Top Episodes This Week
#164 Long Distance: The Real Alex Martin
by Reply All
by Decoder Ring
Decoder Ring does it again. I learned so much in this episode.
1. A Cross-Border Killer?
by Forgotten: Women of Juárez
First, individual bodies of murdered women were found. Then they started finding mass graves. Technically true crime, but with larger implications. How big of a difference can a national border make when it seperates women living in neighboring cities?
by Endless Thread
Amazing episode that made me want to try visiting quantum generated coordinate and explore the mystery around me.
WeWork too much
by This Is Uncomfortable
Really enjoyed this episode on the role that work plays in our lives. Those who enjoyed the Ezra Klein episode with Anne Helen Petersen and Derek Thompson will enjoy this one too!
67: The Big House
by Darknet Diaries
Some cool stories on ethical hacking.
17: Trauma (with Dr. Gabor Maté)
by Last Day
The host bravely exposed herself to show us how people hide and confront their traumas. Touching and informative.
The Vaccine Trust Problem
by The Daily
WOW. This is big. Episode starts by quoting a survey done in late May by the Associated Press: “Fifty percent of Americans were either hesitant or absolutely would not take the vaccine.” Scariest takeaway was: how the COVID-19 vaccine is received will affect the very future of public health.
Hollywood's Black List
by Planet Money
Great episode that describes how the screen play “black list” of best screen plays was created. So interesting!
Mrs. Comet and the Man on the Moon
by Great Big Story
Such a beautiful heartwarming story about two legendary astronomers, one who now rests on the moon.
The Joy of Mediocrity
by Ideas from CBC Radio (Highlights)
Very counterintuitive – worth a listen!
#513: 129 Cars
by This American Life
This is one of the greatest hits. It never gets old. It is always worth a listen.
#130 The Snapchat Thief
by Reply All
This episode was bonkers! Amazing research from those guys on hacking and the treats we expose ourselves to.
1. The Case
by This Land
This podcast provides an excellent understanding of the Supreme Court case that was just decided today, ruling that half of Oklahoma belongs to Native American tribes.
Post No Evil Redux
One of the greats. An update repeat all about Facebook takedown policies. Definitely worth a relisten.
'The Most Magical Place on Earth'
by Social Distance
Really interesting look at what’s happening at Disney right now!
"Satisfied" from Hamilton (Updated!)
by Strong Songs
I've watch this show twice, listened to this soundtrack too many times to count, and obsessively devoured the annotations on Genius and read through the entire book filled with LMM's footnotes. There is still something that blows me away EVERY TIME I listen to another deep dive analysis about one of the songs. Kirk Hamilton, the genius he is, dissects one of the best songs in the entire show that left me even gasping and saying "omg I didn't notice that before." Every single time Kirk made a significant musical connection, I was left shaking my head at LMM's brilliance. @epekilis Something to listen to with your family in preparation for this Friday's show! @mm @jennx A must-listen after you watch the Disney+ stream 😏
Threats From Home: The Chinese Consulate Scam
by The Perfect Scam
Finally! An episode that got to the bottom of this. As a Chinese person living in a Chinese-dense area, I always get these mandarin robocalls voicemails but unsure what they would be about. This episode digs into this and also covers the in-person scams in Chinatowns targeting vulnerable monolingual seniors 😢
Affirmation: I Am a Likable Person
by Sit There & Do Nothing
"Attractive? Magnetic? That's right you are! Through a series of weirdly soothing affirmations, you'll become more likable in just a few short minutes. Sit back and do nothing as Meg reads a series of calming, extremely true sentences that will help you gain the admiration of those around you. Listen along and soak up these statements during this special affirmation episode."
Koko The Gorilla
by You're Wrong About
Super interesting! I did think that they kind of glossed over Koko’s nipple fetish. I think that it’s even more important than they made it out to be and reveals a lot about the overall problems with the narrative about Koko. Here’s a good article from Slate: https://slate.com/technology/2018/06/koko-the-ape-obituaries-are-overlooking-her-nipple-fetish-and-other-important-things.html
Dispatches from 1918
Comparisons between COVID-19 and the 1918 flu pandemic. Great stories. I especially enjoyed the last story about how the flu virus incorporated itself into humans and took vacations in pigs and birds on occasion.
What keeps people on Snapchat?
by Why'd You Push That Button?
This was a super fun and hilarious episode about why people are still on Snapchat. Because it's a delightful app that keep on inventing fun viral hits (like baby face swap)! Those people who are Snap streaks maniacs are actually maniacs.
1: The Book of Statuses
by Nice White Parents
Wow, this podcast is off to a great start. It seems like the story of people who have good intentions, but are just so blind to other people’s perspectives. Throughout a lot of it, you want to give the white parents the benefit of the doubt. Like, oh they’re just trying to do the best thing, but they didn’t realize they should have communicated with the PTA better, etc. But then, one of the white kids said some of the most entitled crap you can imagine. You know he’s repeating stuff he hears at home and from that moment on, I could no longer believe that these parents really intended to do the best possible thing for ALL students.
by Mike Birbiglia's Working It Out
This was a super fun episode! Comedian Mike Birbiglia is sitting around with not much to do during COVID so he decided to start a pod where he works out new standup material with his friends like Ira Glass. You get to go behind the scenes and hear the master of storytelling at work and hear about his salacious work revenge story.
News Brief: The Harper's Letter and Our Extremely Narrow, Self-Serving Definition of Cancel Culture
by Citations Needed
one of the best commentaries on cancel culture yet, unpacked by nima and adam. cancel culture isn't real esp if you're an ivy league educated, rich ass person who's crying victimization when people are rightfully critical of your terrible, outdated, and state supported takes. also it's dangerous (aka jk rowling being a mega terf).