Podcasts of the Week Ending February 24

Twenty Thousand Hertz :: Emergency Alert System

I’ve always had an fascination for those tests of the Emergency Broadcast System. I taped one off the radio as a kid, I actually did them as a college radio DJ, and about 20 years ago I heard one that was NOT a test (warning for intense thunderstorms, which was both a relief and a bit underwhelming).  Here is the story behind how they work.

Planet Money :: The Blue Pallet

Pallets are ubiquitous, overlooked, and seemingly hard to improve.  This is the story of how CHEP pallets revolutionized the industry.  My wife writes about pallets and her enthusiasm is infectious, so I loved this story.

The Nation – Start Making Sense :: It’s Time to Break Up Amazon

Reporting on the dangers of Amazon’s monopoly powers, as well as how mandatory non-compete agreements have helped corporations keep low-wage workers from getting better jobs.

Slate’s Hit Parade :: The Year Rap Music Broke

1986 is a significant year in rap music history, mainly due to RUN-DMC’s crossover hit “Walk this Way” which inadvertently helped revive the fortunes of the rock band Aerosmith (I was one of the kids who knew RUN-DMC well, but never heard of Aerosmith before their collaboration).  Chris Molanphy tells the story of Def Jam Recordings, founded by Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons, and how in 1986 they unleashed not only RUN-DMC’s hit album Raising Hell, but also Radio by one of rap’s first solo acts with wide appeal, LL Cool J, and Licensed to Ill by the bratty white kids the Beastie Boys.  Molanphy doesn’t end the story in 1986 though, but follows the ongoing careers of all four acts.


Ten Favorite Songs of 1986

The project continues with my favorite songs of 1986.  Read the first post for the detail on this project.

Bigmouth Strikes Again – The Smiths

Bizarre Love Triangle – New Order

Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes – Paul Simon

Don’t Dream It’s Over – Crowded House

Fall On Me – R.E.M.

In Your Eyes – Peter Gabriel

Kiss – Prince and the Revolution

Sadly, this song and its spectacular video are not to be found legally on the internet.

Oh l’Amour – Erasure

She’s An Angel – They Might Be Giants

Walk This Way – Run-D.M.C.



And my song of shame for 1986: Let’s Go Mets – The Original New York Dream Team

So what are your favorite songs for 1986?