Make Your Commute Fly by With These 5 Stellar Podcast Episodes
Happy Monday! We can’t offer you a subway seat, but we’ve got the next best thing to ease that morning commute: Five of our favorite recent podcast episodes to get you through a week’s worth of workday travel (or, depending on how hellish your particular city’s transit/highway system is, a day’s worth).
StartUp, “Dear Music Fans…”
Remember Grooveshark? Founded on the noble idea of ending online music piracy, the erstwhile alternative to Napster wound up exiled from Apple’s app store and facing copyright-violation lawsuits from Universal and Sony. This season on StartUp, the team behind Gimlet are broadening the scope beyond their own journey, using each episode to focus on a different start-up—from their improbable successes to their lowest lows. In “Dear Music Fans…”, we hear the behind-the-scenes story of Grooveshark’s rise and fall, from its teenaged first employees.
Trumpcast, “The Johnald”
Regardless of November’s outcome, there’s one group of people that Donald Trump’s rise will absolutely benefit: Professional Trump impersonators. In each episode, Trumpcast brings on a different expert on The Donald; this time around, impersonator John Di Demenico, who started voicing Trump 12 years ago after binge-watching season 1 of The Apprentice, teaches us—and host Jacob Weisberg, editor-in-chief of The Slate Group—how to deliver the perfect hyperbolic one-liner. (Hint: Go nasal.)
Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People, “Alcoholics Anonymous”
You already listen to a ton of comedy podcasts. But this one, hosted by comedian Chris Gethard (NYC public-access comedy hero and Ilana’s embattled boss on Broad City) is no variety show. Instead, he has a remarkably interesting conversation with one call-in listener on each episode. This week, Gethard and his anonymous guest talk about alcohol addiction in the improv world and being a “performative jerk.” (And Gethard ends the episode by taking us down his own solo guilt trip.)
For more comics on addiction, check out Terry Gross interviewing Marc Maron on Fresh Air.
Finding Tammy Jo, “Web Sleuths”
In 1979, a 16-year-old girl was found dead in a cornfield in upstate New York. Her body remained unidentified for almost three decades, despite the investigative efforts of curious citizens across the country. Finding Tammy Jo, from the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle and WXXI News, is equal parts true crime drama and social analysis. This week, hosts Veronica Volk and Gary Craig delve into the Websleuths community—can online communities of amateur private investigators actually solve cases?
Archive 81, “A Collection of Disparate Strangeness”
Speaking of solving cases! Dan Powell vanished after sending his friend Marc Sollinger, host of found-footage horror podcast Archive 81, these tapes, detailing his attempts to archive a mysterious series of interviews from residents of a high-rise in the mid-1990s. Audio dramas are hard to pull off, but this found-footage horror podcast, with beautiful sound-mixing of approaching footsteps and warped audiotape, is unsettling and sinister. Join in the mystery now, and let us know if you can figure out what strange forces are at work in Dan’s bunker and the Visser building.
What are your favorite recent podcast episodes? What should we listen to this week? Let us know in the comments.