Alex’s Pod-cation

Although we’re taking a summer break from recording, that hasn’t slowed my listening habits! That is also pretty surprising, considering the crazy amount of traveling I’ve been up to the past few months…

Although I’ve been hopping around, taking a long weekend here and there, my favorite recent trip was to the Pacific Northwest. Spending three days in Seattle and three days in Vancouver was a whirlwind of a journey, but absolutely worth it. The views were gorgeous, the weather was pretty much perfect, the food was INCREDIBLE, and along the way I had a handy dandy stash of podcasts.

My pod interests are varied, but my pod-pals know that I’m a sucker for a show that’s either nerdy, or an intimate docu-series with heart. Pair those interests with the long flights to the West Coast, and naturally I was searching for binge-able listens.

My picks for travel?

Radiolab Presents: “G”

RadioLab logo

This beloved podcast is always covering something mind-blowing, but I fell down the rabbit hole with this mini-series that delved into the concept of intelligence. Really fascinating stuff that, at times, dipped into Black Mirror-esque territory. Plus, there are six episodes to work through, each around 50 minutes long. I downloaded these episodes to my phone and jumped in during those cross-country flights.

 

Ear Hustle (Season 4)

ear hustle logoI will never *not* recommend this podcast—it’s my heart and soul, and if you love shows that get close and personal, this is the show for you. Following the lives of inmates and former inmates of San Quentin State Prison in California, Ear Hustle offers a humanizing and honest look at incarceration. Also, it has a five-star rating and 13,000+ reviews on iTunes—you can’t argue with that. Personally, I was behind on Season 4, so I spent my hours-long bus ride from Seattle to Vancouver catching up with co-hosts Earlonne and Nigel.

 

Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day 

Screen Shot 2019-08-12 at 5.39.47 PMI think everyone can agree there are some words that you walk around your entire life mispronouncing, until someone finally pulls you aside. Although I had plenty of time to listen to pods while on planes, trains, and automobiles, I had to find shorter pods to fit around sightseeing and actual vacation-ing. These episodes are only 2 minutes long—give it a quick listen in the AM. The nerd in me is probably too excited about which words they’ll include in future episodes.
—Alex

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