Peg’s Picks – July 26, 2017

me and mom

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.

The episode is called:

Prevention

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:

Summer Melt

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.

This episode is called:

The Deacons

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.

Feel free to find me on Twitter or Instagram (@ohitsbigron) and let me know what you think of these recommendations, and check out the podcasts on the ohitsbigron studios network here, and here.

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Peg’s Picks – July 19, 2017

me and mom

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.

Last Week I recommended two shows from Radiolab and since I’m catching up on episodes I’ve missed I’m back this week with one more episode.  A recap for what exactly Radiolab is covered here in last week’s post

This episode is called:

Null and Void

Null and Void talks about something called jury nullification.  It covers a few unusual cases that shape how the US expectation of the court system works as well as specific about the role of the jury.  I can’t say much more without giving too much away, but this episode was very intriguing to think about.

My next recommendation is from “Code Switch” which is an NPR podcast that covers race and identity.  They have covered topics such as the Asian American community and their views on the Black Lives Matter movement as well as “the explanatory comma” or the necessity (or not) to explain your culture to those outside of it.

This episode is called:

What’s so wrong with African Americans Wearing African Clothes?

This episode hinges on a discussion had on another podcast called “The Stoop” in which one of the contributors claimed that African Americans wearing African clothes was a form of cultural appropriation.  This was not an easy discussion and I found myself yelling at my radio at times.  You will definitely have an opinion on this one and possibly a wider opinion on the subject of cultural appropriation based on this episode.

My final recommendation comes from a Gimlet Podcast entitled ‘Reply All’.  ‘Reply All’ is billed as “a show about the internet”.  However limiting that line sounds, you would be surprised (or not) about how many stories there are on and about the world wide web.

This episode is called:

Black Hole, New Jersey

Black Hole, New Jersey is about a mysterious address in New Jersey that may or may not be fencing stolen merchandise purchased from the internet.  This episode is interesting because it reveals a peek into shipping crime as I call it.  Or the ability for things ordered from the internet and then shipped to disappear.

Feel free to find me on Twitter or Instagram (@ohitsbigron) and let me know what you think of these recommendations, and check out the podcasts on the ohitsbigron studios network here, and here.

 

 

 

Peg’s Picks – July 12, 2017

me and mom

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.

One of my favorite podcasts to listen to is called Radiolab.  Radiolab is a science-based podcast on WNYC network. You could assume that every show they do might be out of the depth of knowledge of the average listener, but they have an outstanding knack for making technical subjects conversational for non-technical people.  They have also done some of the most compelling shows on non-science topics that I’ve ever heard in podcasting. Today, I am going to recommend two episodes from their recent feed:

The first episode is called:

Nukes

Nukes addressing the question many of us have been thinking since January 20th, 2017.  That question being, how exactly does executing a nuclear strike work and are there checks and balances on a Commander in Chief with a questionable temperament.

The second episode recommendation from Radiolab is called:

Radiolab Extra:  Henrietta Lacks

I think a subtitle for this episode can be called “Literal Black girl magic”.  This episode dives deeper into Henriette Lacks unexpected contribution to science and how that affected her descendants as well as the world around you.

My last recommendation comes from a show called Criminal, which is a podcast on the Radiotopia podcast network.  This is a crime centric podcast that covers criminals, crimes, and those who are crime adjacent to include those who enforces and prosecute the laws.The episode is called:

The episode is called:

Episode 69:  Becoming Chief Brown

It covers the rise of a black police chief in Dallas TX and his relationship with his community as well as his job and how that intersected with his blackness.  It’s a very interesting look at policing and blackness when both have been very hot button issues recently.

Feel free to find me on Twitter or Instagram (@ohitsbigron) and let me know what you think of these recommendations, and check out the podcasts on the ohitsbigron studios network here, and here.

 

Time Well Spent Episode 03 – Garbage Persons

Please enjoy episode 3 of Time Well Spent with Ronald.

A Few words on Loveology

Lovelogy

About a week or so ago i posted a picture of my New Year’s Resolution which was to read through a bunch of books i bought or requested as gifts over the past year or so. There are 8 in total, however my work is really cut out for me because i checked a few of them and the print is really small. However I chose this life. That being said I started with Loveology and while it will probably be the quickest read of all of them. It has impacted me deeply already.

The book is called “Loveology” and the tagline is “God. Love. Marriage. Sex. And the never-ending story of male and female.” The author is John Mark Comer who is a pastor in Portland of “Bridgetown: A Jesus Church”.

As an unmarried man of 30 I feel like i am this book’s key demographic. While the author seems to be talking a slightly younger audience, there are theories that I have had about Sex, love and marriage that have been strengthened through the author’s study of the scripture and commentary. Other ideas I have had have been changed completely.

So as I am typing this i am having an inner debate as to whether I am going to review and recommend this book or simply reflect my feelings toward it. Between this sentence and the last i have chosen the latter.

A long time ago I read a book called “I kissed Dating goodbye” which I felt like was a little corny, contrived and tough to put in practice. I read it when i was about 22 or 23 so maybe me being younger had something to do with why it was not quite so easy for me to accept. However Loveology used scripture and painted such a beautiful picture of marriage love and sex that feels like it made something click in my head.

There is a portion of the book that talks about being single and being married and how Paul (from the Bible) says that being single is a more effective way to serve God. This passage always depressed me because it made me feel like we are supposed to live our lives single (and sexless). However using the same passage the author of Loveology showed how we should accept our singleness as a gift and then also accept our marriage as a gift. The assignment Adam was given in the garden of Eden was to both tend to the garden and the animals. Eve was created to help Adam and together they were to take on that task. (the book goes in depth here I am not doing it much justice)

So now I feel like me being unmarried is a time in which I can truly be my best and do things spiritually that I will be unable to do when I am married. However when I am married I will be able to do things spiritually (and physically) that I am unable to do now.

This book talks about dating and courtship in such a conversational tone that even the parts I did not necessarily agree with were easier to at least comprehend and contemplate. The author talks not only about God, Love, Marriage, and Sex, but he also talks about women’s equality, homosexuality, and divorce in a way that allows for both constructive conversation and reflection.

Who am I kidding? I recommend this book to most people reading this post. If you are saved and single, saved and recently married, unsaved and single, unsaved and recently married. If you are in general just interested in hearing a Christian speak about conservative values without making you feel judged. Read this book, it’s called Loveology and you can get it on Amazon or wherever books are sold.