link love

Almost every blog I read has a weekly link round up post. I always love them and I've run into several things lately that I would love to share as well. 

Here are some fun reads and things for this snowy afternoon.

A piece on never wanting to be pregnant. Thank you for this Jessica Murnane. I find this take on motherhood and adoption to be RE-FRESH-ING. 

Aziz. He's basically the best thing ever. So excited to watch his new special tomorrow night on Netflix.

I really enjoyed the first episode of the new Vulture TV podcast. Even if they said multiple good things about HBO's Girls. This season is awful right?!

One of my favorite people in the world was on Fresh Air today.

I've got these in a shopping bag on Prana, but am still on the fence. What do you think!? I think they might be really ugly.

Obsessed with this song.

What else? Oh yeah, this. Quite possibly my favorite collection of GIFs ever. 

life is better when Maggie Shipstead writes about ballet


I heard Maureen Corrigan review this book on Fresh Air this week. While her voice and inflection on the radio drives me insane, I do often agree with her opinions on books. When I heard her gush about Maggie Shipstead's new book, Astonish Me, I knew I wanted to read it. Not only does Shipstead's new book come highly recommended by Corrigan, but it's set in the world of professionally ballet. That is enough for me right there. I love ballet movies, books, etc, etc. I'm fascinated by it.

After our book club meeting, I checked it out at the library (one of the biggest perks of living in a small, literary titles are somewhat easy to snag). I sat down with it last night and couldn't. stop. reading. Will hopefully finish today. It's great.

life is better with...this interview

I already loved Neil Gaiman. I love his books, his speeches, everything. Seriously, he's just perfect. I'm reading aloud his latest silly children's book, Fortunately, The Milk to fourth graders right now and they are loving it.

So naturally I was thrilled to wake up this morning, check my podcast feeds, and see that he was on On Point yesterday. Listened to this hour of radio while getting ready for work ...fantastic. What a great way to start my day!

Here's a link to the interview...I highly recommend:

Happy Friday y'all!

It's Friday! I've been off all week and I have all next off as well, but Friday is still Friday!

Fresh Air with Terry Gross has been really great lately...thought I'd share some of my favorite shows of late:

How Our Stone Age Bodies Struggle to Stay Healthy in Modern Times Breaking Bad Writers: This is It, There's No More Tom Hanks is Captain Phillips in High Seas Hostage Drama From Child Actor to Artist: Radcliffe Reflects on Post-Potter Life Big Pharma and Meth Cooks Agree: Keep Cold Meds Over the Counter



life is better (I guess) with these podcasts...

IMGP8139 Talk of the Nation, Fresh Air, The Diane Rehm Show, On Point, Q, Radiolab, Filmspotting, Two Gomers Run for Their Lives, Nerdist, Intelligence Squared and more.

Okay. So those are some podcasts that I truly enjoy almost every day. I learn a lot and I feel mentally stimulated.  And then there are these:

The Joy the Baker podcast

NPR Pop Culture Happy Hour

Slate Culture Gabfest

Double X Gabfest

I don't like to say that I "hate-listen" to these shows, but I'm afraid it's kind of true. Every week I find myself simultaneously annoyed and amused. They almost always incite a rant that begins with something "OMG I can't believe these people!?!?!?!" So....WHY do I keep listening? I have lots of interest in the topics,, yet I often disagree so strongly with the hosts' opinions that I find myself wanting to pull my hair out. It's like being at a dinner party with no ability to interject and voice one's opinion!

I mean, c' endorsement of banana pudding: "the ultimate summer dessert concoction of bananas, pudding, Nilla wafers, and whipped cream" or an in-depth analysis of Nicki Minaj's judging technique on America Idol?!

However, it might not be so bad to listen to the viewpoints that differ from your own...I suppose it's good for me...

Do you "hate-listen" to podcasts/talk radio?!? Am I the only one?!

Happy Friday Y'all! November 30, 2012

Highlights of my week:

Liz and Dick, Christmas trees, portabello mushroom ravioli, Sassy Fox, not feeling sick anymore, and reading this book aloud at work.

Also some great podcast listens this week...which reminded me of the RIDICULOUS mistake I made of leaving this lady off of my list of lady role models:

WHAT IS MY PROBLEM?!?! Dolly is one of my all-time favorite ladies..I love love love love her. Sorry Dolly...

