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Adolescence is a marketing tool

This is a newsletter for podcast lovers. Every week, you will get five (or more) recommendations for great audio shows. Expect a mix of old and new, of tech and media, of culture and music and of course, of random silliness.

by Audiosearch

    Adolescence is a marketing tool

    Jan 31 2017

  • Billy Bookcase

    50 Things that Made the Modern Economy is a podcast with really short episodes, just 8 minutes or so. And as I’m about to move, how could I not listen to the one about the Billy Bookcase? Disclaimer: I own two of them.

  • What Trump's Tweets Mean for Twitter, and Democracy

    Decrypted tries to find out what Trump’s tweets mean for Twitter and for democracy, diving deep with two former Twitter employees who should have at least some of the answers.

  • #608: The Revolution Starts At Noon

    I rarely recommend This American Life episodes because we all know how great the show is and I would end up putting an episode or two in here every single time. But today I had to, once again: This episode about the aftermath of the election is just too good. Who are the people who are super stoked? Who is living in fear now? Listen, really!

  • The "How Does an Inaugural Parade Announcer Work?" Edition

    Charlie Brotman announced his first inaugural parade in 1957. He then announced every single one after that. Until 2017, when Trump’s team fired him. A look back at the inaugural parades of the past 50 years and the things Charlie has learned from them, on Slate Working.

  • "Busted" #1: The Poverty Tour

    Busted is a five-part series by On the Media about America’s poverty myth. Brooke Gladstone travels the country, looks at history and talks to experts about welfare, poverty and money in the United States.

  • The Crowd Made You Do It

    How political can crowds be? An investigation by Only Human.

  • Two Men and a Baby, The Final Episode

    Strangers has reported on Patrick and Steve and their foster daughter for nearly three years. I’ pretty sure that I have mentioned the Two Men and a Baby episodes here before. And a couple of days ago, a new episode dropped, where we finally find out what happened to them – and what the name of their daughter is.

  • Chapter 85: The Inimitable Roxane Gay

    Roxane Gay is a (inter)national treasure, as you can hear on this episode of Lit Up.

  • Solange - Cranes in the Sky

    SOLANGE! Cranes in the Sky, explained in detail, on Song Exploder. Loving it!

  • I Had Babies To Pay For My Baby

    Sarah was 19 years old when she had her daughter. The bills from her hospital stay added up to about $10,000. She didn’t know how to start paying off her debt. So she became a surrogate. Sarah’s story, on Death, Sex & Money.

  • Can he tweet that?

    Can He Do That? is probably the most adequately named politics podcast, by the Washington Post. The first episode is called Can He Tweet That? and yes, it’s about Trump’s tweets. I really like this format and am excited to see where it goes.

  • #218: The Most Feared and Well-Liked Journalist in Silicon Valley - Kara Swisher

    After being able to interview the great Kara Swisher myself (still in awe of her), I’m devouring every interview she gives anywhere else. Like on the Tim Ferriss Show. Even if you are not interested in tech and reporting, this is a great interview to listen to.

  • The Great Office Coffee Election

    Complaining about office coffee, the one thing that we all have in common (or do we? Actually, our office coffee is really good. But I remember the days of bad office coffee and I feel for you). One woman tried to get better coffee in her office, by having an ultimate companywide taste test. Which coffee won? Find out on The Sporkful.

  • Adolescence is a marketing tool

    Jan 12 2017

  • 044 - Ashley Ford - Writer, Editor and Speaker

    Ashley was also on Oh Boy by Man Repeller (already in December but I only listened to it now) where she talks to Jay Buim about the importance of great teachers and Oprah as an inspiration.

  • Lin-Manuel Miranda

    You can also hear [Terri Gross'] amazingness in her interview with Lin-Manuel Miranda on Fresh Air.

  • Episode 226: Terry Gross

    Highly highly highly recommended: Fresh Air host Terry Gross on the Longform podcast. She's just so amazing!

  • An Even More Perfect Union?

