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I hear(t) it: 9 Podcasts I love

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Living in central Hamburg, I spend a lot of time getting from place to place on foot. And, since having anxiety, I don’t like to give my brain a lot of alone time to come up with new things to worry about. (Probably not the best way to cope, but distraction has gotten my brain this far!) That’s why I love listening to podcasts while getting around. But they’re also great entertainment while you clean, cook, or play Candy Crush on your couch. 😉

Finding a great podcast is like finding a new favorite series, and each week I look forward to new episodes. Ahead are a few personal favorites I love.

  • Watch What Crappens: As a seasonal “Bravoholic,” there are certain Bravo shows I never miss, and haven’t missed in years. Flipping Out, The Real Housewives of New York City, Beverly Hills, Potomac, et al., Below Deck… being just a few. Unfortunately, not so many of my friends are as into it as I am… leaving me wanting to make fun of it with someone. Anyone. So you can imagine how stoked I was upon finding Watch What Crappens, a podcast where hosts Ronnie Karam and Ben Mandelker talk all things they love to make fun of on Bravo. Check out their website here, and this Huffington Post interview.
  • Terrible, Thanks for Asking: A new favorite, Terrible, Thanks for Asking (TTFA) tackles issues I don’t typically look for in a podcast—stories of incredible sorrow, pain, and the like. Hosted by author Nora McInerny, a “notable widow”, “Episode 0” alone will leave you gutted, hopeful, and most importantly, wanting to know more. It reminds you of your humanity. Your vulnerability. And the strength we all have within to overcome the inevitable challenges and sadness none of us are protected from. Check out the website here, and this trailer.
  • The History Chicks: I used to love Stuff You Missed In History Class, but was ready for something new. Then I discovered The History Chicks and the rest, well, is history. (Sorry, couldn’t help myself.) Unpretentious, informative, and wonderfully told, this podcast features hosts Beckett Graham and Susan Vollenweider, two women who describe the show as such: Two women. Half the population. Several thousand years of history. About an hour. Go. And really, that’s all you need to know. I especially loved their Dorothy Parker episodes (listen to one & two). Check out the website here and an interview from my very own hometown newspaper, The Kansas City Star, here.
  • Missing Richard Simmons: As someone who vividly remembers Sweatin’ to the Oldies in my living room with my siblings a child, I have become absolutely entranced by the “disappearance” of Richard Simmons. So when I started hearing, rather reading, about it on the internet, my iPhone couldn’t download it fast enough. Filmmaker Dan Taberski started this podcast as a way to search for Richard, or possibly as a way to reach him. In any case, it’s bizarre, enthralling, and really shows you a side of Richard Simmons we all most likely underestimated; he affected so many people’s lives in a positive way. Though I will admit at times you do find yourself wondering if maybe we should just leave Richard alone, I will also admit that I can’t stop listening. Check out the website here.
  • Uhh Yeah Dude: The podcast I’ve been most loyal to the longest, Uhh Yeah Dude features hosts Jonathan Larroquette (son of actor John Larroquette) and Seth Romatelli discussing, debating, and making fun of all kinds of current events happening in America. After all, their tagline is “America through the eyes of two American-Americans.” With more than 500 episodes(!), I often find myself listening to old episodes in between the new ones because I just love these guys so much. Check out their website here, and this rad video about the show here.
  • WTF with Marc Maron: I really love listening to comedians talk when they’re not “on.” So, WTF with Marc Maron is an obvious favorite. Hearing about their struggles before and after success, really makes it known that no one has it easy. And more importantly, as someone who struggles with using humor to cope with my anxiety, so many of the interviews talk about the oft unsung side of comedy; how so much of humor is used to mask anxiety, how much of it is rooted in insecurity. Marc Maron is a podcast king and boasts episodes featuring comedians Conan O’Brien, Robin Williams, Will Arnett, Ben Stiller, Lorne Michaels, and even politicians including President Barack Obama. Check out the website here, where you can also find tons of articles that dive into the podcast’s history, success, and notable moments. 
  • My Favorite Murder: With such a name, it’s a bit of a gamble when you mention this podcast to anyone outside of the podcast-sphere. But stay with me for a second if you’re confused, I promise it’s not as weird as it sounds! My Favorite Murder (MFM) is hosted by two women who are self-proclaimed lovers of true crime. I mean, there’s a reason there’s literally a channel called Investigation Discovery and shows like NCIS and Law & Order: SVU are such hits; human beings are fascinated by the absurdities life can sometimes deliver. And, unlike many true crime podcasts, My Favorite Murder offers a light-hearted take on the bizarre, while keeping it respectful. Having been a die-hard Unsolved Mysteries fan as a child (totally appropriate, I know), I’ve really enjoyed dipping my toe back into the true crime genre without it being too terrifying. Because being a grown up is frightening enough, am I right? Check out the website here, and SSDGM. 
  • #HerStory: In a similar vein to that of The History Chicks, #HerStory tells the stories of 50 historical women, but instead of having the same host every story, invites contemporary women ranging from elected officials, academics, and mothers, to filmmakers, authors, activists, and CEO’s to tell the historic women’s stories. A bit bummed it only has 50 episodes, but a great listen nonetheless. Check out the website here, and read more about the project sponsor, Chick History, here. 

There are many more, but these seem to be playing in my earbuds the most as of late. I am also looking for new recommendations, so don’t hesitate to send them through!

“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” – Philip Pullman

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In my ears & on my mind…

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While visiting Kansas for Christmas back home, my mom introduced me to Joey + Rory. I was hesitant at first, as I’m typically not the biggest country fan, but decided I would watch their new movie with her. (See the trailer here.)

