February releases I can’t wait to get my hands on!

It’s finally time to kick January to the curb! With a new month comes new books and today I’m excited to share the February releases I can’t wait to get my hands on! As always I’m cheating a bit by mentioning a few early copies I was lucky enough to score.

Last weekend’s snowstorm did wonders for my To Read list – and from the looks of these upcoming books, February needs to be one giant blizzard!

Good Riddance by Elinor Lipman | February 5, 2019
In the midst of a cleaning streak, Daphne tossed out her mother’s heavily annotated high school yearbook. The class of ’68 dedicated the yearbook to their beloved teacher, June Winter Maritch, and June became attached to it. Too attached perhaps. She took it along to every class reunion, jotting down her observations – for good or bad – and filled every page with her notes. After the yearbook is pulled from a recycling bin by their neighborhood busybody-slash-filmmaker, Daphne’s life is suddenly upended.

I’ll admit this sound captured my interest, but I’m still a little hesitant – it’s published by HMH and I found I don’t have the best of luck with their adult titles. ALSO, Lipman’s books all seem to be firmly in the 3.4-3.5 range on Goodreads, which I know shouldn’t count for much (some of my favorite reads were TRASHED by others), but I’m curious about this one all the same.

I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella | February 5, 2019
When Fixie’s dad passed away, his hardware store fell to Fixie’s mother and her siblings to run. Despite their family motto (“Family first”), Fixie finds herself picking up the slack; she’s a people pleaser who has a hard time saying no. So when a handsome stranger at a coffee shop asks her to keep an eye on his laptop, she’s does so – and saves it from certain danger. Sebastian writes a quick IOU along with his business card, but surely he can’t be serious?

When Fixie’s childhood crush suddenly appears back in her life looking for a job, Fixie takes a chance on a handsome stranger’s word.

The first of a handful of ARCs I already have! I have never read one of Sophie’s books before but this cute, fun contemporary was calling my name the second I heard of it!

The Matchmaker’s List by Sonya Lalli | February 5, 2019
Raina has finally caved and given in to her family’s demands. She’ll allow her grandmother to play matchmaker, but that doesn’t mean Raina will have to like it. As her life quickly spirals into a whirlwind of disastrous blind dates, Raina needs to find a way out of her arranged-marriage nightmare – without crushing her grandmother’s dreams.

Okay, so if you’re having deja vu right now, it’s because I first mentioned this one in my January releases post. Whoops. It’s actually coming out in February!

The Winter Sister by Megan Collins | February 5, 2019
Sixteen years ago, Persephone stayed out too late with the boy she wasn’t allowed to see. After three days her body was discovered and her murder still remains unsolved. Sylvie has returned home to care for her estranged mother as she undergoes cancer treatment. Annie always had her ‘Dark Days’ – even before Persephone’s death – and her once-close bond with her other daughter quickly deteriorated in the days following Persephone’s disappearance. To make matters worse, Persephone’s former boyfriend is a nurse at the cancer center. Sylvie had always believe Ben to be responsible for her sister’s death, but as she begins to uncover the secrets that fill her mother’s house, she discovers just what happened the night her sister went missing.

Four books mentioned so far and this is the third one I have. Disappearances, dark family secrets, The Winter Sister is screaming my name!

The Seamstress by Allison Pittman | February 5, 2019
France, 1788. Two orphaned cousins have been raised by the last in the line of a once-prosperous family. No longer starving, Laurette and Renée spend their days tending to the sheep on the farm and whispering their secrets and dreams. The rumbles of rebellion are beginning to make their way through Versailles, however..

Y’ALL. I love retellings. Especially retellings of books I’ve never read! The Seamstress brings to life two background characters in A Tale of Two Cities and I actually shrieked when this one arrived at my door!! You can bet I’ll be curled up with this one soon!

Spectacle by Jodie Lynn Zdrok | February 12, 2019
Paris, 1887. Nathalie writes the daily morgue column for the local paper, each morning summarizing the new arrivals. It’s a hum-drum job – until the day she has a vision of a young woman being murdered…from the perspective of the murderer. As a body is pulled from the Seine days later, whispers begin to spread that this killing might not be the last. And with Nathalie’s new-found ability, she might be the only one who can find the killer’s identity and stop him before he strikes again.

Does this sound fun or what??

