This Week in Podcasts: 5/14/17 – 5/20/17

This Week in Podcasts a weekly roundup of mini-reviews of all of the podcasts I’ve listened to in a week. If you see any podcasts that you feel are missing from my list, there’s a good chance I haven’t listened to the show yet! Feel free to give me recommendations–as well as any feedback or discussion!–in the comments below, in my asks on tumblr, or on twitter.

This week, I also listened to the Welcome to Night Vale live show, “Ghost Stories.”

As a note, there will not be a This Week in Podcasts post, or any other post, until sometime around June 4th. I’m going to by in NYC, and then it’s my birthday week. For updates on podcasts, make sure to check my twitter and tumblr, as mentioned up above. I’ll try to post micro reviews for shows via twitter–the tumblr is mostly for podcast-related fun.


Sunday, 5/14/17

Welcome to Night Vale
“108 – Cal”

T̴̛̺͖͉̣̝͝ͅh̢̥̰̮̬͚̗̭͠e̶̶̢̩͙̼̲ ̳̭̯̼̣̤͓͘͡ṕ̸̗̮͙̲͉ŗ̺̳̰̟̫o̦͚͇̼̺̭͝b̵̪͎͚̗̳̲͡l̸̫̖̙͇̼͇e̶̟̜̰̕͡m̧̨̛̥͔͉̹̺͖̬ ̴̗̪̟͎͚w̴̯̲͓͍̟̻͠i̸̵̫͜ͅt͈̙̟̞̜h҉͖͕̫͇͓̞ ͚̳͕͜s̢̰͎̻o҉̧̺͍͎͉̰ ̧̧̩͎̦̠͍̮̳̪m̧̙̻̯̪̭̮͍͕a͏̭̳̦̣͖̯̝͞n̫̼͜y̷̩͘͜ ̢̮̲͕̞̝͈̦̼̹ŗ̴̤̥̞͓̹̮͠e̵̗̹̼̤͎̳̗c̴̢̙͕͖̯̲̫̹͘e̼͖̮͘͟͝n̮̩͜͡t̸̢̬̫̪̤͖͢ ̷̩̞̖̭̯͝e̹̝͕̙͜ṕ̙̪͇͚̝̩̬i͏͈s͚̯̦̭̝͈ǫ̵̲̬͎̟͜d̴̫͍̀e̷̡̧̥̩̬s̰͎̣ ̡̩͖̟̩o͍̩͚̜͢f̺̦̳͔͞ ̠̣̥̰̖̘͜͜W͎̙̫̰̹͎̟͟͝ͅͅe͈̳̹͇̣͜l̪̥͈̦̭͉c͘͞͏̺̺o͔͡m̥̬̩̘͈͇̯̫e͕̩̘̯͕̫͓̯͘͘ͅ ̡̣̥̝̹͢ͅt̵̴̰͈ͅo̭̝͝ ̪͓̺̪͕́͢N͎̰̟͢͡i̢͔̞͎̫g̥͎̪̫̯̝̯ḥ̢t̢̗͓͕͓̲͕ ͔̠̥͎̫ͅV̼͇̝a̶̡̱̝͡ḷ̛̛̺e҉̬̞̲͇ ͏͓̺̳̱̼̻̞͚͡ḭ̶͔͇̬̠̫͇ͅs̺̳̕ ̶͈̱̺͟͡t̛͇̳̻̻̪h̡̨͖͇̝͖͔̬̳ͅa҉̧̘̞̦̯̲͔̗t̸̮̼͠,̨͈͍̩̺͎̘͉͘͜ ̴̶̧͙̳̫͔̫̪̝ͅį̸̹͖͎̘͜n̷͚͚̹̦͍̲ͅ ̨͎̪̞̗̬͚͘g̷͖͖̟͈̝͜͞e̸̶͇̟̭̞͙̖̻͎͡n̯͚̟̮̯̘̤͟e̢̟̻̠̜r̵̪̩̕͠a̳̻̘̫̮̙ͅl̀҉҉̫͍̞̣̜̣,̡̫̫̱͔̝̺͔ ̩͍̳̬͔͈t҉̧̛̦̰̳̳̱̯͚̤h̢̦͈͡ͅe҉̳ ̫̭͙̗͕͜s̶͈̘̻̤̖͉̱̯h̜͙̙̭̜̜̗͝ọ͖͎̥̪͇̟̤ͅw̛̞͚̲͜ ̖͍̺̮͢ͅi̡̹̫͘s҉̵̫̥͙̲̪͈͕͘n͍͚̜͔̮̯͉’̧͖͙̟͉͕̰̮͢t͕͍̩͔̠̝̻͟͢ ̜͓̹̺͚͕̭͟͞g̗̥͉̖̙͎̭o̡̝̥ó̢̤̻̘̰̠̺̭̤̕d̶̖͚̼̺̗͕̕ͅͅͅ ̧̬̱a̡̳̙͉̥̥͔t̷͉͙̦̯͡͡ ̰̥s̢̢̠̘̺͢ţ̼͈͉͔̦͢͞o̢̝̮̫̫̭̜r̨̦̞̠͢͜ͅy̡͙ ̣͚̳̪á̲̹̕r̨̪̫̯̠̖̠c҉̶̨͍͉s̢̬̰̀͝.̵͈̩̀ ̲̺̳̖̹͈͖̪͡ͅT̸̼͖͞h̡͉͍̘̀e̡̦̩͈͈̬̞̹͠ ̸͏̤̖̘̬s͟҉̗̟̯͍͉͉h͎́o̵̭̖̜̝̲͉͞w̢̛̥ ̴̖̜̳ͅe͙̬̼͘x͠҉҉͙͖̹ͅc͈̩̩͟͜e͇̱̲̫̻l̥̱̭̞̟̙̯͈̫͝ś̟͎ ̸̮̼͎̥̱͞i͉͇͖͍̻͔̲ǹ̴̪̙ ҉̴̝̟͈i̴̤̹̯n̸̗͉̘̩͕͜͜t̩͓̤͟e̛͖̝̱̰̫̟̖͞r͚̲̜̲̜̖e͍̹̱̣͚͠s̴̳̰̲̣̗̠͉t͚͎i̸̢̗͇͕̗̻͙̗n̲̳͟g̹,҉̫̳͍͔̤̠̤̝͘ ͏̨͖̭̱͖ó̷̥̰n̵̬̻̲͕͓̯̯͘e̬̺̣͙͎̪͟-̣̜̼̤́͡o̶̪̝̜̙̗ͅf̶̡̺̼f͕̺̭͔ ̶͉͕̟́ͅe͔̞̺͚̼̰̙̮̲p̛̺̭̜̜̥͈̪̮í̥̺̣̯s̶̢̙͔̘͉̪̫̥o̡̲͍̗̘͇̼͓̬d̨̤̦̜̳͔̩̲̟͞e̢̩̰͔̭̳͎̫ş̴͈͙̳͎͎ ҉̛̘̼̤w͎̠͈̠̲̮̙i̜̠̙͉̰̹̪ͅͅt̸̷҉̤̬h̲̥̲͜ ̡̻̼̲̼͉̞͝ͅo̶̠v̕҉̝͔̗̗̭̟e̵̢͓̬̜̣̰̼̟̕r̞̹̙̤̹͘͜-̥̻̻́a͓͚̺͚r̴̮̼̖̫̕ͅͅç̯h̳͓̞i̠̤̱̫̙̖̞n̴̘͠g̢͉̤͇̹̥ ̭̥̪̻̝̀c͏̲̹͖̙̭̝̹͟h͈͚̖̲̩͟a̬̠̩̠̦̱̭͇̕r҉̴͖̳̻͡ͅa̸̦̦̣̰͈c̴̬̙̝̼t̵̛͎̣̳͎̠̥͙̰e̤͚̬͓̼̺ŕ̶̟̺͈ ̲̘͚͔̤͚͠ͅd̴̪͓̝̤͉̟̦e̗̫̣͜v̸̵̪͔e͏̵͎͖͉̫̯̗l̷̡̝̦͓̪̹̖̻̭̤͡o͏̺̳̫͚̩̹̀p̶͎͝m̺̯̤̘ę̱̩̟̩͈̗͔̺n̴̛̩͍͇̹̦̺t̀҉͎͎̟͚̻̭̤ ҉̖̪̜̯m̵̡͍͙̪̗̙̥̥͟ó͈̠̱͓̝̗̪m͔̖ȩ̢̩̫̟͇̱͕͉ͅn̢̬̰̝̭͖̣̦t͍̞̰̙͈̪̼̩s͕̯̹͡,̡̫͜ ̛̱̖͙̹̙̦͉͓̜͘ṋ̖̺͕̞͉̫ơ̗̞̲̥͟t̨̡̡͔̹̤̞ͅ ̝̟̖̝͝ͅs̱̞̣̪͍̤͙͚̕͜t̨̛̛̰̗͔o̟̙͓̹r̵̠̠ͅy̨̤̦͇͍̺̜ ͍̜̖̤a̶̞ŗ̳͈̠̯̮̘͖ͅc͉̘͜s̨̭̪͎̱.̰̪̯͇͘͜ ̧̥̹T̨͏̧̟̣̼͙̼͓h̘̱̩͇͟͡͞i̩̯̥̠̱͍͜s̟͘͢ ̪͙͍̼̭͚͇́͞į̦̤̰͎͔̮͡s̡̧͖̝ ̗͓̯̺w͝͏̟̠̖̰͢h̭̬̭͍̀a̰̻͕͠͡ͅt͇̭͔ ̛̫͉̹̘m̨̩̭̺͉͕a̭͡d̘̖̝͘e̩͈͘ ͙̟̮̤̣͔̥̖́ṯ̡̩͎̪̙̬͙͙͇͜͞h̵̸̺̲̪̱e̴̥̱̼̲̩͟ ̡̗̬̯̝̻f̨͚͍͇̲̠̩̩͕͠i̜͚͡r͚͇̼̤͎̻̯ͅs͔̜̺̺t̢̗̠̬͓̭̯̲̱͜ ̧̟̫̬̙̩̞͡y̴͔͚͈̙͖̞͟ȩ͎͖̰ą̛̯̝̀r͖̟̗̬͚͕͔̟̕͝ͅ,͉̮͘ ̶͔̮͈̼̖̯̮̕e̸̶̛̖͔͕̫ṉ̶͢ͅd̵̳͚̞̳͔͔̯̝̜į͚͈̖̤̬̘n͏̸̟̗͎͉͘g̶̯͖͕ ̛̜͈̯͚̳̫ͅͅi̢̠̙̞͚̭͔͎̝n͏̤̜̯̰͘ͅ ̶͉̩͔̬̦͞͡”͏͚̩̥̮̹̹͖̣̥O̢̧̠̜̠̫͍ń̖̟̬̹e̵̙͓͕̮͕͙ ͝҉̩̰Y̛͍͈̲͔̕e̞̻a̷̤̰͇͠r͔̮̲̦͖̕ ̸̛̭͓̺̫̠͠L̸̫͍͙̤̯̀̕ͅͅa̬̫͇̤̱͍̭ͅͅt̺͉́ͅḙ̵̙̗̦ŕ̸̯̦̖̲͎͘,͏̸̘͕̰͙̤̭͖̣”̠̰͓͓͔̤̼̰͞ ̱̥̗͎̣̝̬ḇ̷̖o̲̘͜͝r̥̯͈̥d̡̢̮̥̲̬e̤̙͓̰̘r̰̠̤͉̖̖̦̦l͉̟̣̯̝̲̻̗i҉̢͉̳͇̦̟̙̮͇͎ǹ̴̰͕͖̦̜e̞ ̵̯̮̪͚̲̰͖͚p̴̼̣͖̺͓ȩ̮͓̪̝͝r̥̲̜̪͓͡f̷̡͍̻̫̫͉e̴̻̹ç͖̪͚͡t̛͔͎̼̰̟;̵̨̗̻͔̟̠͎̰̬͞ͅ ̥̠̝̗t̢̻̫̪͍͎̦̥h̵̷̦̥̤i͇̻̱͇̮̝̩͉͉͡s͇͙ ̠͔̦̲̯̫́i̧̗͚͔̺͟s̸̠͜ ̥̜̲̻̺̥̭͞w̧̝͓h̖̥͘ą̨̺̦̦̺͇̟ţ̛͔͓̼̝͖͉͚̪͎ ̺̙̹̬̠m̷̶͍̯͔̠͜a̶͏̺̝̹̜d̶̳͍̗é̘̯̩͙̮͎̳ ̼̝̱͔̬͠͞ͅt̨̘̹͓͕̗h͕͉̘̖͉́ͅe͟҉̖͓͎͈ ̵̸̸͙̘͔e͇̬̟͓̮͈̖̼n̖͍̙̝̜̝ͅţ̪̖͜i̭r̘͉̟̩͙͍͞ȩ͏͈̫̺ ̸̺̦̘̝̪̹̀͡d҉͙̱̜͔̠̬̤͍͟͠ͅy̖͚̜̖i̵͈̖͇̼̭̯͜n̸͇̖̻̙̞̯̲͙ͅg̨̹̰͈͙̺͕͎ͅͅ ̵̖̼̥̕͜J̖͈̮͔o̲̬͙̜͍͖s̢͏̲̼͇i̜̲̥͜e̵҉̗͔̥̻̖͇ ͝҉̼̼a̮̠r̡̲̺̣̞c̱͎͟͝ͅͅ ̭͔͓̤͡s͏̨̟̝̟̦̣̗͡ò͍̫̕͠ ̰̻̫̳̠͍̤͕͢͠͝ͅf͕̜̱͓̟̱r̡͉̳̳̥̬͇͎u̸̡̺͙͓̞̮̹s͏͍̲̞̗̜̣̤t̷͈̺͓̳͙̦̕r͏̸̜̩̤̫̩͞à̗̩̬̰̞t͓̹̭̟̖i͢҉̙̦̠̘͓͕ṋ̨̞͍͙͜ͅg̸̡̺̖͉͝.