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Listens We Can’t Stop Talking About



This Week's Listen We Can't Stop Talking About is My Aunt is a Nun. Host Megan Bell, makes pancakes, watches Netflix, tweets and sings to birds with her aunt, the nun. Her stories of these shared moments remind us of sublime human kindness. To make sense of the nonsense, she turns to her aunt, and the Sisters in her community. Despite tension around religion, these nun's stories are not about the church or organized faith but with 135 years of collective insight. The veils are off and they explore everything from anxiety to intimacy, prayer to politics and poverty to justice. Their stories teach us how to find wisdom and humor in the past, while reminding us the valuable lesson of living in the present.



Colon, minus sign, parenthesis - not an excerpt from our writing 101 class, but three simple key strokes that would give way to an online revolution. The very first emoji was born on September 19th in '82 when a computer science student was worried his jokes in the university chatroom fell flat. Gimlet's Not Past It, picks a moment from the current week in history and explores how it shapes our world today. The Birth of Emojis is fun and exactly the subject you didn't know you wanted to learn more about until you're ten seconds into the podcast. Like all cool kids, we originally scoffed at the use of emojis and never thought we'd be one for sending them, but now . . . it's all smiley faces, high fives, dancing ladies. And we've quickly learned not to use the cry laughing emoji, or we will age ourselves. It's all about the skull these days, if you find something funny, highlighting how the Unicode Emoji Subcommittee adapts to changing social landscape. As lifelong learners, we love how this podcast dives into the history of and need for these images to compensate in nonverbal, non-face-to-face communication. To think . . . it all started with a man worried his jokes were taken too seriously :-)



From Cocaine Bear to cone boobs, Episode 52 of Smartless is our obvious choice for "This Week's Listen We Can't Stop Talking About." Elizabeth Banks is the guest host and we realize quickly that she's not only hilarious but also wicked smaht. She doesn't skip a beat when Bateman literally asks her "Is college hard?" Proving that actually kids, there is such a thing as a stupid question. It was at Penn where she not only graduated with honors but picked up a love of learning. And it was this moment we realize she's our kindred spirit. Banks is a storyteller, knows how to drop F bombs with class, and is honestly just completely down to earth. The discussion goes in all directions, and SPOILER ALERT, Sean Hayes at one point shocks his co-hosts and comes out as gay and Arnett talks about that one time he was on a dating app. It's basically an hour long conversation with your besties.



October is National Women's Small Business Month which offers the perfect opportunity for us to dedicate this week's podcast recommendation to our fearless leader, Shea Gerhardt. Being a woman entrepreneur poses countless challenges, and in the male dominated, tech industry, it is no small feat. The perseverance of this phenomenal woman is unparalleled. With this in mind, we sought out information on Women Entrepreneurs, and this week's podcast from Planet Money, Two Indicators: Women and Work. Learn the staggering statistics on Women started businesses and the factors that stunt the growth. These jaw dropping statistics offer a glimpse into the real landscape of a woman small business owner. Here are just a few: 80% of CEOs are male (these numbers haven't budged in almost a decade). Women start 40% of companies, yet don't end up in a leadership role due to lack of funding. Women are half as likely to get a small business loan, as opposed to men. The pandemic set women pay equality back by a decade. A DECADE. So yeah, we bow down to Shea and all womxn leaders who continue to shatter these statistics.



You put Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, Sean Hayes and George Clooney on a zoom call together and before long, you're asking yourself the age old question . . . have you ever pooped in a litter box? Episode 34 of Smartless is quickly climbing the list of our all time favorite podcasts. Guest George Clooney known for his elaborate pranks, his involvement in human rights issues and spot-on Richard Kind impression, had us laughing from start to finish. At the end of the episode we were left feeling oddly connected to this untouchable star. Maybe it's the way he describes parenting, or his days of being a door-to-door salesman, OR maybe it's his admission to falling asleep with his earbuds in, that have us more smitten with him now than when he was on ER. Either way, he made it to our "This Week's Listen We Can't Stop Talking About."



We are that friend who likes to drop weird and interesting facts into casual conversation. We get our facts from our beloved podcast, Gimlet's Every Little Thing. Host Flora Lichtman answers those questions that we didn't know we needed answers to, like, what is sand made of? Why do we cry? Is your pet a righty or lefty? Is my cat trying to murder me? With winter just around the corner, we loved learning about how squirrels track their nuts. This is seriously strategic, I mean, could you keep track of 10,000 items you buried? We can't even find our keys! See? We're telling you, this is the quality content you didn't know you needed.



