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Favourite Podcasts NPR Edition


Yay it’s a weekend! I’m back to listening to more podcasts. I like listening to personal podcasts produced by individuals (like entreps, self-help peeps) but I find that I’m more drawn to NPR these days. Sometimes it’s nice to listen to something professional, well-produced and well-edited.


Below are some that have been my consistent faves over the past few years. If you’re curious and would like to listen to these shows, I list some current episodes with their original blurbs from the NPR website:

Code Switch

Pretty Hurts – Some may think of beauty as frivolous and fun, but on this episode, we’re examining a few of the ugly ways that its been used to project power.

Ask Codeswitch: You Are What You Eat – This week, we tackle reader questions on vegetarianism, the specter of grocery store Columbuses, and the quiet opprobrium directed at “smelly ethnic foods” in the workplace.


The Other Real WorldReality TV may be popular around the world, but it’s also roundly mocked as formulaic and contrived. So, can that kind of fragile fantasy world meaningfully influence reality? We look at the goals and impact of a UN-backed reality show called “Inspire Somalia,” that attempted to model democracy and freedom in a country racked by decades of clan warfare and oppression by extremist groups like al-Shabab.

The PrayerFive years ago, Leena Sanzgiri was living her childhood dream… New York city apartment, job at Vogue, and a boyfriend she planned to marry. Until the July day she woke up in the hospital, and everything changed.

Youth Radio Girl Mystery – Years ago, producer Yowei Shaw taught high school students how to make radio. And in one of her classes, something bizarre happened with one of her students, something that she’s never been able to make sense of. In this episode, Yowei tracks down her former student and uncovers a story much stranger than she ever expected.

Hidden Brain

Feeding the Green-Eyed Monster: What Happens When Envy Turns Ugly – Envy is an unflattering, miserable emotion. It can prompt us to improve our lives — and also cause us to feel resentment, rage, and a desire for revenge.

Too Little, Too Much: How Poverty and Wealth Affect Our Minds  -We all know the downsides of being poor. But what about the downsides of being rich? This week, we explore the psychology of scarcity…and excess.

Planet Money

Bad Cops Are Expensive – There’s an industry of people working to eliminate bad police behavior. They’re not activists or protestors. They’re insurers.

New Orleans Vs. Airbnb– Airbnb has changed New Orleans. And now landlords and preservationists are fighting over the future of the city.

The Stolen Company When an American company named ABRO learns their goods are being counterfeited in China, they start their own trade war.


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