Happy Friday to you! Any exciting weekend plans? If you haven't already, I'd definitely recommend checking out Mom/Not Mom/Aunt from Modern Love [March 23, 21 minutes]. It's this week's standout pick! And it's so good. Jesse Tyler Ferguson reads the heartwarming essay titled "A Brother's Need, A Sister's Gift" that Jerry Mahoney wrote for The New York Times six years ago. It's a story of totally true and selfless sibling love. At the end, Jesse talks about the reason he chose the beautiful piece, and Jerry gives an update about his life as a father of two. It's a new favorite of mine from the fantastic podcast Modern Love, and it's definitely the best thing I heard all week.
If you're in the listening mood, these five new episodes were also fantastic this week...
- Alice from Alice Isn't Dead [March 22, 22 minutes]. The story comes alive in the show's second upload, and whoa, it's a good one.
- Pigeons from Surprisingly Awesome [March 22, 34 minutes]. Do humans have a moral responsibility to take care of the pigeon population? I'm still solidly in the 'no' camp, but this was fascinating.
- School (Part II) from How to Be a Girl [March 24, 29 minutes]. A brave six-year-old comes out to three of her friends as transgender over school lunch.
- The Man Who Cured Everything from Only Human [March 22, 35 minutes]. A brief history of Bernarr Macfadden's ketogenic diet, and the surprising way it helped an epileptic toddler when nothing else would.
- When Cthulhu Calls from Here Be Monsters [March 23, 24 minutes]. A man sets out to find the mythical ocean-dwelling monster Cthulhu in the show's first ever fictional audio drama.
And finally, these five links from around the web made me smile this week:
- "When podcasts are in charge there will be no wars, just ears."
- Rashida Jones is creating the Breaking Bad of manicurists.
- Adding this new podcast about under-the-radar films to my list.
- The case for eating all of your Easter candy at once.
- This made me do the opposite of smile this week. Please come back, The Timbre!