- Latino USA— #1601: ¡Tumbao! A Music Story Mixtape. ★★ Latino USA continues to be one of my absolute favourite radio productions. We get to hear from some awesome punk women and one section of this episode is called “From Bagels to Bongos”.
- WTF with Marc Maron — #667: Neil Strauss. What started as a hatelisten turned into genuine interest. Only knowing him as the PUA, I absolutely did not expect to hear such a dorky, passionate history of Strauss’ writing and journalism.
- WTF with Marc Maron — #665: Horatio Sanz. SNL was never quite my favourite brand of humor, but Horatio’s (eight year!) run on the show overlapped with the teen years I spent my weekends watching.
- Idle Weekend — #4: The Finest of the Year. I’m adoring this new hour-long conversation between two different & smart games journalists.
- Happier with Gretchen Rubin — #42: Act How You Want To Feel. ★★ Wow wow wow. Y’know how you read something so simple a hundred times, but then you hear it a certain slightly different way and it clicks? Yup. This one. Act the way you want to feel.Other “Happier” episodes: #39: Elizabeth Talks About Getting Fired. I felt the same way I do when I hear people talk about how annoying airport security is or what their favourite airlines are — the privilege to feel free instead of struggling to survive after getting fired is a largely unrelatable luxury. #44: Drew Barrymore Gets Personal. And Happier. Drew Barrymore is a literal mermaidangel born in a bed of wildflowers. She comes off as so so enthusiastic and whipsmart in this conversation. #45: Home for the Holidays – Kansas City Edition. This episode was recorded “in the field” at the hosts’ childhood diner and the ambient noise of clinking cups and friendly chatter set a beautiful atmosphere for the intro.
- Planet Money — #674: We Cooked a Peacock. A cute, holiday, NPRish episode. Learn a little about rich Dutch dining habits from the 1700s.
Gretchen Rubin’s Four Tendencies Quiz. Listening to her podcast, I identified most with the Questioner and Obliger tendencies. The quiz says I’m a Rebel — we can definitely agree I’m not a Gyriffindor Upholder. What about you?
Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein. I’m a biased, late-blooming Carrie Brownstein fan and this memoir covers all the parts I was totally unfamiliar with. None of the NPR blogging or incredible recent acting and all of the antiheroine riotgrrl music love, dysfunctional family history, confusing & magical queerness exploration, and quiet & sad introverted reflection. She says “corporeal” and “quotidian” too many times, though!