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Today is Monday, March 13. There are 59 days until my next Disney cruise. I am on a plane heading back to New York after a really fun Podcast Movement Evolutions before I go directly back to Austin for SXSW, so I haven’t had much time to write. So this week’s issue is brought to you by the people I hung out with and their favorite podcast recommendations. Instead of asking for their cards, I asked them to tell me about a show they are listening to now or have loved in the past. Note: Not everyone I talked to listens to podcasts, and not everyone had something to recommend! People were either really uncomfortable or really excited to answer this question.
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My listening has been light, but I have managed to catch every episode of Iditapod because listening makes me feel cold, alive, and like I’m on the sidelines cheering the dogs and mushers along. Even if you aren’t following along day-by-day, it’s really interesting to hear from inside the race, and really smart questions from fans like “how do the dogs retire?” There’s always a dog of the day. Iditapod will keep releasing episodes until the race ends in Nome, Alaska, later this week.
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✨12 Podcasts That Are Basically Game Shows via Lifehacker
💁♀️ Kate’s Corner, week 2 🎧
Each week I’m recommending something just for my podcast-hating friend Kate “the Podcast Hater” Later. I will not stop until I’ve converted her into a listener. Last week I had her listen to The Longest Shortest Time, Hillary Frank’s beautiful reflection on parenting. She started three episodes but was unable to finish any of them.
“I was optimistic at first bc she told me about some of her most popular episodes and they all sounded like topics I would be interested in, but the first episode I listened to started off with her and the guest so excited to see each other because one of them wanted to tell the other one some inside joke. The two of them were so tickled. That is not funny or interesting to ANyOnE else.
I think podcast conversations are supposed to be like listening to two smart friends or eavesdropping at a coffee shop…. But instead it’s like there is only one conversation at the coffee shop, the people are annoying, and you don’t have your phone or a book so you are stuck listening to them.”
Harsh but fair. Now I am recommending The Ezra Klein Show. Ezra has many episodes that touch upon parenting issues, so I’m going to suggest the one called Relationships Are Hard. This Unusual Parenting Theory Could Help. Kate, I think you could listen to it with Jack.
Readers: what would you recommend to Kate? She’s Chicago born and bred, has a 3-month-old daughter named Wheezy, is a Green Bay Packers fan, works in non-profit, mission driven, has a cat named Momma and not-so-secretly wishes she was a farmer in small town Wisconsin.
💎Recommendations from Podcast Movement Evolutions💎
Ainsley Rossitto, Paramount: On Fire with Jeff Probst
Rae Votta, Netflix: Who? Weekly
Ben Richardson, Condé Nast: Normal Gossip
Ray Chao, Vox Media: Into It with Sam Sanders
Jenn Trepeck, Salad with a Side of Fries: The Newsworthy
Lizzie Breyer Bowman, Lemonada: La Brega (“I listened on a flight to Puerto Rico, it was perfect!”)
Lauren Popish, The Wave: The Art of We
Claire Jones, Lemonada: Bear Brook. (“It’s gobsmacking and I don’t say that lightly.”)
Steve Pratt, The Creativity Room: The Ezra Klein Show (How the $500 Billion Attention Industry Really Works episode!)
Valentina Kaledina, Castbox: Blind Landing
Donald Albright, Tender Foot: Operation: Tradebom
Heather Gordon, Acast: Sundays with Cate
Kurt Hanson, RAIN News: What Ever Happened to Pizza at McDonald’s
Brad Hill, RAIN News: No Such Thing As a Fish
Sam Sethi, Podfans: Rob Beckett and Josh Widdicombe's Parenting Hell
Mike Jensen, Kast Media: Pivot
Taylor Camille, Well + Good: Soft Life with Saddie Baddies
David Markowitz, Netflix: The Dark Is Rising
Michael Osborne, Famous & Gravy: If Books Could Kill
Ana Xavier, The Podcast Space: Aging in Style with Laurie Williams
Whit Missildine, This Is Actually Happening: Ologies
Brandon Reed, 12 Hour Machines (no loops or fades): Stuff You Should Know
Josh Bloch, USG Audio: The No Good, Terribly Kind, Wonderful Lives and Tragic Deaths of Barry and Honey Sherman
Matty Staudt, Jam Street Media: Sloane Knows
Matthew Leighton, Glassbox: Honestly Not Even Worried
Les, Balanced Black Girl: Too Smart for This
Nick Castner, Glassbox: Who Smarted?
Deondric Royster, Signal Awards: The Right Time with Bomani Jones
Angie Griffith, 4 Things For Your Podcast: The Exorcist Files (it made me convert to Catholicism.”)
📦 From the Archives 📦
[From Nov 14, 2019] I would like you to picture this: I am walking down the street, New York City, very early morning, listening to Finding Fred, the Beth episode. And I actually had to stop walking to cry. I broke down. Tears were drying on my cheeks. I continued to listen and cried again. Part of me felt like I had just been to church, but I go to church somewhat regularly and realize that comparison doesn't give it much justice. I felt like I had just been to church...on a lot of drugs. I texted my family and asked them to listen, because I wanted to know if this was truly moving content, or if I am breaking down from stress or going through some shit. I called my parents later, and my dad said he cried, too. Beth was a little girl with a neurological disease who was calmed by watching Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. Her seizures literally stopped when she was watching the show. And when Fred found out that she was having a dangerous surgery, he reached out in a life-changing way. The interview with Beth's mother is heart-breaking. I felt physical pain, listening. I think Mister Roger saved her life. (I'm crying again, right now.) To hear about how Fred described the shows as "television visits" not "television shows," and encouraged people to take a moment to think of the people who have made a difference in their lives, shook me to my core. This show is so good, but this episode did something to me.