Podcasts

Word of Mouth
1:52 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

12.2.14: The Mental Impact Of Space Travel & The Cruise Ship Of The Future

Virgin Galactic's Sir Richard Branson shows off his White Knight Two aircraft that will carry Spaceship Two into sub-orbital space.
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The recent disintegration and crash of a Virgin Galactic suborbital space plane raised questions about the safety and viability of space tourism. On today’s show, we consider another issue for commercial spaceflight: the psychological effects of leaving earth.

Then, touted as the world’s most advanced ship, Royal Caribbean’s cruise-liner Quantum of the Seas is outfitted with virtual balconies, robot bartenders, Bladerunner-esque elevators, and smart apps. While the ship’s technology is impressive, we’ll find out where it all falls short.

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Word of Mouth
12:01 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

10.1.14: Is Kindness A Virtue In Surgeons & The Evolution Of The House Key

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Surgery requires years of education, steady hands, extreme confidence, and…kindness? On today's show we ask: when it comes to being a good surgeon, does bedside manner matter? We'll also look into the growing digital house key market and the complicated math behind queue design.

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Word of Mouth
3:10 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Reflecting On Robin Williams

Robin Williams in Good Morning Vietnam
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 In April 2010, WTF host Marc Maron sat down to speak with Robin Williams. Following the news of Williams’ death on August 11, Maron reflected back on that interview and shared some of his thoughts on a conversation that he considers life-changing. The interview is at times delicate, as Williams talks about his battle with addiction and depression, but it also raised a new perspective the comedian which people had rarely seen before.

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Word of Mouth
3:42 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Jesse Thorn's Podcast Picks

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With so many choices, exploring the wild frontier of podcasts can be overwhelming. Don't fret, we have a great starter package for you.  We asked Jesse Thorn, host of NPR's Bullseye and founder of Maximum Fun, to share five of his favorite podcasts with us. He delivered six. Full disclosure, Jesse admits a slight bias in selecting some podcasts from his podcast network, Maximum Fun, but made it exceedingly clear that he is not directly involved in their production. We present Jesse Thorn's podcast picks, in no particular order, of course.

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Word of Mouth
1:32 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

The Best Podcasts of 2012

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Just a few years ago, the podcast was a way to hear radio on your own schedule, or a mouthpiece for amateur creative types. Not so today, when as many as 40% of Americans listen to audio on digital devices. Given the tens of thousands of podcasts available to get you through long car rides or gym visits, we wanted to find some of the best.

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Word of Mouth
1:38 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

The Queens of Comedy Podcasts

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2012 has been a fantastic year for funny ladies on television. Comedians Chelsea Handler, Whitney Cummings, Mindy Kaling, Amy Poehler and Joan Rivers all star in their own shows. A number of lesser known laugh-out-loud women are reaching new audiences with self-produced podcasts, and networks are paying attention. 

Jean Railla, a writer and cultural observer based in New York City tells us more.

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Word of Mouth
10:41 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Kickstarting Public Radio

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Before and after every successful NHPR fund drive, we ask ourselves this question: is this the best model for raising awareness, interest, and excitement in the service we provide?  How do we continue reaching out and relating to new audiences with today’s listening technology?  Regardless of the answers, those questions are one reason we’ve been keeping such a close eye on Roman Mars, creator and host of 99 Percent Invisible: an independent radio podcast about design and architecture tha

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