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Some of our favorite podcasts

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    Pastime Favorites

    May 27 2020

  • Twenty Thousand Hertz / #95 | Makin' Whoopee!

    Farts have been funny to humans for thousands of years. This basic bodily function has countless nicknames around the world, but our fascination with farts is probably best illustrated by the simple whoopee cushion. In this episode from the podcast Brought to You By, Charlie Herman reports on the history of the whoopee cushion and why we can't help but laugh when we hear that sound.Twenty Thousand Hertz is produced out of the studios of Defacto Sound and hosted by Dallas Taylor. Follow the show ...more

  • Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill / The Disenfranchiser: Donald Trump’s Attack on Voting Rights and the Threat to Native Sovereignty

    The modern Republican Party has mastered the art of voter suppression and gerrymandering, but the president is now seeking to exploit the pandemic to aid these efforts. In between tweets accusing Joe Scarborough of being involved with the death of an intern decades ago and spending time on the golf course as the U.S. neared 100,000 coronavirus deaths, Trump has offered an overwhelmingly fictional narrative about Democratic voter fraud punctuated by warnings of the election being illegitimate bef...more

  • Up First / Wednesday, May 27, 2020

    Protests erupted and now four Minneapolis police officers have been fired after the death of George Floyd, a black man who died while in police custody. Also, Twitter adding fact-check warnings to two tweets by President Trump in which he claimed without evidence that mail-in voting was fraudulent. And, an NPR investigation found that some communities of color in Texas don't have as much access to coronavirus testing as white communities.

  • The Daily / Can the Postal Service Survive the Pandemic?

    The U.S. Postal Service has survived the telegraph, the fax machine and the dawn of the internet. But will it survive coronavirus? Guests: Nicholas Fandos, who covers Congress for The New York Times and Derek Harpe, a Postal Service worker with a mail route in Mocksville, N.C. For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily Background reading: With the coronavirus threatening the Postal Service’s financial viability, a rescue for the organization has become a politi...more

  • Today, Explained / One giant leap for SpaceX

    For the first time in almost a decade, an American rocket is launching people into space. The Verge’s Loren Grush explains why the launch could fundamentally alter the future of spaceflight. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Unchained / Ready Layer One: Who Competes With Ethereum? - Ep.174

    This week’s Unchained is my panel at Ready Layer One! We talk everything layer one with four key players and projects -- Illia Polosukhin of NEARprotocol, Zaki Manian of Cosmos, Rob Habermeier of Polkadot, and Arthur Breitman of Tezos — to find out how these projects plan to compete with Ethereum and attract developers and users. We discuss:  What platforms they are building and at which stage in development they are  How they differentiate themselves from Ethereum, and what problems they belie...more

  • The Breakdown with Shaun King / Ep. 245 - The single most underrated civil rights issue of our time

    Listen to today's episode on what Shaun thinks is the single most underrated civil rights issue of our time. It's the local budget of your city and county and how much of it is going to law enforcement. Did you know that the LAPD takes up over 50% of the whole Los Angeles General Fund? It's outrageous. And we have to fight back to make these budgets actually reflect what we need.

  • TrueAnon / Episode 71 - Listen, I Wanted Quar Gossip Too (teaser)

    To hear the full episode, subscribe at http://patreon.com/TrueAnonPod A strange blog post leads us down the ugly hole of labor trafficking and indentured servitude. NATIONAL ALLIANCE FOR FILIPINO CONCERNS: http://nafconusa.org MIGRANTE INTERNATIONAL: https://migranteinternational.org

  • Wind of Change / 3. America’s Secret Weapon

    LAGOS, NIGERIA, 1961: One of America’s most beloved singers died without ever knowing that during the Cold War she had been used by the CIA. And a 40-year-old mystery resurfaces: when the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band was picked to tour behind the Iron Curtain in 1977, was an undercover CIA officer planted among their entourage?

  • How I Built This with Guy Raz / reCAPTCHA and Duolingo: Luis von Ahn

    In 2000, Luis von Ahn was starting his PhD in computer science when he attended a talk and happened to learn about one of Yahoo's biggest problems: automated bots were signing up for millions of free Yahoo email accounts, and generating tons of spam. Luis' idea to solve this problem became CAPTCHA, the squiggly letters we type into a website to prove we're human. He gave away that idea for free, but years later, that same idea had evolved into a new way to monetize language learning on the web, ...more

  • The Totally Football Show with James Richardson / Matching pink Ferraris

    98/99 brought us the highest quality of title races, John Gregory’s big mouth, and Van Hooijdonk and Di Canio behaving badly.We look back at the second week of Bundesliga action since its return, where home advantage seems to be eradicated. Rafa Honigstein joins us to preview Der Klassiker between the top two. Could a Dortmund defeat lead to a mass exodus for the club’s many stars?And Michael Cox looks to set up an Inter Totally Cup final date with Daniel Storey. Standing in his way…Jack Lang.RU...more

  • In the Dark: Coronavirus in the Delta / Coronavirus in the Delta E4: Watermelon Slim

    In the middle of a pandemic, with so many people suffering alone, it seemed an appropriate time to hear from a Delta blues singer. Enter Watermelon Slim. Support journalism with a donation to In the Dark.