The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas | February 12, 2019
1967, four female scientists have been working together to build the first time machine. Just before they debut their creation, however, one woman suffers a breakdown. To protect their invention, the other three exile her from the team – effectively writing her contributions out of history. Fifty years later, time travel is booming. Ruby knows her grandmother was one of the pioneers, though no one will tell her more. It’s not until Granny Bee receives a newspaper article from the future detailing the murder of an unidentified woman that Ruby becomes obsessed. Could the future victim be her grandmother? And who would want her dead? More importantly, is there a way for Ruby to stop it?

…I already have a hold for this one at my library. I need this book in my life now.

The Victory Garden by Rhys Bowen | February 12, 2019
Emily Bryce is determined to contribute to the war effort. A cheeky, handsome Australian pilot convinced her she can do more for the cause and she soon finds herself falling in love – and readily accepts his proposal. When he’s sent back to the front, Emily volunteers as a ‘land girl,’ tending to the grounds of a country estate and she soon uncovers forgotten journals from a medicine woman who devoted her life to her herbal garden. Those journals soon become Emily’s saving grace – not only does she learn her fiance has died, but she also discovers she’s pregnant.

Rhys Bowen could write a phone book and I would be elbowing crowds out of the way to get to it. Naturally I pounced on a netgalley copy of this one the second I saw it! One of my favorite reads last year was The Tuscan Child and I’ve been dying for another standalone!

American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson | February 12, 2019
A Cold War novel inspired by the real life Thomas Sankara “Africa’s Che Guevara.” It’s 1986 and Marie Mitchell is an intelligence officer for the FBI. She might be brilliant, but she’s also a Black woman in an ages-old boys’ club and her career has plateaued. Eager to break away from days spent filing paperwork, Marie leaps at the opportunity to join a secret task force aimed at undermining a man whose Communist ideology has put him in America’s sights.

As much as I love a good spy thriller, I can honestly say I haven’t read many Cold War novels – especially ones featuring real figures. You all know I love my historical fiction to include real people and I have a request in for this at the library as well. (Please pray for me once my mountain of holds arrives!)

The Familiars by Stacey Halls | February 19, 2019
Again Fleetwood Shuttleworth has found herself with child; her previous pregnancies ended all too soon and her husband is eager for an heir. When she comes across a doctor’s letter, she learns of his dire prediction: Fleetwood wouldn’t survive another pregnancy. Desperate, she seeks the aid of a midwife, one who promises to see her through to the end of a healthy pregnancy, but Alice is also accused of witchcraft.

The Familiars is set against the real life Pendle Hill Witch Trials of 1612 and I am so there.

The Huntress by Kate Quinn | February 26, 2019
As the Nazis attack the Soviet Union, Nina Markova risks everything to join the Night Witches, a legendary all-female night bomber regiment. When she’s stranded behind enemy lines, Nina finds herself the prey of a Nazi murderess known as the Huntress. A young British war correspondent has been transformed by the horrors he’s witnessed and becomes a Nazi hunter. ..yet there’s one target that seems to elude him, the infamous Huntress. In post-war Boston, Jordan has decided to become a photographer. When her father arrives home with a new fiancee, she’s absolutely thrilled. But something about the woman’s soft German accent is disconcerting.

I MEAN DO I REALLY NEED TO SAY ANYTHING??

The Woman in the Lake by Nicola Cornick | February 26, 2019
Bouncing between 1765 and the present day, The Woman in the Lake tells the story of a golden gown and a murder. Lady Isabella Gerard orders her maid to destroy her new gown, its beauty tainted by her husband’s actions of the previous night. A few months later Lord Gerard stands at the lake’s shore, staring down at the body of a woman in a dress, realizing she was not his intended victim… Two centuries later, a dress finds its way back to Fenella who finds herself enchanted all over again and delves deep into the gown’s history.

I really enjoy Nicola’s books. Historical mysteries plus an element of time travel, they’re so engaging and gripping – and even though they tend to be on the longer side, the pages practically fly by and they’re over all too soon!

The Spitfire Girls by Soraya M. Lane | February 26, 2019
The British Air Transport Auxiliary sound the call for help and a group of young women volunteer for action. From the start there’s friction – not just amongst the women, but also from the men who question the women’s abilities as pilots. Determined to prove themselves (and to gain the respect they deserve), the women realize they must band together and set aside their differences.

I’ve shockingly never heard of Soraya or her books before, but she writes about WWII – and female pilots! – and that’s all I need to know!!

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Guys, 2019 is going to be amazing for books! Not only are some of my favorite authors coming out with new releases, but it’s like every single debut I come across sounds fantastic. Help me figure out how to read 500 books this year please and thank you!

Today I want to share three upcoming titles I recently added to my To Read list.

The Scent of Murder by Kylie Logan | May 7, 2019
From the author of the League of Literary Ladies, A Cooking Class Mystery, and several other mystery series, comes the first in the Jazz Ramsey series and – morbid as it sounds – I am SO intrigued. Why, you ask? Jazz Ramsey might spend her days as an admin assistant at an all-girls school, but it’s her volunteer work that has her stand out. Jazz is a cadaver dog handler.

One day she’s out going through training with her dog when Luther suddenly signals a find. ..and that’s when Jazz discovers the body. What’s even more startling is that Jazz recognizes the woman.

Before we got our second pup, I actually looked into qualifications/requirements for cadaver dogs! Lol unfortunately one main requirement is that the dogs need to be able to stay in cars for extended periods of time…and Bay is not a fan of car rides. So there went that idea. Still, I’m very, very interested in this book!

How Not to Die Alone by Richard Roper | May 28, 2019
Pitched as a debut for readers of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, this book follows a man and a little white lie. Andrew’s job isn’t quite sunshine and roses: he searches for the next of kin for those who die alone. At least he’s got a loving family – a wife and two kids – to return to at the end of the day, right? As far as his coworkers know, at least.

In reality, Andrew lives in a one-bedroom apartment with only Ella Fitzgerald for company. When a new employee arrives, Andrew must decide whether or not to tell the truth and expose his lie – at the risk of losing his friendship with Peggy (and whatever else might happen in the future) – or will taking that risk allow him to live the life he truly wants?

The Right Sort of Man by Allison Montclair | June 4, 2019
With London slowly recovering after WWII, two women join forces to open a matchmaking business. Though Miss Iris Sparks, quick-witted and impulsive, and Mrs. Gwendolyn Bainbridge, practical and widowed, are as different as night and day, they both have a similar goal in mind: achieve independence and do some good in the world. Things take a disastrous turn, however, when their latest client is found murdered – and the man arrested is the potential husband they sought for her.

To clear his name (and their business’s reputation), the ladies must team up for an altogether new task: solve a murder.

Podcasts I’m currently loving: Everything Else!

Here we are, the last day of this week-long journey into my favorite podcasts. If you stuck it out with me this entire time, thank you, and if you’re just discovering this series, welcome! If you’re interested in checking out the rest of the shows I’m recommended, you can find them all here:
Shorty Shows (these podcasts have episodes that are all under 10 minutes. One show is only a minute long!)
Food
Aaron Mahnke (these podcasts were all created by Mahnke – SO good!)
Christianity
Sporadic Listens
Science/History

So how did this series start? Back in 2016 I shared a post on 4 podcasts on heavy rotation and for the past three years I’ve been dying to update it. This week I finally did. Before we jump into the last of my recs, I want to say again that these are all ongoing shows. As much as I loved podcasts like The RFK Tapes, Dirty John, and The Paycheck, I wanted to put the spotlight on shows currently airing.

EVERYTHING ELSE

Basic Folk
WHAT IT’S ABOUT

Basic Folk is a brand-new podcast as of November, but one I am SO excited to share! Hosted by Cindy Howes (for over a decade she was a Pittsburgh radio staple, a WYEP legend who introduced me to countless artists, albums, and songs), Basic Folk offers up in-depth conversations with the movers and shakers of the folk world, some names are well known, others Should be well known. There are currently only 8 episodes available (as I said it’s a new show), but Cindy’s work is fantastic and, with only a handful of episodes, binging is incredibly easy! Get on that!

WHEN IT AIRS

Thursdays.

RECENT EPISODES

Anais Mitchell: Anais Mitchell is about to hit Broadway with Hadestown! But first! The Vermont songwriter is on Basic Folk. Her folk opera, Hadestown, set to open at the Walter Kerr Theatre on Broadway March 2019.

