Podcast Picks – The New York Times

What is a good podcast? I’ve been thinking about this for the past few weeks since I asked The Morning readers to recommend their favorites.

For me, a good podcast is one that makes any driving time too short, which makes middle seat flights bearable. A good podcast can take the drudgery out of folding clothes or dinner prep and make waiting in line at the post office fun.

I’ll listen to any type of podcast as long as it’s interesting – interviews, historical recaps, true crime saga, small talk with two friends. I have a friend who won’t listen to any podcasts that don’t teach her anything, and another who can’t stand the “normal people find themselves hilarious and do whatever they want” style.

Readers made hundreds of suggestions, many of which I had never heard of. Like Colorado Public Radio’s podcast on addiction and recovery, “Back from the Broken,” which has Wynn Jones of Mancos, Colorado, accompanying him on a cross-country road trip. There’s also “This Is What They Say” about language, which Chicago’s Steven Hunter calls “probably the most nerdy podcast out there.”

There’s a lot more to check here:

Looking for Esther. “ A Scottish woman searches for her birth mother. “As a narrator, she exudes hope, honesty, and vulnerability in a way that really touches me,” wrote César González from PR San Juan.

basic! The History of Basic Cable, hosted by former network executive Doug Herzog and New York Magazine’s TV critic Jen Chaney, is recommended by Amy Black from San Francisco. It interviews Cindy Crawford, Jemele Hill, Tim Gunn and others.

everything is alive. “ Interview inanimate objects. “The perspective and stories you get from these objects (voice actors portraying a bar of soap, lamp posts, subway seats, etc.) are very interesting, thought-provoking, and wholesome,” writes Dana Nelson of Eugene, Oregon. “Perfect for a spring cleaning weekend – each episode is about 20 minutes and it’s heartening.”

i was never there. “ “A true crime story, the cultural history of the West Virginia commune of the 1970s and ’80s, and a compelling mother-daughter story,” writes Pamela Gray of Santa Barbara, California.

this is a clue. “ The sisters chat about Nancy Drew, the Brown Encyclopedia and other detectives in their favorite childhood mysteries. “It just makes me smile,” wrote Janet Jean of Columbia, South Carolina. “In Covid, it’s a comfort to remember simpler times.”

Chameleon: Queen of Hollywood Liars. “ Look for movie industry liars. “I can’t stop listening,” wrote Naga Nataka from Pahoa, Hawaii. “The rhythm, the way people fit into it, drives the core mystery of the narrative. A few times, I thought, ‘Wait a minute, is this all some kind of analog meta-narrative trap?’ “It’s so weird.”

fly on the wall. “ David Spade and Dana Carvey interview former “Saturday Night Live” actors, hosts, writers and others. “It’s interesting and entertaining to hear the story of working at SNL,” wrote Los Angeles-based Karen Gibson. “So many great parodies and jokes intertwined – I laughed out loud as I listened.”

my unsung hero. ” Michael Vujovic, of Washington, Illinois, said it made him feel good about himself and the world around him. “I always end up smiling, crying or both, but in the best way possible.” If that doesn’t appeal to you, check out the show’s official description: “Each episode reveals what the news ignores Content: Everyday acts of kindness and courage that change someone’s life.” Sell.

I noticed one theme running through these suggestions: podcasts that provide breaks, make people smile or feel relieved. I would love to hear music that does this for you. What song has you been feeling better lately? Tell me what’s going on. Including your name and location, we may feature your submission in an upcoming issue of The Morning.

🍿 “Bullet Train” (Friday): I’ve always liked Brad Pitt in fool mode because he seems to be in this colorful film about a group of assassins on a Japanese high-speed train (including Brian Tyree Henry, Aaron Tyler-Johnson and Joy King). This is directed by stuntman-turned-director David Leitch, whose work in “John Wick” and “Atomic Blonde” showcases his cheesy and dirty hand-to-hand moves. Also, bad rabbits show up. Benito!

📺 “Book a Dog” (Wednesday): The second season of this wonderful FX comedy will premiere this month and follow four Indigenous teens on the Oklahoma reservation. Co-authored by Sterlin Harjo and the almost ubiquitous Taika Waititi (“Thor: Love and Thunder,” “What We Do in the Shadows,” “Our Flag Means Death”), it’s featured in our chief TV critic’s on the Best of 2021 list. He knew what he was talking about.

🎧 “Renaissance” (available now): Last week, I mentioned Beyonce’s new album. I am coming again! It’s going to be one of the biggest talking points this weekend, next week, this month. Given that it’s filled with “usually upbeat songs” that reference “disco, funk, house, techno, bounce, and more,” as our pop reporter wrote, it could have the rest of the summer .

Is there a bad time to bake a batch of Jacques Torres’ classic chocolate chip cookies? They’re ideal chewy cookies even in the middle of summer, with bittersweet chocolate chunks forming melted puddles in brown sugar dough and topped with crunchy sea salt. Mr. Torres likes to make the dough a day ahead so the flavors can meld. But I baked them right after mixing and they were almost as good – still the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever made. I like to keep my dough balls in the fridge, perfect for popping in the oven (or toaster) when you want to eat them. If you don’t have cake and bread flour on hand, you can use all purpose; they end up being slightly less chewy, but just as rich as chocolate.

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