Happy weekend! Do you have any plans for the day? Going somewhere? Just staying home? Why not pass the time with podcasts! There’s one show I’ve shared this week that has become a ‘car’ listen. For some reason, Matt and I only
listen to it when we’re together driving somewhere. I wouldn’t listen to it without him (kind of like how I wouldn’t watch an episode of one of ~our~ shows on my own) and he rarely listens to podcasts, so it just happened to be that we would put an episode or two on while taking a drive. And now I can’t imagine listening to it anywhere but
the car haha!
I’ve you’re new to the blog or have missed a few days, this week I’ve been sharing podcasts I’m currently loving. Be sure to check out my previous recommendations:
Shorty Shows (these podcasts have episodes that are all under 10 minutes. One show is only a minute long!)
Aaron Mahnke (these podcasts were all created by Mahnke – SO good!)
Today’s recommendations are probably the shows I listen to and binge the most ♥
WHAT IT’S ABOUT
This show is the coolest. Gone searches for things/people lost to time: the Holy Grail, JFK’s brain, Tesla’s death ray. Their tagline is after all, just because something is gone, doesn’t mean it can’t be found and I love seeing what each new episode will be about!
WHEN IT AIRS
Every other Monday.
“Camera Shy” – The Disappearance of Louis Le Prince: Before he disappeared into thin air, this French artist was set to release one of the most anticipated inventions of the late 19th century: the moving picture camera. Louis Le Prince, known as the Father of Cinema, vanished under suspicious circumstances in 1890, leaving behind a slew of possible suspects.
Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi: Myth and history intertwine in searching for the whereabouts of a sword that is 1.8 million years old. Since 660 BCE, the Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi has been passed down from emperor to emperor. Nobody can identify what the sword looks like, but the Japanese government claims it resides in the Atsuta Shrine in Nagoya.
Okay, okay. I’m fudging things a bit here, but I wanted to include a podcast about mythology with the history shows. #sorrynotsorry There are a few companies that consistently produce fantastic shows: Wondery, How Stuff Works, Parcast. If I’m browsing through new podcasts and am not entirely sure if I want to take a chance on a show, if I see it’s from a certain name, I dive right in, all reservations totally forgotten. Mythology is pretty self-explanatory: a myth is presented over a few episodes and it’s explored, analyzed, and discussed. Mythology is brand new, only having just started in November. So far they’ve covered Athena and Loki and I’m eager for what’s next!
WHEN IT AIRS
Loki Pt. 3: The God of Fire: The Trickster God has tested the Asgardian gods’ patience for the last time. Ever the treasonous brethren, scapegoat, and foe to the gods, Loki stands trial as Odin hands down an unthinkably cruel punishment in the wake of the impending prophecy.
Loki Pt. 2: The God of Mischief: The Gods know their fate and that Loki’s is the most tragic of them all. Constantly confronted with his terrible destiny, a darkness begins to settle over Loki’s one time light hearted countenance. He begins to resent the gods and their ignorant vanity. But is it the Gods who are responsible for this budding malice, a malice that will ensure the coming of Ragnarok and the destruction of the world, or is it Loki himself?
I’m going to sound like a broken record here but OMG I LOVE THIS SHOW. In each episode, Alie talks to a different expert about their profession – their ‘ology.’ Some were already familiar to me (Egyptology, Melittology, Herpetology) while others were totally new to me (Selachimorphology – sharks!)
WHEN IT AIRS
Felinology (CATS): We love them. We live with them. We are mystified by them. Alie hunted down professional cat behavior expert Dr. Mikel Delgado who dishes on everything from toilet training to feral taming to neonatal kittens to cats eating our dead bodies to domestication, toxoplasmosis, litter box strategies, cats on leashes, why they want to sit on your laptop, how to play with cat toys the right way, why cats drool, if tigers make biscuits, catnip stupors and so much more. Get inside the head of your favorite, furry enigmas and you’ll love them even more. Also: scoop that box.
Entomophagy Anthropology (EATING BUGS): DO YOU CARE ABOUT THE APOCALYPSE? Okay cool. No matter what your diet, get this episode in your ears. Entomophagy Anthropologist Dr. Julie Lesnik — an enthusiastic expert on bug eating — breaks down the human past, present and future of insect cuisine for our surging population. If you’re considering cutting back on meat, or if you’re a vegan helping others explore more sustainable options, Dr. Lesnik will get you pumped as hell for changing mindsets. We talk about grasshopper tacos, ant omelettes, the nature of life, humane bug slaughter, water conservation, deep-fried scorpions, at-home mealworm farming, cricket chips, protein needs and the cultural biases that are literally killing us. Also: termite farts.
If there’s one show out of this list people have heard of, I’m willing to bet it’s this one. Dr. Sydnee McElroy and her husband Justin dig through time to share the strangest, gruesomest, grossest, and most misguided moments in medical history. You’ll cringe, you’ll laugh, you’ll give thanks to living in the 21st century. Last year they released a book…unfortunately, the editing was awful and made it near-impossible to read. Sadly I can’t recommend the book, but if you do want to check it out, grab a library copy. Don’t spend money on it!
