Happy Friday to you! Any exciting weekend plans? I'll be travelling this weekend until late next week, so things around here might be a bit quieter than usual. But I've got the biggest podcast playlist waiting for me, and I'm really excited about jumping into it on a flight later tonight.
If you haven't yet, you have to check out the first episode from Embedded called The House [March 31, 35 minutes]. It's this week's standout pick! Embedded is the brand new podcast from NPR where host and journalist Kelly McEvers takes a story from the news that she's curious about -- a story that leaves her with a lot of questions -- and dives deep into it. In The House, she travels to Austin, Indiana, a small town that experienced an unprecedented HIV outbreak last spring. She talks candidly to those affected -- most of them also addicted to the painkiller Opana -- and to the town's sole doctor who treats them. Their conversations are fascinating, and I'd recommend checking it out if you haven't already.
These five new podcast episodes were also really great this week...
- Every (Dead) Body Has A Story from Only Human [March 29, 29 minutes]. Conversations with first year medical students about the lives behind the cadavers they learn from.
- Put a Ring on It from Your Story Here [March 31, 35 minutes]. Beautiful interviews with four individuals: a young Turkish immigrant, a retired Navy pilot, and a happily married couple (the parents of host Lizzie Peabody!).
- Right Hand Woman from Call Your Girlfriend [April 1, 57 minutes]. Hosts Ann and Amina chat with the brilliant Huma Abedin, longtime aide to Hillary Clinton.
- Standing Over the Bed from Nocturne [March 28, 29 minutes]. Host Vanessa Lowe brings to life the horrifying night terrors endured by one brave man night after night.
- The Second #ReadingThings Book Club Meeting Is Now In Session! from A Few Things with Claire and Erica [March 30, 51 minutes]. The author of this month's book pick makes a surprise appearance and it's a really fun listen.
Finally, these five links from around the web made me smile this week: