My Favorite Podcast Episodes

Without a commute, I seem to consume less radio and podcasts than many of my peers. But recent dishwashing and pilates sessions have made a brief space for listening, and a few really enjoyable episodes from Revisionist History reminded me of some past favorites from over the years. Here are five episodes that have stuck with me.

A Little Bit of Knowledge
This American Life

This brief segment is laugh-out-loud funny, with stories about words that people mispronounced or misunderstood far too late into adulthood.

This American Life

An incredibly strong episode from start to finish, featuring complex ethical, legal, and semantic concepts that are ripe for a lively discussion.

Gets into some of the science behind human endurance, and demonstrates that most of us rarely or never push ourselves anywhere near the limit of our physical capabilities.

A Polite Word for Liar
Revisionist History

A true life WWII thriller, this puts a spotlight on Larry Adler, a harmonica virtuoso, bon vivant, and spy, while also exploring the reliability of memory.

Where's the Vaccine?
Planet Money

An enlightening dive into what goes into making vaccines (spoiler: a lot of chickens in secret locations).

With all the recent talk about invoking the 25th amendment to remove a certain megalomaniac president, I was fascinated to learn about Edith Wilson, effectively our first female president.