Pod Review November 27 – December 3

Beware, you may well be reading Pod review – the grumpy edition. (Aren’t all French people supposed to be grumpy anyway?) Cold-sleety-rain-low-skies kind of grumpy. No-booster-shots-available kind of grumpy. Certainly OMicron-grumpy with a dash of Covid-fatigue and cancelled plans. It’s hard to be merry and deck the halls with all the bad news everywhere. Even some podcasts have made me grumpy, can you believe it?

  • Heavyweight (on Spotify) #40 Barbara Shutt
  • Heavyweight (on Spotify) #41 Barbara Wilson
  • Crime Show (on Spotify) 21 Witnesses: about a school shooting in 1978 in Austin, Texas
  • Crime Show (on Spotify) An Unlikely Suspect. About secondary transfer DNA
  • Nice Try: The Vacuum [new-to-me]
  • Nice Try: The Bidet
  • The Mom Hour: #340 House rules for playdates
  • Bad Women, the Ripper Retold: Ep. 4 Polly the Prostitute.
  • Science Vs.: Jurassic Park: Hold on to your butts
  • Throughline: Fighting Fires and Family Secrets
  • Sentimental Garbage: Eat Pray Love with Abigail Bergstrom [new-to-me]
  • This American Life #752 An invitation to tea: a former Guantanamo prisoner talks to the one who kept him there.
  • Sentimental Garbage: The Devil wears Prada with Lindsey Kelk
  • 💙 10 things to tell you with Laura Tremaine #145 Time Anxiety

Switching between Spotify and Pocket Casts for my podcasts proves to be cumbersome and annoying. Spotify podcast features are not as good as Pocket Casts. Besides, I’m paying for Spotify Premium on our family iPad but I haven’t managed to transfer this account on my phone (is it even possible?), so I still get their ads. I’m really disgruntled that Gimlet made this deal with Spotify, giving us listeners no choice but to listen to their quality shows on a poorly designed podcast app. Can you see how torn I am? The Heavyweight episodes were so great…

Annoying habits have also come back in “Bad Women, the Ripper retold”. The podcast host keeps complaining in the show against self-proclaimed Ripperologists who criticize her for taking a feminist angle and proving through research that Jack the Ripper’s victims were not prostitutes. As a listener, I’m here for the historical research, not for the finger-pointing. I do not care what old white men say against female researchers, ’cause I bet they don’t like being challenged. It’s such a shame about an otherwise interesting show, but I’m considering moving on.

When I wasn’t being grumpy, I tried 2 new shows which were both quite interesting. Nice Try was recommended by the Gloria newsletter and focuses on home appliances that have changed the daily life of people. The episode on bidets is great (there’s a moment of Freudian analysis of American culture which is priceless), as is the one on vacuum cleaners, which were designed to be *not* as efficient as they could be. Interesting social perspectives on gendered unpaid work etc. etc.

My second new podcast of the week is Sentimental Garbage, which returns to iconic “chicklit” or “women fiction” bestsellers (movies or books). I enjoyed both episodes I tried, but they run on the long side for me. It seems to have done a whole season on Sex on the City, I’m not quite ready to invest that much time in a rehashing of a TV show I’ve already spent countless hours when I was younger. But if a short version exists, I’d love to dip my toe.

Now that I’m writing about investing time, and short versions, the best episode I listened to this week was about Time anxiety by Laura Tremaine. In one way or another, I feel seen when she mentions “I don’t have enough time”, “Time is passing me by” and “I’m wasting too much time”. She reframes these three stressing thoughts, and the episode is indeed timely for me (pun fully intended).

Happy weekend everyone! I’m ready to let go of all my grumpiness!

Pod Review November 20-26

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American readers! I hope you had a lot of yummy food and you were in good company, and I’m totally jealous! Over here the mood is definitely more jittery, as a strong new wave of Covid is hitting the European continent, and I don’t know yet how it will affect our lives in winter. The government is pushing for the booster shot, businesses are told to remain open as normal but already we see some events getting canceled (I wouldn’t want to go anyway). So the lesson of the day is for sure to be grateful for what we have while we have it… And please keep a slice of pecan pie for me!

