Podcast Highlights, May 2017

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You can check out some podcast recommendations on Concentricity FM to see some shows worth subscribing to, but to supplement that, here are some notable episodes I've listened to in May 2017.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!

Senator Benjamin Sasse  |  05.20.17  |  Website  |  Overcast
Saturday mornings occasionally sound like NPR's quiz show, Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! Senator Sasse is an interesting voice in the Senate right now, and, as this episode proves, has a good sense of humor.

Futility Closet

Episode 144 - The Murder Castle  |  03.06.17  |  Website  |  Overcast
The saga of my interaction with Futility Closet continues! Skip to ~20min in to hear about how the coincidences keep on piling up!

Episode 147 - The Call of Mount Kenya  |  03.27.17  |  Website  |  Overcast
The main segment of this episode is amazing and inspiring. Stuck in an East African prison camp in 1943, Italian POW Felice Benuzzi needed a challenge to regain his sense of purpose. He made a plan that seemed crazy — to break out of the camp, climb Mount Kenya, and break back in. 

Episode 155 - The Giraffe Who Walked to Paris  |  05.29.17  |  Website  |  Overcast
In 1824 the viceroy of Egypt sent a unique gift to the new king of France: a two-month-old giraffe that had just been captured in the highlands of Sudan. The tale of the giraffe is fun to imagine.

Song Exploder

Episode 102 - "Day Breaks" by Norah Jones  |  05.26.16  |  Website  |  Overcast
While I don't know every artist or group they interview, I'm consistently impressed by Song Exploder and enjoy listening to the process of how the songs they look at are created.

How I Built This

Patagonia: Yvon Chouinard  |  12.12.16  |  Website  |  Overcast
One of the books from my 2017 reading list was Yvon Chouinard's business autobiography. Take a listen if you've ever bought something from Patagonia or love the outdoors.

Warby Parker: Dave Gilboa & Neil Blumenthal  |  12.26.16  |  Website  |  Overcast
I recently bought a new pair of Warby Parker glasses so it seemed appropriate to learn about how the company started. How I Built This consistently shows how much of success is being at the right place at the right time.


Episode 133 - You’re an Empty Row Person  |  03.20.17  |  Website  |  Overcast
Upgrade is one of a few tech / Apple-related podcasts that I listen to semi-regularly. I always enjoy discussions about organization (in this case iPhone app arrangements / homescreens). Also, this episode covers topics about the podcast environment in general.


Jason Barr on Building the Skyline and the Economics of Skyscrapers  |  03.27.17  |  Website  |  Overcast
Why does the Manhattan skyline look like it does with incredible skyscrapers south of City Hall then almost no tall buildings until midtown? Enlightening discussion about the evolution of Manhattan, and the mix of individual choices and government policy that created the skyline of Manhattan.


Brown vs The Board of Education  |  05.16.17  |  Website  |  Overcast
Witness is a great daily history podcast, with ~10 minute episodes. I learned some new facts about the famous segregation case.

Americans told ‘Eat Less’ to Live Longer  |  05.09.17  |  Website  |  Overcast
In 1977 a US government body first warned Americans that the food they were eating represented as great a threat to their health as smoking. A Senate Select Committee investigating the links between diet and killer diseases, such as Diabetes and Stroke, reported back that Americans should cut back on red meat, eggs,whole milk and refined sugar.

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