Podcast Picks: Soap Operas, Anxiety Cells & Sneaker Game-Changers

Hello again. It’s me. Between a hectic few months in Q1 of this year at work, and some stubborn health issues that have prevented my consistent running, I haven’t had much to add in here. Either way, I’ve still been compiling some delightful podcasts of varying lengths to keep the eardrums happy.

Short (under 5 minutes)

Spending Six Figure to Salvage Your Internet Reputation

This story reminded me of a larger story within Jon Ronson’s So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed regarding the exorbitant amounts of money that Americans must spend to repair damaging (and sometimes straight-up false) information about them on the internet (versus Europe’s “Right to Be Forgotten” law).

Like a Bat Out of Hell Congress

Welp, a senator quoted Meat Loaf in a committee hearing, and it evolved into A Thing, because 2017 was a weird year and are you honestly surprised at this point?

The Most British Thing to Happen, Ever

When you show up a few minutes late to a meeting, and decide for yourself that it warrants a resignation. Where else would this happen, but in the House of Lords? Motherland making me proud.

Scientists Discover Anxiety Cells

It’s still early on, but scientists discovered brain cells in mice that control anxiety levels, which could lead to better therapies for the 20% of Americans who cope with anxiety disorders.

Fiber Arts Therapy… for Olympians

I’ve been knitting on and off for about 10-12 years, and when I’m working through a great project, it brings tremendous comfort, focus, and stress relief. Turns out, Olympians feel the same.

Diversifying the Sneaker Game

Athletic footwear is a $17 billion (yes, with a “b”) industry, yet the designers and leaders in the field are overwhelmingly white. D’Wayne Edwards is trying to change that.


Medium (under 10 minutes)

In the Wake of Parkland, Listen to Our Future

Before the remarkable March for Our Lives protest, before Emma Gonzalez gained 1 million followers on Twitter, there were (and, of course, still are) open, honest and vulnerable conversations among students who are victims of school shootings. This is one of them that I heard back in February and it has stuck with me.

How a Soap Opera Saved a (Wrongfully) Convicted Felon

In an exploration of fandoms, Morning Edition spoke with a man who was wrongfully convicted of murder and spent over a decade in prison. The biggest factor that kept him “out of trouble” in prison? General Hospital. This fascinating and touching story from Christopher Scott will have you gripped from the get-go.

Add “Long Way Down” to Your Reading Pile

Jason Reynolds is writing some of the best YA Lit in a long time is committed to writing books to bored (“reluctant”) readers–especially young men of color–. His novel Ghost is wildly popular–so much that I couldn’t find a used copy at the Strand–so I opted for his new book, Long Way Down, instead. I devoured it in two days (and I’m a relatively slow reader). David Greene spent a few minutes discussing his new book in this segment from NPR Books.

Long (well, these take a while)

Gun Crime as an Actual Infectious Disease

My friend Chris suggested this podcast to me at work. I always enjoy Shankar Vedantam’s interviews on NPR, and when Chris suggests something to me, I heed his advice. This episode of Hidden Brain explores the concept of whether crime can spread in similar ways as pathogens, and the scientists who are identifying actual living, evolving connections in the gun crimes permeating Chicago.

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