  • Lazy Genius #236 – 10 Things saving my life right now
  • A Matter of Degrees: (S2E5) A farming solution for a hotter, less stable world [new-to-me] a positive podcast about climate change, for a change
  • Good Inside with Dr Becky: How to talk about death with your kids. I wanted to confirm last week’s impression, and it is the same: I have kids too old for Dr. Becky
  • This American Life #753 What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate
  • Sorta Awesome #357 Awesome Holiday Gift Guide 2021. Now, this one is inspiring as in… take your notebook and have your credit card ready… Some of my own gifts may or may not have been mentioned in this episode.
  • 💙 A Slight change of plans with Maya Shankar: The science of quitting. I wish I’d taken notes from this episode, it was so, so good.
  • The Argument (NYT podcast): I love true crime, should I feel guilty? Mmh… I’m not.
  • A Matter of Degrees (S2 E8) The Win-win-win strategy to retire coal. I learnt so much in this episode (a cross-over between this show and How to save a planet, which I love too). The subject is about as un-sexy as you get, but they managed to make it clear and fun.
  • Sorta Awesome #359 Our spiciest confessions yet! Who doesn’t love a confessions show when it makes you snort and laugh out loud?
  • The Mom Hour: Cooking inspiration, where we get our best ideas, and how to re-inspire your menus. I never had a recipe box with cards in the 1990s, I had binders with magazine clippings; the box seems to be an old American tradition replaced by Google, Pinterest and others… I still have my binders but I don’t open them anymore…

I tried one new show this week and it was a good surprise! A Matter of Degrees is a show about climate change but not a depressing one, which is something of an exception among gloomy news! I will certainly devour their back list of episodes.

The episode on quitting at A Slight change of plans with Maya Shankar made me think about how much positive value our Western culture puts on grit and perseverance, instead of quitting, which is a lot of times wiser and better in the long run. Maya Shankar’s guest Amy Duke, who spent some years earning money as a professional poker player, has a lot to teach us on when to fold.

Hannukah and Advent are both just around the corner, and there’s a good chance of snow this weekend (exceptional for November here). I wish you all a very nice weekend, enjoy your time off and keep warm and safe!

Pod Review November 13-19

This week I was over-busy at work, but I still had some 4 hours by train to listen to as many podcasts as possible! Almost all of them were quite informative and lots of fun. Maintenance Phase is especially good, as is The Argument (by the New York Times), which helped me shake some of the gloom associated with the climate crisis. (Yes, I refuse to say “climate change” because using the right words is one of my tiny actions to raise the awareness of people around me – I want to continue educate myself through podcasts).

  • Radiolab Mixtape: Jack and Bing, about recording technologies and the ambiguities of editing: how much is an edited piece still true?
  • The Lazy Genius: #235 When you disagree on what matters: with loved ones
  • Sorta Awesome #356 Best meals for busy days!
  • RelationShit with Kamie Crawford: [new-to-me] Talking to your family about race with Dom Roberts. Some pretty deep things about racism and prejudices and family relationships and activism fatigue.
  • ICYMI The life hacks they don’t want you to know about. The hacks that are true, the ones that are false, or in-between, or just virally hilarious
  • Bad Women, Ripper retold: Episode 3 Polly walks out. Now we’re talking social history, and that was good!
  • Edit Your Life #247 The calming power of now. Which was inspiring, but I wasn’t really able to practice it this week
  • RelationShit with Kamie Crawford: Ultimatums with Nick Viall.
  • Slow Burn Season 6: Episode 1 The Tape [new season]
  • Slow Burn Season 6: Episode 2 No Justice
  • Edit Your Life: #249 Financial Literacy for Kids
  • 💙 NYT The Argument: Got Climate Doom? Here’s what you can do to actually make a difference. It answered my questions like: should I really deprive my kids of cheese to save the planet? It helped put the guilt and blame where it belongs and not fully on our small shoulders, and named a few ways to help when one can’t just join demonstrations.
  • Maintenance Phase: School lunches, P-hacking and the original “Pizzagate” – hilarious and informative debunking about pseudo-nutritional science. Lots of things that I’d heard and believed true… Smaller plates can’t make you thin, and life hacking is dangerous to believe.
  • Good Inside with Dr. Becky: What can i do when my child says “I can’t do it”. [new-to-me] Totally geared towards small kids, not for me.