    1A is a new politics podcast by NPR and WAMU (the title is inspired by the First Amendment). This episode is about the political system of the US: Is there a better one? What could a makeover look like? Host Joshua Johnson talks to experts as they try to figure this whole thing out.

  • I'm a 5, He's a 10

    Branded podcasts can go into two directions: They are either super obvious about the company behind them and purely commercial – or they try to tell stories that have something to do with the general thing the company does, but don't bother you otherwise. DTR (which stands for Define the Relationship, as I learned) is a branded podcast by Tinder and Gimlet Creative and I really like it, because for me, it falls into the second category. It's about dating (of course it is) and in this episode, ho...more

  • 1 | Bathtub Murder

    Hollywood & Crime is a new show by Wondery – and the title gives it away: it's about crime in Hollywood (duh). It follows the story of Elizabeth Short who was murdered in LA in 1974 and who is known as the Black Dahlia. What I didn't know: More than a dozen other women also died around the same time, and this podcast tries to bind all these murders together. I thought I had enough of true crime shows but this one is well produced and I like that it focuses on one larger story.

  • Red State, Blue State, Gay Twins

    Scott and Julie are twins. He lives in New York, she lives in Idaho. Both are gay – and on Sex Lives, they talk very openly about growing up together and how they are now living pretty different lives.

  • #108 Boobs

    BOOBS! A whole episode about boobs, on The Longest Shortest Time. This might sound kind of banal, but listening to the stories that are told within the episode is anything but.

  • Episode XVII: The Window

    What does the political change happening in the US mean for Marlo Mack and her transgender daughter? First of all: More paperwork. Another very personal episode of How to Be a Girl that had me shed a tear in the last minute or so.

  • Episode 57: Slanguage

    What are all the lols and likes doing to our language? And why are they an inevitable part of the evolution of language? I'm still thinking about this Hidden Brain episode on slang days after listening to it (OK, it's been two days, but still, that's a long time to think about something like that while also working and living a life and stuff, right?!)

  • Adolescence is a marketing tool

    Dec 29 2016

  • Best of 2016 with Bill Simmons, Heben Nigatu, Tracy Clayton and Ezra Edelman | Episode 15

    Still Processing is hosted by Jenna Wortham and Wesley Morris, both of whom I admire a lot. Their show started in September and I haven’t missed a single episode since. Jenna and Wesley are talking about everything culture, from a journey to the Black Smithsonian to black male sexuality.

  • Ep. 62: The Road Ahead in 2017

    Obviously, politics dominated this year. While I listened to A LOT of politics podcasts, Keeping it 1600 by The Ringer became one of my favorites. It is hosted by Jon Favreau, Dan Pfeiffer, Jon Lovett and Tommy Vietor – all former aides to President Obama, so you know right away that the know the game (and whose side they are on).

  • Episode 4: My Feet Are Highly Rated (ft. @MaraWilson)

    Strangers from Twitter is a show that I have discovered very recently but I LOVE IT. It’s an interview show hosted by Lauren Duca and Brett Arnold and in every episode, they sit down with someone at least one of them only knows from Twitter. And their Twitter and my Twitter are so similar that I love to listen to every single conversation.

  • Episode 6: Which Boi?! (ft. @myhairisblue)

    Strangers from Twitter is a show that I have discovered very recently but I LOVE IT. It’s an interview show hosted by Lauren Duca and Brett Arnold and in every episode, they sit down with someone at least one of them only knows from Twitter. And their Twitter and my Twitter are so similar that I love to listen to every single conversation.

  • Episode 7: Denny's Please RT (ft. @amberdiscko)

    Strangers from Twitter is a show that I have discovered very recently but I LOVE IT. It’s an interview show hosted by Lauren Duca and Brett Arnold and in every episode, they sit down with someone at least one of them only knows from Twitter. And their Twitter and my Twitter are so similar that I love to listen to every single conversation.

