Happy Friday to you! Any exciting weekend plans? If you've got an extra thirty minutes, I'd highly recommend checking out Mouth to Ear from There Goes the Neighborhood [March 9, 29 minutes]. It's this week's standout pick!
It's the first episode in the eight-part series from WNYC and The Nation Magazine, and it's really good. Host Kai Wright explores the gentrification phenomenon that's radically re-shaping Brooklyn, where the median home price is $700,000 and the median income is $46,000. He talks to several residents who've been affected, including Monica Bailey, who was recently forced out of her Bed-Stuy apartment after thirty years in the neighborhood. He also talks with Isaac, a developer who's part of the driving force behind the change. Mouth to Ear was such an eye-opening listen. I'm really looking forward to hearing more from this great new show.
These five podcast episodes were also fantastic this week, if you're in the listening mood:
- What's Your Worth? from The Intern [March 8, 36 minutes]. Host Allison Behringer prepares to negotiate a raise. The chat she has with her company's HR department totally blew my mind.
- Practical Tactical Brilliance (With Lin-Manuel Miranda) from Another Round [March 8, 57 minutes]. Heben and Tracy chat with the man behind the hit Broadway show Hamilton and brainstorm a musical of their own inspired by Jeb Bush's pocket-full of turtles.
- The Supreme Court Ruling That Led To 70,000 Forced Sterilizations from Fresh Air [March 7, 47 minutes]. The week's most shocking listen for me. Terry Gross talks to writer Adam Cohen about the dark history of eugenics in America.
- Milk Wanted from Reply All [March 9, 39 minutes]. The crew takes us behind the scenes of the complicated global breastmilk industry. It turns out, the U.S. could learn a thing or two from Brazil's innovative system.
- Frequent Flyer Miles from Surprisingly Awesome [March 8, 36 minutes]. Adam Davidson and guest host John Hodgman (hilariously) debate whether or not obsessed frequent flyers like themselves are rational actors.
And finally, these six links from around the web made me smile this week...
- Lena Dunham won't be retouched. "I want to be able to pick my own thigh out of a lineup," she says.
- Why Sarah Silverman is feeling the Bern. (Lenny killed it this week.)
- This new Amazon show is going to be good.
- This show, too.
- A home makeover has never made me so teary-eyed before.
- Sixteen warm-weather movies to ease you out of hibernation.