Anais tells me about her childhood on a sheep farm in Vermont, growing up without a TV, and her parents brushing shoulders with Leonard Cohen on a Grecian island. She unpacks her love and loyalty in her collaborations and the mystical way she found her visual artist for Hadestown. Anais explains the importance of belonging to a musical community like Club Passim or the small cafe in Vermont in which Hadestown was born. Lastly, we talk about 3rd and 4th wave feminism and where she fits as a feminist and boundary shattering musician.

Dawn Landes: Dawn Landes is a woman who knows her way around a recording studio AND a rowboat. Before becoming a fulltime performer/songwriter Dawn worked as a sound engineer for many years. After studying for a bit at NYU she left school to pursue an internship at Phillip Glass’ studio. It was at Phillip Glass’ studio she learned of the 9/11 attacks. On the podcast this week she recalls being the only one in the studio that day and taking orders over the phone to save everything and power all the machines down. Dawn tells me of the impact that Fast Folk/The Jack Hardy Songwriters Exchange had on her career and the role Suzanne Vega played in her life as Dawn’s mentor. We also get into the musical she is working on called “Row” about the very inspiring and fellow Kentuckian and rower, Tori Murden McClure, who aspired to row across the Atlantic Ocean. Dawn is just finishing up tour with her new countrypolitan record Meet Me at the River. The record is available wherever you get your music and worth a listen or five.


Grammar Girl
WHAT IT’S ABOUT

Where are my English nerds? These episodes are always fun and interesting – from pondering if we would be able to understand and communicate with aliens to the origins of everyday idioms, Grammar Girl presents listeners with quick and easy tips to improve your writing.

WHEN IT AIRS

Thursdays.

RECENT EPISODES

‘Myriad’ or ‘Myriad of?’ What is a run-on sentence?: This week, we talk about the controversy over ‘a myriad of’ and (clutch your pearls!) ‘myriads’ and explain why a run-on sentence isn’t just a really long sentence.

‘Stint’ or ‘Stent?’ How to pronounce ‘Coyote.’: This week, I give you a memory trick – based on an amazing story from history – for remembering the difference between ‘stint’ and ‘stent,’ and we look at why people pronounce ‘coyote’ at least five different ways.


I’m Listening
WHAT IT’S ABOUT

We all know I’m obsessed with Frasier, right? Yes? Good. After a recent rewatch of the series (thank you, Netflix!!), I was going through a huge Frasier withdrawal and decided to see if there were any podcasts available. I’m Listening isn’t a recap podcast, though episodes are often described and discussed at length. Instead, Anita Flores (and a weekly guest) spend each episode breaking down themes and exploring pivotal moments in the show.

WHEN IT AIRS

Bi-weekly.

RECENT EPISODES

Sex and Seattle: Comedian Remy Kassimir and Anita talk about what Frasier and the gang might be into sexually plus their favorite sexy episodes. Woo it’s getting steamy in here.

A Review of Kelsey Grammer’s Biography Featuring Frasier Crane: Anita reviews Kelsey Grammer’s infamous 1995 biography, So Far with a little help from Dr. Frasier Crane (Dan Chamberlain).


Planet Money
WHAT IT’S ABOUT

This nerdy show explores the economy in a way that’s unbelievably accessible and highly entertaining! Fun fact: an episode from August (on the world’s longest yard sale) ended up being a huge plotpoint in my NaNoWriMo novel!

WHEN IT AIRS

Multiple times a week.

RECENT EPISODES

You Asked For It, Yet Again: On today’s show we answer questions about silver dollars, Venmo, and Brexit. Why? Because you asked!

All In: We go inside a professional poker tournament, where some of the smartest betting takes place behind the scenes.


Pop Culture Happy Hour
WHAT IT’S ABOUT

Just like it says, Pop Culture Happy Hour is a dose of pop culture-y goodness. Occasionally they’ll do round-ups of their favorite books, movies, and music and those are always so great. For the most part though, they stick to what’s currently trending.

WHEN IT AIRS

Multiple times a week with the off-hand episode thrown in every once in a while is something major is happening.

RECENT EPISODES

If Beale Street Could Talk: After winning an Oscar in 2017 for Moonlight, director Barry Jenkins is back with If Beale Street Could Talk. This time, he adapts a James Baldwin novel for the screen.

