Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Top Five Podcast Episodes of 2016

I love a good podcast, especially one that can change the way you think about the world or let you in on a subculture or niche you never knew existed. In no particular order, these are the podcast episodes that have resonated the most with me this year.

1. Revisionist History's The Lady Vanishes

 The Lady Vanishes explores the world of art and politics to examine the strange phenomenon of the ‘token’—the outsider whose success serves not to alleviate discrimination but perpetuate it.”

2. 99% Invisible's HoldoutWhatever her reasons were for doing it, she stood her ground. And she became a symbol, whether she wanted to or not. There’s even a tattoo shop in Seattle that does a special tattoo to honor the legacy of Edith Macefield. It is a picture of her little house, and underneath it—the word Steadfast.

3. This American Life's Seriously?Watching lies become the truth in this year's election. And a few people who try to bridge the gap between the way the two sides see the facts.

4. Radiolab's The Girl Who Doesn’t ExistAlecia Faith Pennington was born at home, homeschooled, and never visited a dentist or a hospital. By both chance and design she is completely invisible in the eyes of the state. We follow Faith as she struggles to free herself from one restrictive world only to find that she is trapped in another. In her journey to prove her American citizenship she attempts to answer the age-old question: who am I?

5. Invisibilia's Flip the ScriptUsually when someone is hostile to us, we are hostile right back. The psychological term is complementarity. But then in rare cases someone manages to be warm, and what happens as a result can be surprising.

All podcasts are available for free to download on iTunes as well.

(Image via Revisionist History. All excerpts from respective websites.)

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