New and notable: March edition
Here's what the first few months of the year have to offer.
Nothing in the world happens in a vacuum. All of the alarming headlines we see -- about Venezuela, Brexit, and so on -- are the culmination of all the events that came before them. But sometimes those historical events are hard to keep in perspective. That's what's so great about Throughline -- hosts Ramtin Arablouei and Rund Abdelfatah are our guides to the historical events that continue to shape the world today. Their story about the 1953 coup in Iran is a case in point: a complicated event that not many of us remember, but whose consequences continue to play out today, and all explained in a tight and compelling 22 minutes. That's why it's my pick of the week.
Julian Uzielli, Producer, Podcast Playlist
Throughline: It's no secret that Iran and the U.S. have a history of animosity toward each other. But when and how did it begin? The Throughline podcast looks back at four days in August 1953, when the CIA orchestrated a coup of Iran's elected Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh.
Russia Rising: Host Jeff Semple follows the clues from Salisbury to the Kremlin as he unravels the story of the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergey Skripal.
Crackdown: This podcast covers the drug war from a unique perspective — by using drug addicts as "war correspondents."
First Day Back: Season 3 follows comedian Jason Weems as he gets back onstage after a near death experience. Jason was also a guest at our live show last November, you can hear that episode by clicking here.
Plus: Columnist Nick Quah on what Spotify's growing presence in the podcasting realm means for the industry.