  • #7: Too Old for Meet Cute

    This is my personal comeback highlight of the year: Why oh Why! Andrea Silenzi’s show about dating and relationships is the best and I’m so happy it is back and bringing me joy episode after episode. If it’s a comeback, why did I put it into the new show bulk? Well, the show feels different than it used to. But in a good way! It's fabulous! Really!

  • Episode 9: Zayn

    The Buzzfeed Pod Squad did it again: See Something Say Something is the political pop cultural podcast we all needed this year. Hosted by Ahmed Ali Akbar, it’s about being Muslim in America. I was hooked from the first episode on, when Ahmed, Nabiha Syed and Johana Bhuiyan talk about having to speak for all Muslims (hell no!) and playing Halal or Not.

  • 6. Tracy Clayton: Hamilton Privilege

    2016 will go down in history as The Year That I Got To See Hamilton! I’m obsessed with the cast album and now the mixtape, so The Room Where It’s Happening, a Hamilton podcast, is right up my alley. They also had Alex Horwitz on the show and Jasmine Cephas Jones and Anthony Ramos (and if you don’t know Hamilton, you probably have no idea who those people are and that’s totally fine, too).

  • Episode 1 - Election Night

    Terms is the only fictional show that made this list of new shows. As I have mentioned before, I’m not the biggest fan of audio drama, but this show I binged through (or at least, through the first six episodes that are out so far). It’s about a president-elect who won through a very controversial electoral college victory. Sounds familiar? Yeah, I know, it also feels familiar. And this is probably what makes it so great.

  • #1 Buzz

    Heavyweight has to be on this list, and the first episode is enough for that. If you only listen to one podcast episode from this list, this should be it. You need another reason? Jonathan Goldstien! He was the best on WireTap (RIP) and he is still the best. Especially when he makes his father and his father’s estranged brother meet again – after decades.

  • #13 Make Man Buns Great Again

    If you like hilarious smart black women, 2 Dope Queens is your show. It’s hosted by Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson and it’s AWESOME! You’ll laugh so much that your stomach will ache.

  • George Washington: The man, the myth, the legend

    The election really took a toll on me. And I don't only mean the outcome. For months, I followed the news too closely and was upset all the time. One thing that helped me through it was Presidential, a podcast about all former (and current) presidents, who they really were and what their legacy looks like. I'm really sad that the show is over and I'm glad that I still have some episodes left to listen to.

  • 0: Sad Nora and the Secret Baby

    I knew that I would love Terrible, Thanks for Asking even before the first episode aired. Why? Well, they put out an Episode #0. And it made me cry and cry and cry, in a sad way but also in a cathartic way where you are glad that you got to listen to this story even though it was a sad one.

  • HaterNation

    MTV has started a whole bunch of podcasts this year (yay!) but Speed Dial is my favorite. The show is hosted by Doreen St. Félix and Ira Madison III and they talk pop culture and being black and it’s giving me so much life!

  • #8: How Will I Know

    This is my personal comeback highlight of the year: Why oh Why! Andrea Silenzi’s show about dating and relationships is the best and I’m so happy it is back and bringing me joy episode after episode. If it’s a comeback, why did I put it into the new show bulk? Well, the show feels different than it used to. But in a good way! It's fabulous! Really!

  • 7. Anthony Ramos: Making Life Onstage

    2016 will go down in history as The Year That I Got To See Hamilton! I’m obsessed with the cast album and now the mixtape, so The Room Where It’s Happening, a Hamilton podcast, is right up my alley. They also had Alex Horwitz on the show and Jasmine Cephas Jones and Anthony Ramos (and if you don’t know Hamilton, you probably have no idea who those people are and that’s totally fine, too).

  • 4. Jasmine Cephas Jones: My Jaw Dropped

    2016 will go down in history as The Year That I Got To See Hamilton! I’m obsessed with the cast album and now the mixtape, so The Room Where It’s Happening, a Hamilton podcast, is right up my alley. They also had Alex Horwitz on the show and Jasmine Cephas Jones and Anthony Ramos (and if you don’t know Hamilton, you probably have no idea who those people are and that’s totally fine, too).

