Where did this week go? I’m not sure. Last weekend I cooked a lot, which is a favorite activity for podcasts, and I returned to old favorites. I was bracing for a new weekend lock-down order, but the government decided against it, because people are so exhausted and already restricted by the weekdays curfew (after 6pm we can’t leave home) that we still have our weekends free… for now. It’s really good news because the winter seems on its way out, and we don’t want to be cooped-up at home anymore, even if we aren’t seeing anybody or going anywhere else that in our little corner of the woods. No new shows this time, but just yesterday I have found a list of new shows I will tackle next !
- This American Life #732 Secrets
- Sorta Awesome #281 We’re obsessed; episode which sent me on a rabbit trail about hard-boiled eggs, and I also tried a new Youtube fitness program, Balanced Life with Robin Long
- This American Life #731 What Lies Beneath; the part with the conversation between two coworkers, one who is very introspective and full of thoughts, and the other who isn’t, is quite hilarious.
- 💙 Radiolab Red Herring
- 10 Things to tell you by Laura Tremaine #103 Journaling for Grownups
- Happier by Gretchen Rubin #314 Re-engage with your resolutions
- Before Breakfast by Laura Vanderkam: Adventures in the time of coronavirus; because I wanted some fun, fresh ideas to fight the particular boredom of being stuck in my little corner of the universe
- The Lazy Genius #198 How to lazy-genius your to-do list
- NPR Throughline The Anatomy of Autocracy, Masha Gessen, released shortly after the events of January 6 on Capitol Hill
Throughline’s episode is very good, but also very depressing. I recommend you tackle it on a good day, because the Russian-born journalist Masha Gessen is applying some tough love on American democracy. There are numerous references to Hannah Arendt and how a country slides progressively into autocracy. I particularly liked that she didn’t put all the blame on the former POTUS.
Still, I can’t help but give my gold star to the podcast episode that made me laugh, gave me a big smile for the whole day and provided me with endless conversation starters with my kids (Bonus point, after you listen you will feel very intelligent 🤗). Have you ever thought about fish fart? Well, me neither before this week. Ever since I listened to Radiolab’s Red Herring, I am somehow a bit more knowledgeable about Swedish geopolitical history in the 1980s, about Soviet submarines, and… yes… fish fart.