Open Thread + Podcast Recommendations

Did anyone watch the quickly canceled Zach Braff sitcom about starting a podcast? It was actually pretty cute and I enjoyed it, but haven’t thought about it for one second since I watched the last episode until this moment. I’m heading out of town on Wednesday and could use some podcast recommendations! What are you listening to? What else is on your mind this week?

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18 Responses to Open Thread + Podcast Recommendations

  1. Tracey says:

    I’m heading to Copenhagen but unfortunately I threw out my back and it’s going to rain the whole time I’m there. I really need a break so I’m going to embrace these challenges and study the Danish art of hygge. I also plan to eat many danishes. Possibly all of the danishes.

  2. welcometocostcoiloveyou says:

    It’s May, and yesterday, I wore my winter jacket to run errands. It would be great if it would get warmer here.

    I finished watching A Quiet Place, and I ended up liking it despite my handful of complaints about it. Good suspense. I heard there might be a sequel, and I would be on board to watch that. Partly because I heard Cillian Murphy is in it.

    I’ve really never listened to any podcasts. I am also interested in hearing recommendations from our group.

    • taoreader says:

      I’m glad you liked Quiet Place. Now tell me your complaints. πŸ™‚

      • welcometocostcoiloveyou says:

        My initial complaints still stand: barefoot walking, pregnancy, and making that kid do math homework.

        They did have a decent plan in place for the noise a baby makes, but as someone who doesn’t want kids anyway, I just can’t imagine raising them in what seems to be the end of the world. Like in Bird Box, oh hey, take these kids on a trip through the forest and down the river. And do it while wearing a blindfold! Nope nope nope.

        I did like the design/look of the monsters. On the one hand, I felt like the story was incomplete, but on the other hand, I guess I don’t really need to know all the details on how we got here and what happens next. I suppose the sequel might get into that, but if not, I don’t mind a little ambiguity.

        • taoreader says:

          Seems to me socks would be just as quiet as bare feet.

          I was thinking that they were planning to euthanize the baby when it was born to spare the kid and keep the family alive. I don’t buy how quiet the baby was when being held. Just plain risky, and surely bound to fail at some point.

          I guess I figure she makes the kid do homework to keep a sense of normalcy going. The same reason they eat dinner around the table every night. And it’s indicative of hope for the future, even if it’s false hope.

  3. taoreader says:

    I’ve never heard of the Zach Braff sitcom, was it a network show?

    I love podcasts. I queue up lots of them when I’m on a road trip. Time goes so much faster. Here’s a list of some of my favorites:

    Beyond Beyond Belief: Based on the ’90s show “Beyond Belief “hosted by Jonathan Frakes. Five friends sit around and try to guess if each story is fact or fiction. It’s fun.

    Wait Wait Don’t Tell me: The classic NPR current events game show.

    Fresh Air: Terri Gross is my go-to when I’m in the mood for an interview.

    David Tenant Does a Podcast With…: David Tenant interviews people.

    Dead Pilots Society: Actors do readings of comedy pilots that were bought by a network, but never produced.

    Judge John Hodgeman: John Hodgeman mediates disputes and decides who’s right and who’s wrong. Funny.

    Last Seen: Mulit-part investigation unto the heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. (I went to grad school with Rick Abath)

    Up and Vanished: True crime podcast about the disappearance of Tara Grinstead.

    Slow Burn: Utterly fascinating podcast about the Clinton/Lewinsky scandal of the ’90s.

    • welcometocostcoiloveyou says:

      Your description of Beyond Beyond Belief reminded me of a bit on Loveline called Florida or Germany. Dr. Drew and Adam Corolla would read weird news headlines and callers would have to guess where they happened. I really enjoyed that show lol. Hard to believe that was about 20 years ago!

      I’ll have to check out some of these podcasts πŸ™‚

    • Tracey says:

      These all sound so amazing! I love the Isabella Steward Gardener museum, what a beautiful courtyard. Thank you!

      • taoreader says:

        Me too! I miss all the great stuff in Boston I could just take a subway to.

        My all-time favorite color of blue is in that museum, upstairs in a very small painting. A real turquoise. So pretty.

  4. Tracey says:

    I have eaten several kinds of danishes so mission accomplished! Funny enough the best one I ate was actually in Sweden. It was a flaky pastry with sugar and black pepper. I don’t know how that works so well but it really does! I’m on my last day in Denmark. Tomorrow I have a day in Helsinki then time to fly home. I’m definitely at the point where I feel ready to be back in my own bed. Exploring is fun but I’m exhausted.

    What’s everyone up to this week?

    • gnidrah says:


      • gnidrah says:

        πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

        as you will have spotted, being in Scandinavia!

      • taoreader says:

        gnidrah I don’t know what I’d do every year without you to remind me about Eurovision! I love it and always forget when the finals are. This weekend I assume? If you post an open thread I will comment with you.

        • gnidrah says:

          πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

          I’m gonna be in Belgium this weekend, the Euro bat signal went up and it has gathered the Euro crew together there. I dunno how much wifi access I’m going to have as a result (I DO KNOW THERE IS INTERNET IN BELGIUM) but if I can, I will. If not then I plan to try to get a post together middle of next week to pick over the smouldering corpse of the contest.

        • gnidrah says:

          Apparently all my posts now start with three smileys. Here we are. 2019.

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