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Two Podcasts for May

These two podcasts are rich additions to my list, which seems to be growing just as rapidly as my To Be Read (TBR) list(s). You can still check out my suggestions from February and March, and as always, leave your podcast suggestions in the comments or send them to me via email. Happy listening!

The NYPL Podcast
From Ta-Nehisi Coates to Joyce Carol Oates, Marjane Satrapi to Matthew Weiner, and of course so many more, the New York Public Library hosts conversations about writing, television, photography, and life. The richness of this podcast is irresistible, and must be added to your list, if it’s not already on it already. For timing, plan on about an hour to two hours, depending on the episode and number of guests.

New Episode: Every Tuesday
Listen: At The NYPL Podcast, iTunes, Stitcher, and SoundCloud

The Man Booker Prize Podcast
The Man Booker Prize celebrates the best of global fiction, and one book receives the honor each year. A longlist, and then a shortlist of titles are released throughout the year that are eligible for the Prize, which inflates my TBR list every year. Anyway, their podcast goes “behind-the-scenes” with literary experts to explore, discuss, and celebrate the love of books. It’s perfect to listen to during my commute, as the episodes are under 45 minutes.

New Episode: They coincide with the list announcements, so stay in the loop by following @ManBookerPrize or visiting their website.
Listen:  At The Man Booker Prize, iTunes, or SoundCloud

 

 

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Welcome!

It is here! My new domain, my new design, and what I hope will become a more consistent place to channel my thoughts.

I stuck with WordPress rather than an entirely solo website, partly because I don’t understand websites enough to be confident in going “out on my own,” and partly because I really love using WordPress. I still don’t totally understand what is going on, but I consider that part of the fun.

The email associated with my blog (contact@theressomethingaboutkm.com) is up and running, so feel free to contact me with any thoughts of yours, or leave a comment here. Learn about what led me to blogging and what led me to my domain name in my About Me section. I still feel a little shaky on this new bloggish ground, but my footing is becoming stronger.

Read my March Reading Challenge recaps, and see what is in store for April. I have no podcast suggestions this month, mainly because the past few weeks have found me quite busy with this redesign, being sick, and reading. I’ll start my suggestion list back up in May.

Finally (for now), I’m planning on doing a “what I learned” sort of post for the process of going from where my blog was to where it is now. If you have lessons of your own that you would like to share, leave a comment and I’ll link back to you. Stay tuned for more updates and my posts, and as always, thank you for reading.

-KM

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Five Podcasts for March

Greetings! Since I really did/do enjoy listening to the podcasts I chose for February, I have five more suggestions for you (and for myself) to discover for the month of March. And, if you didn’t join in the podcast party during February, you now have a chance to either A) Join or B) refuse to join because I called it a podcast party.

If you are a religious podcast listener and think people should know about the podcast(s) you listen to, drop your suggestion(s) in a comment below and share the podcast knowledge! Here are my selections for March:



Longform Podcast

Longform.org

This podcast is “a weekly conversation with a non-fiction writer on how they tell stories.” Longform.org itself is all about introducing, discussing, and sharing work of non-fiction writers around the web. What’s always interesting about interviews with non-fiction writers is that many of them are writers second, or third, or fourth – and other things first, second or third. Regardless of [not always] being writers primarily, incredible insight and knowledge about writing can be gained, and even if you aren’t looking for writing advice, the conversations are worth your time.

New Episode: Every Wednesday
Listen: On iTunes or at Longform.org/podcast



The Truth Podcast

Radiotopia from PRX, the Knight Foundation, and MailChimp

Like movies but wish they were shorter? This podcast is for you! Self-described as “movies for your ears,” these original stories are less than thirty minutes long, and cover a variety of genres so you can find something to your liking.

New Episode: Once a month
Listen: TheTruthPodcast.com


99% Invisible
Roman Mars and KALW Radio

Did you know the casing at the end of your shoelace actually has its own name? If you didn’t, it’s called an aglet, if you did, well, think of something common in your life and analyze a part of it you have never truly analyzed before. Like the mathematical determination behind the length of the basketball shot clock. Or where your mail really ends up when it gets lost. 99% Invisible covers these and so many more topics that you never knew you cared about.

New Episode: Every Tuesday
Listen: On iTunes or 99PercentInvisible.org/episodes


The New Yorker Radio Hour
WNYC Studios and The New Yorker

Presented by the magazine’s editor, David Remnick, this is a series covering a variety of topics and styles of discussion, almost always in the same episode. In addition to the full hour, you can choose to listen to segments, but only if you don’t have a lot of time, says me. I recommend starting with Episode 15: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Marc Maron, and the broads of ‘Broad City’.