The 2019 Golden Globes: Green Book and Bohemian Rhapsody unexpectedly won big. So did thanking your parents and going on just a little too long. It’s the wee hours of Monday morning, and we are wrapping up this year’s big winners and big surprises.


The Daily
WHAT IT’S ABOUT

Coming from The New York Times, The Daily is a podcast about “how the news should sound.” It’s a great way to begin my day; the Important Things I Should Know are presented in a casual, conversational way that I really enjoy and makes me feel more knowledgeable about what’s happening in America. At the end of 2018 they revisited their favorite episodes of the year and one in particular (An Ongoing Look into the Origins of Trump’s Wealth) was fascinating…in a bewildering, horrifying way.

WHEN IT AIRS

Every weekday.

RECENT EPISODES

What a Border Sheriff Thinks About the Wall: A sheriff in Arizona tells us how President Trump’s immigration policies have played out in his county, and why his interpretation on the president’s message has changed.

The Republicans’ Shutdown Strategy: As the shutdown drags into its 20th day, both President Trump and Democratic leaders appear to be doubling down.

This Popular Science podcast is just what it says it is: the host present the weirdest facts they learned that week. I’m really into strange and odd trivia so sometimes I’m already aware of their stories, but that doesn’t hinder my enjoyment at all!

WHEN IT AIRS

Season one has currently ended, but season two is in the works!

RECENT EPISODES

Torturous Treadmills, Champagne and Balls, History’s Calendars: On this special New Year’s episode, the weirdest things we learned this week range from the origins of treadmills (your New Year’s resolution) to the origin of the sparkling wine and the New Year’s ball to the origin of the modern calendar.

Things We Learned in Season 1: We learned a lot of weird facts in season 1 of this show. Rachel and long-suffering producer Jason reflect on the first 25 episodes of The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week and go through the data to figure out the weirdest things we learned, what types of stories win most often, and who taught us the most weird things.


Unspooled
WHAT IT’S ABOUT

In Unspooled Paul and Amy go through the AFI’s top 100 movies list and discussed what makes them so great – and if they truly deserve their spot on the list. I’ll be honest, there’s a segment in each episode I skip: the interview. They’re not interesting to me; I’m just there for the movie analysis and breakdown. Also, in the early episode there was more juvenile/frat boy humor than I care for, but thankfully they seem to have toned that down a LOT. My favorite part of the show always comes at the very end: they choose their next movie by rolling a 100-sided dice.

WHEN IT AIRS

Thursdays.

RECENT EPISODES

Unforgiven: Amy & Paul saddle up for Clint Eastwood’s revisionist 1992 Western Unforgiven! They ask if Gene Hackman is truly the villain of the piece, put the film in the context of Eastwood’s career, and praise the script’s comic touches.

The Searchers: This week Amy & Paul ride deep into Texas for The Searchers! They discuss the complicated legacy of John Wayne, place the film in the context of Western history, and look at The Searchers’ influence on directors from Martin Scorsese to George Lucas.


Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!
WHAT IT’S ABOUT

I don’t always listen to podcasts the second they come out, but when I do, it’s Wait Wait. NPR’s news quiz show is one I’ll even listen to on air! It’s engaging and funny and a great recap of what went on in the world over the week. Plus Paula Poundstone is the best.

WHEN IT AIRS

Saturdays.

RECENT EPISODES

Mike D’Antoni: Mike D’Antoni, NBA head coach, joins us along with penalists Paula Poundstone, Roxanne Roberts, and Luke Burbank.

Years in Review Part 2: We look back at important news stories of 2018, play a new bluff game, and revisit our time with Levar Burton and Uzo Aduba.

Podcasts I’m currently loving: Science/History!

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!)
Food
Aaron Mahnke (these podcasts were all created by Mahnke – SO good!)
Christianity
Sporadic Listens

Today’s recommendations are probably the shows I listen to and binge the most ♥

SCIENCE/HISTORY

Gone
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.

RECENT EPISODES

“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.


Mythology
WHAT IT’S ABOUT

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

Every Tuesday.

RECENT EPISODES

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?


Ologies
WHAT IT’S ABOUT

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

Every Tuesday.

RECENT EPISODES

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.


Sawbones
WHAT IT’S ABOUT

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

Every Friday.

RECENT EPISODES

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.