Listen to this:

"After Decades of Dreaming, Dolly says 'Dream More'" Talk of the Nation - November 27, 2012

"Dolly Parton" On Point with Tom Ashbrook - November 28, 2012

"Slate Culture Gabfest" November 28, 2012

"What Changes When Women Lead" Talk of the Nation - November 29, 2012

"Flight takes on on Questions of Accountability" Fresh Air - November 29, 2012


Happy Friday Y'all!

Happy Friday! Thank god, again. It's been a rough week filled with no voice and yet another flare up of the sinus infection that will never die. Booooooo

NPR has got its groove back...except for all the Petraeus related coverage, but hey, I'll take what I can get!

"Deb Perelman: 'The Smitten Kitchen' The Diane Rehm Show - Monday, November 12, 2012 I've been reading Smitten Kitchen FOREVER. Love it--probably my favorite food blog. Hands down.

"Kushner's 'Lincoln' Is Strange, but also Savvy" Fresh Air -- Thursday, November 15, 2012 How am I just now finding out that Tony Kushner wrote the screenplay for Lincoln?! Crazy! Yeah, and I'm still not going.

"A Young Reporter Chronicles her Descent into Madness" Fresh Air -- Wednesday, November 14, 2012 OMG OMG Literally one of the craziest interviews I've ever heard. SO fascinating.

DoubleX Gabfest: the PetWell Edition Slate -- Thursday, November 15, 2012

"Heavy Rotation: 5 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing" NPR Music - November 16, 2012

So ready for the weekend--hope you have a good one!





thank goodness for those Gomers...

OMG. MAKE IT STOP. NPR---you are boring me silly. I cannot take anymore punditry, debating, and senseless political chatter. And of course there was all the Hurricane Sandy coverage, which I listened to interested, but wouldn't recommend for listening...

Thank god for the Gomers, who start a  new podcast season every Fall!

"Stretching in the Dairy Aisle" Two Gomers Run for Their Lives - October 26, 2012

"Slate Spoiler Specials: "Cloud Atlas" October 26, 2012

"Slate Culture Gabfest: Frankenfest Edition" November 1, 2012

"Perfectionism" On Point with Tom Ashbrook - November 1, 2012

"Good Run, Bad Run, Scary Run" Two Gomers Run for their Lives - November 2, 2012


Listen to This!

Sifting through the RNC/DNC hoopla on NPR has been quite exhausting...So much so that a couple segments from NPR Science Friday made it today!

"One Gomer Can't Understand What Bane is Saying" Two Gomers Run for Their Lives -- Aug 29, 2012

"Director Rian Johnson & more.." Q with Jian Gomeshi - September 6, 2012

"The Importance of Strange Science" Talk of the Nation Science Friday - September 7, 2012

"How Long is too Long?" NPR Pop Culture Happy Hour - September 7, 2012

"'Bachelorette' Sounds Dark Comedic Depths" Fresh Air -- September 7, 2012

I've been in a little bit of a podcast slump lately...due to the overwhelming deluge of political content (not that I am not interested, but I can only take so much). I've decided to bounce over to PRI International and listen to back episodes of the programming there--Rach: you totally inspired me, will let you know what I find!



Listen to This!

"Top 10 Films of All Time" Filmspotting One of my most standby podcasts...finally lay out their all-time top 10...very thorough as usual.

"First Listen: Gaby Moreno, 'Postales'"  NPR All Songs Considered  - August 19, 2012

"Bill Hader on Sketch Comedy, his love of Old Films" Fresh Air - August 23, 2012

"Unexpected Meetings" On Point with Tom Ashbrook - August 21, 2012

"Sidekicks, Holograms, and PCHH 101" NPR Pop Culture Happy Hour - August 24, 2012 Worth listening to just for the discovery of this cover of "I Wanna Dance with Somebody"

Listen to This!

yep...still kind of week later.

I better feel better tomorrow for the work week...bah

Some good stuff on NPR this week and now Mother Jones has a pop culture podcast?!? Amazing!

"How Books Shaped The American National Identity" Talk of the Nation - August 14, 2012

"Bob Spitz: "Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child" The Diane Rehm Show - August 15, 2012

"Donald Ray Pollock on Finding Fiction Late in Life" Fresh Air - August 17, 2012

"The New 'Glocal' Economy" On Point - August 19, 2012

"A Movie & An Argument" Mother Jones -- August 18, 2012

a very special...Listen to This!

I am so excited for today's edition of "Listen to This!"

The Louisville area now has its own local podcast! Woohoo! Twitter pals and bloggers Melissa and Linda are podcasting about life in Louisville at Louisville, Not Kentucky. It's so fun to listen when I am familiar with the voices (or one voice, haven't actually met Linda IRL...ha!) and the locales. I love podcasts and have often dreamed of doing one--it takes guts to put yourself out there and they are doing awesome! 