New Episode: Every Friday
Listen: WNYC


Another Round
BuzzFeed

This podcast is a little less formal and less stuffy than other podcasts (can a podcast really be stuffy, I’m now asking myself), and since it’s a BuzzFeed production, you can probably guess that this podcast covers a plethora of topics, both serious and less serious. Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton are the hosts, and they are fun, fresh voices that grace my ear buds with every episode. And will grace yours, too.

New Episode: Weekly
Listen: On iTunes, Soundcloud, and on BuzzFeed

 

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Five Podcasts for February

Greetings! February is knocking at our door with optimism and a fresh perspective on the year. As I say my farewells to January, I am looking onward to new and continuing short-term goals, as well as updating and reminding myself of longer term goals for my blog, my professional life, and my personal self. One particular goal of mine is to explore a new-to-me form of media that is intellectual, entertaining, and worth sharing with others. The podcast is this form of media.

Podcasts have been around since the early 2000s, which means I am definitely late to the party. Although I have listened to a few programs during my time in college and a few more here and there, I want to find one or two that I enjoy listening to regularly. I have a handful of favorite television shows that I watch religiously, so there’s no reason I can’t sit down a couple of times a week to listen to a podcast.

 

Of course, as with my Reading Challenge, I’m reaching out to you, reader, to encourage you to join me. Now, if you have never listened to a podcast, or, like me up until recently, have only heard of the word but never understood what exactly a podcast involves, do not worry. I have combed through “best podcast” lists, blogs run by podcast-listeners, and my favorite media agencies and have selected five podcasts to pay attention to during February. I am hoping that by focusing on five, I will be able to find out what I like and what I don’t, and perhaps discover other podcasts to enjoy. I’m really hoping that I don’t like at least one, because if I become obsessed with all five I’m really going to have an overload problem on my hands. But I won’t worry about that just yet.

I will introduce the five I have selected in just a moment, but first, I would like to address the podcast-lovers and dedicated listeners who have already compiled their own favorites. Drop your suggestion(s) in a comment below and share the podcast knowledge! I am thinking about selecting five new podcasts every month, so I would love to feature your favorite(s) in the future. Thank you ahead of time; here are my inaugural selections:



Modern Love: The Podcast

The New York Times

The commencement of this podcast was announced just over a week ago, and is fitting for February, or should I say Valentine’s Day, which will be here before we know it. This podcast is inspired by the “Modern Love” column in The New York Times, which is described as “a series of weekly reader-submitted essays that explore the joys and tribulations of love.” Each week, a “Modern Love” essay will be read and then discussed; the topics vary and so do the voices – Jason Alexander is heard in “One Last Swirl,” for example – so I do think there is a story, and narrator, for everyone.

New Episode: Every Thursday
Listen: On iTunes or through WBUR.org



This American Life

WBEZ and Chicago Public Media

Perhaps one of the most well known and listened to radio shows, This American Life chooses a theme for their stories each week, and broadcasts the stories on public radio and television (have you heard of the show Serial? It shares creators with This American Life). From science to sports, politics to summer camp, and just about everything in between, there is a wide range of topics covered which makes this podcast a great starting point for someone new to this kind of media, or for someone who is looking for something exciting to talk about with friends and companions. It’s a truly great podcast to spend time with.

New Episode: Every Friday
Listen: Just about anywhere. Subscribe and/or download here


The Writer’s Almanac (with Garrison Keillor)
American Public Media

I was introduced to this podcast in an American [I think it was Short?] Fiction class at UMaine, and I’ve been listening to it off and on since. I would make this a definite must-listen because it’s short, it’s literary and arts based, and the text is included if you would like to read along or read later. From poems, condensed biographies, and birthday celebrations, you will learn about people and works you may not know anything about or you will learn something new about a favorite subject.

New Episode: Daily
Listen: On iTunes, iHeartRadio, writersalmanac.org, or subscribe/download here


WTF with Marc Maron
Squarespace and others

On a different note, this podcast is led by stand up comedian Marc Maron, and he invites fellow comedians, actors and actresses, journalists and writers, critics, producers, musicians, and a plethora of other people who are truly interesting and admirable. The episodes are a little on the long side (an hour or longer), especially those with more than one guest, but they are captivating enough so your attention will be strongly held.

New Episode: Every Monday and Thursday
Listen: On Howl Premium or wtfpod.com
Disclaimer: Foul language


Reply All
Gimlet Media

This podcast is “about the internet,” but this is an extremely broad description, as you will find out with a listen to any of the episodes. It’s more about how the internet, or technology in general, is used – and as it’s such a big part of our lives, these stories are about that: life. Not every episode will be for you, but there are so many that you are sure to find a discussion that sparks your interest; this podcast is one on my radar because I like that the creators  sought out a fresh way to have these discussions, by using something so familiar to us for [likely] unimaginable yet imaginative stories.

New Episode: Every Wednesday
Listen: On iTunes, Soundcloud, and Reply All