̡̨̥̘͍̞̞̦́ ̠͕T҉̕͏͖͍ẖ̢i̴̛̤͚͚s̙̮͖̘ ̨̭͘͞ḛ̮̯̞̼p̷̹̥͟i̫͎̣̜̖̝̪̭ş̢͚̟͚o͎͇͇͉̥d͙͙̭͎e̶͏̶͕̱̩̬̰̳̖͍,͖ ҉̲̲̰̺̲̕p̡̙̝̮͢ͅa̛͖̫͕͢ͅi̶͙̝̲̥̘͕r͙̳̳̯͔͇̠͢͞ȩ̴̮d̖͟͟͝ ͘̕͏͉̜̙͙̱̠͍w̟͍͉͎͕͇͡i҉̜̭͔͘͞t͚͖͖̥̦̙̝͠h͏̨̥̳̭͓̩̻͝ ̮̙̭̟͇̠͈̳ͅt̷̰͓h͏̭̬̺͔͘e̶̡͕̝̬ ̡̡͏͕͚͕̤p̡̡̨̤͓͙̣̮̩r̠̥̦͙̮̮̤̦͘͡ę̲̤͖v̺̙̗͇i̴̩̱̯͓͇̫̟͇ó̸͈̳̤̹̼u̴̱̙̖̝s̞͙̗̫͈̥̝ ̨̪͕e̴̙̕p̱̦̣̥ͅi̭̼ṣ̘͙̠͈̹ơ̞̹̤̜̘̺͡d̷͇̙e̵̢̟͉͝,̷̛͈̯̠̺̟͇ ͏̵͕͚̘f̻͙͎̯͇́͘͢e̷͔̦̕e̸͕̩̰̤̲̟͜ͅl͞҉̥̰̬͓̜̭͍̩ ̜̲͎ͅl҉̸̰͔̭̰̠i̲̠̟̻̦̕k̛̦͢ę̙ ̢̹͓̟̪͖͢t̷̜̗h͈̘͎͖͜͞ͅe̡̠ ̷̡͉̫̘̰̬̖̙͘ͅb̢̠͕̖̻e͓̥̰g̠͔i̫̙̞̦͈̟ͅn͖̼̖͎͈̹̺͎n̙̞͈̳͞i̖̞̙̞n̜̞̮̙̱g̘̬͉̙͓̙͓ ̴̬̪̫̼͘ͅo̴̠͚̹̳̼̗͟f̹͍̖̹̘ ̵̞̟a̶͓͖̘n̡̦̠̮̜͙̭̞͢ ̥̀a̛͓̺̝̱̕͜ļ̙͇̼̣́t̵̰̻̙̥e̜̥̦͖̩̬̺̺͕r͚n̸͚̟̻̬̹̠a̧̭͈͓̮̬̹̠͕t̯̙͠͞e̢̟͍̼̪̩͖͠ ̯̦̦͘t̢͎̱̣̪i̪̖͇̣̲m̡̗͙̙e̡̙̩̺̞̣͢l͔̥i̴̯̭͈͖̼̞̣͍n̮̥̳̯͚̤̮͡e͏̶̙̯̮ͅ ̤a̷͓͕̥͠ŕ̯̺͈̰͓͔̹̩͢ć̠̜̞͓̯̪͔ͅ ̢̪͉̼͔͖͙͇t̡͖̳̰̹̦͔͈̞͎͡h͖̲̰̯a̙̲ț̙͈̲͔̟͉͎͜ ̴̯͓̻̝͇̰̙̫̤͘j͙͉͜͡ụ̦̤̯̫͠͞ͅs͙̭̤͓̦̤͟t̷͚̩̘̪͉̫̙̟ͅ ̴̼̰̝̹̫̝i̪̪̫̕ş̸̺̞͎̣̞̖̜̝n̢̯̞̫͈’̡͙̬̜͇̮͇̻͙̟ṱ̻͖͔̠̗̬͕͟͠ ̤̰̣̘i͏̡̯͉͈̕n͖t͏̦̫̬̱̭ͅe̬͎̪̘̯r̶̯͉̣͔̖͘͞e҉̼̯͕̬͙̖̼͍ş̝̣̟̠̱̣͉̗ţ̼̲̠̣͟i̸̙̦͍̟̝̖̬̩̞n̥̱̺̙̦͕̟̱͘g̨̣͎͈̙ ̢̤̙̺̫͇̹̥i̜̳̩̳̱̹̮ͅn̦̖̫̹͈̭ ̗̯̩͔̙̮͘ͅt̨̙̕ḫ̱̺͝e̥̯ ̡̰̪̩̺̻͍͓̰͟ͅs̵̤̫̥̗͟c̻͚̜̞̮̣̥o҉̵̣̮̥̟ͅp̯͔̤̹̩͍e̶̸̢̮̪̟̪̝͎͇͎ ̷̲̺͠ò҉̳̻̤͝f̲̦̹̥̤̦̙̯͡ ̨͇̰̭͈̀t͎̮̭̟̜h͚̙͓̳͞e͉̣ ͖̞̦̤͙͢͠s̸̸̬̻̜̲̤̠̱̞h̴̼͔o̴̱͍̠̺͖͡ẉ̴͍̩̠̪̣.̤̣͢͝ͅ


