October’s Top 10 Podcast Episodes

I talk about podcasts I hear to my friends just about every day, sharing the news stories, jokes, insight, or entertainment they provide. Now I’ve decided to collect them over the month to not only keep a record of what was great through the weeks but to also let folks who haven’t tried listening get some encouragement through these hand-picked selections of varying length and subject matter. Of course it’s all my opinion, but if we’re at all similar, I hope you enjoy any you listen to. Let me know!

Here’s my personal top 10 podcast episodes for October of 2014!

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Masculinity is So Fragile Sometimes

On her blog Brute Reason, Miri wrote a fantastic post about an encounter she had with a jerk in Central Park:

“Excuse me miss–”

“No thank you, I’m not interested.”

“Whatever, bitch.”

He started to walk away towards a couple sitting on a bench, but I whipped around like a woman on fire.

“What did you just say to me?”

It’s happened plenty of times, but it still surprises me because it feels so far from where I’ve been. My voice came out clear and strong. I faced him, looked right at him, as the couple on the bench watched on.

“I asked if you’d donate to–”

“No, after that.”

“I said have a nice day.”

“Sure you did.”

The post’s title is “They Lie So Easily”, and she goes on to explain that this small example should be remembered when considering the immediate and stalwart denial of larger violations, like harassment, assault, and rape. It’s also full of beautiful photographs that serve an important purpose in the piece.

Without this post, I wouldn’t have thought twice about something I overheard that same evening…

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Georgia Republican Party Mailing Hypocrisy

It’s nearing election day in the US, and as the only resident at my address, I’m now subjected to loads of political ads and mailings each week. They’ve all been in favor of conservatives, and perhaps entirely funded by the Georgia Republican Party. Today’s, though, demonstrated so concretely the hypocrisy and misleading nature of political ads that I just had to share.

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September’s Top 10 Podcast Episodes

Hello there! I’m Ross Llewallyn, and I listen to a hell of a lot of podcasts. I often share them with my friends on social media, but often I don’t get around to each one. Sometimes the moment of interest is more personal, sometimes it’s a bit off the wall, and sometimes it feels way too late to share.

That’s why I’m starting a new experiment! I’ll collect over the month various podcast episodes that were especially funny, insightful, entertaining, or weird. This way I’ll have a dedicated place to put my reactions to episodes, and people will only have to be bothered by my enthusiasm once a month!

I’m tired of missing and skipping starting this because it’s not the first of the month or whatever nonsense. It’s true that I started this post late into the month, but it’s so easy to make excuses to not try something new. I think it just takes a little push to get rolling into it, though. So let’s get started!

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The Mammal Gallery Kickstarter Event

Back around March of this year, I came across a Kickstarter for an art and event space in downtown Atlanta that moved me. It was an effort to fund needed repairs for the place, but the owners brought in larger themes about revitalizing a small part of downtown.

The Mammal Gallery (TMG) is on Broad Street, a spot I walked through while roaming around downtown and the Capitol last November. It’s a rough spot with few open storefronts or businesses in the evening, which I view as a marker of the effects of wealthier people leaving the area for Buckhead or outside the perimeter over several decades. The folks behind TMG say they wish to be an establishment that can bring business and culture back to the area.

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