Love it or hate it, Reality TV has shaped our culture over the last 4 decades. Yes, that's 40 years. The first reality show, An American Family, hit the PBS airwaves in 1973 and even then it was filled with drama. Host Mariah Smith takes us through the long journey of how the reality tv genre has infiltrated our lives and become the place to see social and political moments play out in real-time. From racial tensions on The Real World New York, to finding a mate in record time with cameras always rolling, and like with every train wreck, we just can't look away. Is it because we want to be like the "characters" or do we loathe them? The answer is personal.



It's no secret that we love all things Malcolm Gladwell and this episode of Revisionist History only strengthens our infatuation. Oh Howard, You Idiot! is the tale of one of the wealthiest orphans in America, a billionaire turned recluse that has a chance encounter with a minor novelist. You've probably heard bits and pieces about Howard Hughes, aviation aficionado and Hollywood playboy but as he aged his hermit-like lifestyle opened the door to the greatest autobiography that you've never read. This episode has twists and turns, and leaves you asking "what is true?"



Kentucky waterfall, the Camero crash helmet, the beaver paddle, the ape drape and the neck warmer. All slang for our favorite love-to-hate hairstyle - The Mullet. Host Willa Padkin sets out to crack the cultural mystery of the origin of this business in front, party in the back situation and you're in for a surprise. It's part hockey lore, Ziggy Stardust fad and iconic rap song that elevated this coif to its current legendary status. And for those in the know . . . it's making a comeback. So, this begs the question, would you rock the Tennessee top hat?



What do 415 coffins, 3 bottles of Joy, 23 teachers, a $25 tip and 12 million Thank You meals all have in common? The pandemic. In this episode of This American Life, guest host Chana Joffe-Walt talks with a varied collection of essential workers and how they managed to feel less alone during the darkest days of COVID. From a school carpenter in New York, to a manager at a McDonalds in Michigan and early childhood educators - the pandemic forced jobs to change, and what none of us noticed was that the workers changed too. These are the stories of moments unseen.



Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! No Place Like Home follows the wild story behind the biggest heist that ever hit Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Hint: It has to do with some fancy footwear. Hosts Ariel Ramchandani and Seyward Darby bring you into the world of Hollywood memorabilia and the market for lost and stolen art. Plus a crash course in all things Judy Garland, so plan on winning trivia night when she is the category. This 8-part series will beg the question; is there a movie prop you would risk stealing?


When it comes to content about Mt. Everest or K2, we eat it up with a spoon. We all know the feeling of not being able to put down Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air, hanging on every word with an overwhelming need to soak up every detail of a mountain that takes no prisoners. While listening to Against the Odds, K2: The Savage Mountain, we noticed the exact feeling taking over. This 4-part series hosted by Mike Corey and Cassie De Pecol chronicles the tragic run for the K2 Summit in 2008. Seasoned hikers from around the world embarked on a bucket list adventure that is stymied by unpredictable weather, summit fever and bad communication. This tale is told with an all time high intensity. We threw off our buds thinking we can't listen anymore, only to jump right back in after a few deep breaths. K2 is the grave for a staggering one out of four people. So we ask you, would you play those odds?



This week, we talked with our friends over at Truth + Media about their new show - Truth + Tribe with Mike Sarraille, a 20-year military veteran with the US Navy SEALs and member of the U.S. Marine Corps. Can we just say, we really like this Mike guy! His mission is to teach us how to balance achievement and happiness. And isn't that exactly what we're all seeking? He gets to the heart of powerful stories that change lives and the perseverance that breeds positivity through everyday living. Truth + Tribe is a glimpse into military life, how events shape Everyday Warriors as well as the importance of finding your tribe. In the debut episode, Mike is joined by his brother and retired Navy Seal, Dan Luna. It's humbling to listen to these two bada** guys, talk about the events that have shaped who they are today. It puts the challenges in our lives into perspective and really morphs the "don't cry over spilled milk" adage into "how are you going to use that spilled milk to grow and better your life?" After listening to this show, you'll ask yourself - How do I become an everyday warrior and who is my tribe to help me get there?



Chameleon: Season 2 High Rollers is the next jaw dropping podcast you've been waiting for. This 10-part series takes you to the corner of where truth meets stranger- than-fiction. As each episode begins with that familiar theme song, we can't wait to hear where the story will take us. Journalist Trevor Aaronson dives into a crazy tale of money laundering, FBI informants, diet-clinics and revengeful yelp reviews. A story of imposters and con-artists, people who hide in plain sight, hence the name "Chameleon." We're talking about a two-year FBI undercover investigation that went bust. Starting on the East Coast and ending in Vegas, this podcast will leave you asking - who are the good guys?



