Podcast Playlist


Podcast Playlist

Podcast Playlist curates the best content and stories from the podcast world. Each week, your audio DJs Matt Galloway and Lindsay Michael sample some of the most intriguing of what the internet has to offer.

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Podcasters share their favourite podcasts

We had so much fun weaving together the string of podcasts from our 200th episode that we've decided to continue our recommendation chain. This time we're picking up from where we left off in that episode. Featuring: Punch Up the Jam (Recommended by Nate DiMeo of The Memory Palace), Why Won't You Date Me? (Recommended by Miel Bredouw of Punch Up The Jam), High and Mighty (Recommended by Nicole Byer of Why Won't You Date Me?), Reply All (Recommended by Jon Gabrus of High and Mighty), My Year in Mensa (Recommended by Alex Goldman of Reply All). If you'd like to hear the first part of the chain, you can find it here: www.cbc.ca/1.5338039 To find more about the podcasts featured in this episode, head to www.cbc.ca/1.5585122

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Hot New Podcasts For Summer

New releases and a chat with The Newcomers' hosts Lauren Lapkus and Nicole Byer. Featuring: This American Life, Newcomers: Star Wars, Unlocking Bryson's Brain and Against the Rules. Plus, what's the tea on Quibi? Streamiverse used to be a fan podcast about Quibi. But when Quibi sent them a cease and desist, they pivoted to podcasting about streaming content. Except now the podcast is driven by spite. Our producer shares this wild story. For a link to all the episodes featured in today's show head to: cbc.ca/1.5484003

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Podcasts about superfans and the icons they love

Admiration, infatuation, obsession … has as anything – or anyone – ever meant so much to you that it sparked any of these feelings? This week on Podcast Playlist, we hear stories about what separates the admirers from the die-hard fans. Featuring: Mortified, Mad About the Boy, Obsession, Nancy, Decoder Ringand Snap Judgement. For more visit: cbc.ca/1.5546574.

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Reply All's Alex Goldman and PJ Vogt Share their Podcast Obsessions

Reply All's Alex Goldman and PJ Vogt join Nana aba in a conversation that was recorded back in February. They share the podcasts they love, how Reply All has grown over the years and why they can't share an office. Don't worry: they still love each other. Featuring: Reply All, My Year in Mensa, 1619, Noodle Loaf and Analyze Phish. For more visit: cbc.ca/1.5483592. Plus, check out Alex and PJ's new show The Scaredy Cats Horror Show.

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Exploring Inventive Podcasts with Radio Atlas Creator Eleanor McDowall

Radio Atlas makes something pretty unique: english subtitles for podcasts in other languages. Radio Atlas creator Eleanor McDowell shares what inspired her to start creating subtitles for radio, and why she hopes Radio Atlas will eventually be unnecessary. Featuring: Have You Heard George's Podcast?, Hope Chest: A Podcast, The View From Somewhere, Animal Meditations and Imaginary Advice. For more visit: cbc.ca/1.5491661

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New and notable: April edition

In this episode we bring you some brand new releases for April; plus a conversation with Terry O'Reilly. Featuring: We Regret To Inform You: The Rejection Podcast, Freakonomics, The Dose and Invisibilia. For more podcast recommendations visit: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/podcastplaylist

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Death, Sex & Money host Anna Sale shares podcasts from self-isolation

In this episode we're sharing selections from Anna Sale, the host of WNYC's Death, Sex & Money. Featuring: Death, Sex & Money, Reply All, Nancy and Throughline. For more podcast recommendations visit: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/podcastplaylist

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Bad with Money host Gaby Dunn shares podcasts from self-isolation

Gaby Dunn joins us from her self-isolation bubble in Los Angeles to share how's she coping and what podcasts are keeping her company right now. Featuring: Bad with Money, Dating Straight, Scam Goddess and The Bechdel Cast. For more podcast recommendations visit: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/podcastplaylist

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Podcasts about where we live

We're still here! It took a bit of time to figure out how to make Podcast Playlist from home, but we'll be back with all new episodes in the coming weeks. We have some great guests coming up: Anna Sale from Death, Sex and Money, PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman from Reply All and Gaby Dunn from Bad with Money. So stay with us! In the meantime, here's an encore presentation of one of our favourite episodes from last year: Podcast about where we live. As many of us are spending time self isolating we take a closer look at our surroundings. Featuring: Invisibilia, Death, Sex and Money, Every Little Thing, The Secret Life of Canada, Ear Hustle and By the Book.

