The best podcasts you should listen to this week

Hannibal Buress. Image credit: Vulture.com

By Jaclyn Schiff and Simon Owens

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In this week’s issue, we have an unbiased look at your average Trump voter, a first-person description about what it’s like to date a bipolar person, and an explainer of why lesbians love Subarus. Stay tuned…

From Jaclyn Schiff, AudioTeller co-editor:

Dan Savage’s take on Trump’s hidden sexual desires [link]

On a recent episode of The Gist (Mike Pesca’s daily podcast), Savage and Pesca consider Trump’s complicated relationship with members of the opposite sex. While this might be a very tired topic, there’s nothing quite like the sound of one’s favorite podcasters getting on the mic together.

From Renan Borelli, director of audience growth and engagement at MTV News:

Hannibal Buress finally gets in on the podcasting game [link]

My pick this week is Hannibal Buress’s new podcast Handsome Rambler. Buress, who is one of the country’s best standups, is relatively late to the game as far as comedy podcasts go (particularly for a comic of his stature), but is compelling enough of a storyteller to keep the generally topic-less episodes afloat. It’s still the early days for Handsome Rambler, but Buress is one of the funniest people on the planet, and anything he does is worth paying attention to.

From Joel Sanderson, a Nashville immigration lawyer:

The Cracked podcast takes a disinterested look at the Trump voter [link]

You will hear two people discussing poor, non-urban whites and their religious and political beliefs without the baseline perspective of “let’s figure out why these people are so stupid.” It lasts nearly two hours. Statements may be made that you dislike, that even make you angry and ready to disregard everything in the episode. This episode isn’t for people looking for some light entertainment. But it is thoughtful and thought-provoking.

From Simon Owens, AudioTeller co-editor:

On trying to date when you’re secretly bipolar [link]

If you know anything about those who suffer from bipolar disorder, it’s that their mood and outlook on life wildly vacillates between highs and lows; one day you’re “manic” with enthusiasm and good spirits and then the next you’re thrown into the deepest, darkest depression. What I loved about this episode of the Modern Love podcast is it forces you to consider what it’s like for the people who interact with someone who has bipolar disorder, particularly those who don’t know that that person is bipolar. What’s it like to meet someone when they’re in the manic phase, ask them out on a date, and then, once the date starts, encounter a totally different person? It definitely gave me a new perspective for what it’s like to suffer from the disease.

Why lesbians love Subarus [link]

In the 1990s, the car company Subaru was in a bad spot. Sales were tanking and it was capturing a smaller and smaller portion of the automobile market. Its saving grace? According to this episode of Planet Money, during a focus group of Subaru owners, an employee noticed that some of its strongest devotees were lesbians. After conducting further market research to verify that this finding wasn’t an anomaly, Subaru turned to a small ad agency in Manhattan that specialized in marketing to the gay demographic, which was largely ignored by most companies at the time. The company’s embrace of the demographic paid off, and as a result it’s not entirely uncommon for Subaru owners to refer to their cars as a “Lesbaru.”

How we know the Russians hacked the DNC [link]

Speaking of Planet Money, the best way I can describe Decrypted, a relatively new podcast from Bloomberg, is that it’s the Plant Money of cyber security. By that I mean that its hosts are incredibly good at explaining complicated, arcane security stories using the very same techniques Planet Money employs to explain the economy. In this episode, it tackles the recent news that the U.S. government has taken the unprecedented step of blaming the DNC data hacks on the Russian government. How difficult is it to trace a hack back to its source? How easy is it for the source to mislead investigators into blaming the wrong perpetrator? Decrypted makes a pretty compelling case that the hacks were, in fact, carried out by the Russians, and not by, as Donald Trump posited, “someone sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds.”

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