I tried 2 new shows this week, but even if they were interesting, I probably wasn’t their target audience. Dr. Becky had a long interview in the New York Times, where I picked up the name of her podcast. And Relationshit was a recommendation of Girls Night’s In. I also started the new season of Slow Burn, centered on the 1992 LA riots. I vaguely remember the events taking place, but I had so many false memories or misunderstandings. The show made events and context click together. Did you learn anything surprising this week?

Pod Review November 6-12

Beware, grumpy alert! I started my podcast week last Saturday with a definite bad mood. But all along the week, my mood improved as I stumbled upon unique podcast episodes, both from old and new shows. I had some time off this week (we have Veterans day here as well, it’s the end of WW1 actually) and so my list of shows this week is extra long. I chose both from current personal concerns (hosting people for the upcoming season, how to get motivated) or current personal interests (how to make sense of the current situation in China, what is the best way to act with the climate change crisis…). Bonus points for shows who were out of my usual comfort zone but proceeded to blow my mind with new points of views or story lines (Radiolab, Decoder Ring, Man Enough).

  • Where Should we begin? with Esther Perel (on Spotify) Esther Calling – Losing my best friend: I was grumpy about the forced switch to Spotify and so I was not really taken in by the shorter format of this new season (under 20 minutes) because I felt it didn’t really offer the deep dive I so enjoyed previously.
  • Change ma vie with Clotilde Dussoulier #214 Comment évacuer le stress. This episode basically introduced French listeners to the idea of completing the stress cycle (cf. the Nagoski sisters in Burnout). I didn’t learn much.
  • A drink with a friend: A story. That one put me in a bad mood, because I had enjoyed Tsh Oxenreider’s simple podcasts for years, but her recent turn into Catholic podcasting isn’t at all my cup of tea, and I hadn’t understood that the episode was just another come-to-Jesus episode.
  • Sorta Awesome #353 Let’s chat (a group show). After these mildly satisfying episode, what better than an all-girls chat session. This one was really fun and fuzzy, and helped improve my mood quite a lot.
  • Radiolab Mixtape: Dakou. About black market cassette tapes that entered China in the early 1990s. What was essentially trash gave people a unique sense of Western culture, all mixed together like a big salad, but also creative in its own way.
  • This American Life #750 The Ferryman. Meh
  • The New Yorker Radio Hour: Should the Climate Movement embrace sabotage? [new-to-me]
  • Best of Both Worlds, inviting Kendra Adachi from Lazy Genius. I love a good cross-over and these 3 people have so much to share!
  • Happier with Gretchen Rubin #350 Listeners suggest Apps that put the “app” in “happier”
  • The Mom Hour: #338 How we host (and how we don’t) as moms of many kids. Now I recognize that I don’t host much, I hadn’t thought about much of what Meagan and Sarah talked about… not sure that it really helped!
  • Decoder Ring: The Great Helga Hype (on the late-discovered paintings by Andrew Wyeth)
  • Sinica: It’s Complicated: getting our heads around a changing China. Kaiser Kuo offers a very hopeful vision of China at the crossroads. Interesting, but a vision I’m not so sure to subscribe entirely to.
  • ICYMI: Is TikTok giving teen girls tics?
  • Maintenance Phase: The Obesity epidemic
  • 💙 How to save a planet: Is your carbon footprint BS? Now, this one is great! Do our individual actions count for anything in the climate change fight?
  • The Man Enough Podcast: Karamo Brown, reframing the masculine mentality. I came to this one reluctantly (am I even in the target audience?) but the discussion was unexpectedly deep and moving. [new-to-me]
  • The Happiness Lab with Dr Laurie Santos: You can’t always want what you like. How come we lack the motivation to embark into activities that we enjoy but aren’t immediately rewarding? and more importantly, can we trick our brains to do it? Mmh, it was a lot of good information but the strategies she offers don’t sound very easy to me.