Monday, 5/15/17
Hello from the Magic Tavern
“Season 2, Ep 9 – Herbalists”

Another solid episode of Hello from the Magic Tavern. This episode’s guests are herbalists–essentially a halfway point between snake oil salesmen and pushers of homeopathy (though I don’t know if one can find a halfway point between a venn diagram that is effectively a circle). The episode felt classic, especially in the running joke of Adal Rifai Chunt working book title puns into as many sentences as he could.

Under Pressure
“2: Allegory of the Deep”

Like with its first episode, Under Pressure fails to impress. For now, I’m going to take a short hiatus on reviews for this show; I don’t want to be unnecessarily unkind to a show I don’t plan on sticking with week after week. Instead, I’ll summarize my feelings after the show has had more time to grow. I’ll write up a First Impressions review once it’s hit about five episodes.

Note to Self
“Wait, What IS Reality? We Investigate.”

This episode can be easily summed up in the words of guest Brooke Gladstone: “It’s very upsetting to everybody.” This episode discusses the idea of a universal truth and widespread, immediate information’s affect on it. This was a great listen. I’d write more, but my brain and heart are just so tired, and I don’t even know whose reality that is anymore.

Alice Isn’t Dead
“Part 2, Chapter 4: Chain”

It occurred to me this week that Alice Isn’t Dead has had four episodes of its second season, and I hadn’t listened to any of them. After catching up, it occurred to me that this was because I do not actually like Alice Isn’t Dead, I don’t think. I might relisten to the show as a whole sometime soon if there’s interest in me making a second attempt. If you’d like to see me start covering this show, let me know.


Tuesday, 5/16/17

Beautiful Stories from Anonymous Strangers
“61. Rekindling an Old Friendship”

This episode was a return of the “Four Kid, No Sex” caller–an episode I actually haven’t heard. Still, this episode was a good listen: the caller explains how much his marriage has improved after having honest conversations with his wife about intimacy. Unlike the “Ron Paul’s Baby” follow-up episode, Gethard felt natural and casual in this call; unlike the “Ron Paul’s Baby” follow-up episode, the growth in the caller was tangible here, even for someone who didn’t hear the original episode. “Our new selves still like each other” is one of the sweetest things I’ve heard, made even better given Beautiful/Anonymous isn’t scripted.

99% Invisible
“259- This is Chance: Achorwoman of the Great Alaska Earthquake”

This episode of 99% Invisible is a recording of a live show from the recent Radiotopia tour. The episode discusses an anchorwoman who broadcasted from a ham radio in her car during a massive earthquake. The story has a much smaller scope than most 99% Invisible episodes, and the content doesn’t fit well into the show’s theme. Still, I found the episode a delightful listen. The content is both suspenseful and sweet, showing the potential of goodness in people–something I think we could all stand to hear more about right now, and also always.

