Pastime Favorites

Some of our favorite podcasts

by Pastime

    Pastime Favorites

    Oct 22 2018

  • The Daily / Who’s Allowed to Vote in Georgia?

    One candidate made a name for herself trying to register voters. Another rose to prominence trying to purge them from the rolls. We look at how one of the most closely watched governor’s races in the country became a battle over whose vote counts. Guest: Astead W. Herndon, who covers national politics for The New York Times. For more information on today’s episode, visit

  • How I Built This with Guy Raz / Tempur-Pedic: Bobby Trussell

    At age 40, Bobby Trussell's promising career in horse racing hit a dead end. With bills to pay and a family to support, he stumbled across a curious product that turned into a lifeline: squishy-squashy memory foam. He jumped at the chance to distribute Swedish memory foam pillows and mattresses to Americans. Tempur-Pedic USA began by selling to chiropractors and specialty stores, providing one of the first alternatives to spring mattresses. Today, the company is one of the largest bedding provid...more

  • Lovett or Leave It / Mitch’s Brew

    Mitch McConnell makes it clearer than ever that Republican’s are full of shit. We share some advice about what to do when you experience or see voter discrimination and we get a much-needed pep talk about that terrifying climate report. Guy shares his experience canvassing for the first time, the royal family just got bigger, and white women need to take a seat. Max Silvestri, Saru Jayaraman and Tre’vell Anderson join for Guy’s last week guest-hosting!

  • StartUp Podcast / Making a TV Series 1: A Complete Moonshot

    Two years ago, Gimlet released its first fiction podcast: Homecoming. Now, this November, a television series based on the hit podcast and starring Julia Roberts is launching.  Alex Blumberg was behind the scenes as Homecoming went from podcast to TV production. In this first episode, Homecoming creators Eli Horowitz and Micah Bloomberg recount the journey, from concept to podcast to pitching the show to bigtime Hollywood producers. And we hear from some of the celebrities they met along th...more

  • On Being with Krista Tippett / Arlie Hochschild — The Deep Stories of Our Time

    A creator of the field of the sociology of emotion. Treating emotion seriously in our life together. “I could see what they couldn’t see but not what I couldn’t see.” Our stories as “felt” not merely factual. Caring is not the same as capitulating. One of the voices many have been turning to in recent years is Arlie Hochschild. She helped create the field of the sociology of emotion — our stories as “felt” rather than merely factual. When she published her book, "Strangers in Their Own Land: Ang...more

  • The Totally Football Show with James Richardson / In and around

    Jimbo, Duncan Alexander, Emma Saunders and Tom Williams look back on England’s amazing night in Spain. Plus, why Gibraltar are better than Germany on current form; a bottom o’ the table clash between Cardiff and Fulham; and will it be Mou’s last stand as United head to Chelsea? RUNNING ORDER: • PART 1a: Spain 2 - 3 England - with added montage! (00m 40s) • PART 1b: Contrasting fortunes for Gibraltar and Germany (11m 40s) • PART 1c: Wales in the driving seat (14m 40s) • PART 2a: Chelsea v Ma...more

  • ZigZag / S2 EP2: Why Civil's Token Sale Failed

    Civil couldn't convince enough people that blockchain and crypto-economics were the answer to journalism’s problems. It didn't even come close to its $8m goal. But, #failure is common in the tech world. And so are pivots. On this episode, Civil Media CEO Matthew Iles acknowledges the screw-ups and explains why the company is still solvent. Plus, the second half of our Twitter and 'misinformation' explainer with research from the Knight Foundation. Can you, lawmakers, or Twitter do anything to st...more

  • Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill / Brazil on the Brink. The Saudi Regime Under Fire.

    Glenn Greenwald is host and he breaks down the rise of the most extreme right-wing candidate in the democratic world and explains why Brazil’s young and fragile democracy leaves it far more susceptible to a return of military rule. Glenn is joined by the Vice Presidential candidate on the Worker’s Party ticket running against Bolsonaro, Manuela d’Ávila, for a wide-ranging interview about Bolsonaro, the campaign she and the Worker’s Party are running, and the severe dangers posed to Brazilia...more

  • Unchained: Big Ideas From The Worlds Of Blockchain And Cryptocurrency / Listener Mail: Laura Answers Your Questions on the Markets, Velocity, Privacy and More! - Ep.88

    This week, because I was busy with my TEDx talk and my book, I decided to do an episode in which I answer your questions. Thank you to everyone who submitted one, and I'm so sorry I didn't get to all your questions. In this episode, I talk about what's necessary to gain wider adoption, how I think the next bull run will manifest and how Bitcoin would behave in a serious financial crisis. Plus, I reveal which areas of the industry I think will blossom, and which areas I'm less optimistic about. I...more

  • Everything is Alive / Chioke, Grain of Sand

    Chioke is a grain of sand. He’s not as small as he looks.

  • Song Exploder / Janelle Monáe - So Afraid

    Janelle Monáe is an award-winning musician and actress who released her first record in 2007. She’s been nominated for multiple Grammys, and starred in the Oscar films Moonlight and Hidden Figures. In April 2018, she released her third album, Dirty Computer, which includes the song “So Afraid.” In this episode, Janelle Monáe takes “So Afraid” apart, to explain how she built it, step by step—beginning with a trip to the dentist.

  • Reply All / #128 The Crime Machine, Part II

    New York City cops are in a fight against their own police department. They say it’s under the control of a broken computer system that punishes cops who refuse to engage in racist, corrupt policing. The story of their fight, and the story of the grouchy idealist who originally built the machine they’re fighting.

  • LeVar Burton Reads / Episode 36: "Morning Child" by Gardner Dozois

    Two people reconnect in a post-apocalyptic world. © 1984 by Gardner Dozois. Originally published in OMNI. Used by permission of the author’s Estate and the Estate’s agents, the Virginia Kidd Agency, Inc.This episode is sponsored by Bona Floor Cleaners (, Sierra Club (, The Great Courses (, and Calm (

  • Love + Radio / The Battle of Cumorah

    Mike Norton has a change of heart. Produced by Noam Osband. Final song: Emblem by Colin Self.

  • The New Yorker: Fiction / Roddy Doyle Reads Lorrie Moore

    Roddy Doyle joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss "Community Life," by Lorrie Moore, from a 1991 issue of the magazine. Doyle is the author of two story collections - "The Deportees and Other Stories" and "Bullfighting" - as well as eleven novels for adults, including "Paddy Clark Ha Ha Ha," which won the Booker Prize in 1993, and eight children's books. His most recent novel, "Smile," was published in 2017.

  • a16z / a16z Podcast: How to Manage a PR Agency

    with Shannon (Stubo) Brayton (@sstubo), Margit Wennmachers (@wennmachers), and Sonal Chokshi (@smc90) One of the company building topics that’s surprisingly mystifying is PR -- and only surprising since so much of the strategy and tactics behind public relations are actually hidden from public view. We've tried demystifying the topic in an ongoing series, covering everything from "the why, how, and when" of PR" and leaders building a personal brand to crisis communications. But the most freque...more

  • The Wilderness / Chapter Fifteen: The Story (with Barack Obama)

    In the series finale, Barack Obama and Jon Favreau have a conversation on the story we need to tell about America. What should the Democratic Party’s message be in 2018? Learn more: The Wilderness with Jon Favreau is presented by Honey. Join for free at