  • Rabbit Hole / Six: Impasse

    An interview with PewDiePie, as he comes to grips with his influence.

  • On Being with Krista Tippett / Jacqueline Novogratz — Towards a Moral Revolution

    Moral reckonings are being driven to the surface of our life together: What are politics for? What is an economy for? Jacqueline Novogratz says the simplistic ways we take up such questions — if we take them up at all — is inadequate. Novogratz is an innovator in creative, human-centered capitalism. She has described her recent book, Manifesto for a Moral Revolution, as a love letter to the next generation.Jacqueline Novogratz is the founder and CEO of Acumen, a venture capital fund that serves ...more

  • Song Exploder / 100 gecs - Money Machine

    100 gecs is a duo, made up of Laura Les and Dylan Brady. In 2016, they put out an EP called 100 gecs, and three years later, they released their first album, called 1000 gecs. It was named the Best Album of 2019 in Vice and in The New York Times. It was also on year-end lists in Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Stereogum and more. Dylan lives in Los Angeles, and Laura in Chicago—they work remotely, sending files back and forth to each other. In this episode, the two of them break down how they made the...more

  • Criminal / Episode 140: Cowboy Bob

    In May 1991, a bank robber walked into a bank in Irving, Texas, and without speaking handed the teller a note that read, “This is a bank robbery. Give me your money. No marked bills or dye packs.” Witnesses reported that the robber was wearing a cowboy hat and a brown leather jacket. And then it happened again. And again. But when FBI agents finally got a lead, they discovered that robber wasn't who they expected at all. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already...more

  • Reply All / #161 Brian vs. Brian

    Just for fun, a guy and his friends record a Christmas song in his Living room. More than three years later, he walks into a grocery store and hears that song playing. Alex investigates. Listen to Brian Dean's version of We Wish You a Merry Christmas

  • Everything is Alive / Eugene, Tattoo

    Eugene is a tattoo, and for now, he’s staying right where he is. Featuring Eugene Cordero.

  • Embedded / Covering Covid: Essential

    The workers who produce pork, chicken, and beef in plants around the country have been deemed "essential" by the government and their employers. Now, the factories where they work have become some of the largest clusters for the coronavirus in the country. The workers, many of whom are immigrants, say their bosses have not done enough to protect them.

  • ZigZag / End of A Partnership

    Two years ago, Jen and Manoush quit their jobs and became business partners. Today their adventure comes to an end. Hear how financial and parenting pressures in the age of COVID-19 forced them to make a hard choice. And what happens to this podcast.

  • The Paris Review / 18. A Tree Grows Live in Brooklyn (A Live Recording at On Air Fest 2020)

    A special bonus episode, recorded live at On Air Fest on March 8, 2020 (just before social distancing sent everyone home), featuring a crowded room of lovely human beings enjoying an immersive live performance of The Paris Review Podcast. The show opens with excerpts of Toni Morrison’s 1993 Art of Fiction Interview, scored live by some of the musicians that created the score for Seasons 1 and 2. Then Vijay Seshadri reads his poem “Ailanthus”; Quincy Tyler Bernstine reads &...more

  • The New Yorker: Fiction / Kristen Roupenian Reads Shirley Jackson

    Kristen Roupenian joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss “Afternoon in Linen,” by Shirley Jackson, which appeared in a 1943 issue of the magazine. Roupenian’s début story collection, “You Know You Want This,” was published last year, and was just released in paperback under the title “Cat Person and Other Stories.” 

  • LeVar Burton Reads / "The Foster Portfolio" by Kurt Vonnegut

    A financial advisor meets his new client: a hardworking, unassuming man with a curious and potentially life-changing secret."The Foster Portfolio" is from WELCOME TO THE MONKEY HOUSE by Kurt Vonnegut. Copyright © 1968 by Kurt Vonnegut, used by permission of The Wylie Agency LLC.

  • Love and Radio / The Secrets Hotline: Coming this Fall

    We're launching our very first spinoff! The Secrets Hotline is coming to you this fall. Leave your own at 1-929-SECRETS (929-732-7387) or secretshotline.org.