What Hurts is a new weekly podcast from journalist Phil Bronstein (Executive Chair at Reveal) and Dave Pell (the news junkie behind the email newsletter NextDraft). They upload every Friday, and their show covers "the week's top and bottom news" in an informative and entertaining way.
"Cue the violins. Once a week, two middle-aged Jews meet at the intersection of fascinating news and personal angst. It's old media meets even older media with Reveal's Phil Bronstein and Dave Pell of NextDraft ... This is What Hurts: worrying about news since 2015."
Their show starts with a bit of a news quiz, where one of them reads off an obscure headline and the other guesses the story. I like to think that I stay pretty well-informed, and I always learn something new from this segment. Last week, I learned that Russian spy submarines have been suspiciously "milling around" near the underwater cables that give us the internet.
They also share their thoughts on the biggest story from the week, like the end of the Playboy era, or whether or not the media has a "source code" for breaking big news. Finally, they chat about their personal pains (physically and psychologically), like political fundraisers, sore backs, or the apathy of their eight-year-olds.
The two hosts have a really great dynamic together and the amount of laughter involved in this show -- both from them and from me -- is probably my favorite thing about it.
So far they've uploaded five episodes, but there's no need to start with the first one. I'd say the latest episode would be the best place to start, or I Take Mine Scrambled, which made it into my October favorites.
What do you think? Will you check this one out? Have you already? If so, I'd love to hear your thoughts!