Science Friday
WHAT IT’S ABOUT

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.

RECENT EPISODES

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?


Sidedoor
WHAT IT’S ABOUT

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 :(

RECENT EPISODES

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.


Slow Burn
WHAT IT’S ABOUT

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

Wednesdays.

RECENT EPISODES

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.

RECENT EPISODES

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.


You Must Remember This
WHAT IT’S ABOUT

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

Tuesdays.

RECENT EPISODES

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.

Podcasts I’m currently loving: sporadic listens!

Aaah, day five! If you’re just popping onto the blog, all week I’ve been sharing podcasts I’m currently loving, after desperately wanting to update a list I posted back in 2016. Instead of doing one massive list, I decided to break it up into a week-long series. If you’ve missed a day, check out my recs for shorty shows (podcasts with episodes 10 minutes or less), podcasts about food, podcasts created by Aaron Mahnke, and podcasts about Christianity.

Today I’m switching it up a bit. Instead of bringing you the shows I absolutely CAN’T miss, I’m going to highlight shows I enjoy, but I don’t listen to every episode.

SPORADIC LISTENS

Imagined Life
WHAT IT’S ABOUT

My sister first introduced me to this one. Each episode takes the listener on a journey in the steps of someone well-known…before they were famous. Sprinkled throughout the episode are clues as to the person’s identity, but it’s not until the end that it’s revealed who ‘you’ are. I really should listen to this one more often – trying to figure out the clues is SO fun!

WHEN IT AIRS

Sundays.

RECENT EPISODES

The Perfectionist: Your work is a reflection of the world inside your head, but it’s never good enough. You wonder if, maybe, you’re the one who is not good enough.

The Chameleon: You aren’t afraid to speak your mind and use your platform to defend those in need. Now you need to learn how to speak up for yourself.


Radiolab
WHAT IT’S ABOUT

If something is connected to NPR, I’m going to love it. I used to work on Saturdays and when I was heading home at 2:30, my local NPR station just happened to be airing Radiolab. I was hooked for the longest time, but once I moved to a Monday – Friday schedule, I fell out of my Radiolab habit, even with podcasts readily available. Since 2002, Radiolab has been devoted to “investigating a strange world.” Poison Control, Unraveling Bolero, and Patient Zero are all excellent episodes.

WHEN IT AIRS

Biweekly.

RECENT EPISODES

Radiolab Scavenger Hunt: The question we get more than any other here at Radiolab is “Where do all those stories come from?” Today, for the first time ever, we divulge our secret recipe for story-finding. Veteran Radiolab story scout Latif Nasser takes our newest producer Rachael Cusick along for what he calls “the world’s biggest scavenger hunt.” Together, they’ll make you want to bake some cookies and find some true stories.

A Clockwork Miracle: As legend goes, in 1562, King Philip II needed a miracle. So he commissioned one from a highly-skilled clockmaker. In this short, a king’s deal with God leads to an intricate mechanical creation, and Jad heads to the Smithsonian to investigate.

When the 17-year-old crown prince of Spain, Don Carlos, fell down a set of stairs in 1562, he threw his whole country into a state of uncertainty about the future. Especially his father, King Philip II, who despite being the most powerful man in the world, was helpless in the face of his heir’s terrible head wound. When none of the leading remedies of the day–bleeding, blistering, purging, or drilling–helped, the king enlisted the help of a relic…the corpse of a local holy man who had died 100 years earlier. Then, Philip II promised that if God saved his son, he’d repay him with a miracle of his own.

Elizabeth King, a professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, describes how–according to legend–Philip II held up his end of the bargain with the help of a renowned clockmaker and an intricate invention. Jad and Latif head to the Smithsonian to meet curator Carlene E. Stephens, who shows them the inner workings of a nearly 450-year-old monkbot.


Stuff To Blow Your Mind
WHAT IT’S ABOUT

How Stuff Works has created some of my all-time favorite shows. Stuff To Blow Your Mind is always fun and fascinating when I listen to it, but these episodes can sometimes clock in at nearly an hour and a half. When I listen to this show I really want to make sure I have a good chunk of time to devote to it. Per the website, this podcast “examines neurological quandaries, cosmic mysteries, evolutionary marvels and the technological underpinnings of our transhuman future.”

WHEN IT AIRS

Every other day.

