On Monday, I shared five of my favorite podcast episodes from the past twelve months, including an interview with actress Edie Falco, Lena Dunham's thoughts on work, and a two-part piece on improving the achievement gap. Go check them out right here if you haven't already. And if you have, read on for five more of the most memorable podcast episodes of 2015, listed below in no particular order.
6. The Living Room from Love + Radio. [March 6, 2015; 25 minutes] I don't recall listening to another episode last year that pulled on my heartstrings quite like this one did. From its summary: "Diane's new neighbors across the way never shut their curtains, and that was the beginning of an intimate, but very one-sided relationship." Through her apartment window, a woman watches the lives of a young couple unfold in a heartbreaking and unexpected way. Listen to this one asap if you haven't already. Just trust me. Also, close your curtains!
7. Belt Buckle from Mystery Show. [June 5, 2015; 51 minutes] Mystery Show got mixed reviews, but I loved every minute of all six episodes. I even found the ads to be enjoyable. For me, the best episode by far was Belt Buckle. It had a thrilling sense of excitement and suspense that some of the others just didn't. It featured a Swiss cowboy named Hans Jordy, a mysterious figure called Bob Six, and a tiny treasure found in a gutter by a nine-year-old boy. Belt Buckle was one of the most fun listens for me last year, and in the last few minutes, it quickly became one of the most moving episodes, too.
8. Brene Brown on "Big Strong Magic" from Magic Lessons. [September 16, 2015; 35 minutes] The entire first season of Elizabeth Gilbert's Magic Lessons was one of the best things I listened to last year (you might remember when I expressed my love for it in this post a few months ago). But this episode made its way into my favorites in the first three minutes, when the brilliant Brene Brown declared: "The only unique contribution that we will make in this world will be born of creativity." The whole episode was truly incredible, and I experienced countless "aha!" moments while listening, even on my third time through. If you're a creative person -- and according to Brene, we all are, like it or not -- you must give this one a listen.
9. David Sedaris (Parts 1 AND 2), from How to Be Amazing with Michael Ian Black. [December 22 and 30, 2015; 43 and 35 minutes each] If you love David Sedaris's work as much as I do, then this two-part interview is for you. Sedaris is always hilarious and insightful, but I really loved how thoughtful and sincere he came across here. He revealed some really fascinating bits about his writing career, like how he got his start (as an fine arts student!), his love for money, and how he never has a clue whether a story he's written will be a hit with the audience. He also shared his thoughts on the phrase "I love you," his relationship with his father, and his hobby as a street-cleaner (which I'd been so curious about since reading this brilliant essay two years ago). By far, this was one of the best podcast interviews of 2015.
10. Best of Both Worlds from Millennial. [November 29, 2015; 34 minutes] I really enjoyed tuning in to Millennial's first season, and this episode closed it out in the best way possible. In Best of Both Worlds, host Megan Tan grapples with the tough question thousands of recent college graduates face -- accept that 9-to-5 job, or commit to being your own boss? I'm not sure which direction I hoped she would take, but listening to her work through her decision was really gratifying, and pretty inspiring too. Also, the last five minutes of the episode made me very excited about what's to come from Millennial in season two.
So there you have it -- my ten favorite episodes from the past twelve months. Which episodes have been the most memorable for you? Any of these? And which shows have got you the most excited about 2016? I'd love to hear!