Every month, I share a few of my favorite podcast episodes across four different categories. Here are November's. If you haven't already, go listen! And if you have, I'd love to hear what you thought in the comments below.
Favorite interview episode: Julianna Barwick: She Does Music from She Does. This short episode (only ten minutes!) features the story and beautiful music of Julianna Barwick. I listened to it while walking Morty the dog one early morning last week, and I had chills the whole way through. I wasn't familiar with Julianna's work before even though she's collaborated with huge names like Sigur Ros and the Flaming Lips, but now I'm a massive fan. I loved the advice that she left us with too: keep creating, do it for the joy of it, and be kind along the way. It's not particularly groundbreaking, but I love what it says about her as an artist.
Favorite conversational episode: Burnout from Monocycle with Leandra Medine. Monocycle is a new podcast from Leandra Medine (creator of the brilliant website Man Repeller), and Burnout is its very first episode. I loved all eighteen minutes of this one because it was not at all what I expected. It's a surprisingly personal monologue from Leandra on her career as a writer and business-owner, and her experience with the anxiety and exhaustion that come with burning out. She also talks about how she's overcoming it by prioritizing her own happiness and celebrating the smallest of victories every day. Even if you've never heard of Man Repeller and have no idea who Leandra is, this episode is worth a listen.
Favorite storytelling episode (FICTION): Episode 8 from The Message. This was such an exciting finale from The Message. If you haven't listened to this show (from the beginning!) yet, I'd highly recommend downloading all eight episodes immediately. It follows a fictional team of code-breakers that's attempting to decipher a seventy-year-old message from outer space. I won't say much about the The Message's finale, but I will say that the last ten minutes threw me for a loop in the best way possible. I can't wait to see what's next from its creators.
Favorite storytelling episode (NON-FICTION): Birthstory from Radiolab (and Israel Story). This episode was my weekly standout last week, and it may be one of my favorite Radiolab episodes to date. It tells the story of one Israeli couple's long, complicated, and dangerous journey to fatherhood, and it touches on some of the greater ethical concerns surrounding the international surrogacy industry. If you listen to this one, be sure to check out the web extra too -- it's a five-minute recording of the post-birth meetings between Tal and Amir and the women who carried their three babies.
So tell me -- have you listened to any of these? Will you? What were your favorites from the month of November?
PS - October's favorites, if you're interested.