RECENT EPISODES

The Alien Biped: As humans, we’re quite accustomed to our weird vertical spines and precarious two-legged gait. But habitual bipedalism is far from the norm. When did it first occur on planet Earth? Will the robotic future walk on two legs? And can we reasonably expect alien lifeforms to follow suit?

The Room of Infinite Unpleasantness: If you were to create the most unpleasant room humanly possible, what sort of design choices would you employ? What would the space look like and, more to the point, how would it make you feel?


Stuff You Should Know
WHAT IT’S ABOUT

Another How Stuff Works podcast! Josh and Chuck literally cover every topic under the sun – and, honestly, sometimes I’m just not interested (gerrymandering or the military draft). More often than not, however, I am SO there. For a few months they did a little (ha) spin-off called Short Stuff which featured bite-sized, fifteen-minute episodes covering a topic they wanted to talk about, but just didn’t have enough for a full-length episode. It seems those episodes are now part of Stuff You Should Know, rather than their own individual show.

WHEN IT AIRS

Nearly every day/multiple times a week.

RECENT EPISODES

The Great Finger in the Wendy’s Chili Caper: In 2005 a woman named Anna Alaya discovered a length of human finger – nail and all – in her Wendy’s chili. Her cries of disgust would set off a media firestorm, a criminal investigation and a prison sentence for her and her husband.

How Often Do You Need To Change Your Oil?: First things, first: Take that oil change reminder sticker off your windshield and throw it away forever and never look back!

Podcasts I’m currently loving: Christianity!

Here we are, four days into my week-long series on podcasts I’m currently loving!

Missed a day? So far I’ve highlighted shorty shows (podcasts with episodes no more than 10 minutes long), podcasts all about food, and podcasts created by Aaron Mahnke.

So what shows am I featuring today??

CHRISTIANITY

The Bible Project & Exploring my Strange Bible
WHAT THEY’RE ABOUT

I’ve been extremely interested in bible studies and exploration lately. Side note: if you have any good recs, I’m all ears!! I’m grouping these two together: Tim and Jon host The Bible Project, Exploring My Strange Bible is Tim’s personal podcast. TBP features in-depth conversations on themes, theology, and history – and there are also companion videos on youtube. EMSB holds ten years’ worth of Tim’s lectures, sermons, and classroom teachings.

WHEN THEY AIR

Sundays :)

RECENT EPISODES

The Bible Project
God Series Recap: Recapping their series on God.

The Trinity & God’s Identity: Welcome to the final episode in our series on God! Today Tim and Jon discuss the Christian doctrine of the Trinity.

Exploring My Strange Bible
The Passover Meal – Gospel of Matthew Part 32: We continue to explore the Gospel of Matthew in this episode.

Gold, Darkness, and Dwarves – Gospel of Matthew Part 31: We continue exploring the Gospel of Matthew!


The Bible Binge
WHAT IT’S ABOUT

If you follow me on instagram, there’s a good chance you’ve seen me talk about this one. I’ll be honest, when I first started listening to the show I thought they were being WAY too casual and wasn’t all that into it…but now ♥ It’s one of my favorite podcasts hands down. Inspired by pop culture, Knox and Jamie wanted to make the Bible more accessible to people – and what’s more pop culture-y than reality tv recaps? Enter The Bible Binge. Each series offers a seriously fun – and educating – look at the stories people already know, as well as ones that aren’t among the Greatest Hits. Their first season traced the lineage of Jesus, season two was all about sibling rivalries. The third focused on David and the recently-ended fourth season was all about Advent.

WHEN IT AIRS

Sundays :)

RECENT EPISODES

The Wise Men: In our finale celebration of Advent, we’re taking a look at The Wise Men. Who were these guys? Who sent them? When did they arrive? Did they bring presents? Were these gifts any good? Matthew 2:1-12

The Shepherds and the Angels: In celebration of Advent, we’re taking a look at each of the players in the nativity. How did Mary and Joseph end up in a stable? How did those shepherds know where to find them? Should the wise men even be in the set? In this short four episode season, we’ll dissect the reason for the season.

