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Pastime Favorites

Some of our favorite podcasts

by Pastime

    Pastime Favorites

    Apr 01 2020

  • The New Yorker: Fiction / Deborah Treisman Reads David Foster Wallace

    Deborah Treisman reads and discusses “Good People,” by David Foster Wallace, which appeared in a 2007 issue of the magazine. David Foster Wallace, who died in 2008, was the author of three short-story collections and three novels, including “Infinite Jest,” and “The Pale King,” which was published posthumously, in 2011, and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. 

  • Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill / Essential Workers and the Reverse Robin Hood Coronavirus Bailout

    Workers at Amazon, Instacart, and Whole Foods have gone on strike demanding safe work conditions. Amazon has already fired one organizer and continues to pump out misinformation and propaganda as Jeff Bezos continues to rake in billions of dollars. We hear from the fired Amazon manager Christian Smalls and talk to Jacobin magazine reporter Meagan Day about her reporting on the conditions of some essential workers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, Joe Biden’s campaign against Medicare for All...more

  • Up First / Wednesday, April 1, 2020

    President Trump issues sobering coronavirus warning. Models show it will get worse before it gets better. Dozens of sailors on the USS Theodore Roosevelt are sick after being infected with COVID-19. Renters face first of the month.

  • The Daily / The Race for a Vaccine

    Scientists are racing to make a vaccine for the coronavirus, collaborating across borders in what is usually a secretive and competitive field. But their cooperation has been complicated by national leaders trying to buy first claim on any breakthrough. Today, we explore how the fight to own a future coronavirus vaccine is revealing the boundaries of international solidarity.Guest: Katrin Bennhold, Berlin bureau chief for The New York Times, spoke with Lidia Oostvogels, who researches infectious...more

  • Twenty Thousand Hertz / #91 | Twenty Parts Per Thousand

    The stories behind the world's most recognizable and interesting smells.Throughout history, humans have gone to great lengths to indulge their sense of smell. We explore the contemporary scent industry to see how modern creatives are utilizing works of olfactory art everywhere from Disney World to high-end museums. Featuring Disney Imagineer Gary Powell and New York Time’s perfume critic Chandler Burr.Twenty Thousand Hertz is produced out of the studios of Defacto Sound, and hosted by Dallas Tay...more

  • Everything is Alive / Josh, Chainsaw

    Josh has a warning: don't get too close, but don't stay too far away either. Featuring Josh Gondelman.

  • Today, Explained / The trouble with Trump’s daily briefings

    Part rally, part media-bashing, part critical updates on the coronavirus crisis, President Trump's daily press briefings are muddying the message. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • On Being with Krista Tippett / Living the Questions: At home, frustrated and stressed — is 'just being' worthy right now?

    “If I believe that we are all inherently worthy just by being human, how can I feel that way when I feel I’m doing ‘nothing?’” — Anna Bondoc from Los AngelesSo many of us are raised to believe that hard work is what makes us valuable; many of our professions and even our identities as helpers are on hold. How does self-worth interact with just being when we feel we're doing nothing? Krista reflects on the problem with the phrase “just being” — and how settling inside ourselves right now, and kin...more

  • The Breakdown with Shaun King / Ep. 206 - Tomorrow is going to be a very, very hard day

    Tomorrow, tens of millions of Americans will be kicked off of their health insurance and be unable to pay their rent. And the nation has done virtually nothing about it. Shaun breaks down what makes this moment so devastating and ends with an action step.

  • Unchained / Why Decentralization Isn’t as Important as You Think - Ep.165

    In this essay, Haseeb Qureshi of Dragonfly Capital explains why he thinks the focus on decentralization can be overhyped. He looks at why decentralization can be important but then makes it clear, by dissecting when it is important and when it’s not, and to whom it does and doesn’t matter, that it isn’t the be-all end-all goal for every endeavor. He talks about which questions we should be asking beyond just, “is it decentralized,” and also explains why that question doesn’t even make sense.  Th...more

  • LeVar Burton Reads / "Recitatif" by Toni Morrison, Part 1

    Two young girls, abandoned by the world, are drawn together.   Content advisory: archaic/derogatory language

  • Reply All / #160 The Attic and Closet Show 2

    This week, we call people across the world.

  • The Totally Football Show with James Richardson / Die Hard henchman

    PSG had a team to drool over, Milan were permanent fixtures in the final. But 94/95 was arguably Louis Van Gaal’s finest season as a manager, leading his Ajax starlets to Champions League glory. Although Jari Litmanen was robbed of the Ballon D’Or. It’s the whole story of the campaign. From Gothenburg to Gary Walsh.In the modern day, there’s contract reshuffles at Barca, Bayern and Juve. And Benzema’s got beef with Olivier Giroud.RUNNING ORDER• PART 1: Headlines from around Europe and favourite ...more

  • How I Built This with Guy Raz / Sierra Nevada Brewing Company: Ken Grossman

    Ken Grossman was experimenting with beer before he was old enough to buy it. As a high school student in the late 1960s, he bought his first home brewing kit and mixed the ingredients in a bucket, hiding his early batches from his mother. About ten years later, before most Americans knew what craft beer was, Ken decided to build a brewery in Chico, California. With $50,000, a few piles of scrap metal and some hand-me-down dairy tanks, Ken and his partner built Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, and ...more

  • Song Exploder / Nathaniel Rateliff - And It's Still Alright

    Nathaniel Rateliff is a singer and songwriter from Colorado. He’s released four solo albums, and two with his band, the Night Sweats. Those two Night Sweats albums were produced by Richard Swift, who passed away in 2018. In a statement, his family said that he "suffered from alcohol addiction, and it’s ultimately what took his life." Nathaniel Rateliff’s new solo album, And It’s Still Alright, was supposed to be produced by Richard Swift as well, but Richard died before they could work together...more

  • Criminal / Looking for Wolves

    Our other show, This is Love, is coming back on April 1. All new stories, about animals and the wild, and what happens when we take time to look around us. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on Apple Podcasts! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for our newsletter, The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family member...more

  • Embedded / Covering Coronavirus

    We're putting together episodes about this virus and we want to hear from you. You can send us a voice memo or an email to embedded@npr.org.

  • Love + Radio / The Pandrogyne

    Genesis Breyer P-Orridge is the founding fa/mo/ther of Industrial music, a performance artist, and a very, very, very devoted husband. Originally broadcast 2013.