Happy Thursday to you! This week's round-up is one day early because tomorrow, at the crack of dawn, I'm headed to Yellowstone National Park for a week-long camping trip and my first ever half marathon! I'm equal parts excited and nervous (the views! the fresh air! the bears! the thirteen miles!). Things will be quiet around here next week, but I'll be back on Monday, June 20th, with a podcast playlist for your ears. In the meantime (when there's phone service!) I'll be posting photos of the sights on Instagram, if you'd like to follow along. And if you have any recommendations -- for the park or for related podcasts -- please send them my way!
Speaking of the great outdoors, if you haven't heard the brand new episode from Code Switch called Made For You And Me [June 8, 21 minutes], I'd highly recommend checking it out. It's this week's standout pick! Hosts Shereen Marisol Meraji and Adrian Florido chat about the fact that last year, 80% of all staff, volunteers, and visitors to the country's national parks were white. They examine the stereotypes and the truths behind that number, and they talk with the National Park Service's Office of Relevancy, Diversity, and Inclusion about how they're working to change it. Made for You And Me is the second episode from NPR's Code Switch, and it's a really great listen. Go check it out if you haven't already.
These ten new podcast episodes (listed alphabetically) were also incredible this week, if you're in the listening mood...
- Court of Memory from Memory Motel [June 7, 37 minutes]. A fascinating look at the malleability of memory, its critical role in America's legal system, and the reason some courts are giving less weight to eyewitness testimonies.
- H-Day from 99% Invisible [June 7, 19 minutes]. The team talks with a dozen random Swedes about September 3, 1967 -- the day the country's drivers switched from the left side of the road to the right.
- Julianna Barwick from Oh Boy by Man Repeller [June 6, 1 hour, 2 minutes]. The brilliant Julianna Barwick chats with host Jay Buim about her growing career in music. The second half of their conversation is particularly great.
- Meet Chris Mosier, the First Openly Transgender Athlete on a U.S. National Team from Uninterrupted [June 6, 23 minutes]. Host Caitlin Abber sits down with transgender duathlon champion Chris Mosier to discuss his rise to the top.
- Message in a Bottle from Millennial [June 7, 25 minutes]. An anonymous listener reveals a secret on air that even his mother doesn't know, and host Megan Tan considers the internet's role in the oversharing habit of our generation.
- Naomi: Harry Potter Fan Fiction from The Mortified Podcast [June 5, 25 minutes]. A twelve-year-old Harry Potter fanatic wrote twenty pages of (hilarious!) homoerotic fan fiction. Over a decade later, she reads it live on stage.
- R.L. Stine from Crybabies [June 8, 51 minutes]. The author of the fantastic Goosebumps series tells hosts Sarah Thyre and Susan Orlean about the times he's been moved to tears, including the moment he met his hero.
- The Clean Energy Geek Squad from Direct Current [June 3, 31 minutes]. In the show's second episode, the team takes a look at West Africa's renewable energy revolution and the "geek squads" abroad who are making it possible.
- The Doorman from Modern Love [June 8, 22 minutes]. Actress and comedian Cecily Strong reads a beautiful essay about a woman's relationship with her New York City doorman.
- Unknown Legend from Human Race [June 7, 2016]. Host Rachel Swaby talks with legendary marathon conductor Vic Navarra, who also happens to be the man behind a 350-foot urinal (the world's longest!).