  • 10. Alex Horwitz: Rolling Cameras on Hamilton

    2016 will go down in history as The Year That I Got To See Hamilton! I’m obsessed with the cast album and now the mixtape, so The Room Where It’s Happening, a Hamilton podcast, is right up my alley. They also had Alex Horwitz on the show and Jasmine Cephas Jones and Anthony Ramos (and if you don’t know Hamilton, you probably have no idea who those people are and that’s totally fine, too).

  • A Journey to the 'Blacksonian' | Episode 5

    Still Processing is hosted by Jenna Wortham and Wesley Morris, both of whom I admire a lot. Their show started in September and I haven’t missed a single episode since. Jenna and Wesley are talking about everything culture, from a journey to the Black Smithsonian to black male sexuality.

  • Nudity Clause | Episode 8

    Still Processing is hosted by Jenna Wortham and Wesley Morris, both of whom I admire a lot. Their show started in September and I haven’t missed a single episode since. Jenna and Wesley are talking about everything culture, from a journey to the Black Smithsonian to black male sexuality.

  • The Reckoning | Episode 10

    Still Processing is hosted by Jenna Wortham and Wesley Morris, both of whom I admire a lot. Their show started in September and I haven’t missed a single episode since. Jenna and Wesley are talking about everything culture, from a journey to the Black Smithsonian to black male sexuality.

  • #1: Dan Savage

    Ever since the first rumors about a genealogy podcast by Gimlet Media came up, I was excited for it to start. Now, Twice Removed hosted by A.J. Jacobs is two episodes in and I’m a huge fan. I cried when listening to the first episode with Dan Savage – and I loudly screamed “What? Nooooo!” during it, too. Good thing I was home in my apartment and by myself.

  • Dear Prudence: The “Missing the Point” Edition

    I have been in love with Dear Prudence for years and when I heard that there was a podcast on the way, I was thrilled. THRILLED. I only have alerts for a handful of shows, but Dear Prudence was on the list even before the first full episode aired. Now, every time a new episode is published, I get a push notification. And then I’m torn: Should I listen to it right away? Or should I save it for later? One thing that makes the podcast even better than I could have ever expected: Mallory Ortberg aka...more

  • Adolescence is a marketing tool

    Oct 23 2016

  • #4: Hillary Clinton Sex Dream

    I’m a huge fan of Why oh Why, Andrea Silenzi’s show about love, dating and relationships. It was on hiatus for way too long but now it's back (with Panoply) and seeing it in my podcast feed again made me so extremely happy! What I love about it is how whimsical and tender the show is. It’s never snarky or mean but always funny and thought-provoking. Start with the first episode about men and dating, or with the forth about a women painting sexy nudes of Hillary Clinton. And then listen to the re...more

  • #1: The Single Straight Guy Focus Group

    I’m a huge fan of Why oh Why, Andrea Silenzi’s show about love, dating and relationships. It was on hiatus for way too long but now it's back (with Panoply) and seeing it in my podcast feed again made me so extremely happy! What I love about it is how whimsical and tender the show is. It’s never snarky or mean but always funny and thought-provoking. Start with the first episode about men and dating, or with the forth about a women painting sexy nudes of Hillary Clinton. And then listen to the re...more

  • Adolescence is a marketing tool

    Aug 23 2016

  • Episode 1

    A message from outer space, received 70 years ago. And nobody knows what it says. The problem: The people who listen to it die. Start with Episode One of The Message.

  • Adolescence is a marketing tool

    Aug 16 2016

  • Ep. 28 - In Which I Say "Somber" A Lot

    Eliza is 17. She lives in New York and she's got a podcast in which she explains the world of teenagers (she's also Gretchen Rubin's daughter). Her show is eye-opening and sweet and earnest. In this episode of Eliza Starting at 16, she says somber a lot because – guess what – teenagers also have anxiety: about school, stress and gloomy weather.

