It seems that this pod review post is going bi-weekly… at least for now, because of the necessities of life rather than an editorial choice of mine. Turns out September is a bit more eventful than I wished for and prepared for, as I had a small surgery earlier this week and am now on the mend, and off work for some days. Nothing serious (don’t worry), but just uncomfortable and… boring.
I’ve probably chosen the worst time ever to stop Instagram and Facebook, but then I would be on it way too much, so perhaps it’s for the best. My unread pile at the side of my bed is getting some serious attention, and I’m racing through books, so that’s a definitely good point of this whole adventure. Posting about it will take longer, because writing on my phone is not so convenient. Of course, podcasts are a great way to pass the time, and for some topics I listened in pairs (2 different shows on a similar topic). Here are the best ones:
- Sorta Awesome #403 Who am I if I’m not this? Discussing life transitions when your role you identified most (professional, but also as a mother, or a person of faith, or a person with certain life choices) is shaken and needs to be reinvented.
- Chinese Whispers: How the Cultural Revolution shaped China’s leaders today. Eye-opening, and a lot of historical propaganda that Chinese people get to assimilate without ever challenging.
- Sinica: Yuen Yuen Ang on Xi Jinping, the Party bureaucracy and authoritarian resilience. A companion episode to the Chinese Whispers’ episode. It is depressing to have the confirmation that the Chinese regime believes in its own propaganda. I can remember how different it used to be…
- Extra Awesome: Eating less meat and more plant with Kate Nixon. This episode was very open-minded, allowing for people who choose less meat for a variety of reasons, and don’t feel very confident. I can’t wait to try some of the recipes!
- Science Vs. (from Gimlet) Vegans, are they right? Nicely paired with the previously listed episode. And full of nuances too.
- Normal Gossip has returned with a season 3 that starts in a HOA, it’s quite juicy and full of surprises.
- No Stupid Questions #113 How can you improve your mental endurance? A lot of very good points are made in this discussion, and not only about the title question. Enduring myths like the finite willpower stock (I was convinced it was true!), the mental fatigue of poverty, how the brain really works… fascinating!
- Serial Season 1 episode 13: Adnan is Out. Yes!! As a complete fan of Serial from the very beginning in 2014, I could not believe my ears. The news made it in like 5 seconds of the French radio news program (but French people got on podcasts just a few years ago, so I guess nobody understood what it was referring to). My mind is blown that what the podcast discovered has actually been confirmed in court. I might re-listen to the whole season, if I am stuck in bed for much longer.
- Your undivided Attention: #33 Mind the (Perception) Gap with Dan Vallone. A very, very interesting episode full of ideas on how to incentivize social media to reduce the polarization of opinions rather than benefiting from it and fueling it. This episode was from April 2021, before the Facebook leaks, but still, it’s balanced between bad news and solutions.
On the social media hiatus project, it’s getting better but it’s still not easy. Especially missing the dopamine hit when you’re otherwise anxious and have nothing else to do (think medical appointment’s waiting room). I can confess that at some point, I watched Instagram from my phone’s internet browser, but I stopped after 20 minutes. I suddenly have lots of time to read and do other things, and that’s nice too!
Happy weekend everyone!