The newpodcasts I tried this week are: The New Yorker Radio Hour (which was advertised in a Radiolab I believe) and The Man Enough Podcast (which I first heard about on the Girls’ Night In newsletter). I haven’t reached the 2 episodes’ mark just yet, but I enjoyed the one episode I tried of each.

If you have followed the COP26 news and are more and more despaired about the capacity of our governments to take action, I recommend How to save a planet and the interview of a radical activist on The Newyorker radio hour. Both gave me a lot of food for thoughts.

Pod Review October 30 – November 5

Fall is a good season for podcasts: I want to do more indoor craft projects, and cooking, and baking, and so I find myself with my earpods, a good podcast, and my hands busy. As Monday was a public holiday here, I had time to try several new podcasts, and to install Spotify on my phone to listen to the beloved Gimlet shows that became Spotify-exclusive. I really don’t like Spotify ways, because I haven’t found a way to track what episodes I have listened, and I haven’t managed to link my phone to my main Spotify account, so I have these advertisements and all. But… I listened to 2 episodes of Heavyweight back to back and my grudges melted away… The show is so good that I can accommodate Spotify… but I’m not sure I will be equally patient for other shows! We’ll see.

  • Proof (from America’s Test Kitchen): The Villain of Trader Joe’s (new-to-me)
  • Bad Women, Ripper Retold: Ep.1 The Ripper Myth (new-to-me)
  • Best of Both Worlds: Nurturing your relationship during the busy years
  • Chinese Whispers: Will Xi invade Taiwan? I had outdated preconceptions on the Chinese military force, this episode was indeed sobering.
  • Bad Women, Ripper Retold: Ep.2 Welcome to White Chapel
  • 💙 Hidden Brain: Playing the gender card. Gender prejudices taken in an unusual approach, with a female poker player, and a male nurse.
  • A slight Change of Plans with Maya Shankar: Leaving a religious cult with Megan Phelps-Roper (new-to-me)
  • Short Wave: The opioid epidemic
  • 💙 The Lazy Genius podcast: #234 10 rules for holiday gift-giving. This year in particular, holiday gift-giving is stressing me out (even more than usual I should say) and this episode made me take a deep breath. I will try this sane approach.
  • Proof (from America’s Test Kitchen): Why did Jello salad go out of style?
  • Proof (from America’s Test Kitchen)! The reconstruction of a royal cake
  • Radiolab: Heavy metal – on the man who discovered the age of the universe, and that gas with lead was poisoning us slowly but surely.
  • A slight Change of Plans with Maya Shankar: Maya’s slight change of plans
  • Heavyweight (on Spotify): #38 Justine
  • Heavyweight (on Spotify): #39 Stephen

The new shows of this week were a bit hit-and-miss. Proof, from America’s Test Kitchen, has a good concept for me: quirky investigations on weird, exotic food topics. I enjoyed the deep-dive into the history of Jello, how Jello was supposed to be a feminine food, graceful and beautiful without substance, and how big business wanted to teach women the basis of nutrition without the pleasure and art of cooking. The two other episodes I tried were not as riveting though.

A slight change of plans with Maya Shankar is an interview of someone who has gone through… well… a big change, and how it shook them, changed them and hopefully taught them something valuable. Both episodes I listened to were good, but most people she talks to are unknown to me, and I wasn’t particularly attracted to the subjects of the episodes.

Bad Women, Ripper Retold is a history podcast on the victims of Jack The Ripper, a nice departure from the obsession on the serial killer himself. I respect the approach but the first episode left me with a sour taste, with a lot of complaining about how sexist the self-proclaimed “ripperologists” are, how most of their theories don’t hold up, etc. etc. I can understand that the podcast creator needs to explain how and why she choose her own historical investigation, but I didn’t think it added anything, and I was eagerly waiting for the women to be introduced. The second episode was already way better, I will probably continue at a leisurely pace. When my interest for true crime meets my interest for history… I hope there would be more podcasts like that, or I haven’t found them yet.

Pod Review October 23-29

I’m posting this from the middle of nowhere, population 400 (not counting chickens and cows), in an old stone cowshed transformed into a well-equipped, broadband-fitted holiday home. I’ve spent a few days getting my fill of red leaves (and yellow and orange too), heritage buildings and picturesque landscapes. So much so that I didn’t spend as much time with podcasts as I’d thought!

