I don’t know what the collective noun is for podcasts, but I’d like to think it’s PANDEMIC. Because that’s how my iphone currently feels; taken over by an endless list of things to listen to.
With more that 300,000 shows out there to choose from, my ears burn all week searching out great episodes. Here are six shows I’ve been loving SICK this week:
Planet Money #672: Bagging The Birkin
Who, I ask you, WHO would spend $60,000 on a handbag? How can a handbag possibly even COST that much money? And if no one can ever buy them, why are they constantly sold out?
This episode goes behind the scene of the world’s most unattainable holder-of-your-shiz; The Hermes Birkin Bag. The strategy that the luxury-goods empire employs, the complex ‘codes’ that need to be cracked in order to procure one, and the social status that his handbag bestows on it’s owners. It’s Gruen Transfer meets luxury goods. It’s brilliant.
I wanted to HATE this show. It’s about a millenial who decided to make a podcast about her life? Ugh. Typical millennial behaviour, amirite? Except it’s great. Turns out, maneuvering your 20’s with student debt and no way to crack the job market is interesting listening. Plus, the creator and host, Megan Tan, is so self-aware and endearing that you can’t help liking her. Start at the beginning.
3. Reply All #44: Shine On You Crazy Goldman
Could taking LSD turn you into a better person? Kinder? More patient? Better at your job? There’s some current research being done on the therapeutic uses of psychedelics, and, alongside this, reports that professionals in Silicon Valley are ‘microdosing’ on LSD (that is, taking tiny amounts, not enough to trip, but just a bump) in order to be more productive and creative a work. So, host PJ Vogt and his producer Phia Bennin road test it. It’s not at all what I expected. Stay away from drugs, kids.