We've had a bitter and contentious election season, and somehow elected a bitter and contentious person to the office of President of the United States. Way too much being written/ Youtubed/ podcasted about that fiasco for me to bother adding any more than I just did.
Speaking of which, podcasts have continued to skyrocket in popularity, enabling some rising stars to catch my attention. Here's my current faves:
- Twenty Thousand Hertz, a too-short, very sweet occasionally published dive into interesting sounds. Created by a film and game sound effects house, it offers compelling background info on a topic which has always obsessed me: sound.
- The Rubin Report, Dave Rubin's audio version of his YouTube channel. He's gone completely Patreon/subscriber funded, and that's enabled him to build his own studio, and say whatever the hell he wants, and interview anyone, penalty free. This makes for some terribly informative listening.
- The New York Times just started a daily (weekdays) podcast called The Daily, a brief sketch of the important (to the Times) stories, professionally produced and so far, a good mix of news and features packed into a short format.
- Penn Jillette's Sunday School is fairly narrow in demographic, but I happen to fit into it: fans of magic, of Penn and Teller, and those interested in libertarianism. I started listening during the middle of last year, and it helped me comprehend that much-maligned political doctrine, and fleshed out a little of candidate Gary Johnson's background for me. The format is long and rambling, and seems like you just entered a long-running conversation between three best friends. It's not for everyone, but it has never failed to crack me up.