This is Love: Something Large and Wild
- From Phoebe Judge and the team at Criminal, comes this spin-off series that focuses on love, not crime.
- This second episode is one of my favorite things I’ve listened to all year.
- It’s about a world-class long distance swimmer and her encounter with a baby whale. It’s absolutely riveting and charming.
- This was part of the “Mother Earth” Podcast Brunch Club listening list, which has five excellent episode selections. My other favorite was the first episode of Threshold, which is about bison and absolutely worth listening to.
Throughline: Policing in America
- A surprising (and yet not surprising) history of policing like I’ve never heard.
- Like with so many other instances when an honest account of our history is examined, a straight line can be followed from the early history of our country to the inequalities faced by Black Americans today.
99 Percent Invisible: Welcome to Jurassic Art Redux
- Our understanding of dinosaurs is incredibly influenced by how they are artistically depicted, which has shifted over the years.
- If we had to conceptualize an elephant or a camel based entirely by their fossils, we wouldn’t know elephants had trunks or that camels had humps.
- This is a repeat in the feed (but with a few updates) that I still had to share. It's one of my favorite 99 Percent Invisible episodes ever.
Gameplay: NBA Jam
- An excellent history of the smash-hit NBA Jam arcade game from 1993. I have major nostalgia for this game and this hit all the right spots.
- Just how big of a hit this game was: It made more at the arcade than Mortal Kombat, and in fact reached more than $1 billion in quarters (IN QUARTERS!) within a year. To put this in perspective, Jurassic Park, which came out the same year, made about a third of that at the box office.
- This episode touches on the iconic voiceover work of Tim Kitzrow, but BOOMSHAKALAKA!, a follow up episode, goes into greater detail on his wild story.
Daniel and Jorge Explain the Universe: What Are Quantum Fields?
- “So the next you are out walking around in the world and you look up at the sky and you are amazed at how beautiful things are, remember that deep down underneath it’s a hot nasty frosty mess of quantum fields, oscillating and interacting and bouncing against each other [...] just to make your everyday world works for you.”
I tweeted a thread geared towards any podcaster or publicist/PR person who wanted some insight into pitching a newsletter.
An excellent visualization of Ira Glass's famous quote about the creative gap, made by Aletheia Délivré.
Just how empty is a vacuum on earth compared to the vacuum of space? A short visual thread I made.
Speaking of visuals, something I made was featured in Unexplainable's newsletter, which I was pretty thrilled about. I created these three visuals after listening to their episode about the replication crisis in science. They reached out asking if they could use one of them and I said absofrickinglutely (well, more professionally). Also, you can sign up for their newsletter here, which I think is great (and of course had already been signed up for).