Have you listened to the podcast Phenomena yet?
It's a brand new show from host Monica McCrea that I'm really excited about. She's a university student in Victoria, Canada who's been uploading every Sunday since the beginning of November. So far there are only four short episodes, but each one is really beautiful and insightful. Surprisingly funny, too.
"I'm a 20 year old sociology student who is intrigued by the social patterns and phenomena that occur in the world around me... so, I made a podcast about it."
The first episode of Phenomena tackles the excitement of something I think everyone can relate to: receiving an unexpected care package filled with totally unnecessary treats. Monica says, "In the unpredictable mess of being a university student, probably one of the most godly things a student can receive is free stuff. Be it clothing, food, or being able to use the Netflix account of your roommate's parents, free shit is awesome. And as a university student, the holy grail of free shit are care packages sent in the mail."
The second episode tackles a totally distinct topic -- her theory that there are only two degrees of separation within the queer community. She says, "If you know two people ... you basically have a connection to every person in your local queer community, or perhaps even the world -- lez be honest." This concept had never crossed my mind before, and I wonder whether it's considered a positive, a negative, or just a fact of life for members of the community.
My favorite episode of Phenomena has been the third one. If you grew up reading or watching the Berenstain Bears like I did, you will love this episode. Monica presents the arguments on all sides of a controversy I never knew existed: the spelling of the fictional bear family's surname (Berenstein or Berenstain?). Theories like time travel, parallel universes, and the Mandela effect are all offered as possible explanations to the mysterious switch. I'm still sitting solidly in the -ein camp, if you're wondering. An alternate universe is probably to blame.
Aside from the really great content and the thought-provoking topics, what I love about Phenomena is the way Monica uses music and sound effects -- and silence -- to enhance her storytelling. All four episodes have been really beautifully made so far, and I'm looking forward to many more from this new podcast.
So what do you think? Will you listen to Phenomena? Have you already? I'd love to know what you thought, if so!