If you're curious, here's what I'm up to this week...
Mourning: The end of The Timbre's era. On Monday, after a month-long hiatus, Devon Taylor -- Editor in Chief of the fantastic podcast review site -- published the saddest note announcing that The Timbre is closing its doors for good. I'm so sorry to see the site go. I've loved reading the thoughtful reviews and perfectly curated playlists from the crew, and their weekly newsletter always brightened up my inbox. But I'm so looking forward to reading (and hearing!) what's next from Devon, Eric, and LJ. No doubt, their next creative endeavors will be just as remarkable as The Timbre was.
Hearing: The very first episode of This American Life, New Beginnings, published way back in 1995. I stumbled upon it while searching high and low for episodes on motherhood (for yesterday's playlist), and I'm so glad I did. Ira Glass gets advice from Joe Franklin -- host of the longest-running talk show in television history -- and from his parents, Shirley and Barry Glass. And he hears all about fresh starts from three great storytellers. It was so much fun to hear the show's very first upload -- I loved the enthusiasm and excitement in Ira Glass's voice. If you're a fan and haven't heard this one before, I'd highly recommend giving it a listen.
Awaiting: The arrival of Human Race, the new podcast from Runner's World. Its host is Rachel Swaby (journalist and author of the book Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science) and it's a long-form storytelling podcast about racing, training, and running. I don't read the magazine but I do love to run, and the podcast sounds really promising. The show's trailer came out a few weeks back, and I'm hoping so hard that the first episode arrives any day now.
Reading: This great interview with Ann Friedman, journalist and co-host of Call Your Girlfriend, one of my all-time favorite podcasts. Ann reveals her dream collaboration, her most memorable interview, the worst career advice she's ever received, her favorite secret skill, and what she thinks a pie chart of the next ten years of her life would look like. She also plugs her favorite podcasts -- it's a really good list.
Learning: Everything I ever wanted to know about alligators in this week's upload from The Show About Science. The podcast is hosted by five-year-old Nate, who's an aspiring geologist. He interviews Adam Rosenblatt, an alligator expert at Yale University. Nate asks a ton of tough questions (like how researchers catch them and whether any mythical monsters have turned out to be gators) in what has to be the most adorable voice in podcasting. If you haven't heard this show before, check it out asap.
What are you up to this week? Anything exciting on your radar?