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Joy Williams spills about The Civil Wars


Hey Hart Beat. I’ve talked a lot about one of my favorite bands The Civil Wars over the years. They feature heavily on the official Hart Beat playlist and for good reason I think. If you’ve never heard them, the band is a duo team of of Joy Williams and John Paul White who founded The Civil Wars in 2008. If you’re just a casual listener of the band you would assume, with good reason, that the two are a couple. They have incredible sexual tension in their songs and most of the lyrics are about wanting someone.

This summer one of my favorite podcasts Death, Sex & Money interviewed Joy about her solo career and history with John Paul. I learned so many things, including the fact that Joy and John Paul were never a couple. In fact, Joy is and was married during their entire partnership. It was a super interesting interview and I thought you might like to listen to it this afternoon. What do you think, Hart Beat? Did this fact surprise you like it did me?

Photo credit via Allister Ann.

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

Top photo source and bottom photo source unknown.

Death Sex and Money

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.

Death Sex and Money



To Phone or Not to Phone

Hey Hart Beat. I hope your week is off to a good start. As an avid listener to WNYC (yes in fact, I actually never turn it off) I’ve been listening to a lot of press about the New Tech City challenge “Bored and Brilliant” where the radio show is challenging listeners to put down our phones more. The idea is that every day the show shares a short episode about the benefits of putting away your phone and share a concrete task that you can try that day.

According to the show, the average American spends on average 2 hours a day on their smart phones. To be honest, I feel very conflicted about this new project. Personally, I know I’m on my phone a lot and mostly on my commute to work. I use it to listen to podcasts, read, take photos and keep up with whats going on in the social media world. Even though I know that part of this project is to create more creativity in boredom, I feel like I get a lot of my inspiration from reading and listening to things.

On the heels of this new program, I read an opinion piece by the amazing company Artifact Uprising about taking a photo a day to document childhood. I don’t have kids but this idea was also really intriguing. Maybe the perfect combination of these two projects is to be more mindful of how we’re using our phones. Take photos of your friends and family intentionally but maybe not text your brother a photo of your dog looking cute for the 100th time (aka day 2 in the challenge.)

What do you think, Hart Beat? Are you following the phone challenge? What are your thoughts on the time you spend on your phone?

Photos that I’ve taken on my phone in the last month.