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As Indivisiblers, many of us sometimes feel disconnected from one another or even from the reality of dreary response form letters from our MOC's and MOGA's. One way we can fight that off is to remember our connections, with each other, and with others we don't even know, who are working alongside us. Another is to hear an encouraging word or two from them.
A great way to do the last part is to listen to podcasts. Think of them as modern "talk radio". You can listen and learn and engage while you commute to work, or do a household chore. I've mowed my yard, driven miles and miles to work, or done a lot of dishes while listening to podcastsIf you have a computer, or smartphone, you probably have access to a great podcast app or two. If you're on an iPhone or an iPad, I strongly recommend OverCast as a podcast "client". You can find info about it at https://overcast.fm, lovingly developed by a friendly to the movement - Marco Arment, and it's free. Android has several good ones as well, like DoggCatcher, SoundCloud, or PocketCasts. You could also use the Audible app to subscribe and listen.
Podcasts themselves are also generally free. I was asked a while back, as an unrepentant podcast addict to post some of my favorites. Here's an unordered list, with some commentary on each. This is NOT an exhaustive list, just some I listen to regularly. Links are to the podcast feed I most commonly use. You might find others in your podcatcher application.
- Politically Re-Active with W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu - W. Kamau Bell is an awesome human being who hosts a show on CNN called "United Shades of America". He's a stand-up comedian, and the show is informative as well as funny and a bit irreverent. I'd rate it PG13 for some occasional colorful language.
- The Smartest Man in the World - Have you watched Whose Line Is It Anyway? If so, you might know of the smartly coiffed Greg Proops. He has a standup each week recorded. While it's comedy, it's also pointed, and decidedly in our direction. It's NSFW, but if you don't mind the language, it's an entertaining way to get something encouraging on a Monday. Oh, and he digs baseball, but not just the white dudes. He was a featured speaker at this year's Negro Leagues Hall of Fame induction, and is a bright baseball guy. Worth the time! PS: There's a long-form interview with actual folks around the last clinic providing safe and legal abortion services to the women of Mississippi - including those who are anti-choice and those who volunteer. It's great work for a comedian to "get it" Listen!
- The Axe Files with David Axelrod - Speaking of worth the time. David Axelrod now helps run the University of Chicago's Institute of Politics, from where he sits a time or two each week with thoughtful folks on the nature of politics. This is NOT comedy, but is amazing, thoughtful, provoking, engaging, delighting. You'll find yourself transformed as you hear his interviews with Cory Booker, John Lewis, Bill Daley, Elizabeth Warren, Tom Cotton (even). Worth every second. Do it!
- Here's the Thing with Alec Baldwin - Actor Alec Baldwin also podcasts about once every other week from WNYC and has in depth interviews that often veer into politics and creative processes with actors, musicians, lawyers, politicos, etc. Not always politics and activism, but you'll leave the time having done some good thinking.
- Lovett or Leave It - Crooked Media, the guys who brought us Keeping it 1600 last year, now bring us a slew of great podcasts [ see below ! ]. This one is a "tonight show" style take on politics with a panel and standing "bits" like "The Rant Wheel", "Ok- Stop", and others. Think of it like a long form, awesome political sketch comedy/variety show/improv time. It's funny and a great way to start your Friday (when it typically releases).
- MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show audio podcast - I almost never get to watch Rachel live. But, I can listen to the show, uninterrupted by commercials while I do the dishes. Just subscribe already!
- Pod Save America - Oh how I love thee, Crooked Media! This show replaced Keeping It 1600, and comes out usually twice a week. Another insta-subscribe.
- Pod Save the World - Crooked Media on Foreign Policy. Perhaps more bright people on a podcast than are in the entire current 45 state dept establishment.
- The Trump Survival Guide by Gene Stone - Some local NC folks have been interviewed here, including our very own Peter Wilbur from the Indivisible Greensboro team.
- With Friends Like These - Ana Marie Cox, formerly of MTV News and many other outlets has a super thoughtful, wide-ranging conversation with loads of interesting people. Sometimes challenging, but always engaging.
Other Good Stuff
- 60 Second Science - quick 2 minute snippet of actual, SCIENCE! from Scientific American. Certainly better than our EPA administrator seems to be doing.
- Bullseye with Jesse Thorn - not politics really at all, but a smart conversation on creative media. I considered my mind blown when just one verse of JayZ was deconstructed in the "Out Shot" segment about a year ago. Give it a whirl. Not everyone's cup of tea, but certainly interesting.
- Still Untitled: the Adam Savage Project - Did you watch Mythbusters? This is that eyebrow-singed, master propmaker and creative genius Adam Savage. Each week his crew from Tested.com discuss making stuff, science tours, the Maker movement, and being smarter, more test-y folks.
- TED Talks audio - Technology. Education. Design. Have you ever wondered if clouds could buy us time to solve climate change? Or if the refugee crisis is a test of our character? Or wanted to hear from someone who found that science didn't understand her children's rare disease until she herself studied it? Those are topics in my unlistened queue as I write this. These talks are designed to be short, punchy, full of brilliant, BRILLIANT content. You will not fail to think, to learn, to grow by listening to these. Be challenged and informed! TED talks are awesome.
- The Tim Ferriss Show - Tim Ferriss is famous for The Four Hour Work Week, the Four Hour Body, and the Four Hour Chef, and his newest book: Tools for Titans [ all recommended ]. However, he talks each week with world-class performers. His interview with Ezra Klein from Vox was terrific, as was his talk with Cory Booker. He also talks with folks who make amazing bodies or make incredible creative successes. Be inspired, learn something, experiment. Hack yourself.
- Accidental Tech Podcast - If I had to listen to only one nerd podcast: this is that show. It started out as an innocent set of asides from two veteran tech podcasters, Marco Arment and John Siracusa, and a mutual friend, while mostly talking about "cars". They gravitated back to talking about tech, primarily Mac's and mobile. They're funny, and nerdy, and fantastically excellent and thorough. They're decidedly pro-woman. Worth your time.
- Freakonomics Radio - Stephen Dubner's podcast that partners with the explorations of incentives and stories to learn about the hidden side of economics.
- Pod4Ham - Did you love Hamilton? Would you like to hear some folks talking about each track from the cast recording for about 30 minutes each episode? Then, this is the podcast for you. They take each track in depth, and their run is completed, so you don't even have to wait between episodes like I did. Join the craze. You'll be back, time will tell, remember that I served you well. Oceans rise, empires fall. We will see each other through it all, and when push comes to shove... you'll probably listen to this podcast.
- Radiolab - Public Radio podcast on a wide range of in depth topics. Amazing sound quality, amazing stories. Your brain will go on overload. A favorite? Now deceased Oliver Sacks. Just listen, then we'll talk.
I personally subscribe to a bunch more, but many are related to other interests outside our scope. Ping me on Facebook for other recommendations.