Jamie is an author and speaker in addition to hosting this fantastic show. I only started listening to the show last January when Candace Cameron Bure was the guest. Their chat was SO super down-to-earth and I felt like we were literally just sitting around the kitchen table having coffee. After that I was hooked. Each week features a new guest – ranging from bloggers to writers to singers, everyone under the sun. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll be encouraged. I love this one and have discovered so many new people to follow on instagram! No lie, pretty much every single one of her guests I’ve started following after listening to their episode. Jamie also puts up links to everything mentioned in the show – from books her guests are currently reading/loving (something she asks in every episode) to social media links.

WHEN IT AIRS

Wednesdays!

RECENT EPISODES

Rachel Joy: My guest for The Happy Hour # 227 is Rachel Joy. Rachel is a pastor’s wife, mom to four and the Founder & Executive Director of Sparrow Women. Sparrow Women exists to catalyze the next generation of reconcilers. Rachel is a believer in strong coffee, long dinners, and spontaneous dance parties.

Lysa TerKeurst: My guest for The Happy Hour #226 is Lysa TerKeurst. Lysa is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of over twenty books, international speaker, and the president of Proverbs 31 Ministries. Her passion is teaching the Bible in vulnerably realistic ways that help others personally engage with God by connecting His truth to their everyday lives. You can find her most days writing from her sticky farm table in Charlotte, NC and enjoying life with her husband Art and the families of her 5 grown children.</div

Podcasts I’m currently loving: Aaron Mahnke!

Day three in my week-long series, podcasts I’m currently loving! Inspired by a 2016 post where I shared four podcasts, I finally decided to make an updated list!

Missed the others? I shared my favorite shorty shows, the podcasts that are all under 10 minutes and food podcasts!

Like I stated in the previous posts, the ones highlighted this week are ongoing shows. So although I enjoyed and recommend them, you won’t find any mentions of podcasts like The RFK Tapes, Dirty John, or The Paycheck.

Today’s topic is a little different than the first two. Today I’m sharing shows from the same creator.

AARON MAHNKE

Cabinet of Curiosities
WHAT IT’S ABOUT

So technically I could have included Cabinet of Curiosities with the shorty shows – the episodes average around 11 minutes. Our world is full of the unexplainable and Aaron Mahnke wants to share these oddities with his listeners. Each episode is broken into two segments separated by an ad. They might be loosely connected, they might not. Whether Aaron is telling a tale about a person or an object, I soak up every second.

WHEN IT AIRS

Twice a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

RECENT EPISODES

Small Wonders: This tour of the Cabinet will expose visitors to things so small they’re barely visible, and sounds so deadly they shouldn’t be heard.

The Little Giant: Some people break through barriers with the power of their will, while others rise above in the more literal sense.


Lore
WHAT IT’S ABOUT

Lore was one of the four podcasts I initially mentioned three years ago in my first post on podcasts. Since then Amazon had turned it into a show and Mahnke has become a Big Deal. According to its site, Lore has over 175 million listens! This show tells tales of real-life scary stories, whether they feature historical figures, places, or events, all presented in a campfire-esque way.

WHEN IT AIRS

Every other Monday.

RECENT EPISODES

Layers: We love to simplify things. Easy is better than complex, after all, and simple things are each to understand. Sadly though, the people around us are far from simple; they are complex and layered, with deep, hidden stories just waiting to be discovered.

Anchored: The ocean is very food at taking things from us, but we are equally skilled at not forgetting. Still, no matter how many stories we tell about lost ships and vanished loved ones, it will never bring them back. At least, that’s what most people believe.


Unobscured
WHAT IT’S ABOUT

The newest of Mahnke’s shows, Unobscured digs “deep and sheds light on some of history’s darkest moments.” The first season, focused on the Salem Witch Trials, has wrapped up but I’m very curious what’s in store for season two! Also, the site has a fantastic resources page with maps, links, and numerous books.

WHEN IT AIRS

Season one has ended, but shows come out on a weekly basis.

RECENT EPISODES

BONUS EPISODE: Interview with Emerson Baker: Our interview with Emerson Baker, interim dean and history professor at Salem State University and author of A Storm of Witchcraft: The Salem Trials and the American Experience.

Making Amends: How does a community recover from a tragedy that claims over two dozen lives? How do they even begin to pick up the pieces and make things right again? And when it’s all said and done, what can the rest of the world learn from the 300-year old mistakes of colonial New England village? The answers aren’t as easy as they might appear.