For people who love hiking…

This podcast is for you, especially if you have ever dreamed of thru-hiking.

I listened to Sounds of the Trail on a recent long-drive. I suggest you skip the first two episodes and go to the third where the podcast really finds its footing, so to speak.

Some episodes focus on particular topics, like hiking with a partner or what hikers do off the trail. Otherwise, it follows a few hikers making their way either on the AT or PCT. Listen to the podcast to unscramble those acronyms.

It’s refreshing and transporting to hear people being  sopassionate about the outdoors and nature. The blister and poop tales of the trail are not for the squeamish, but this does give you a good idea of what it’s really like to do a thru-hike.  I will settle for listening all about it.

Valentine’s, Short and Long…

Planet Money put out a tribute to writers they love. It’s a cute, fun, and fast episode. Plus, you learn a few things, like the history of the Q-tip and how time travel is “the essence of finance.”  Planet Money, make this an annual thing!

Meanwhile, Tim Ferris has a long interview/Valentine with Seth Godin.  I guess I am drinking the Koolaid on one or both of these guys because I found it very interesting. “Money is a story.” Also, Seth Godin can go deep on the genre of sci fi literature. I mean, he has rules for sci fi and I respect that kind of commitment.

Any other sweet podcasts I’m missing? Let me know!



“Then I went and made a bad movie…”

This amazing Jamie Foxx interview on the Tim Ferriss Show has wrecked/made my day.

I had planned to write about how you don’t have to subscribe to podcasts. You don’t have to listen to every episode, except Serial Season 1.  You can just dip in, check out a few episodes, and leave.

I had done that with the Tim Ferriss Show. I’m not a regular listener but there was one episode I really liked. So I went back to find it. Scrolling through, I saw an episode in which Tim interviews Jamie Foxx. Except…

Except Tim doesn’t interview Jamie. Jamie Foxx talks and talks and tells amazing stories that end with “and that kid was Jay-Z” and “Then I went and made a bad movie” or “Ed Sheeran slept on that carpet.”

Amazing life story. Who knew?


Favorite Episode(s): Criminal

I was going to pick just *one* favorite episode of Criminal. I was going to pick “He’s Neutral,” a wonderful true story about the good side of human nature.

But visiting the site and browsing the episodes, I found myself thinking, “Oh, loved that one,” “Oh, that’s a really good one.”  Criminal is not Serial on a variety of topics. It’s stories about interesting and unusual crimes and criminals, and criminal detection.  It’s interesting and funny and sweet and sad.  It’s well-produced without a lot of fluff.

So browse the Criminal site and see what interests you there.

A few others I like: Ex Libris  (about a book theif,)  Gil from London (is your mom dating?), and Pearl Bryan (a crime becomes folklore).

What’s your favorite episode?


When You Need (Imaginary) Friends…

Like when you have moved across the country to a place where you don’t have any friends…That’s when imaginary friends can come in handy. Podcasts are a great resource for this, a friendly place where you can check in and laugh, where they talk about the type of things you’re interested in (tv, movies, current events, Kanye’s Twitter feud–wait a minute…) in a way that I’m interested in (serious to semi-serious to funny).

Here’s a quick list of some podcasts that for me feel like listening in on friends. Jam SessionCall Your GirlfriendHis & HersHappier

I used to be big on Slate Double X Gabfest, but I’m taking a break. It can be a bit too one-note for me…

Of course your imaginary friends may differ. Who are your podcast friends?



Too Much Kanye

I listen to gossip apparently. I know this because at least 3 podcasts I listened to this week  highlighted the most recent Kanye West twitter feud.

I do like gossip.  There are times when that’s what I want to hear. Some entertaining people chatting about current events. But enough is enough, even for me….I changed over to State of the Arts for a fascinating discussion on conservation.

Gossip I listened to this week:  Call Your GirlfriendJam Session, and I think the third was Jalen and Jacoby.

Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up Your Phone

A tech show called Note to Self is running a short series on getting a handle on technology, called Infomagical Challenge.  Some good stuff here, including FOMO vs JOMO and ways to stop being overwhelmed by technology.

I like the episode based on Marie Kondo’s life-changing magic of tidying up as applied to your phone. Simply active the apps on your phone, touch each one and decide if it brings your joy. No? Delete it!  Hilariously, the reporter who does this gets his apps down to an impressive…81. 81!!!

Bonus points for this series for being short, 7 -15 minutes a piece. You can get through these quickly.



The Mystery of Serial Season 2

There are those that like it. My friend Joel finds it more interesting than the first, and Joel’s got good taste.  A lot of people on this Reddit thread like it.

But where’s the talk about it?  The articles, the tweets, the buzz? This season is clearly not as buzzy as Season 1, which was a real live, honest-to-goodness phenomenon.  When Season 2 started, there was a lot of articles. Since then…not much…

Me, I tried. I find the political situation in Afghanistan interesting. I find the military aspects interesting. I do not find Bowe Bergdahl very interesting.  Episode 4 was the most interesting for me, probably because it had less Bowe in it.  Episode 4 got into how the military handles personnel recovery, the bureaucracy behind it, and so on. Interesting. Then, Bo’s friend Kathy tries to file a missing person’s report on him in Portland. And…I’m out.

I get that Serial is not going to be a whodunit every season, though starting your podcast with a whodunit will set up that expectation.  It is very well-produced, even using someone else’s interview.  I don’t care that the show is coming out every other week, although that’s only adding up to one more episode.

I’ll check back in, I guess. Or just wait for Season 3.