One of the first podcasters I ever followed was Marc Maron and although my podcasting diet is more diverse now than it was when I listen to him regularly, I like to check in now and then at random. This episode Marc talks with the youthful 83 year old blues legend Buddy Guy, a man who didn't know what indoor plumbing was until he was 17. What an interesting life his is, and he's still cutting albums and touring.
I really appreciate how Tammy Simon conducts her interviews. She's a patient listener who bring something personal to each interview. Further, she doesn't lard the interview with unnecessary comments, thanks or responses, allowing the interviewee to take their time exploring their ideas in depth which also declutters the listener's experience.
This ep she talks to a poet/philosophy/author Mark Nepo who calls for each soul to find a personal whole-hearted form of expression. "What is expressed, is not depressed."
I really enjoyed the set up, a reminder of the importance of the unknown, as well as the poem, a musical and abstract exploration of childhood. 5 minutes well spent. (Actually 10, since I listened twice)
Nikole Hannah-Smith delivers another stunning episode. This one explores the roots of American capitalism and how it's tolerance for inhumanity trace back to cotton plantations, multinational banking and "too big to fail" economics. This is some of the most moving podcasting I've heard.
As a voter who lives in a gerrymandered state, a new ruling in North Carolina Carolina brings a sign of hope for our struggling democracy. This is an explanation of the impact of that ruling from the North Carolina Supreme Court that puts Republican gerrymandering on notice. Hopefully this will be contagious throughout the states.
1984 was my first favorite book and unfortunately it has become more relevant than it was in the 80's. Listen here for background on Orwell, his inspiration from and disagreement with HG Wells and analysis of his work's relevance now vs at the time of publication.
Even if you're familiar with the Mountain Goats and not sure about their music (the song here is called "Cadaver Sniffing Dog" after all) I think listening to lead singer/ songwriter John Darnielle talking about his music transcends anything you might feel about his work. He is so expressive and full of feeling. (Side note: his fiction is incredible...'Wolf In Vhite Van' is amazing.)
I listen to so much talk, it's important for me to switch hemispheres and listen to music even when I'm not in the mood to pick something. This episode reminded me why that works. The second track alone by Big Thief is reason enough to listen.
I haven't listened to the On Being episode (yet) but this is a fave I was reminded of when I saw that echoed. I have a young, beginning cello player in the family and since hearing this he's been teaching himself the Prelude performed here. Truly inspiring!
What a tragic story! BUT I was pleasantly surprised that it had a happy ending. Much needed at a time when so much corporate malfeasance guess unchecked. It's refreshing to hear ordinary people creating change.
Love this podcast and this is an excellent ep. Heard this on the way to a funeral of a friend struggling with addiction and it gave me such insight that I was able to understand his passing with more empathy.
Ah Sam Harris. Always intelligent, not always so wise. Rebecca Traister is articulate and patient describing the value and importance of women's anger. Although Harris does offer some thoughtful openess, he still whines about the endangerment of men's reputations (would love to hear a Hannah Gadsby rebuttal to him). This is a good listen both for Traister's insights and to really hear what might limit a male perspective, even after they are thoroughly informed.