I moved out of the dormitories and into my own apartment my senior year of college. On the first night in my new digs I put a metal trash can in the middle of my living room, dumped all my old love letters, journals, and notes from high school into the trash can and lit lit the heap on fire.
At the time I felt like I had to mark the occasion with a ceremony, no matter how petty. And what better way than burning the physical manifestation of my past in a piddling dumpster fire? I guess there was some catharsis at the time but after listening to Mortified, a podcast about adults reliving their most embarrassing moments of their teenaged years, I wonder if I haven’t made a mistake.
Previously: Part One
“True crime” isn’t a genre I gravitate toward, at least not without a nudge. I was, for example, drawn to Serialbecause of its pedigree and not its premise. Though I listened through the end there were times where I felt like I should have stopped, like I was abetting something exploitative. Probably an overly-sensitive reaction, but that’s where I landed emotionally when it all wrapped up.
It was then with some reservations that I approached Radiotopia’s entry into the genre, bracing myself for a return to the ethically ambiguous. Thankfully Criminal‘s showrunners Phoebe Judge, Eric Mennel, and Lauren Spohrer come at the subject of crime and criminal activity from odd angles and avoid any moral quagmires.
Welcome to RPR’s network guide for Roman Mars’ Radiotopia podcast network! Like the Earwolf guide this will be split up over three days. Unlike the Earwolf guide, however, this guide will arranged alphabetically since these shows are (mostly) story-telling.
Part One is Radiotopia founder Roman Mars’ 99% Invisible, The Allusionist with Helen Zaltzman, Benjamen Walker’s The Theory of Everything with um, well, Benjamen Walker. Let’s get started!
I found out about this show by way of co-host Baratunde Thurston on Twitter a couple days ago, though the show notes say it was released March 30th. I only mention the date because I wish I’d listened to it sooner than later.
Panoply’s About Race (the truncated name used by the co-hosts) works because Thurston and co-hosts Raquel Cepeda and Tanner Colby let each other speak. It sounds simple and obvious but a lot of serious-minded podcasts can stifle the conversation before it even begins by trying to keep emotion in check. The hosts all speak with passion and are treated with respect in their turn. I learned a lot in the show’s too-short 50 minutes. I’m excited for the conversation to continue next week.
Ideally I would have written this post Monday night, when my brain was pumping out piping-hot ideas instead of my Tuesday lunch break, when all I’ve got are leftovers. Good enough, but lacking a certain freshness. I had a perfect plan, too: leave work, go to the gym, have a picnic with my wife and daughter, play with puzzles, watch some TV, put the kiddo to bed, spend some time catching up with my wife about her day and next thing you know Bob’s your uncle and I’m sitting down typing.
From my late teens to early twenties I worked at a combination pizza-place-coffee-shop in rural Ohio. Both the coffee and the pie were pretty damn good too, thankyouverymuch. Besides the good food and coffee, it was also the hangout for friends and local musicians so it made the thirty-minute drive to and from work worthwhile for me, though the gas expense was far from negligible on minimum wage.
Time for another round of Rec-It Ryan but pickings are a little slim this week. Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History was to my regularly-scheduled lineup as the Mongol horde was to the Khwarezmian Shah: occupying its time and leaving it utterly devastated.
I managed to squeeze in a few other shows though and, as always, checked in on the boys in the land new zeals to see how they’re doing on their quest to appease the Ancient Ones through brutal cinematic punishment.