  • Radiolab: Of bombs and butterflies. How the army tried to save an endangered species with unconventional solutions.
  • Science Vs: Blue balls, you’re wrong about them. I don’t think this expression exists in French, but I was interested in debunking it with science
  • The Happiness Lab: Alex and PJ love to gripe. And French people love it even more! Needless to say I’m not 100% on board with the anti-gripe strategies.
  • Sorta Awesome #354 midnight mass, hot drink helper and no-bones day
  • The Mom Hour: More than mom, fall style update. I need some new clothes!
  • Sex with Emily: Don’t google this, ask Emily
  • Science Vs: The legendary condom queen. The first black female Surgeon General.
  • The best advice show: Saying the nice thing
  • 10 Things to tell you with Laura Tremaine #125 10 questions for couples
  • Sex with Emily: Connected sex
  • Short Wave: Goodbye climate jargon, hello simplicity
  • Decoder Ring: The blue steak experiment; about the link between color and food, and how blue has always received special treatment

The only new podcast I tried this week was Sex with Emily, which is for sure a departure from my regular fare. I heard about it through the Daily Good, the newsletter from the Good Trade, and it was listed next to Esther Perel’s Where do we begin? It seemed like a good idea (trying it on a break day would also avoid the sudden blush in the train, if it was spicier than expected). Well, the experiment went well, it was indeed for adult ears but nothing really shocking for me. I liked that Dr. Emily considers psychology, relationships as well as physiology and pure technique. She’s quite body positive. She’s never judgmental and seems unfazed at whatever listeners/callers throw at her. Still, I felt that it was all going too fast to my taste, I wasn’t blushing, I was stressed out by the pace of consultation! Not really for me.

Pod Review October 16-22

Today is the last day of school before fall break in France, hurray! I’ve been looking for this moment for a while, and the kids are getting tired from almost two months’ school. I have some days off and I plan to relax and enjoy fall colors, while catching up on books, podcasts recommendations, newsletters… Halloween will be certainly low-key (it is a popular day for kids in France but rarely do they go door to door to ask for sweets), but I’m planning to indulge in some pumpkin goodness. Not only soup (our usual take), but I also plan to bake my own favorite Pumpkin crustless pie from Shutterbean (really feels more like a custard, or a French clafoutis without the cherries), and have a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte (haven’t found the time yet, Starbucks is out of my usual way and people are often waiting in line).

  • The Lazy Genius #231 What I learned during Covid Quarantine
  • Edit Your Life #246 Fall Delights
  • We Can Do Hard Things with Glennon Doyle: Let her rest; we respond to the pod squad’s mind-blowing questions
  • Short Waves #501 Why music sticks in our brains
  • Change ma vie with Clotilde Dusoulier #210 L’étagère de l’inquiétude (The worry shelf)
  • The Happiness Lab: Don’t think of the white bear
  • Chinese Whispers: China’s Snowflake generation [new-to-me]
  • Heavyweight: John
  • Chinese Whispers: Ketamine in China: has the country got over the opium wars?
  • Esther Perel’s How’s Work? If I quit, what will people say? [new-to-me]

I have tried two new shows this week. First, a podcast about China: Chinese Whispers, that was recommended by Sinica. It was interesting, but not fully related to current events, more like contemporary Chinese themes. I can’t say I learnt a lot from it, but it was good.

The second show was Esther Perel’s How’s Work? I have listen to several seasons of Where should we begin, but I had always shied away from How’s Work because I didn’t feel interested about analyzing management styles or career development, especially in such special cases where entrepreneurs work as a 2-people team. But this episode, where a couple is facing burn-out on both of their careers, didn’t exactly resonate with me as much as the relationships analysis from Perel’s other podcast. To be fair, I still need to give it another try before making up my mind.

Happy Friday and enjoy your fall weekend!

