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4 Great New Podcasts

Hi Hart Beat! Hope you’re day is going well. I have some exciting news from the podcast world! The producers behind the hit shows This American Life and Serial have a new show coming out today! I want to shout it from the rooftops but, I’ll just tell you here instead.

S-Town reads like any other public radio show until boom, a minute into the preview you learn that the show is a multi-episode saga behind a small town murder. The best part? Today not only is the premier of S-Town BUT all the episodes in the series are dropping today for your binge-listening pleasure.

In the honor of this new, sure to be a good show, here are four other new-ish podcasts that I’ve been loving and think you might too.

Missing Richard Simmons. This show is only a six-part arch that is 100% worth listening to in one go. My brother first told me about it and I think I inhaled the entire thing in days. The show is produced by a friend of the famous Richard Simmons and it follows his attempt to get in touch with his friend. Why? Because, apparently, Richard Simmons hasn’t been seen or heard from in years. Right?! Crazy and unbelievable. Listen and you’ll see.

Pod Save America. Yes, I’ve almost given up on politics podcasts. The news is depressing and I’m just not in the mood to pull my ears out of my head all day long. But, this new podcast, hosted by the speechwriters for President Obama during his time in the White House, is almost okay to listen to. The show is adamantly pretty bro-y but the guys on the show own up to their background and the fact that they hate Trump. It’s nice to listen to smart, in the know people talk about what a shit-show our current politics are.

The Hilarious World of Depression. This is one of my favorite new discoveries even though it is about something as horrible as depression. The show hosts interviews with famous comedians and celebrities who have depression. It’s amazing, human, and so enlighting to a disease that so many people suffer from. In fact, I can guarantee you that even if you don’t know for sure someone you know has or is suffering from depressing. Listening to smart people talk about life with depression is invaluable and, as it turns out, entertaining.

What about you, Hart Beat? Have you heard any good podcasts lately?

P.S. Charts about Serial.

P.P.S. Another new show that you might love, Making Oprah.

Goodbye, Professor Blastoff

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Evening, Hart Beat. This is a niche post so, disclaimer in advance. For those of you who know me, you know that I’ve been a podcast fan for years. I started a Podcast series this spring but it kind of fell of the map (whoopsie). Anyway, last Tuesday marked a sad day where one of my favorite podcasts said goodbye. Last Tuesday the beloved Professor Blastoff, a weekly discussion based podcast hosted by comedians David Huntsberger, Kyle Dunnigan, and Tig Notaro, announced that it would be ending the show for good. Yesterday morning was the first Tig/kyle/David-less Tuesday since the first episode in 2011.

I’ve been going back and listening to the episodes since the beginning and thought that if there ever was a time to plug the show, it would be now. The three comedians careers are taking off (or walking on air? inside podcast joke, sorry) and that is really the heart of the reason for the end of the show. By listening to the show over the years (or binge listening as is appropriate now) really let’s you get to know the comedians and enjoy their work even more.

If you’re new to the podcast, here are my three favorite episodes to start with. In addition, if you’re really not a podcast person, Tig Notaro’s new Netflix documentary just launched and is worth a watch (you can see the trailer below).

Episode #200: Advice

Episode #190: Tig’s Love Life

Episode #201: Dog Rescue

Episode #154: Social Media

Episode #35: Oceans

Photo from the Professor Blastoff site.

#HappyFriday: Pop Culture Happy Hour

Hola Hart Beat. HAPPY FRIDAY TO ALL YOU ALL OUT THERE. Whew, now that I got that out of my system let’s move on. This week instead of giving you five Friday links, I want to share one of my favorite things to happen every Friday, the release of a new podcast episode of Pop Culture Happy Hour. And yes! this is the newest edition of the official Hart Beat Podcast list.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour (or PCHH if you’re one of the cool kids) is a weekly podcast published by NPR and hosted by Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Trey Graham, Glen Weldon, Jess Gitner and Mike Katzif. The podcast comes out every Friday (love consistency) and uses it’s 45 minute time to have a roundtable discussion of the current movies, music, books and anything else pop culture related.

Each host has their own likes and dislikes and one of the things that I love about listening to it is “getting to know” each of them and then following along for suggestions. My favorite (sorry Linda and Glen) is Stephen Thompson. Mostly because he’s the ears and the brains behind the Austin 100 every year but also because he’s just so happy all the time and who doesn’t love that?

