Yes, I’ve been listening to Reply All. I like it a lot, especially the sections where they try to explain internet culture to their boss. Even if I already know the topic I’m still fascinated by their process (since I spend my days explaining stuffs to noobs and consider myself an expert).
Their Mason Reese episode – I had no idea who Mason Reese was and I find it fascinating how random and ephemeral popular culture can be. There are so many products/catchphrases/celebrities that enjoy brief, inexplicable fame. Why is Mason Reese one of the faces/voices of 1970s America? Anyway, I didn’t like when the producers tried to force their explanation of ‘Why is Mason Reese Crying?’ into the narrative. As a reporter, maybe you’ll understand their motivation, but as a trained historian I feel they should have actually listened to his explanation. (Which was, ‘Hey, I was 6 years old.’ NOTHING MORE TO SEE HERE.)
You asked what I do when I’m listening to podcasts. Huh. Hadn’t really thought about it. I listen to a lot of informational podcasts (Side Hustle Show, Planet Money, This American Life) on the way to work – often they’ll lead to conversations with my students – ‘I just heard something crazy/amazing/horrific, what do you think about it?’ As you know I bounce from location to location so there’s lots of dead time – which I fill with lively podcasts.
On the way home I put on entertaining stuff (How Did This Get Made?, 99% Invisible). If I’m exercising I’ll put on whatever I’ve got a backlog of. There are some (Sword and Scale, Criminal) I don’t want to listen to at night (too creepy) and any ‘review request’ that comes in through the site I try to do when I’ve got at least ten minutes to give it my full attention. Summary – different podcasts for different occasions.
Why did you sign up for a half-marathon? You know other people will be able to see you ‘running’, right?
It’s the 10th annual Podcast Awards soon. We should pay attention to the winners and stuff.