Happy Monday! Here's what I've been thinking about lately...
1. Women in podcasting. Did you happen to see this great piece from WNYC's Note to Self called 40 Female Podcast Hosts Who Deserve Your Ears? It's a really great list and it's been growing by the day since it was uploaded on Thursday. A few longtime favorites of mine are included (Millennial, She Does, Only Human, Death Sex & Money, Serial), and a few new shows I'm really excited about are too (Pardon My French, Ladies Who Lunch, 2 Dope Queens). But I noticed the list is missing some really fantastic podcasts as well, like The Bright Sessions, A Few Things with Claire and Erica, First Day Back, How to Be a Girl, HumaNature, The Intern, Modern Love, Nocturne, Phenomena, Presidential, The Riveters, and so many more. If you haven't heard these female-hosted shows yet, check them out asap. They definitely deserve your ears, and I'd highly recommend each one.
2. A living wage for interns. Speaking of WNYC, have you seen the petition on Change.org urging the public radio station to pay its interns a living wage? I hadn't seen it (or heard anything about the station's policy) until I came across Alex Goldman's series of tweets about it. The petition states: "Committing to an NYPR internship comes at a cost: interns trade 2-5 days a week for a $12 daily stipend. While $12/day makes internships difficult for everyone, it renders this potential first step nearly impossible for people who can't afford to spend so much time earning so little in New York City." On Twitter, Alex Goldman -- who interned for WNYC at the age of 30 with six years of prior work experience -- said, "WNYC could literally not function without intern labor. Its shows would stop running." The petition's creators are asking the station to pay a living wage and to share a comprehensive plan and timeline with the public. It's a worthy cause, I think. If you're interested, sign away.
3. Some festive listening for your April 20th. Will you be taking part in Wednesday's festivities? I won't, but I love a good excuse to go rummaging through the archives of my favorite podcasts in search of the perfect mood-setting episodes. If you're participating (and even if you aren't), I think you'll enjoy marking the day with these three great podcast uploads: I Was So High from This American Life [May 2, 2014, 58 minutes] (really eye-opening stories about drug use); Shine On You Crazy Goldman from Reply All [Nov. 5, 2015, 44 minutes] (when LSD unlocks a better you); and Not Your Mom's Pot Brownies (with Radiolab's Jad Abumrad) from The Sporkful [June 8, 2015, 29 minutes] (the edible future is bright!). If you're listening, enjoy! And if you're celebrating this Wednesday, enjoy that too!