I don’t always agree with the hosts on their opinion of things but it’s a great way to hear what movies and books are coming out right now. The other thing about the show that I love is the end segment where the hosts present something called “What is making me happy this week.” In the segment each of the hosts in the episode give one thing that they are loving this week. It’s not always current or mainstream pop culture but it’s such a fun way to hear about new things to check out.

So there you go, Hart Beat. A great recommendation for your commute home tonight and all your future Friday morning commutes to come. It’s fun going back and listening to older episodes (especially of topics that you love) but I’d recommend just jumping into today’s episode. Also, have an actual happy hour tonight too. It is Friday after all!

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The only podcast guide you need: Radiolab

The only podcast guide you need: Radiolab

The only podcast guide you need: Radiolab

Happy Wednesday, Hart Beat! As promised what you find this morning here on the blog is the next installment of the podcast guide (see the first here) that I’m pulling together for you. First off the bat was Anna Sale’s Death, Sex & Money (which btw has a new episode out this morning).

Today though, I want to talk to you about one of the first podcasts that I really feel for. My brother has always been a huge fan of podcasts and Radiolab was on of the first that he gave me years ago. So here you go, the official Hart Beat write up for the next pick. Come back Friday for the next installment!

What is it: Radiolab

Who hosts: Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich

Gateway episode: Animal Minds

Recommended listening activity: at home, in lou of watching that next episode on Netflix you have lined up.

The premise of Radiolab is that the two hosts will pick a topic, often related to science, medicine, philosophy, and discuss it with experts in the field. At the end of each episode there is always a point where you either realize something you didn’t know about how you think about things or, are surprised by the emotional roller coaster that you just went through.

At the Hear it Upfront event that I attended last week, I asked Jad why he often times leaves the listener hanging. I said that I feel as if he brings the conversation to a certain point and then just leaves it there, without applying it to greater society. His reply is pretty summarizes what Radiolab is:

I like to leave people in a place of uncomfortable happiness.

– Jad Abumrad

And that, Hart Beat, is the best description f Radiolab that I’ve ever heard.

The only podcast guide you need: Radiolab

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The only podcast guide that you need (+ pick number one)

The only podcast guide that you need

Hi Hart Beat. Last week I was lucky enough to be able to attend a conference and media event hosted by WNYC, WBEZ, and NPR called Hear It Upfront. The event brought together a group if about 30 podcast and public radio enthusiasts to meet, talk, and share ideas with some of the leading voices behind public radio and public radio podcasts. Really what this means is I got to chat and have a drink with the likes of Ira Glass, Jad Abumrad, Steven Thompson, Linda Holmes, Anna Sale, Lulu Miller and Elise Spiegel.

I’ve been listening to podcasts for years and have a few that I love so much I could sing about them from the roof of my Brooklyn apartment. Lucky for my neighbors (and you Hart Beat) I have this little old blog where I can detail the podcasts I love and why you should listen to them.

The guide I’ve pulled together is just a small toe dip into the podcast universe and if none here spark your fancy, I promise that there is one out there for you. That’s the beauty of podcasts, there really is one for everyone AND if there’s not, you can make it yourself. Since it’s such a long post already let’s do just one at a time. Look for the next recommendation coming to you on Wednesday!

Number One:

What it is: Death, Sex & Money

Who hosts: WNYC journalist, Anna Sale

Gateway episode: Dan Savage Says Cheating Happens. And That’s OK.

Recommended listening activity: Walking down the streets of New York.

The reason I love this podcast is because Anna brings on guests that not only I wouldn’t normally think of but, she discusses topics that are hard to think about. Some of the advice that I’ve heard here has honestly changed the way that I think about life and how others might be handling it.

This episode where she interviews Dan Savage about cheating was one that I still think about today. I was so stricken by it that after I listened to it on my commute I immediately when into the office last summer and asked everyone what they thought. It’s hard to listen to but this is exactly what makes Death, Sex & Money so good.

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Charts about Serial (and how to pronounce Mailchimp)

Happy Wednesday, Hart Beat! I hope your week is going well and that today flew by for all of you at work. Why you ask? Because tomorrow is Thursday! Serial Day!!

Announcement: This is not a post about getting you to listen to the podcast Serial. If you don’t know what Serial is read up, download old episodes and start listening. I promise it’s good (I’ve gotten my entire office, roommate and mom to start listening to it.)

What I really want to share with you tonight are these hilariously beautiful charts. Earlier today I came across the amazing twitter account This American Chart (ha) and have since been obsessed with these charts below. They are exactly what I think when I listen (hello Mailchimp lady) and I laughed so hard reading them. “It’s an ad for Best Buy” and the venn diagram “Tweets About Serial” are everything. I hope you appreciate them as much as I do and happy listening tomorrow!