Topics discussed on the first episode? Jungle Jim's, bourbon, drag shows, Breaking Bad, and Romancing the Stone!! This was MADE for me! Ha!

Oh, and how adorable is their logo?!?! Designed by Kyle Ware.

"'Breaking Bad' And a Little Sad" Pop Culture Happy Hour - July 20, 2012

"The Ripple Effect from rising food prices" Talk of the Nation - July 25, 2012

"Christopher Beha, On Faith and Its Discontents" Fresh Air - July 26, 2102

"It Was All A Dream (Or: Turns out spoilers are good for you)" All Things Considered - July 26, 2012

"The xx perform live" Q with Jian Gomeshi - July 27, 2012

Happy listening!

Happy Friday! Listening & folding, breaking lots of bad, and those Dark Knights are rising!

Uhhhhhh so this is what it looked like outside last night. !!!

I have not edited or added any filter to these photos--it was like a horror movie out there!

Ready for the weekend! Excited to have Tate popping in for a quick visit today. Dark Knight Rises tonight, teaching tomorrow morning, finish  Breaking Bad (we will be able to watch new episode Sunday!) it okay to admit that I'm also kinda amped for the Bachelorette finale on Sunday evening? Anyone else? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

Folding laundry this weekend? Check these out!

"Innovation Stagnation: BRAVO's Andy Cohen" Q with Jian Gomeshi - July 16, 2012 An interview with the mastermind behind the Real Housewives? Yes.

"Aaron Sorkin: The Writer Behind the Newsroom" Fresh Air - July 16, 2012

"Jeff Faux: The Servant Economy" The Diane Rehm Show - July 17, 2012 Probably the most pessimistic viewpoint on the future of the American economy I've heard in a looooong time. Sadly, this guy makes a lot of sense...

"Dodged a Fairy Bullet" Joy the Baker podcast - July 19. 2012

Only four this week...NPR was a bit snoozerville this week.

Listen to this!

my five favorites of the week! It was a stellar week for life in general and audio listening....really hard to pick only five.

"'Call Me Maybe': Behind the Song of the Summer" All Things Considered --  June 9, 2012 Hilarious examination of the "weapons grade earworm" that is "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen.

Also, a short interview where they mention this:


"Joan Rivers hates You, Herself, and Everything Else" Fresh Air with Terry Gross -- June 11, 2012

"Favorite Music of 2012 (So Far)" All Songs Considered -- June 12, 2012 Every year I look forward to both this show and the year end's discussion. I love the dynamic between the hosts and always discover a bunch of music!

My favorite discovery:


Also...some more heated debate over Carly Rae Jepsen.

"Great Summer Reads" On Point with Tom Ashbrook -- June 13, 2012

"Camp Awkward" Joy the Baker podcast with Joy the Baker and Tracy Shutterbean -- June 14, 2012 OMG -- a verbal mention of this blog that you are like totally reading RIGHT NOW on one of my FAVORITE podcasts! hashtag omgdying.

I've been listening to lots of new music. At the beginning of every season, I make a new playlist on Spotify and just dump everything I like into it. Here's what I'm listening to for Summer 2012.

Listen to this!

I'm so excited to start this new series. I plan to blog my top five shows each week...podcast/public radio-wise. For anyone who knows me "in real life," they can attest that I am a bit of a NPR/podcast-aholic.

I want this series to be almost like a weekly digest--the best of the week.

So...this week if you need something to listen to while folding laundry, I suggest clicking the following little purple links:

"The High Cost of Cheap Fashion" On Point with Tom Ashbrook -- June 6, 2012 Interview with Elizabeth Cline, author of the new book Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion

 "'Obama's Secret Wars' Against America's Threats" Fresh Air with Terry Gross -- June 4, 2012 Interview with David Sanger, who has written a new book about Obama's approach to foreign policy.

"There's No Such Thing as a Sold-Out Concert (Even for Justin Bieber)" All Things Considered -- June 4, 2012

"Assessing Consumer Concerns About the Meat Industry" Fresh Air with Terry Gross -- June 7, 2012 Interview with Tom Philpott, agricultural journalist for Mother Jones

"An Exploration of Strange Creatures" NPR Pop Culture Happy Hour -- June 8, 2012 This is always a must-listen, but I particularly enjoyed this week's episode...mainly due to the mention of Carly Rae Jepsen.

So, there you have it!

I'll be back next Friday with five more links--happy listening!