Some Podcasts to Listen to
Here are some episodes I recommend you listen to. There’s more to say, about these, other stuff, and life in general, but it’ll have to do for today.
By the way: if you use the Apple Podcasts app, like me, you probably also cursed the dreadful last update. Amongst other things, there’s no way to see what episodes are in my “play next” queue. I had high hopes when I saw there was a “recently played” list, but at least for me, it’s polluted by dozens of episodes supposedly played “yesterday”, at the top of the list. Thankfully, further down, there are the latest podcasts I’ve actually listened to. Which is something I’ve always wanted to be able to see.
So, here we go. A first batch on sexism and harassment at the workplace (you didn’t think I’d spare you that, did you?). Listen, particularly if you’re a man. Or if you think all this #metoo stuff is way overblown.
- The Broad Experience: Don’t Call Me Sweetie and Unpacking Sexual Harassment
- On The Media: Rebecca Traister Says “the Anger Window” Is Open and The Reckoning (read Rebecca Traister’s piece)
- More reading: Who We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About Weinstein
Then, about animal rights activists’ craziness. Remember the photographer sued for the “monkey selfie”? Well, listen to all the work he put in before thinking he’s benefitting from “animal labour”. (I’m leaving aside the discussion on the deeply flawed thinking — from a philosophical point of view — that underpins a lot of the antispeciesism animal rights ideology. Francophones might enjoy this piece by lawyer Maître Eolas on animals as subject vs. object of the law.)
99% Invisible is a podcast I didn’t think I’d like. But I do. It’s fascinating. Here’s a selection of stuff I’ve recently listened to, and that you should listen to too:
- Sounds Natural: about making nature documentaries sound… natural
- Containers: yeah, who knew shipping containers were so interesting? They changed the world…
- Falling of the Lenins: or what to do with uncomfortable history memorials
- Usonia 1 and Usonia the Beautiful: changing the nation through architecture
- Half a House: did anybody say MVP (Minimum Viable Product)?
- Nut Behind the Wheel: the history of automobile safety — again, so much more interesting than it sounds
- The Athletic Brassiere: somebody had to think of it
- Coal Hogs Work Safe: safety in the coal mine
- Person in Lotus Position: creating a new emoji
- The Age of the Algorithm: algorithms are not neutral
- The Stethoscope: you can’t imagine a doctor without one, right?
If you haven’t heard it yet and are up for a serial, you shouldn’t miss S-Town. And one of my favorite podcasts these days is Heavyweight — true stories, true people, going back to where things went wrong and trying to untangle things. Beautiful storytelling.
Originally published at Climb to the Stars.