Happy Monday! Here's what I've been thinking about lately...
1. It's Presidents' Day! I celebrated a day early with a morning jog around the gorgeous Teddy Roosevelt island, and I'm definitely going to check out the latest upload from The Washington Post's podcast Presidential in a bit. If you haven't tuned into this show yet, I'd highly recommend it. Host Lillian Cunningham is covering the life and legacy of each U.S. president week-by-week with the help of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists and historians. Episode one explored George Washington's presidency, and the final episode will feature the brand new president-elect in November. They're only six presidents in so far -- it's not too late to catch up with a Presidents' Day marathon.
2. It was Valentine's Day! Did you have a happy Valentine's Day? Mine was low-key, but nice. Unsurprisingly, I spent most of the afternoon listening to the latest podcast episodes in my queue, and there were a few really great uploads celebrating the holiday of love. Radiolab's was fascinating -- it was about the lonely love lives of beetles. Snap Judgment released a really good one too. Its first act told the story of two adventurous strangers who got married and spent a year on a deserted island together. And Millennial's episode about the pains of long-distance love was fantastic. It had the most perfect ending. The Valentine's Day holiday may be over, but these three episodes still deserve some major love. If you haven't listened yet, be sure to check them out!
3. Serious Subscription Boxes. Did you happen to see this tweet from The Timbre asking fellow podcast lovers how many shows they're subscribed to? The answers range from 24 to a whopping 479 (that impressive number belongs to Dana of The Audio Signal fame). I'm currently subscribed to ninety-one, which I've realized is a bit too high for my own good. Some of those I never tune in to, and some I always ditch within a few minutes of pressing play. The Timbre's tweet has inspired me to do a strategic clean-out of my subscription queue this week. But first, I'm curious -- how many shows are you subscribed to? And how often do you clean out your subscription box? For my sanity, I think I need to start making it a regular habit.