It’s the first day back to work in the new year and I don’t know about you, but I’ve gotten pretty used to sleeping in over the break, so it was a bit rough getting here this morning. So instead of a regular blog post, have some podcast recs.
If you’ve got an Android or iPhone, I recommend using the Downcast app. Yes, it costs a dollar or so, but it’s worth it, trust me. Now to the actual podcasts:
Stuff Mom Never Told You: How Stuff Works dot Com has a whole slew of podcasts about a variety of topics, but I like this one the best. Cristen and Caroline delve into the history and current culture of a variety of female-centric topics like when women started wearing pants and the split between men’s and women’s professional cycling. I learn something from every episode.
The Broad Experience: Probably the most polished and professional podcast I listen to, The Broad Experience focuses on women and the workplace. Ashley Milne-Tyne is a writer and radio reporter from the UK who uses her journalistic background to really dig into the issues women face today at work with a variety of guests. I downloaded an episode for kicks while waiting for my ride at the airport and wound up having to download every episode I could on Pearson’s WiFi immediately.
The Steve Dangle Podcast: This is my replacement for The Backhand Shelf (unless you are interested in listening to all of last season’s Backhand Shelf episodes, in which case, be strong, that season ended badly for us Leafs fans). It’s a Leafs and Habs hockey-focused show hosted by one of my favourite vloggers, and while it’s not as polished or organized as other podcasts, it’s funny and charming and doesn’t take itself too seriously.
Welcome to Night Vale: If you haven’t heard of this one, you’re missing out. Night Vale is a serial audio drama that updates twice a month (on the 1st and 15th) and you absolutely need to listen to the series in order. It starts a little slow but quickly picks up speed and sucks you in to a crazy, dark, sometimes funny sometimes sad town in the desert as viewed through the eyes of local community radio host Cecil Baldwin. Soon enough you, too, will be making awkward jokes about the hooded figures and the Sheriff’s Secret Police. And then you can feel just as excited as the rest of us on the first and fifteenth of every month.
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