great: Excuse my language ... holy shit. My boys are NEVER playing youth football and if I can prevent it, never any football. I really love watching football for the skill the players exhibit - the amazing catches, tricky footwork - but advances in CTE analysis will hopefully change the game permanently for the better. Why do we pay money to watch and exalt local heros for banging into others leading with their heads? I can't stop thinking about and talking about this episode.
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