Happy Friday! Any exciting weekend plans? If you have an extra thirty minutes, I'd definitely recommend checking out Fake It Till You Make It, the brand new episode from Millennial [May 3, 23 minutes]. It's a fascinating listen. And it's this week's standout pick! Host Megan Tan, who's newly self-employed, faces a logistical nightmare as she attempts to turn her passion project into a business. She needs to register her company with the state. She needs to open a checking account. She needs to create double the content to start making a profit. But first she needs help. She makes her very first hire -- an editor! -- and that new editor is none other than Devon Taylor, the very talented former Editor in Chief of the brilliant podcast review site The Timbre. Fake It Till You Make It has me more excited than ever about Millennial's future, and I cannot wait to hear all of the wonderful things Megan and Devon create together. If you haven't heard the new episode yet, go check it out!
If you're in the listening mood, these seven new episodes were also fantastic this week...
- Kelly McEvers from Longform Podcast [May 4, 57 minutes]. Reporter Kelly McEvers recounts her days as a war correspondent and talks candidly about her job at All Things Considered and at her new NPR podcast Embedded.
- Mattresses from Surprisingly Awesome [May 3, 38 minutes]. I'm not totally convinced mattresses are awesome, but I am convinced they don't deserve half the thought or money we give them.
- Prom from This American Life [May 1, 1 hour]. Four tales from prom night, including one that ended in total destruction and one from the world's greatest high school dance in existence.
- The Accidental Gay Parents, 4 from The Longest Shortest Time [May 3, 33 minutes]. A sad but hopeful update in part four of the series following Trystan and Biff, the accidental parents of two young children.
- The Devil's Highway from Outside Podcast [May 3, 28 minutes]. Pablo Valencia spent six days in the heart of the Sonoran Desert without a drop of water, and scientists have no clue how he managed to survive.
- The Life of Bart from The Runner's World Show [May 4, 42 minutes]. Chief Running Officer Bart Yasso tells listeners about his jam-packed marathon schedule, how running changed his life, and his decades-long struggle with Lyme disease.
- We Found Joy from Embedded [May 5, 29 minutes]. Host Kelly McEvers re-connects with Joy, who's made significant progress since we first met her in the show's first episode.
And finally, these links from around the web made me smile:
- Podcasts saved -- and then ruined -- one woman's life.
- A great open letter from Goat Rodeo's Ian Enright to the guy who's dating his cofounder.
- A wonderful piece from Kelly McEvers in Lenny about coming home from the Middle East.
- Some exciting stories from Ari Shapiro's travels through India are on the way.
- Lulu Miller is now taking suggestions for words that could replace the term podcast.
- WNYC's There Goes The Neighborhood held a live event this week, and you can watch the video of it!