Happy Friday! Any exciting weekend plans? If you have an extra hour, I'd highly recommend checking out Tin Man from Human Race [May 9, 40 minutes]. It's the very first episode from the brand new long-form storytelling show out of Runner's World, and it's this week's standout pick! I've been looking forward to this show's first upload ever since I found out its host would be Rachel Swaby, author of the great book Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science -- and the World. Tin Man did not disappoint. It tells the story of Randy Shepherd, who took up running after doctors replaced his failing heart with a totally artificial one. His new mechanical heart required constant access to a power source -- he couldn't even take showers. Yet Randy managed to complete a four mile race just weeks after it was implanted. His story is incredible, and it's one that even non-runners will find inspiring, I think. If you haven't heard it yet, definitely go check it out.
If you're in the listening mood, these ten new episodes were also incredible this week...
- Beauty School is a Little Outdated from Your Story Here [May 12, 30 minutes]. Host Lizzie Peabody hears from three total strangers about appearances, beyond physical beauty.
- Four Percent from Hyphen [May 10, 26 minutes]. Only 4% of artists in America are Asian-American. Host Parth Shah explores what that means in the show's third episode.
- If You Could Do Anything from Anxious Machine [May 11, 37 minutes]. Host Rob McGinley Meyers explains what he's been working on for the past six months, and it has me really excited about the future of audio storytelling.
- LIVE from The Bell House NYC w/ Eugene Mirman, Cole Escola, Amy Sedaris, Jodi Lennon, Jon Glaser, Ted Leo from Crybabies [May 11, 1 hour, 23 minutes]. The longest and funniest podcast I heard all week. Hosts Sarah Thyre and Susan Orlean are joined by a star-studded list of guests for a special live event.
- Living Fossils from Outside/In [May 12, 56 minutes]. Fascinating stories of two things that haven't changed in a very long time: the electric grid and the ginkgo tree.
- On the Inside from Reply All [May 12, 30 minutes]. Producer Sruthi Pinnamaneni falls for a blog written from inside a maximum security prison, and soon she finds herself in a close friendship with inmate Paul Modrowski.
- Special: Mother's Day from First Day Back [May 7, 9 minutes]. Host Tally Abecassis shares memories of her late mother with her two young sons in a beautiful out-of-season upload.
- Terminus from Someone Knows Something [May 12, 37 minutes]. Season one of the true crime podcast comes to a close in the long-awaited finale.
- Who Do We Think We Are? from This American Life [May 8, 1 hour]. Writer Mariya Karimjee reflects on the life-changing decision her family made for her when she was just a young girl.
- Women's Sports: A man's game from Reveal [May 7, 58 minutes]. A look at the loopholes and the legacy of Title IX, plus a chat with the historic law's "godmother," Dr. Bernice Sandler.
What were your favorite podcast episodes this week? Did I miss anything great? I'd love to know, if so!
PS -- If you're in need of even more podcast recommendations, go check out the Favorites page! It's a growing list of more than fifty of my favorite podcasts, both new and old.