  • Gun Control (Pt 2)

    Guns and gun control are an issue that divides the US (and many other countries). And everyone has their opinion on it. But what does the science say? Science Vs takes a look at guns, gun deaths and gun control, in a two-part episode. All myths debunked, all facts explained. It's also produced beautifully!

  • Oil #1: We Buy Oil

    Planet Money has started a really interesting series about oil. Their plan is to buy 100 barrels of crude oil and then track its way from the ground into your car tanks. Remember the Planet Money T-Shirt Project? This is really similar, but with oil (if you don't know about the t-shirt project, you can listen to it here). Two episodes out so far, there will be five in total.

  • Episode 48: Eight Years

    For the last eight years, Melissa Anelli has been stalked. Eight years! Why? Because she is running a Harry Potter fan site. How fandom turned to death threats, on Criminal.

  • Andra Day - Forever Mine

    Andra Day! On Song Exploder! Oh, I could listen to her voice all day long (no pun intended).

  • Episode 26 with June Eric-Udorie: On Writing Creative Essays & Why We Need Less Talk, More Action

    I find June Eric-Udorie fascinating: She is just 18 years old and has had her wonderful work published in Rookie, The Guardian and The Pool, among others. On Ctrl Alt Delete, she talks to host Emma Gannon about writing essays and what to do after graduating.

  • Me and My Therapist

    Therapy should be helping people. But what happens if your therapist is not really a therapist? Or if they are the one needing therapy? Or if you are really (and I mean really!) attracted to them? Only Human with an exploration of the different and difficult relationships between therapists and their clients.

  • Say My Name, Say My Name (Correctly, Please)

    My Starbucks name is Carol. Sara is so easy but people still manage to butcher it all the time. So I just don't let them. But what if your name is way more complicated? Code Switch talked to Aparna Nancherla and Maz Jobrani about their names and how it feels when people just can't get them right.

  • Ep 33: Body Image

    In every episode of Monocycle, Leandra Medine picks one topic to talk about on a very personal level for any time between 5 and 15 minutes. To me, it always feels like a short therapy session or pep talk. And that was especially true for this one about Body Image.

  • Adolescence is a marketing tool

    Aug 09 2016

  • Jerry Curl

    Jerry Curl was "deep in the closed", as she says herself. Growing up in the projects on the east side of El Paso, accepting that she was gay and coming out to her family was hard. But then, it was her grandmother who helped her out with her first outfit as a drag performer, as Jerry tells on ARRVLS.

  • Episode One: Off The Mat, Off The Grid: 8/1/16

    Back in high school, Alex and Kevin were friends. They were both wrestlers and the sport kept them together. But then, Miami changed and so did their lives. Alex started selling drugs and became a big name in the business. And Kevin? Kevin became a DEA agent. Two former high school wrestlers, on two sides of the War on Drugs. This story is incredible! So far, I have listened to the first two episodes of Pin/Kings and I'm hooked! (I only stopped listening to write this newsletter) There will be 1...more

  • Is Beyonce Holding Sia Captive?

    Did you know about the Brazilian conspiracy theory that Beyoncé is holding Sia captive? If not, Internet Explorer's got you covered. This is the second to last episode of the podcast before a hiatus and I know quite a lot of people who will miss the show dearly, me included.

  • Blame Game

    When I listened to the first episode of Malcolm Gladwell's Revisionist History, I didn't like it. Now, I gave the show a second chance, and listened to the episode about the 2009 Toyota scandal, the one where cars accelerated without any reason. Gladwell took a closer look at what really happened then, with a conclusion that I hadn't heard before: It was not Toyota's fault after all. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this podcast episode, all the issues that I had listening to the first one got ...more

  • #17.5 Untangling Flossgate 2016

    Is Flossing really Surprisingly Awesome? An investigation including a visit at the dentist's. Also, an encore episode: Is the AP article that says that you never need to floss again really true? Untangling Flossgate 2016!