My mother (fan favorite Peggy Lee) recently retired and has a lot more time on her hands to listen to podcasts, so I’ve decided to curate a list of three specific episodes per week for her a listen to with a brief description to accompany them. This is specifically made with her in mind, however, feel free to listen through I’m sure there will be interesting content for everyone, especially new listeners of podcasts. Links are provided below for convenience however, you can also find these shows and episodes anywhere you consume podcasts.
This week we have three shows that I have not covered before on this blog. The first is an NPR podcast entitled the “Ted Radio Hour”. The host, Guy Raz, invites TED speakers to the show to dive deeper into the talks they gave. Often times it allows for more context on a subject and answers questions that the talk may initially raise. I found that I enjoy this podcast because it is essentially a relaxed speaker expanding on a big idea that in many cases I had never heard of.
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This episode focuses on the idea of prevention in many of its forms. Each speaker has a different lens to view the idea of preventing the perceived issue. I don’t listen to this podcast as regularly as I used to, however, when this came on in my auto play list I found myself struggling to turn it off.
Hidden Brain is another NPR podcast that along the same lines of the Ted Radio Hour dives deeper into brilliant minds and big ideas. The show will say it “reveals the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, the biases that shape our choices, and the triggers that direct the course of our relationships.” However, I believe at its core this is a show about the science behind ideas we are curious about. By ideas we’re curious about, I mean all of them, not only the science based ones.
The episode I’m recommending is called:
This episode covers the phenomenon of “Summer Melt” which is when college students, (typically 1st generation college students) have completed all of their tasks to get into school however they don’t quite make it because of last minute issues. This episode talks about what one school did to stop that.
Finally, I am recommending a podcast that has effectively become a mini series as it was canceled after only one season. This is a Gimlet podcast entitled “Undone.” Undone plays with the idea that stories in the news after they have been completed do not actually end. This is to say that the story itself is only the tip of the iceberg and for the most part after it has been reported stories continue to move on beyond their perceived end.
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This episode covers the “Deacons for Defense and Justice”. I love this episode because it dispels the idea that black folks have always attempted to fight for justice in a nonviolent way. While this episode (nor I) advocate for violence when fighting for justice, this episode brings to light the idea of active resistance vs. passive resistance. This was an eye opening episode that I would recommend to anyone.