AirSpace :: Nicotine Stain
How flight attendants lead the fight against public smoking and raising awareness of the danger of second-hand smoke
Consider This :: Optimism About Case Rates, Vaccines, And Future Of The Pandemic
Is there a light at the end of the tunnel of the COVID-19 Pandemic?
Judas and the Black Messiah
This podcast series ties into the new film about Fred Hampton and explores the Black Panther leader’s life with interviews with people who knew him, as well as behind the scenes of making the movie.
99% Invisible : The Batman and the Bridge Builder
The story of how the design of a bridge in Austin, Texas lead to it becoming a center of bat conservation (featuring bat scientist Merlin Tuttle).
Throughline :: Remembering Bayard Rustin: The Man Behind the March on Washington
The life of Bayard Rustin, a pioneering activist of nonviolence in the American Civil Rights and labor movements.
Up First :: Christian Nationalism & Disinformation
How white evangelical churches perpetuate the ideology that led to the Capitol Insurrection.
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AirSpace :: Me and the Sky
The story behind the musical Come Far Away which draws upon the life of one of the first women to become a commercial airline pilot, Beverly Bass, and the grounding of 38 passenger planes in the small town of Gander, Newfoundland on September 11, 2001 (a story also covered in the book The Day the World Came To Town).
The Moth :: All Together Now: Fridays with The Moth – Caroline Hunter & Anne Moraa
I’m sharing this particularly for Caroline Hunter’s story of working at Polaroid in Cambridge, MA and discovering that her supposedly progressive company was aiding the Apartheid regime in South Africa, and how she lead the fight to stop it.
99% Invisible :: Podcast Episode
This podcast traces the rise and fall of generic supermarket products in the 1970s & 1980s through the story of the Canadian chain Loblaws.
:: Where Do We Go From Here?
The controversies over transgender people using public restrooms is only the latest issue related to toilet facilities that has split the American people. Designers in this episode note that public restrooms are actually poorly designed for most people and introduce a new design that would address the problems faced by transgender people, disabled people, and many others.
Planet Money :: The Old Rules Were Dumb Anyway
The COVID-19 is changing many of the rules from medical practices to restaurants. This podcast episode argues that the rules should not revert to normal when the pandemic ends.
Radiolab :: Translation
Several stories that address the idea of translation and attempting to find truth and meaning.
Sound Opinions :: The Replacements & Mission of Burma
Two of my favorite bands in one podcast. The Replacements get the biographical treatment, with the help of the author of Trouble Boys Bob Mehr, and then we hear an in-studio performance by Mission of Burma.
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AirSpace :: Rock on the Moon
Not moon rocks, but the music astronauts listened on the journey to the moon and back.
Best of the Left :: Modern Monetary Theory: We already use it, now we need to understand it
I didn’t know much about Modern Monetary Theory and it’s benefits to sociery, so I found this very illuminating.
Decoder Ring :: Chuck E. Cheese Pizza War
My grandmother took my sister and I to a Chuck E. Cheese in the 80s when we were much too old for Chuck E. Cheese. From this podcast I learned that the audioanimatronic shows were intended for adults and that they no longer exist at Chuck E. Cheese today. And that’s just the beginning of a lot of strange stories.
Fresh Air :: How Ordinary People Got Us To The Moon
Some great stories of the unheralded people behind the race to the moon.
Have You Heard? :: White Homebuyers, Black Neighborhoods and the Future of Urban Schools
Hub History :: Boston Marriages in Literature and Life
The history of romantic relationships between women in 19th century Boston.
Smithsonian Sidedoor :: The Worst Video Game Ever
I remember playing E.T.: The Game as a child and constantly falling into pits. The @#*!! pits!!!!
StoryCorps :: Remembering Stonewall: 50 Years Later
First-person stories of the riot that changed the world.
WBUR News :: Should Massachusetts Change Its Flag?
Massachusetts’ flag is boring and features a racial stereotype. We can do better.
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Radio Boston :: Capuano And Pressley Face Off In 7th Congressional District Debate
An important primary election race happening right here in Massachusetts.
Household Name :: The Last Blockbuster
The story of two surviving Blockbuster Video franchises in Alaska during their final days, and the strange nostalgia the store engenders.
AirSpace :: The Ninety-Nines
A group of 99 women banded together to advance the cause of women in aviation in 1929 with Amelia Earhart as their first president. There’s some fascinating stories of the accomplishments of women in this organization that still exists today!
Code Switch :: Talking American
The origins of the “Standard American Accent,” it’s racial implications, and the discrimination against people who don’t speak it.
Start Making Sense :: Has Trump Ushered In a Golden Age for News Media?
Contrary to glowing reports of a new “Golden Age for News Media”, media consolidation, budget cuts, and layoffs have deeply hurt journalism in our times, especially reporting on local news and politics, thus making people more susceptible to sensationalized news.
Code Switch :: Location, Location, Location
The history of housing segregation and how it underlines every serious social issue in America today.
60 Second Science :: Old New England Underground May Be Spry after All
Uh-oh! Tectonic activity underneath New England!!!
AirSpace :: 2001: An AirSpace Odyssey
1968’s weirdest science fiction film and it’s long-lasting affect on the culture of space exploration.
AirSpace Podcast :: The Right Stuff Right Now
Only one podcast this week, but a good one from the National Air and Space Museum on what it takes to become an astronaut today. If you’re of an advancing age like me and still hold out hope that NASA might have a job for you, take a listen.