In just a few days, I'm moving! Nowhere dramatic — just down the hall from my current tiny apartment. But a move of any sort can be daunting and exciting, whether it's across the continent or just down the street. While I sort through my belongings and await the big day, I'll be listening to these ten great podcast episodes on repeat. Each one celebrates the hope, the nostalgia, the frustration, the anticipation, and the mayhem that accompanies any move, big or small. And since I've got a few days and a whole lot of packing left to do, I'd love to hear your recommended moving listens, if you have any!
The Caliph's House from Snap Judgment [Aug. 13, 2010, 8 minutes]. After years in a small London apartment, writer Tahir Shah and his family move into an old, haunted mansion in Morocco — a country they've only visited once before.
Cleaning Products We Can't Live Without and Aminatou Sow's Guide to Using the Word "Girls" from A Few Things with Claire and Erica [Sept. 30, 2015, 32 minutes]. Cleaning essentials for move-out day, plus words of wisdom from Call Your Girlfriend's Aminatou Sow.
Everything In Its Right Place from Memory Motel [April 4, 2016, 33 minutes]. A thought-provoking listen on the connection between memories and objects (for the inevitable throw/donate/keep debates that lie ahead).
Mouth to Ear from There Goes the Neighborhood [March 9, 2016, 28 minutes]. In the show's very first episode, former Bed-Stuy resident Monica Bailey talks about the home she lost in the gentrification of the neighborhood.
Movements from ARRVLS [Feb. 25, 2016, 27 minutes]. Host Jonathan Hirsch and producer Sara Brooke Curtis make separate cross-country moves at the same time, documenting their journeys through the sounds they hear.
Once Upon a Time in Mexico from Snap Judgment [April 5, 2013, 13 minutes]. Rocio Flores spent her idyllic childhood with legendary artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo until one day, her father moved her to the middle of America with no explanation.