 Thanks to The Bold Italic for these charts by Michelle Rial.
And thanks Chris for sending me this text last night:

Valentines for the romantically challenged

Hola Hart Beat. Today I thought I’d share with you a great new podcast that my roommate recently introduced to me. I listen to podcasts all the time (Radiolab is my all time favorite. Ahem, hey Robert Krulwich, why are you such a negative Nancy?) and on and off I’ve been into This American Life.

The podcast that Sam shared with me is called The Poetry Magazine Podcast and is produced by The National Poetry Foundation. The premise behind the show is that editors “go inside the pages of Poetry, talking to poets and critics, debating the issues, and sharing their poem selections with listeners.” It comes out weekly so there’s always something new to hear and after reading a few poems the people on the show discuss what they think the poems mean. The episode that I want to share with you, Hart Beat, is this years Valentine’s Day podcast called “Valentines for the Romantically Challenged.

In this episode there are two love poems under discussion. The first, “Variation on the Word Sleep” by Margaret Atwood, might be one of the most romantic poems I’ve read in a while. And the second, ” ” by Pablo Neruda, is obviously one of my favorites. I especially love the discussion that they have about the different translations of the poem that they come across. Poetry, Spanish translation, and romance all in one podcast?? I think all my dreams have come true.

You can listen to the poems and the podcast by clicking here.

Variation on the Word Sleep
by Margaret Atwood

I would like to watch you sleeping,
which may not happen.
I would like to watch you,
sleeping. I would like to sleep
with you, to enter
your sleep as its smooth dark wave
slides over my head

and walk with you through that lucent
wavering forest of bluegreen leaves
with its watery sun & three moons
towards the cave where you must descend,
towards your worst fear

I would like to give you the silver 
branch, the small white flower, the one
word that will protect you
from the grief at the center
of your dream, from the grief
at the center. I would like to follow
you up the long stairway
again & become
the boat that would row you back
carefully, a flame
in two cupped hands
to where your body lies
beside me, and you enter
it as easy as breathing in

I would like to be the air
that inhabits you for a moment
only. I would like to be that unnoticed
& that necessary.

One Hundred Love Sonnets: XVII
by Pablo Neruda (translated by Mark Eisner)

I don’t love you as if you were a rose of salt, topaz,
or arrow of carnations that propagate fire:
I love you as one loves certain obscure things,
secretly, between the shadow and the soul.

I love you as the plant that doesn’t bloom but carries
the light of those flowers, hidden, within itself,
and thanks to your love the tight aroma that arose
from the earth lives dimly in my body.

I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where,
I love you directly without problems or pride:
I love you like this because I don’t know any other way to love,
except in this form in which I am not nor are you,
so close that your hand upon my chest is mine,
so close that your eyes close with my dreams.

Love, somewhere out there

“There’s a saying that goes something like, 
how terrible to love what can perish.”
A couple days ago I heard one of the best This America Life podcasts from their archive section. Out of all the old episodes that I’ve heard in the past couple of weeks this is one that I thought I would share with you. The number is the episode is 374 and the name of the episode is “Somewhere Out There.”

My favorite parts of the episode are the two beginning stories. The first is about a group of Harvard physicists calculating the odds of finding a girlfriend, and the second is of a misunderstanding between a young couple in love. I’ve posted the entire episode below and if you’re looking for something to do tonight, or tomorrow while riding to work I couldn’t recommend this more. As always, a love letter for you Hart Beat. 

“That is the story of struggle and pain passed through, and fought through, and overcome. And that’s a story that you don’t tell in public because no one ever asks how did you two stay together? Everyone always asks how did you two meet?”


Love, somewhere out there

“There’s a saying that goes something like, 
how terrible to love what can perish.”
A couple days ago I heard one of the best This America Life podcasts from their archive section. Out of all the old episodes that I’ve heard in the past couple of weeks this is one that I thought I would share with you. The number is the episode is 374 and the name of the episode is “Somewhere Out There.”

My favorite parts of the episode are the two beginning stories. The first is about a group of Harvard physicists calculating the odds of finding a girlfriend, and the second is of a misunderstanding between a young couple in love. I’ve posted the entire episode below and if you’re looking for something to do tonight, or tomorrow while riding to work I couldn’t recommend this more. As always, a love letter for you Hart Beat. 

“That is the story of struggle and pain passed through, and fought through, and overcome. And that’s a story that you don’t tell in public because no one ever asks how did you two stay together? Everyone always asks how did you two meet?”