We've all tried the echinacea infused tea when we feel a sore throat coming on or popped a zinc during the winter months to ward off nasty germs. How can we not? They're sitting right there next to the register at Whole Foods. And what about Vitamin D? Is it the superhero that can squash COVID? The "immune boosting" culture skyrocketed during the pandemic and was all over social with their magic berries and vitamin supplement cocktails. One thing we know is true, we like to FEEL like we're doing something to combat viruses. Host Wendy Zuckerman brings it back to science and answers if there are any truths behind these over-the-counter remedies on this episode Science Vs.


It's nearly impossible for Americans to imagine a TV show with no plot, no characters, no tension. A world where you as a viewer can set the narrative - focusing and feeling what you want. It is something that is raw and not present in this day and age where producers script every minute. Co-hosts Kia Miakka Natisse and Yowei Shaw explore slow tv born in Norway, and it all started with a seven hour train ride. What exactly is slow tv? It's unedited life. REALity tv without the manufactured plot twists, suspenseful music and too many Bachelor roses. Think about breathing in the landscape, the weather, the real life un-drama of spectacular television. Are you on board?



By now, it should be safe to assume that we've all seen the movie, My Octopus Teacher, and fell in love. Well, in our case, we've become obsessed with all things octopi. While driving cross country, Radiolab For Kids - Octomom was top on the list. I know what you're thinking – Radiolab For Kids – take our word for it – it's great for Gen X too! This is a fascinating story of what began as a simple act of motherhood turned heroic feat that has never been equaled by any known species on Earth. Don't believe us? The giant Pacific octopus can have over 50,000 babies at one time, and spends months guarding those eggs, so yeah, heroic indeed.



"Voyeurism is a director's job description. It's an artist's too." - Andy Warhol
This 20-minute podcast came recommended by our Curious Mind Tribe member Nicole. This is the story of New Yorker, Diane and her new neighbors in the building across the way. A lack of curtains and really any form of privacy, is the beginning of a very intimate and at the same time, one-sided relationship. This got us thinking - do you have any one-sided relationships? At the end of the podcast, you'll know.



It's no secret that our love for Malcolm Gladwell runs deep. So, it goes without saying that we are BIG fans of his podcast, Revisionist History, where he examines the overlooked and the misunderstood. In a recent episode, Malcolm takes on Waymo -the autonomous driving vehicle backed by Google. With its 40 sensors and over 300-yard range, he puts Waymo to the test with lofty beach balls and unruly runners. We found ourselves reevaluating our confidence in autonomous vehicles and loving the thought of no speeding tickets. Would you Waymo?



A 30-minute podcast reminding us how brilliantly interesting people can be. Hosts Hebah Fisher & Dana Ballout talk with inspiring figures from the Arab world and their journeys to the top. We recently listened to the episode featuring Omar Samra - Adventurer and Entrepreneur. Omar's determination made him the first Egypitan to complete the Seven Summit challenge, one which only about 450 in the world have ever succeeded. Starting out in finance (a parent's dream) and veering to travel and adventure (not so much), Omar found his calling starting Wild Guanabana, a travel company creating life changing journeys for their clients.



We love a podcast series with a tagline "Science for people who give a s**t." The most recent episode we listened to was a chat with uber-smart Dr. Beronda Montgomery. A PhD, writer, researcher, scholar and author of Lessons from Plants. She is just brilliant and has an amazing outlook on life. Her life's work consists of being an expert in all things plants. What really stuck with us was how she compares plants and the decisions they make based on their energy levels, as opposed to how we as humans just go - go - go, thinking we have infinite energy. We may want to be more like a Hydrangea - sit in the shade, make sure we have tons of water and bloom once a year. Dr. Montgomery's ability to relate many of the world issues back to how plants react is so very interesting. Once this podcast wrapped, we went right over to Amazon and bought the book. Because it turns out, what we can learn from plants is a whole heck of a lot.



We talked with our friend Rebecca from House of Pod about their Tribecca Film Festival selection, Guardians of the River. "The audio of this podcast is unlike anything I've ever heard. I love that this show wrestles with deep, important questions of conservation, tourism, ecology, and histories of colonialism. The sound design is rich, the host is brilliant and the story is enriching. To follow this podcast is to be part of a web of relationships with place, animals, humans, plants, history, and the future. What a joy to be part of this project and to share it with others!"



