Hello! Any exciting weekend plans? I'll probably be holed up in my tiny apartment once the blizzard arrives tonight. Any snow at all is a big deal where I'm living, and we're expecting around two feet of it. Luckily I'm all stocked up on candles, books, dog treats, and red wine. There's also a seriously long podcast playlist that's calling my name.
If you've got an extra twenty minutes, I'd recommend checking out Missed Connection from Modern Love. It's this week's standout episode! And it's the very first upload from the brand new podcast created by The New York Times and Boston's WBUR.
If you aren't familiar with the column, Modern Love is a series of reader-submitted relationship essays that appear in the Fashion & Style pages of The New York Times each week. The new podcast -- which is hosted by Meghna Chakrabarti and will feature famous names like Judd Apatow and January Jones -- will bring these stories to life in a whole new way. Episodes also include conversations with the essayists, who in some cases wrote their pieces years ago. It's so fun to hear them follow up on the stories they wrote. The first and second episodes (both uploaded on Wednesday) were complete opposites, but both so, so good.
If you're stuck indoors like me and are in a listening mood, these three episodes were also fantastic...
- Something Only I Can See from This American Life. [Jan. 15, 59 minutes] I nearly died laughing during act two of this episode, when comedian Tig Notaro called her mother-in-law to the stage to perform her best mom joke.
- The Making of 'Making a Murderer' from Here's the Thing with Alec Baldwin. [Jan. 19, 40 minutes] An interview with the creators of the ten-part Netflix documentary. Required listening for those who've been bit by the bug.
- Storytelling, Shopping, and Simplifying with Erin Boyle from Why Do We Have Things? [Jan. 19, 1 hour, 3 minutes] An inspiring interview with the writer behind Reading My Tea Leaves and the brand new book Simple Matters.
And finally, these six links from around the web made me smile this week: