July was another special month for the podcasting world. This last week featured a delightful event called Cast Party, which I mentioned one part of in my post about Reply All. The stage show included many podcasts I adore, like Reply All, Invisibilia, Lauren Lapkus, and Radiolab. Every part of it was great, each taking a step in a new direction that isn’t normally seen in an audio-only podcast. I especially enjoyed seeing so many people fill the theater that the show was being broadcast to from New York. I would have loved more of an opportunity to chat with these fellow listeners as the podcasting world is too often a solitary experience.
I did plenty of driving for work this month, giving me ample time to listen to many shows. Here’s the list:
A lot of my podcast listening in April was on the road or while playing games. It’s funny that I’m already associating the video game The Talos Principle with the podcast Wham Bam Pow because of how much those overlapped!
At the beginning of this month I also failed to but ultimately succeeded in installing a new stereo in my car! My old car cassette adapter system for playing podcasts through my iPod would always overheat in these coming hot spring and summer months. Now I don’t have to worry at all with a direct aux cable! Year after year of frustration about this has finally come to an end.
I’m happy to present to you my top list of podcasts for April of 2015:
Here in Georgia, Senate bill 129, or the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act”, has been a big topic of conversation. Religious leaders have been showing up at the capitol repeatedly to express their support of a bill they believe will allow them to discriminate based on LGBT* status. Georgia Unites demonstrated today to share the opposite opinion and fight for anti-discrimination.
The bill’s original sponsor, Josh McKoon, says it does no such thing as religious leaders champion and progressives fear, instead pointing to the controversial firing of Atlanta’s fire chief based on a book he wrote, without permission, containing homophobic material. Here’s a half-hour long video explaining McKoon’s side, which I skimmed through.
I have a lot of thoughts on “religious freedom” and its need for “restoration”. I think the priority religion has in overriding other laws is already often too high. I feel that nuance in different situations is lost when everything is subsumed by “public square” chatter. Overall, I feel this bill serves to further elevate the privileged and conveniently ignore the marginalized.
A few months ago I wrote a blog post about the comedy advice podcast If I Were You, hosted by Jake and Amir.
I was listening to the latest episode, “Ex-Girlfriends“, and noticed two questions in a row where I felt the guys missed the mark. I just wanted to note it down as a small example of where a diversity of experience and perspective can really elevate the discussion and give better advice. Though I don’t wish to tear the guys down, as I consistently laugh at every episode.
This will be a spoiler-free addressing/review of the game. I plan on writing a much more personal and spoilerific post about this game’s effect on me afterward.
It’s 1995, and you are Katie. You have just returned from your year abroad in Europe to an old mansion that your family moved to after you left. But no one is home, and no one is in sight. Only your curiosity pushes you forward. This is Gone Home.