S-Town is the Next Big Podcast

S-Town

I’m sure you have heard of it by now. Yesterday, S-Town, from Serial and This American Life, was released. All seven hour long episodes. Today, I’m five episodes in and expect to listen to the rest by the end of the day.

In case you haven’t heard about S-Town yet, here is the summary from their website (which you should check out. It’s beautiful): “John despises his Alabama town and decides to do something about it. He asks a reporter to investigate the son of a wealthy family who’s allegedly been bragging that he got away with murder. But then someone else ends up dead, sparking a nasty feud, a hunt for hidden treasure, and an unearthing of the mysteries of one man’s life.”

I can’t say much without spoiling the podcast, but here is what I can say. The podcast is great journalism. Host Brian Reed keeps you engaged and binging on the episodes. The story keeps have twists and turns that are unexpected. The characters in the podcast are real (since it is journalism after all) and are complex. Each episode keeps you wanting to hear more about their lives.

Check out S-Town and see what all of the buzz is about.

4 Quiz Show Podcasts to Listen to During #TryPod Month

During the month of March people are sharing podcasts with the hashtag #trypod. “Trypod,” short for “try a podcast,” urges people to “introduce a friend, relative or co-worker to a new podcast and show them how to listen if they don’t know how.” Check out these four quiz-show podcasts (some of my favorite podcasts) on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, or wherever you like to listen to podcasts.


1. Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me. NPR’s weekly comedy news quiz show. Check out this podcast to catch up on the weeks news or to test your knowledge alongside the celebrity panel. Hosted by Peter Sagal & Carl Kasell. This podcast is released every Saturday.


2. Tell Me Somthing I Don’t Know.  “Journalism wrapped in a game-show package. Host Stephen J. Dubner (of “Freakonomics Radio”) and three celebrity panelists invite contestants on stage to tell us something we don’t know. Each episode has a new topic, new panelists, and new contestants. There’s also a real-time human fact-checker. Think of the most crackling dinner-party conversation you’ve ever heard.”


3. Ask Me Another. “Ask Me Another brings the lively spirit and healthy competition of your favorite trivia night right to your ears. With a rotating cast of funny people, puzzle writers and VIP guests, it features the wit of host Ophira Eisenberg, the music of house musician Jonathan Coulton, and rambunctious trivia games, all played in front of a live audience.” This podcast is released every Friday.


4. Good Job Brain. “Part quiz show, part offbeat news, and all awesome. We here are nuts about trivia and pub quiz! Play along and laugh along as Karen, Colin, Dana, and Chris school each other on some of the weirdest and most interesting facts about our funny little world. Do you relish beating your friends at Trivial Pursuit? Do you blab out the answers at the gym when Jeopardy! is on? And don’t you just loathe badly worded questions? Gggrraahhh! Then this podcast, fellow trivia nut, is the ultimate mental nutrition for your very big brain. So eat up!”

5 Great Downloadable Apps for Modern Living

Update you life (and your phone) with these five apps.

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1. Sidekix. “Finding trending places in a city takes effort. With Sidekix, you can see the highly rated places around you, including curated listings specially chosen by local bloggers. Why grab mediocre coffee at the same old chain, when a cool specialty shop might be just around the corner?” Download for iOS or Android (coming soon).

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2. Fork It. An app that turns eating and cooking into a game. Find new dishes, set weekly cooking goals, earn points, experiment, gain badges, and level up. Learn how to use your groceries in new and exciting ways. Download for iOS.

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3. Mint. Mint is modern money management powered by Intuit. Use it to create budgets, check your credit, pay bills, and understand your finances better. Available to access online or through the app.  Download for iOS or Android.

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4. Fitlist. A streamline fitness tracking app built for weightlifting and strength-training. “Create a workout for today on the fly with our list of over 1000 exercises, or add your own custom exercises.  Reorder your workout with the tap of a finger in case that bench you needed is taken.” Download for iOS or Android.

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4. Wunderlist. Create to-do lists wherever you are. Available for use on almost any device. Assign tasks to specific people, share lists with friends, and automatically have due dates added to your Google calendar. Wunderlist will help you get stuff done. Download for iOS, Android, or Windows.