I replaced the Bluetooth speaker I left in Colorado (sounds like the premise for a bad country song) and finally got back on the podcast wagon. A recent business trip offered ample time to make a dint in my backlog. There were a lot of interesting listens, but I have curated the list down to my top five:
Shots Fired: Part 1: from RadioLab
Oh man. You guys. Bring the tissues for this one. This two part story was the first two episodes of this podcast I ever listened to. They hooked me at the start. I cried in the car driving to work. But it’s an important story, one I don’t think a lot of privileged people see. In fact, it is a story – a problem – the privileged so often scoff at and turn their heads. I hope others will listen and see.
Composting: Nature’s Most Interesting Process from Stuff You Should Know
This podcast proved I have a long ways to go on my compost in the backyard. I did not realize I need to turn it every day, or every other day if I feel lazy. I… can’t remember the last time I turned mine. October? Maybe? Which means my compost is a passive pile. Hello, methane. This podcast energizes me to get more active in my composting. Now I just need the time to spend on it. Wouldn’t it be nice if days were eight hours longer? I would spend four of them sleeping, but the other four would shoot my productivity through the roof.
Global Perspective Climate Change Panel from Quirks & Quarks
A Canadian podcast talking to Chinese and Indian gentleman about their thoughts on how, among other issues, the United States looks in the global perspective on climate change. Spoiler alert: it isn’t looking good, folks.
Stranger in Paradise from RadioLab
My sample size is small so far (a total of three episodes), but RadioLab kills it, you guys. This podcast tells the story of a national treasure of Guadeloupe. A raccoon. A friggin raccoon, y’all. And you know what? It was fascinating. I never thought I could be immersed in a story about a raccoon, but they did it again.
The Great American Eclipse – Be Part of It from Planetary Radio
Get ready for August. Are you ready? You don’t look ready. I need to freshen up my solar glasses/looking box building techniques. I haven’t seen an eclipse since… well, I don’t want to age myself. But it’s been a while. I can’t wait for this full eclipse. Make sure you can reach totality if at all possible. Nerds rejoice!