This Week's Must Listen Podcast Episodes (March 23, 2020)

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Creation Date March 12th, 2020
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Social distancing can be a bit boring so we're back with a list of must listen podcast episodes to break up the monotony! ? This list contains fascinating podcast episodes ranging in topics from the ever present coronavirus, presidential race, and vaccines to stories on southern hip hop, therapy, and history. There's even an audio drama based around an AI! Don't have time to listen right now? Hit the bookmark button to save an episode for later or export this list to your favorite podcatcher app. Enjoy!❤️
  1. To discuss the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are introducing Anatomy of a Pandemic, a series in which each episode tackles a particular aspect of COVID-19, from virus biology to clinical disease, from control efforts to epidemiological patterns, from vaccine development to mental health coping strategies during this uncertain time. And we’ve got a quarantini (and placeborita) recipe for each installment! In the first episode of this series, we tackle some of your questions about SARS-CoV-2, the virus that is responsible for COVID-19 (aka COronaVIrus Disease-2019). Our episode begins with a firsthand account from Tiziano, a schoolteacher in northeastern Italy who has been living under the strict movement restrictions imposed by the Italian government in an attempt to limit the spread of the disease. Then, we review some of the basics about SARS-CoV-2 and RNA viruses in general. To help us discern fact from fiction, we seek the expertise of a virologist, Dr. Angela Rasmussen (interview recorded March 15, 2020), who answers some of the listener-submitted questions about the virus itself. We wrap up the episode by discussing the top five things we learned from our expert. To help you get a better idea of the topics covered in this episode, we have listed the questions below: What are the origins of this virus? Where did it come from? How can we tell whether this virus originated from one spillover event or multiple? What do we know about the mechanism of how this virus causes disease in humans? Are there multiple strains of SARS-CoV-2, and how do different strains of virus affect disease severity?  Is there a risk of SARS-CoV-2 mutating into something more deadly?  What is Remdesivir and how does it work?  How does handwashing work to reduce transmission risk? How long can SARS-CoV-2 live on surfaces?  What is the minimum infective dose of SARS-CoV-2? See for privacy information.
  2. Hey everyone! This week I go over therapy as the recommendation, my journey to being healthy mentally, and why I think it's a good fit for many people. Below I'm going to link a couple things I mentioned in the episode but also some resources some of you might find useful Turtles All The Way Down by John Green Tweet that was mentioned Resources some might find useful:  Suicide Prevention Hotline Veteran's Crisis Line r/aww subreddit ( I included this one because sometimes you don't want to talk, sometimes you just want to see cute pictures) I hope you all enjoyed this one, thanks for listening! Music is by Shane Ivers "La Pompe Du Trompe --- Send in a voice message:
  3. Should we throw the labels away? In this episode we discuss how Big K.R.I.T.’s musical explorations of Blues, Folk, Gospel, Jazz, and Rock help us to reconsider how we view the concept of Americana and Southern music stereotypes
  4. A few months after Winston Churchill took office as prime minister, the German military began an eight month-long bombing campaign on the United Kingdom which became known as the Blitz. The bombing, which lasted for 57 consecutive days and nights, killed 45,000 Britons. What was life like for the people who experienced the Blitz? My guest today zoomed in on this question by looking at the lives of Winston Churchill and his inner circle during this precarious year of the war.  His name is Erik Larson, and in his latest book The Splendid and the Vile, he shows readers how the Blitz could be absolutely terrifying, unexpectedly normal, and strangely beautiful at the same time, and does so by profiling how Churchill, as well as his family members and advisers, handled both the unexpected horrors of war and the predictable pickles of interpersonal drama. We begin our conversation discussing the extent of the Blitz, and then spend the rest of our conversation discussing key members in what Churchill called his "sacred circle." We learn how Churchill's wife Clementine supported her husband during the Blitz, how his son Randolph created trouble with his gambling and affairs, how his teenage daughter Mary managed to keep doing typically adolescent activities even while bombs fell on England, and how his advisors contributed to his leadership. These characters offer a great lesson in how life goes on even in the midst of a crisis, and how one can be fearless even in the face of a threat. Get the show notes at See for privacy information.