If you could call a number and say you’re sorry, and no one would know…what would you apologize for? This is the story of Allan Bridge, a conceptual artist who concocted The Apology Line during the 1980s in New York City. For well over a decade, you could call a number in Manhattan apologize for everything under the sun from shoplifting to murder. With the "new" technology of answering machines Allan became Mr. Apology, providing solace to anyone with regrets, wrong doings or even criminal acts to get it off their chest and apologize. A confessional of sorts. The only caveat, Allan will broadcast these tapes publicly, so callers were instructed not to include their names. One minor detail... Mr. Apology realized he couldn’t JUST listen. This six-part series is told by a close confidant to Allen and discovers how this multi-year project turns into a defining aspect of Allen's life. Sorry, not sorry for listening to this one.



At the beginning, the two young founders of Juul had the mission to disrupt the tobacco industry by creating a healthier alternative to smoking. What an aspirational goal! Sounds noble, right? Over this six-part series, hear how that mission falls to the wayside as teens become dangerously addicted to their strawberry and bubble gum flavors, sales skyrocket and Washington comes knocking. Host Laura Beil, reporter behind Dr Death and Bad Batch, tells us how it all goes up in smoke and crisis ensues.



We've all gotten spam calls, or as we like to call them, scam calls. "Hello, the warranty on your car is about to expire, please call immediately to extend your warranty." On my 2004 Chevy Tahoe with 200k+ miles and a rusty hood? Sign me up! These calls can be comical, are always annoying, and sometimes give our heart a scare. Who are the people on the other end of these calls, and what makes them tick? In Reply All's two-part series Long Distance, host Alex Goldman follows a wild ride where these phone calls lead to when you play along.



Ok, so we may be late to this party, but we're so glad we came. At long last, we finally finished the wildly popular S • Town Podcast and holy s**t! Listeners hit play for what they believe is a murder investigation, but before you know it, someone else ends up dead which obviously sparks a feud and of course a hunt for hidden treasure that ultimately unearths the mysteries of one man's life. What?! By the end of this rollercoaster, you will find yourself feeling a profound love for John B McLemore, with his genius mind and unpredictable ways as he navigates his southern existence. You may even find that you have a new found interest in horology.



A bite-sized podcast that pairs perfectly with your busy day. Hrishikesh Hirway talks with top music artists to deconstruct their hit songs. When driving carpool for a group of 12 year olds, it's important to be in the know as they belt out Dua Lipa's "Levitate." So now, not only do we know the words but we have the backstory of the synthesizer used, how her childhood memories shaped its sound and why she sing/talks in the song. SPOILER ALERT: It has to do with her accent. Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. This 18 minute listen earned us major cool points with the tweens.



We killed the doldrums of a long drive home with this hilarious podcast featuring Will Arnett, Jason Batemen, and Sean Hayes. I mean, is there a more dynamic trifecta? No. There is not. Each episode features a surprise guest and in this episode it is none other than Wagon Wheel Singer himself, Darius Rucker. What makes this episode great is Rucker's stories combined with the belly-laughing banter of the hosts on who is the biggest Hootie and the Blowfish fan. Check out SmartLess, you will not be disappointed.

We just love the story of Allbirds and have so much respect for the company. They build in the cost of sustainability for all products. They are always striving to do what's best.

Buying in multiples is great for food or household items but in our world, disposable cheap fashion or furniture. That seems so wasteful. The message - spend a little bit more upfront for quality and you will still save money in the long run and consume less.

When thinking about film production and all the waste (food, wardrobe, sets, etc) it only makes sense to have an eco focus. Nice work Green Angels!

These guys did not design Method for green people. They designed Method for the 95% of people who are not green and might be drawn to it due to the unique design.

In episode 77, they interview Jon Dean about his new book The Good Glow: Clarity and the Symbolic Power of Doing Good. We loved this particular episode as they ask the very important question "Is the “warm glow” of giving always dependent on one’s acts being visible to others, or can it be entirely personal?"

We loved episode 235 where they discussed how the pandemic has disrupted education, work opportunities and future planning for countless young people. Topics that are truly relevant to right now.

In episode 92 Conan, our dream man, interviews Michelle Obama, my dream woman. I mean, what more do we need to say?

The episode posted on Sept. 16th, 2020 features an interview with the Holderness Family. We loved hearing about our favorite parody song family and how quick they are able to turn out content that makes me crack a smile.