It’s such a beautiful story, though definitely heart wrenching; but inspiring as ever. By the end I was ready to give up the city life and raise my own farm…

Their hope and faith and general outlook on life really touched me; especially in the face of all they have gone through. And, when Patrick passed last month, I laid in bed for hours with the hymns record on repeat. It really brought me comfort in a time in which I was desperately in need of some faith and reassurance.

I absolutely love the two songs below, and recently, when things have been overwhelming or scary or just too much — aka anytime I read the news — I listen to these two songs to calm my soul.

 

Thanks for the intro, mom! I love you!

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Adele’s ‘Hello’ & how I haven’t stopped crying since its release

You guys. It’s been nearly a week and I haven’t stopped listening to Adele’s new single… much to my coworkers’ dismay. It’s so good. You’ve heard it, right? And you’ve seen the video, right? RIGHT? Here. I’ll wait.
…………………….

I told you so!

So not only are her cheekbones, voice and eyeliner perfection, but she absolutely kills it in interviews, too. Oh, Adele. You’re too good to us.

Maybe I also love her because we’re nearly the same age and her songs are about life stages we went through around the same time? Maybe I’m reaching here, but naja.

She slayed me with this. (I want to print it off and tape it all over my apartment as inspiration.)

Adele also blessed us with this recent interview in i-D magazine. It’s definitely worth a read. Here’s a part that especially stood out to me.

When she was ready to start work on the record, Adele walked down to the local shop (“I do actually walk,” she says, laughing) and bought herself a brand new notebook. “I do it every album. I buy a new pad, sniff it – ’cause smell is important – and then I get a big, fat sharpie and write my age on the front page. 25 has five exclamation marks after it ’cause I was like, ‘How the fuck did that happen?!’ 21 to 25.” The record is about getting older and becoming nostalgic, she says. It’s about what was, what is, what might have been. It’s about missing things that you had no idea were so precious, like being 18-years-old and drinking two litre bottles of cider in Brockwell Park with your mates. “Those were the most real and best moments of my life and I wish I’d known that I wasn’t going to be able to sit in the park and drink a bottle of cider again.” Not because she’s famous, but because her life – and the lives of her school friends – has moved on. No one is a teenager anymore. “I think the album is about trying to clear out the past,” she says slowly. 

And woo boy, that’s exactly what I’m trying to do right now. Kon Mari Methoding my past. 

Less than a month until we’re graced with her entire. new. album. I’m dying over here! 
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Heard it; Loved it: Stuff You Missed In History Class

Back in October I was starting my regular commute to work and in desperate need of some entertainment for the drive. I was then advised to give Stuff You Missed In History Class a listen and proceeded to listen for seven hours that weekend on the edge of my seat. In my living room. Yes, I couldn’t even wait for the drive. I was, and still am, utterly obsessed. I mean, overlooked, yet fascinating historical tidbits summed up in a brilliant way? What’s not to love? 

And so, after seeing that they launched their new site today, I decided to finally get around to listing some of my favorite episodes. (I’ve been meaning to get a list to my friends anyway, seeing as how I dote about the show all the time, they’ve asked for a few “starter” episodes to see what the fuss is all about… So I figured, why not share it with you? Spread the love, if you will.)

Spoiler alert: I like royal-related topics… 

The Amelia Earhart Mystery

King Ludwig Dines Alone

Victoria and Albert

What happened to the Romanovs?


Do you have any favorite podcasts, or episodes of Stuff You Missed In History Class? I’d love some new listens!






Remember the lesson that history and philosophy have taught us: 
that love is stronger and more enduring than fear. — Camille Desmoulins

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"It was rare, I was there, I remember it all too well."

I gave in and bought the new Taylor Swift album a few weeks ago when I bought my new computer. I decided it was fate. After all, how many tiny Bavarian village electronic stores carry the newest T.Swift album a day after it comes out? Not very many. It was clearly meant to be. And I’m so glad that I did, because I may be eating cheap cheese and packages of bread for a while, but at least my ears are happy and my heart is comforted. 
My favorite songs, you ask?

We learn to live with the pain//Mosaic broken hearts

I can’t decide if it’s a choice//Getting swept away//I hear the sound of my own voice//Asking you to stay

I just like hangin’ out with you, all the time.//All those times that you didn’t leave;//It’s been occurring to me I’d like to hang out with you, for my whole life.

Spinning like a girl in a brand new dress,//We had this big wide city all to ourselves.//We blocked the noise//with the sound of ‘I need you’,//And for the first time I had something to lose,

And they tell you that you’re lucky.//But you’re so confused,//Cause you don’t feel pretty, you just feel used.

He said, “Look at you, worrying so much about things you can’t change//You’ll spend your whole life singing the blues if you keep thinking that way”//He was trying to skip rocks on the ocean, saying to me,//”Don’t you see the starlight, starlight?//Don’t you dream impossible things?”

And for the first time, what’s past is past

(Ok, so really pretty much the entire album.)
Say what you will about her, but the girl has a way with words and music. Goodness.
Also, I love this.
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"‘Ole!’ to you, nonetheless, just for having the sheer human love & stubbornness to keep showing up.”

Serendipity led my clicks to this talk in the wee hours of night yesterday & I couldn’t be more grateful that it did. Sometimes you’re drawn to exactly what your heart needs to hear. And this, this is exactly what my heart needed.

And what I have to, sort of keep telling myself when I get really psyched out about that, is, don’t be afraid. Don’t be daunted. Just do your job. Continue to show up for your piece of it, whatever that might be. If your job is to dance, do your dance. If the divine, cockeyed genius assigned to your case decides to let some sort of wonderment be glimpsed, for just one moment through your efforts, then “Ole!” And if not, do your dance anyhow. And “Ole!” to you, nonetheless. I believe this and I feel that we must teach it. “Ole!” to you, nonetheless, just for having the sheer human love and stubbornness to keep showing up.

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