  5. Two weeks ago, the biggest story in the country was the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. Now, with the dramatic onset of the coronavirus crisis, the primary has largely gone off the radar. Today, we talk to Alexander Burns, a political reporter at The New York Times, about what happened when those two stories collided. For more information on today’s episode, visit Background reading: In a presidential debate without an in-person audience earlier this month, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Senator Bernie Sanders clashed over how to handle the coronavirus crisis. With so much news, you may have missed the debate — here are six takeaways to catch you up.Mr. Sanders is now reassessing his campaign as Mr. Biden plans for the nomination, announcing he will pick a woman as his running mate should he be chosen as the candidate.
  6. This week we recap this year's Podfest Expo, dive into the monetization strategies that are currently working for indie podcasters, and share about several companies we like that are innovating in the podcast space.Review Buzzcast in Podchaser and Travis will listen and review your podcast as well!Download Alban's slides from Podfest on "How to Monetize a Podcast with less than 10,000 Listeners."Companies we like a lot:PodchaserSquadcastGoodpodsHave an idea for something we should talk about? Submit a topic in our Listener Suggestions form or post it in the Buzzsprout Podcast Community on Facebook.
  7. For centuries, smallpox seemed unbeatable. People had tried nearly everything to knock it out—from herbal remedies to tossing back 12 bottles of beer a day (yep, that was a real recommendation from a 17th century doctor), to intentionally infecting themselves with smallpox and hoping they didn’t get sick, all to no avail. And then, in the 18th century, an English doctor heard a rumor about a possible solution. It wasn’t a cure, but if it worked, it would stop smallpox before it started. So one spring day, with the help of a milkmaid, an eight-year-old boy, and a cow named Blossom, the English doctor decided to run an experiment. Thanks to that ethically questionable but ultimately world-altering experiment (and Blossom the cow) we got the word vaccine. Want to stay up to speed with all things Science Diction? Sign up for our newsletter. "The cow-pock - or - the wonderful effects of the new inoculation" by James Gillray in 1802, featured at the beginning of this episode. (Library of Congress) Footnotes And Further Reading:  Special thanks to Elena Conis, Gareth Williams, and the Edward Jenner Museum. Read an article by Howard Markel on this same topic. We found many of the facts in this episode in “Edward Jenner and the history of smallpox and vaccination” from Baylor University Medical Center Proceedings. Credits:  Science Diction is written and produced by Johanna Mayer, with production and editing help from Elah Feder. Our senior editor is Christopher Intagliata, with story editing help from Nathan Tobey. Our theme song and music are by Daniel Peterschmidt. We had fact-checking help from Michelle Harris, and mixing help from Kaitlyn Schwalje. Special thanks to the entire Science Friday staff.
  8. A man in California is haunted by the memory of a pop song from his youth. He can remember the lyrics and the melody. But the song itself has vanished, completely scrubbed from the internet. PJ takes on the Super Tech Support case. Further Listening: Christian Lee Hutson’s music : Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
  9. Wherein Experimental Subject C-13 first meets the crew of the New Dawn with – um – unfortunate results. This episode contains extreme violence resulting in mass death, sudden loud noises, and monsters. Consume responsibly. Winner of the 2nd Place Prize in the Drama/Action category of the 28th annual TV Writer People's Pilot competition. AMI-42 played by Amazon Polly voice, Amy. The announcer and cover artist is Karl A. Nordman ( Written, produced, and sound design by Robert W. Tinsley. Music: Giant Wyrm by Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License. Follow me on: Twitter Facebook Instagram YouTube For more information, visit my Website. If you like our show, help us out by telling others about our podcast and where to find it. To further support the independent artists involved in creating this show, visit us at: or consider making a one-time Donation ( Thank you so much. We greatly appreciate your help. Another audio fiction show you might like is Girl in Space ( from Sarah Rhea Werner. Available on all major podcatchers. Thanks for listening. ESCAPE! Is available on the following platforms: RSS Anchor Spotify Breaker Google Podcasts Pocket Casts Radio Public Deezer Overcast --- Support this podcast:

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