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Creation Date March 17th, 2020
Updated Date Updated November 27th, 2020
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It feels spectacularly trivial to talk about anything other than COVID-19 right now, but I've had a number of requests from friends who are looking for lighter, feel-good podcasts. I've started to pick out specific episodes that I hope will help ease some of the heaviness we're feeling at the moment. I've got a few to get you started, and will keep adding to the list as I think of them. Stay safe and take care x
  1. A visit to a very exclusive holiday party... When Jody lost his grandmother, mom, and sister within a few years, he opened a restaurant to deal with the grief. But this place is very different from other Staten Island Italian joints.   Today’s sponsors: Go to to get your 15% off your first pair, free shipping, and a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. Go to and use promo code SPORKFUL tor 20% off your first purchase. Go to for more information. Go to for $2 off a dozen pasture-raised eggs and look for them in the black carton at the grocery store.   Get access to 500+ more Sporkful episodes and lots of other Stitcher goodness when you sign up for Stitcher Premium: (promo code: SPORKFUL).   Transcript available at    
  2. Ashley’s grandmother, Beverley, had a hard life and an unhappy marriage. But she spoke frequently of a man named Van. Ashley believes Van was the great unfulfilled love of her grandmother’s life. And now, she wants to know: did Van feel the same way? Credits Heavyweight is hosted and produced by Jonathan Goldstein. This episode was produced by Kalila Holt, along with Stevie Lane and BA Parker. Editing by Jorge Just. Special thanks to Emily Condon, Alex Blumberg, Phia Bennin, and Jackie Cohen. The show was mixed by Bobby Lord.  Music by Christine Fellows, John K Samson, Blue Dot Sessions, Michael Charles Smith, and Bobby Lord. Our theme song is by The Weakerthans courtesy of Epitaph Records, and our ad music is by Haley Shaw. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
  3. Maeve is a lamppost. She sees all of us, but does anybody see her?
  4. In this hour, fasting, feasting, and traveling salmon; stories about foods that nourish the body as well as the soul. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media. Hosted by: Sarah Austin Jenness Storytellers: Ritija Gupta, Mercy Lung'aho, Dihan Hossain, Joan Juliet Buck
  5. The story of how “Who Let The Dogs Out” ended up stuck in all of our brains goes back decades and spans continents. It tells us something about inspiration, and how creativity spreads, and about whether an idea can ever really belong to just one person. About ten years ago, Ben Sisto was reading the Wikipedia entry for the song when he noticed something strange. A hairdresser in England named “Keith” was credited with giving the song to the Baha Men, but Keith had no last name and the fact had no citation. This mystery sent Ben down a rabbit hole to uncover the true story. Whomst Among Us Has Let The Dogs Out
  6. Oh, Samin Nosrat! Where do I start? With her ebullient personality and wildly infectious laugh? With her four-part Netflix show, Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat where she travels the world eating freshly baked focaccia and Japanese seaweed? Or with the award-winning, bestselling cookbook of the same name, that revolutionised the way we thought about food? I don't know where to start. So let me just tell you that she is one of the bubbliest, most open and generous interviewees I've ever had the pleasure of meeting. She joins me to talks about growing up in San Diego, the child of Iranian parents, who was 'the only brown kid' in her school, and what this sense of outsidership taught her. She talks about overnight fame, and the weirdness that comes with that, as well as failing to write, what happens when your business fails and the one memorable time she burned the sauce for a dinner she was cooking for Hillary Clinton. Oh, and the story of how she got the description of osmosis wrong in the science part of Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat and was berated by critics. Also the way she talks about cassoulet will probably leave you feeling very hungry. Thank you so much Samin for coming on my podcast! * Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat by Samin Nosrat is published by Canongate and is available to order here * I am thrilled to be taking How To Fail on tour around the UK in October, sharing my failure manifesto with the help of some very special guests. These events are not recorded as podcasts so the only way to be there is to book tickets via *  The Sunday Times Top 5 bestselling book of the podcast, How To Fail: Everything I've Ever Learned From Things Going Wrong by Elizabeth Day, is out now and is available here. * How To Fail With Elizabeth Day is hosted by Elizabeth Day, produced by Chris Sharp and Naomi Mantin and sponsored by Teatulia. To contact us, email *  Social Media: Elizabeth Day @elizabday Samin Nosrat @ciaosamin Chris Sharp @chrissharpaudio Naomi Mantin @naomimantin Teatulia @TeatuliaUK            
  1. Can't find it on podchaser, but This American Life's "Hit the Road" episode is hopeful and heartwarming and I find myself coming back to it time and time again.

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