Note to Self
“Ed Snowden Says A ‘Very Very Dark Future’ is Not Inevitable”

This was a fascinating episode of Note to Self, even without the usual glossy editing. This week’s show is a conversation between host Zomorodi and Edward Snowden in regards to security versus privacy. The conversation was, shockingly, not very upsetting. If anything, it instills a sense of hope in the listener that the balance between security and privacy does exist. Snowden, obviously an expert in the field, is surprisingly charismatic in the interview–the rhythm between him and Zomorodi takes the bare-bones content and makes it captivating.


Wednesday, 5/17/17

Millennial
“#42: Growing Pains”

The introduction of this episode is exactly why podcasts need more critical discussion than what they get in traditional news media. In the beginning of the episode, host Megan Tan agonizes over not knowing if her work is even good–something that would be a non-issue for creators if podcasts were just more widely discussed. Tan spends this episode discussing moving to New York, where so many podcast creators work. Tan interviews people who have moved to and away from NYC, trying to find out if the move would be worth it. This episode is interesting, even if it’s not necessarily a standout. The discussion of being a proverbial big fish in a small pond is something many people in our generation grapple with, and the ambivalence in the episode is both frustrating and comforting in how familiar the struggle is.

Imaginary Worlds
“The Real Twin Peaks”

Again, this week of Imaginary Worlds is more Interesting Neato Things About Fiction than anything else. I can’t really complain; I really enjoyed this episode, which had interviews and conversations with the locations that inspired Twin Peaks, and the locations where it was filmed. It was interesting hearing the long-term affects of such a cult classic on a real town, and it was nice to hear that the fans are still so dedicated. Even still, I miss the episodes that actually discussed media and not just the things surrounding the media. Episodes like this feel more like half-promotional, half-informative fluff pieces on news shows like Sunday Morning or even 60 Minutes, not something I’d go to an analytical podcast for. For such an essay-like show, it often has troubles returning to its thesis statement.


Thursday, 5/11/17

The Adventure Zone
“Ep. 63. The Stolen Century – Chapter Four”

I am often astounded that The Adventure Zone is not a scripted fiction podcast, and this week’s episode is indicative of what makes the “writing” so captivating. While some moments of the show are written in advance by the DM, Griffin, the moments that always put the episode over the top are the ones that are provided by the player in-character. While this week’s moments with Magnus (becoming a lovable, and also mildly terrible, coach for a little-league sports game) and Taako (fully realizing his passion for cooking) are fun and even touching, Merle’s storyline was his best from the show so far. The reigns are largely given over to Clint here, playing off of Griffin as The Hunger personified. The moment Merle asks John, “Are we friends?” was one of the most shocking and beautiful moments the show has had. Hearing the reactions from the others out of character doesn’t detract from the immersion–it makes the  surprise of the moment even more tangible.


Friday, 5/12/17

Bite
“31 – Everything You Love About Food Means Nothing to This Guy”

This episode of Bite  was inexplicably unprofessional and uninteresting. The episode is an interview with Dylan Matthews, one of the founders of Vox, who proclaims himself “not a foodie.” The show positions this declaration as almost political or revolutionary–Matthews, in regards to the statement, calls himself a “social libertarian.” This is baffling, as I think most people know plenty of others who aren’t foodies, who eat only for fuel. Had there been an actual discussion of specific food avoidance as a sympton of being on the Autism spectrum, which Matthews touches on, the conversation would have had an element that was interesting, new, or at least informative; instead, the detail is brushed past in a way that seems less respectful, more just . . . bad interviewing. On top of that, the interviewer, Tom Philpott, is incredibly stumbly, switching from uncomfortably formal to far too casual. The minimal editing makes each rambling question even more painful:

PHILPOTT: Right, but it’s–instead of going to, like, some, y’know, great . . . 3-star restaurant, you’re, there’s–there’s a new, um, taco shop down the street, and, and that also helps you.

For a podcast coming from a studio as well-respected and established as Mother Jones, I honestly can’t fathom how this content is good enough.


Saturday, 5/13/17

Nothing of note this Saturday! Instead, I spent the day looking at the PodCon site, thinking, “One more paycheck . . . one more paycheck . . .”

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