Radiolab :: Match Made in Marrow
A story about how faith and science are in conflict, but how people who disagree can come together in dialogue (and still disagree).
Twenty Thousand Hertz :: Disney Parks
An overlooked aspect of the Disney theme park experience: sound design.
30 for 30 Podcasts :: Hoodies Up
Trayvon Martin was murdered during a broadcast of the NBA All-Star Game. Five weeks later, his hometown team the Miami Heat posed for a photo with their hoodies up. This is the story of that photo and the rebirth of athlete activism.
WBUR News :: An ‘Underground World’: This Urban Tent Community Is Dangerous For Heroin Users
A scene from the opiod crisis with a visit to a hidden tent community in the Boston region.
Fresh Air :: Priest Responds To Gang Members’ ‘Lethal Absence Of Hope’ With Jobs, And Love
An interview with Father Gregory Boyle of Homeboy Industries and how to care for children in gangs. You can also read my review of his book Tattoos on the Heart.
WBUR News :: 2 Fathers Who Lost Their Sons In School Shootings Transform Their Grief Into Action
Inspiration from two father who lost children in school shootings 20 years apart.
StoryCorps :: Temple of Knowledge
The story of a caretaker and his family who got to live in a New York public library. My dream.
WBUR Radio Boston :: City Councilor Tito Jackson
Interview with the future mayor of Boston.
Decode DC :: A Coal Community Divided
I’m descended from coal miners so the stories of communities torn apart by sickness and exploitation are particularly poignant.
Podcast of the Week returns! Here are five podcasts from the past week that I think are worth listening to.
The Memory Palace :: The Taking of Tom Sawyer Island
That time when the counterculture Yippies attempted a hostile takeover of the land. Disneyland to be specific. Except only about 200 of them showed and half of them were there for a goof. What a long strange monorail trip it’s been.
Smithsonian Sidedoor :: red, white, and brew
Home brewing is a big thing these days, among a stereotypical group of white men, but has a long history in the United States among women, enslaved people, and immigrants.
WBUR The Artery :: Stacks Of Books, But Short On Cash: New England’s Public Libraries Face Funding Troubles
Libraries are used to tightening the belt financially, but in these days of Federal and state cuts they are facing unprecedented struggles.
DecodeDC :: DC History 101, Swamps and Scandals Then and Now
The history of Washington, DC, built on an actual swamp, and how the development of the city reflects the views of the ruling parties over time.
ESPN 30 for 30 – Yankees Suck
Here’s a new podcast based on ESPN’s successful television sports documentaries. This episode covers the history of the notorious Red Sox fan chant and how a bunch of hardcore punks made a profitable business out of selling t-shirts emblazoned “Yankees Suck!” Brings back good memories of late 90s Red Sox games.