It's mostly true stories of everyday people, though not always.
The storyteller and the audience embark on a high-wire act of shared experience which is both terrifying and exhilarating.
A tiny radio show about design, architecture & the 99% invisible activity that shapes our world.
Tangible insights on creativity & business in the design industry.
Who are you, and what do you do?
I’m a People Enthusiast at Betwixt, where I teach and facilitate connection among women in design.
What podcasts do you listen to?
This American Life
A small town doctor kills his father and is sent to prison. The new doctor is ironically, also named Dr. Glimer and through small town gossip, begins to wonder if there isn’t more to the story. It’s an amazing story!
They discuss and investigate how money isn’t really a thing—it’s value is based on perception. They feature a story about Brazil during the early 90s when they were amidst an economic crisis. A small handful of people come up with a crazy idea to restore the faith of 150 million people in their currency and turn the economy around.
Though the events of Fukushima were broadcasted at length, none of the footage or news hit me as hard as this personal story from a man who worked inside the nuclear power plant when the earthquake hit.
With four unique and unrelated stories, this episode seems to capture what The Moth is all about. You get to dive deep into the lives of each of these people, hear amusing, heartfelt, and heart wrenching stories, and walk away wondering what you are capable of facing.
Apparently all of my favorite episodes have to do with structures, but these seem to be the most fascinating ones to listen to. How are things built? Who builds them? Why did they build them?
Efficient and easy to construct Bubble Houses were invented during the post-WWII housing shortage. These were thought to be the next generation of houses built across America and eventually the world, but they never caught on.
One of the only (if not the only) other times an airplane crashed into a NYC building was on July 28th, 1945 due to heavy fog and poor decision making. This is the story of women who were trapped on the 79th floor of the Empire State Building.
Two good friends, two architects, both competing in what started out as good fun to design and build the tallest building in NYC but ended in a bitter rivalry for creating the tallest building in the world.
Sean is a great guy with some great things to say! He tends to be pretty matter-of-fact and prescriptive which I sometimes disagree with / dislike but it makes me think, and that’s the beauty of listening to other voices who challenge you to think.
He built up anticipation for his online course, Learn Lettering, for nearly 8 months before launching it. When he did, he killed it! This is the episode where he talks numbers and how he actually accomplished such big numbers. Fascinating and inspiring for anyone interested in online business.
This one explores his philosophy on pricing, which I thought was insightful and smart.
Also, I’m a bit of a junky—here are a bunch of other ones I enjoy (which link to my favorite episodes):
Freakanomics, Death. Sex. Money., Hobo Entrepreneur, Howler, Call Your Girlfriend, Too Beautiful to Live, Seth Godin’s Startup School, Let’s Make Mistakes, EntreLeadership, Invisible Office Hours, Designing Yourself, Creatives Unscripted
How do you listen to podcasts?
I’ve found my phone to be the most useful listening device, whether I am walking the dog, doing chores around the house, or on a long weekend drive. Hands down, my favorite podcast app is Pocket Casts. You can generate a link to an episode (what a concept) or to a specific place within an episode in order to share. Plus, it’s nice to listen the shows that move a little slower but have good content at 1.5x speed!
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