Open The Mic Newsletter — Podcasts For The Weekend
It’s Friday, and it’s time to subscribe to new and interesting podcasts for your weekend podcast binge! Brought to you by Please Review My Podcast.
World Audio Day 2020 Recap — live365.com
World Audio Day 2020 took place on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 and we wanted to take a moment to send our sincerest thanks to everyone for making the event a huge success!
This podcast from the Science History Institute is an often gleeful retelling of America’s brushes with science, from great moments like the victory over the ozone hole to much odder stories, like the strange hype war between butter and margarine. Distillations uses stories of the minor and eccentric to form gateways into larger stories about science and culture, with an emphasis on applying what we’ve learned to the here and now. And many episodes — like an examination of the 1969 Cuyahoga River fire — feel like a crash course in understanding the systemic response to the coronavirus.
This podcast from the Smithsonian showcases the museum’s massive trove of historical artifacts, while doubling as a chance to shore up your knowledge for pub trivia nights. Alternately fun and sobering, Sidedoor sweeps through the minor and major arcana of American culture, from Olympic medalist Adam Rippon’s figure-skating costume to a close and personal look at the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Sidedoor is acutely aware that the personal is always political, and so are the many artifacts in its collection — sometimes with repercussions that are as hilarious as they are dramatic. If you’re going to start anywhere with this podcast, start with a story that’s unique to the Smithsonian’s area of expertise: “The Dinosaur War.”
The Ringer’s podcast about marathoning pop culture made a splash when it debuted in 2017 with a giant 60-episode season dedicated to analyzing all six seasons of Game of Thrones. As we saw in the recent debate over subtitles, a lot of people want to consume their media, even visual media, while they’re doing other things. Binge Mode is great at making you feel like you’ve accomplished a series rewatch or a book read-through without actually having to sit down and consume it. Until more shows produce audio drama adaptations, Binge Mode might be your best bet for marathoning in multitask mode.
In this 45-minute show, cleaning expert and advice columnist Jolie Kerr shares cleaning tips, answers reader questions and gets really real with a rotating cast of guests about the messes life throws our way. If you’re plagued by ‘pit stains, not entirely clear on how to clean a toilet, or just morbidly curious about how often people are laundering their bathrobes, this is the show for you.
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