Pod Review October 9-15

This week flew by at high speed, because of a 3-day business trip across France: it was the first time I traveled for work in 1.5 year, and it was both great and exhausting. The good thing is that I had some time during transit to listen to my current audiobook and to podcasts, but I was too tired to focus on anything. I look forward to a restorative weekend with apple pie, crisp fall leaves… and perhaps the latest James Bond movie?

  • Science Diction The Rise of Myers-Briggs, Chapter 3: What is it good for?
  • 99% Invisible #456 Full Spectrum. Lots of random science on colors.
  • The Future of Everything (WSJ): Outhacking the hackers, the future of cybersecurity [new to me]
  • 💙 Decoder Ring: Unicorn Poop
  • This American Life #749 My bad. Some embarrassing stories made me cringe.
  • What Should I Read Next #293 Streamline your (digital) TBR. I don’t have that many unread digital books, but I enjoyed the friendly advice about matching the right mood with the right book.
  • Sorta Awesome #349 Awesome list for fall 2021!
  • ICYMI We are all the bad art friend. A fun explanation on a recent controversy on Internet, but why it got viral is beyond me.
  • Everything happens with Kate Bowler: No cure for being human (and other truths I need to hear)
  • The Lazy Genius #229 How to magic question the rest of 2021. Start planning as soon as the leaves change color!
  • Maintenance Phase: Rachel Hollis. I’m not a fan of Rachel Hollis at all, but I know enough about her to enjoy this gossip and analysis.

Only one new podcast this week, and it wasn’t a success. The Wall Street Journal’s Future of Everything podcast has an enticing title, but the tone of the episode I tried was totally patronizing (or at least that’s the way I perceived it). Because of my job I have some knowledge of the subject and I found the show too superficial. I will attempt a second episode some time in the future, but not too soon.

My favorite podcast episode this week was the Decoder Ring about Unicorn Poop. Granted, I might never have the chance to use any piece of knowledge I learnt from this show in a polite conversation. But it was really fun to tell the kids about it, even if they are past the stage of bathroom humor (or are they really?). I’m a grown woman and yet this cracked me up.

Pod Review October 2-8

This week I started an audiobook of short stories, which limited my free time for podcasts. I did listen to a good number of shows, but I still craved a change of pace in my earbuds. After checking on my old favorites’ feed, I discovered that my beloved Heavyweight (with Jonathan Goldstein) is returning with a new season and released a number of short episodes, which I binged on during last weekend. I would have done the happy dance, but for the news that as a Gimlet show, they will become Spotify-exclusive. I’m on the fence about this move, even though I do have a Spotify account… I will probably do the jump but reluctantly. Have you installed Spotify on your phone for podcasts or are you still sticking with another app?

  • The Mom Hour Small Steps toward Sustainability in the Kitchen: guilt-free recommendations with various levels of difficulty. What we can do is very dependent on where we live and what is the cultural norm around us, but things are moving in the right direction in many places.
  • Invisibilia: Nun of us are friends. About peculiar rules of friendship among convent nuns. I finally give up on this season of Invisibilia, it’s really not for me.
  • This American Life #748 The end of the world as we know it. About a father who takes climate change activism way too seriously and turns abusive: rather disturbing, and with more nuances that I’d expected.
  • Sorta Awesome #346 Q&A with an awesome teen
  • Sorta Awesome #343 Gift Guide: awesome photo gifts and more
  • A Heavyweight short: Hallie
  • Decoder Ring: The Soap Opera machine – as recommended by Sorta awesome host Meg Tietz, an interesting piece of pop culture analysis in the context of the 1990s (even for people like me who haven’t watched soap operas and haven’t heard of One life to live).
  • A Heavyweight short: a Canadian tale. How far can we go to ascertain a memory from 20 or 30 years ago?
  • Heavyweight: Brandon. Why the awkward nerd was chosen by the class queen for prom night? It was so sweet and hopeful.
  • Dressed: Fashion history now #32 Dressed in Paris. Weirdly enough, I enjoy listening to what some very knowledgeable strangers do when they’re coming to my neck of woods. Hint: I have learnt some things!
  • Doing it right with Pandora Sykes: Why do we hate change, with Julia Samuel
  • 10 Things to tell you with Laura Tremaine: #136 3 changes I’m making to find balance
  • Doing it right with Pandora Sykes: Introverts and extroverts with Arthur Brooks

