Remember in August last year I shared my 5 favourite podcasts with you?
Well, seven months down the line and I’m more obsessed with *listening* to stories than ever before, regularly discovering new gems to add to my weekly playlist.
Instead of introducing you to a batch of my new favourite podcasts, however, I’d rather share a few of the individual episodes that have really captured my imagination lately and stuck around in my head and my heart… for various reasons.
Here they are:
‘Switched at Birth‘ – This American Life
A most bizarre and pain-filled story about two women who were born on the same day in the same hospital in small-town Wisconsin and ended up with the wrong families, after accidentally being switched shortly after birth. The switch couldn’t have happened to two more different families – one dour and serious; the other a jovial and jokey.
Both girls grow up feeling strangely out of place, yet fully embrace their unlikely families of origin. Only in the year they turn 41, does one of their mothers (who, crazily enough, knew all along!!! Just didn’t want to make waves in the town by switching the two babies back!!!!!!) reveal the truth about the situation.
‘An Old Lion, or a Lover’s Lute‘ – Love + Radio
Jerome and Ana work a few blocks away from each other in Oakland, California. When Jerome catcalls Ana on the street, she decides to whip out her microphone and ask him to repeat what he’d said. What follows is an intriguing (and often hilarious) conversation in which two very different worlds collide.
‘She created the Like button, but comics were her salvation‘ – Good Life Project
I bet, like me, you’ve never given much thought to the engineering behind Facebook’s ‘Like’ button. In this episode of Good Life Project, Jonathan Fields interviews Leah Pearlman – the brains behind that most famous little thumbs up icon. They discuss her illustrious career as a young woman in tech, the debilitating eating disorder that eventually brought her to a cross-roads and her cathartic road to recovery through art.
‘A heart of gold‘ – Modern Love
“[I]t’s easy to love the beautiful, the normal. But what about the gifts of loving the strange, the uncommon, the odd?” – these words by Caroline Leavitt really struck a chord with me and have possibly become some of my favourite written lines of all time.
In this episode of Modern Love, actress Ruth Negga reads Leavitt’s beautiful essay about the unconventional pet that crawled into the deepest corner of her heart, became her litmus test for love and, in many ways, saved her life.
‘Mary Oliver – Listening to the World‘ – OnBeing
A somewhat classically reclusive poet, Mary Oliver does not grant interviews very often. So, this hour or so spent in conversation with Krista Tippett is nothing short of a dream come true for fans of Oliver’s earthy, yet transcendent work.
The highlight is undoubtedly, her reading of Wild Geese, the all to familiar poem containing those sublimely reassuring words: “Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, / the world offers itself to your imagination, / calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting— / over and over announcing your place / in the family of things.”
‘The Return of the Money Shot‘ – Tim Ferris
Actress and comedian, Whitney Cummings answers a whole range of interesting questions from Tim Ferris show listeners covering the following topics:
- How to overcome codependency
- Her updated thoughts on marriage
- The art and luck of creating something funny
- The benefits of having dogs (or pets in general)
- How to maximize your creative energy
- Tips for more effective writing
I listened to it quite a while ago, so can’t remember many specifics… just know I really enjoyed her take on things.
‘12 years on‘ – Strangers
In August 2004, a Somali refugee mother and her 5 children (all under the age of 10) arrived in Vermont. The Redmond family were at the airport to welcome them to their new home and help them settle in…
In the latest episode of Strangers, Lea Thau pays a visit to the two families to find out about all the good (and a few of the bad/sad) things that have happened ever since. Just a warning: I listened to it yesterday and was caught quite off-guard by how emotional it made me feel. Keep a few tissues handy.
Have any podcasts episodes you’ve enjoyed listening to recently? Or any other good shows/documentaries/movies/music to share? Fire away! I’m always keen to find out about something cool!
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