WHEN IT AIRS
Colic and Gripe Water: Gripe water and colic are a match made in Sawbones heaven: A cure-all and a catch all. This week, we’ll explore the history of how a misunderstood diagnosis has helped keep a made-up medicine on the shelves.
A Sawbones Special Presentation: A Medicine Called Christmas: Live from Candlenights 2018, we’re so proud to present a staged reading of the new Hallmark Christmas movie written by Justin and Sydnee McElroy: A Medicine Called Christmas.
Oh, SciFri. Nerds, rejoice! This is our podcast. SciFri recently came to Pittsburgh and my cousin went – SUPER jealous!
WHEN IT AIRS
You can listen to the show live on the radio Fridays from 2-4 or there will be a two-part episode on their podcast.
January 11, 2019: Did you know a marathon runner’s heart is built differently from a weightlifter’s? We look at how exercise shapes and conditions your heart. Plus, a look at the effect of the partial government shutdown on scientists.
January 4, 2019: We celebrate winter birds and the people who love them. Plus, how does the movement of crowds change when they behave predictably, and when they don’t?
Presented by the Smithsonian, Sidedoor lets listeners in on the treasures past the public’s view.
WHEN IT AIRS
Sidedoor is currently on pause due to the shutdown :(
Amelia Earhart’s Revolutionary Flight Club: You know Amelia Earhart, but did you know she was just one of a daring group of women aviators who defied both expectations and gravity in the 1920s? They called themselves the Ninety-Nines, and they’re still flying today as an organization dedicated to the advancement of women pilots. This time on Sidedoor, we time-travel with our friends at the National Air and Space Museum’s AirSpace podcast to the Roaring ’20s and experience America’s first official all-female air race. We’ll also meet a modern-day Ninety-Nine who is ensuring that the legacy of Earhart and her fellow pilots continues to thrive.
Inventor, Photographer…Murderer: Meet Eadweard Muybridge, a pioneering and eccentric photographer from the 1800s whose work changed how people understood movement, and paved the way for the invention of motion pictures. But this inventor, artist, and showman also made a name for himself for something much less savory: murder. This time on Sidedoor, come for the ingenuity and stay for the scandal as we find out how a near-death experience, a handsome horse, and a rumored $25,000 bet helped Eadweard Muybridge change the course of photographic history.
I’ll be honest, when I first discovered Slow Burn, I wasn’t too interested. The first season dove into the Watergate scandal and it just didn’t click with me. I assumed it was going to be a mini-series, but then I heard about a second season…one focusing on Bill Clinton’s impeachment. I was in elementary school at the time this was in the news, so reliving it so-to-speak has been fascinating.
WHEN IT AIRS
Move On: In 1998, Congress weighed whether Juanita Broaddrick’s rape accusation against Bill Clinton was grounds for impeachment. Why did her story never really become part of his?
Bedfellows: Clinton’s enemies said his affair made him unfit to govern. What did his friends think?
I never miss an episode of this show. A few days ago in my post on the shorties, I shared a spin-off called This Day in History Class, a bite-sized podcast exploring an event that happened every day in history. As I mentioned in this post, occasionally there will be full-size episodes of the particular event found in Stuff You Missed in History Class. I’ve learned SO much from this podcast and each episode makes my history-loving heart burst.
WHEN IT AIRS
Multiple times a week with a Classics episode (pulled from their archives) every Saturday.
A Brief History of Ballet pt. 2: In the first part of this two-parter, we covered ballet’s origins and early evolution. We left off with the founding of the Academie Royale de Musique, and the ways Jean-Baptiste Lully worked to ensure that his academy had as much prestige as possible.
A Brief History of Ballet pt. 1: For a long time, there was no formalized dance in western culture. Eventually, court performers in Europe were asked to also teach their audiences how to dance, blending the worlds of performance and social dancing, and creating a new art form.
I first mentioned You Must Remember This in my original podcasts post from 2016. Since then I’ve impatiently waited new episodes and sobbed during the wait between seasons. This is, without a doubt, my favorite show. Ever. You Must Remember This explores the forgotten history of Hollywood’s first century and I could sing its praises all day every day. The current season is called FAKE NEWS: FACT CHECKING HOLLYWOOD BABYLON and digs into the real stories behind the gossipy Hollywood Babylon.
WHEN IT AIRS
Bugsy Siegel: Jewish gangster Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel is frequently credited with corrupting Hollywood’s unions and “inventing” Las Vegas. Siegel did have moviestar friends, but the true story of his involvement with the Flamingo casino is also the story of a much bigger movieland player: Hollywood Reporter founder/publisher/columnist Billy Wilkerson.
Marlene Dietrich and Claudette Colbert: The bisexuality of Marlene Dietrich was not exactly a secret in 1930s Hollywood — in fact, her ambiguous sexuality was part of her on-screen brand. But there is some debate as to who Dietrich counted among her lovers, and which of her fellow stars participated in what has been called the “sewing circle” of female intimacy. Anger alleges that Dietrich had a “passionate affair” with Claudette Colbert, an Oscar-winning actress with an extremely heteronormative persona. We’ll explore what was going on in Dietrich’s life and career around the time when this affair could have taken place, and then delve into Colbert’s image as a very different kind of on-screen sex symbol, and her complicated off-screen personal life.