Last day of the year, last post of 2021… and a whole lot of podcasts! I hope you all were able to have a more rested week, whether you were working or not, … and I hope you might have had time for books and podcasts? I sure did, especially as I had a stupid cold (not Covid, just the regular ol’ annoying sort) that made me want to stay on the couch with my box of Kleenex and do nothing. I listened to a lot of yearly recaps and future goals while thinking of my own. I didn’t try any new podcasts this week, but hang on, I will recap this 2021 endeavor just below. Here are the podcasts of the week:
- Best of Both Worlds: 2021 in Review part 1: Favorites
- Radiolab: Mixtape: The Wandering Soul. Did you know that the US Army try to undermine Vietnamese soldiers’ morale by broadcasting eery, creepy sounds in the jungle, to let them think these were the cries of wandering souls of dead soldiers?
- Maintenance Phase: Dr. Oz. I can’t believe I used to read the articles of this guy on Oprah magazine and sort of took them seriously!
- Where Should we begin with Esther Perel: What are they now – a romantic revival
- Best of Both Worlds: 2022 Goals, an annual tradition
- Maintenance Phase: The Sleep Loss Epidemic
- ICYMI: The toothpaste mystery taking over Tiktok
- Short Wave: Want to start reading Sci-fi and Fantasy? Here’s a beginner’s guide
- Short Wave: Using Math to Rethink Gender (encore); I learnt about congressive vs. ingressive people (learn more here)
- Sinica: Psychologist George Hu on Mental Health in China
- NPR Throughline: The Monster of We; I’d never heard of Ayn Rand, but I was really fascinated by her life and theories in defense of capitalism.
- 10 Things to Tell you by Laura Tremaine #149 10 takeaways from 2021; Spoiler Alert, she’s (too!) stopping the podcast!
- Radiolab Mixtape: Help?
- Where should we begin with Esther Perel. Friendship, my reliable gift
- Happier with Gretchen Rubin #357 We reveal the yearly challenge
- Best of both worlds: Personal highlights, hits & misses
- Sorta Awesome #367 Debriefing Christmas. Just for the once, Meg and her husband’s banter was just the idle fun I needed
- American Vigilante: Episodes 7 and 8
- Radiolab: Vanishing Words
- The Next Right Thing with Emily P. Freeman #206 what worked in 2021
Over the course of 2021, I tried 86 new podcasts!! This is far more than I’d ever expected… and I’m glad I got so intentional about it. I tried so many shows that were recommended here and there and really everywhere, spanning from true crime to mom podcasts, from money to bizarre Tiktok trends… and of course there were big fat fails as well as huge successes. I can’t just pick one favorite, but here are the top ones:
- Floodlines by The Atlantic. A 8-part investigative analysis and retelling of hurricane Katrina
- The Lazarus Heist. A 10-part series about North-Korean cyber-attacks. If you think it doesn’t have anything to do with you, think again. You’re reading this on a computer or a phone, and that’s all what they need.
- NPR Short Wave. Daily short science tidbits, often something fun to talk about with the kids
- Maintenance Phase. Debunking all the myths around body image, nutrition, diet, and more, is what Michael Hobbes and Aubrey Gordon are set to do. It’s eye-opening… and if you try it starting a new diet won’t probably be among your Jan. 1st resolutions.
I want to keep trying new shows in 2022, but perhaps not at such a crazy pace, as I explore more of the back catalogue of the shows I already discovered (I confess some show titles I wrote down don’t evoke anything to me anymore… oops!). I’m aiming for 50 new shows, and so, bring your recommendations!
Now, I’ll be back to my kitchen to prepare for our NYE celebrations… I traditionally do a tall pile of waffles for the whole family 🧇🧇🧇, with my earbuds in of course! Happy new year to you all and see you next year!