Good evening all! I am starting what I hope will be a weekly new segment on my blog. Since I have a hard time completing my weekly check in on a weekly basis, I wouldn’t hold your breath, but I sure as shoot am going to try. I have dozens of sound bits of interesting facts cluttering the harddrive of my voice recorder, but I never have the time to download, listen to, and transcribe all of them, so they never make it over here to the blog. I still wish to share my love for science, history, and learning in general, so I’m going to try this as an alternative.
Are you ready?
You don’t look ready. Straighten your back, your posture is sloppy and bad for your spine (do as I say, not as I do). Okay, that’s better.
Podcast of the Week:
These are not necessarily podcasts that aired this week, but are podcasts that I finally got around to listening to this week. We are doing podium style, so top three, take it away!
Third Place Goes To (Drum Roll Please):
How Free Speech Works from Stuff You Should Know (SYSK)
The greatest irony presented in this podcast is that the same rights that MLK built his platform on also gave the white supremacists and KKK the right to hate speech. Hate speech, however, let’s you debate the topic in public, which has helped the gay community come a long way with work for equal rights. Hopefully it can do the same for science and climate change in the following years.
Runner Up (A Very Close Second):
The Black Panther Party from Stuff You Should Know (SYSK)
I will admit I was an ignorant American in this topic. If I learned about the Black Panther Party in the past, I have long since forgotten it. The craziest part of this podcast was that it wasn’t the members walking around open carrying machine guns that scared the government, it was the fact that they also set up community outreach programs such as school breakfast for poor children, medical clinics, etc. I hope a lot of people will look back on this time and take a lesson from the history books. It felt eerily relevant in current times.
First Place Goes To:
Life After Radiation: Sickness, Death and Sustenance from Stuff to Blow Your Mind
Congratulations, my mind was blown with this one. Mission: success. There were so many interesting facts I bombarded my hubby (let’s just call him Frank) with for our Fact of the Day. The craziest one? The dark fungus that “eats” radiation and turns it into bioenergy.