This week, a new podcast I tried was “Doing it right with Pandora Sykes“, and I managed to fit 2 episodes almost back to back. I heard about it through the “Girls’ Night In” newsletter, and I had no clue who Pandora Sykes was before (I’m no clearer now actually, and I’m glad I didn’t look at her website and picture before trying the podcast, because I might have passed as “not for me”). The first episode I tried didn’t really interest me. But the second one, with Arthur Brooks, is full of valuable information, so much so that I wish I’d taken notes! Not only does he clarify that people are unique combination of extroverts and introverts. He spoke about the value of faking it (to a certain extent) and how introverts fared better during the pandemic but that it’s totally independent of boundaries and propensity to burn-out. This episode was so rich!

Pod Review September 25-October 1

So I’m ten months into this experiment, and I can say now (but only now) that I’ve reached a somewhat satisfying system. Or almost. I have now one place where I put the names of podcasts that are thrown here or there and that I wish to investigate. These go into my phone (the notepad app), because notes jotted down on paper in my agenda are often forgotten forever. In my phone I also write down where the suggestion is coming from (because I’m like that). And then I take a moment at the start of my weekend to go through these recommendations and downloads those who seem relevant and don’t run for more than 1 hour for each episode. I download 2 or 3 episodes and I cross it off my phone list. Boom! And then comes the limbo of waiting for the mood to strike and to listen to those episodes… But that’s another story.

  • 10 Things to tell you by Laura Tremaine #134 10 Tips for wardrobe confidence with Alison Lumbatis
  • Radiolab In the Running
  • Science Vs (Gimlet) Childbirth, are doctors messing it up?
  • Dressed: 18th century fashion and etiquette at Versailles [new-to-me]
  • The Mom Hour #331 Envisioning your week of ideal meals
  • Under the influence with Jo Piazza: I wiped my kids from my Instagram. A slightly disappointing end to the podcast season.
  • Surviving Sarah #270 Shelly Robinson, Learning to raise yourself
  • Dressed: Creepy, crawly contraptions from fashion history with Holly Frey
  • Sinica: The paradox of vast corruption and fast growth in China’s “Gilded age”
  • You Must Remember This with Karina Longworth #96 Veronica Lake. It had been a long time since I’d listened to Karina Longworth.
  • Radiolab: The Unsilencing, about autoimmune diseases among women
  • Science Diction: Knock on wood and Tsunami [new-to-me]
  • The Mom Hour #332 House Rules for kid hygiene
  • Science Diction: The rise of the Myers-Briggs, chapter 1: Katharine
  • Science Diction: The rise of the Myers-Briggs, chapter 2: Isabel
  • The Next Right Thing by Emily P. Freeman #191 What we’re learning

This week I tried Dressed, a podcast on fashion history, which was both fun and informative. I don’t think it really shows in this blog, but I’m something of a fashion history nerd (I’m not wearing period costumes though). The show is quite promising, I will investigate their back catalogue with pleasure.

I also tried Science Diction, which was advertised on Radiolab, but I haven’t got the right understanding of it yet. As an ethymology podcast (the know on wood episode), it didn’t really hold my interest. But their 3-part series on Myers-Briggs is fascinating. I had no clue that neither Myers nor Briggs were scientists, and that the test was as disputed as it is popular and widespread.

Lastly, I made another attempt at the show Surviving Sarah, but it left me a bit “meh”, and I don’t think I’ll add it to my regular rota.

The most informative episode of the week: Sinica podcast on corruption in China. The scholar Yuen Yuen Ang makes an argument for 4 different types of corruption that don’t impact an economy and society in the same way. Also, this analysis shows how corruption does exist in Western countries as well, but in other forms.

The most practical episode of the week: 10 Things to tell you, Wardrobe tips. Very timely for me. The idea that I should put aside clothes that no longer work for me but remain dear to my heart is genius. I used to agonize over those to donate them or wear them, both options I am not ready to do.

The most inspirational episode of the week: The Next Right Thing. Recording what we learn is precious. I’ve done it several years ago and I should probably do it again.

What podcast is making your days more awesome?