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Exploring "Self-Help" with By the Book hosts Jolenta Greenberg and Kristen Meinzer

Each week in By the Book hosts Jolenta Greenberg and Kristen Meinzer live by the rules of a different self-help book. Together, they try to figure out which ones might actually be life changing. In this episode (which originally aired June 15th 2019) they join Matt and Lindsay to discuss what they've learned from living "by the book" and share some of their favourite podcasts. Featuring: Still Processing, Risk!, The History Chicks and Why Won't You Date Me? To find more of Kristen and Jolenta's picks head to: www.cbc.ca/1.5161527

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Leon Neyfakh on political scandals and his favourite podcasts

Leon Neyfakh is the co-creator of the podcasts Slow Burn and Fiasco — two shows that take a closer look at big political scandals from the past. In this episode he shares a clip from the latest season of Fiasco and some of his favourite podcasts. . Podcasts featured in this episode: . 1. Fiasco: The Iran-Contra scandal was a complex affair with a lot of moving parts involved. But its origins can be traced back to the very first day of Ronald Reagan’s presidency. . 2. The Gravy Train: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was a harbinger of the populist wave that would sweep the world. But before all that, reporter Robyn Doolittle was shown a video of the mayor smoking crack cocaine — and she couldn’t tell anyone. . 3. The Cut On Tuesdays: In this clip, comedian Aparna Nancherla talks about her anxiety, and how bringing it to the stage changed everything for her. . 4. 30 for 30: At first, the Donald Stirling affair seems almost cliche: Stirling, a powerful businessman and owner of the L.A. Clippers, cheats on his wife with a younger woman. But then, that woman released secret recordings of Stirling's shocking racism that shook the NBA. . 5. How to F--k up an Airport: The Berlin Brandenberg Airport was supposed to be a gleaming, world-class transit hub for the 21st century. This podcast explores how everything went so terribly wrong.

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Fresh New Podcasts for Spring

Featuring: Conversations with People Who Hate Me: "In the summer of 2017 journalist Katie Herzog wrote a piece that was widely criticized. Ultimately she found herself at the bottom of a social media pile-on. 3,000 miles east of Katie, a woman named Robyn Kanner joined that pile-on tweeting "ur just trash." In this episode, taped live in front an audience, Katie and Robyn meet onstage for the first time to discuss what happened between them, and the unlikely twist that brought them closer than they would have ever guessed." . Food, We Need To Talk: "You know better than to expect life to be fair. But still, it's enough to drive anyone crazy: some people seem to be able to eat anything they want and never gain weight." . Drilled: "In this season we're tackling Big Oil's big propaganda machine — its origins, the spin masters who created it, and why it's been so effective. It all began more than 100 years ago with Standard Oil, John D. Rockefeller and his son, a bloody miners' strike, and the very first P.R. guy, who swooped in to clean it all up." . Death, Sex & Money: "A text message gone wrong. A bachelorette party exclusion. A racist comment during the 2016 debates. Today, we're sharing your stories about how race, identity, and racism have impacted your friendships." . Twenty Thousand Hertz: Is Paul McCartney actually a cyborg who was replaced in 1969? We'll learn about the musical phenomenon of "backmasking" and why it had people playing their records backwards. . The Program audio series: "The Program audio series is a historical podcast set in a future in which Money, State and God became fused into a single entity called the Program. Each episode is a self-contained story focusing on ordinary people inhabiting this extraordinary world. And for them, it is not this future that is terrifying - it is our present."

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From Beyoncé to Celine: Podcasts about the mightiest women in music

Is it the raw talent or the intense dedication to performance? Or maybe it’s the attitude, the ‘IT’ factor, that charms audiences all around the world. From Aretha to Beyonce to Celine — we bring you podcasts about some of the mightiest women in music. . Making Beyonce: "Before the Grammys, before the platinum records, before Destiny's Child, there was just a shy girl growing up in Houston. We follow Beyoncé Knowles from the stages of local talent shows to her first crack at a record deal with the group Girls Tyme." . Dolly Parton's America: "One of Dolly's most iconic and successful songs is "Jolene," a song that, at first listen, is about a romantic rival trying to steal her man: a prime example of the classic "cheating song." But some see it as flipping a popular country music trope on its head. This idea takes shape when Nadine Hubbs, a professor at the University of Michigan, writes a fourth verse to "Jolene," which makes us reimagine Dolly's songs in entirely new ways." . Switched on Pop: The Switched on Pop team join forces with producer Gina Delvac to talk about the evolution of Rihanna and her much anticipated ninth studio album. . The Big Story: "Céline Dion has been many things throughout her career, but 'cool' has rarely been one of them. As one of the bestselling artists to call this country home Céline should have won us all over long ago. But she never quite broke through to the more cynical younger generation.Until that generation stopped being cynical, that is. It turns out Céline Dion was always cool. She was just waiting for us to come to her. And over the past few years, we have, by the millions." . Inside the Junos: "Alanis Morissette burst on the scene with 'Jagged Little Pill' and shook up the music world. Her magic says Chilly is, 'that strange yodel, that weird break in her voice that makes the vocal performance so raw and so real.'" . Heat Rocks: "Heat Rocks had always planned to sit down with DJ Lynnée Denise, an LA-based DJ and music scholar, but when Aretha Franklin passed on August 16th, we invited her to come talk with us about the Queen's life and legacy as part two of our series Women Behaving Boldly."

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New True Crime Podcast Discoveries

You’ve heard about art heists. You’ve heard about bank heists. But what about maple syrup heists? We go behind the syrupy scheme that made millions. This week on Podcast Playlist, we bring you the best true crime podcasts to binge this winter. Podcasts featured this week: . The Score: Bank Robber Diaries – "Breaking the rules at a young age set Joe Loya up for a descent into crime. From his first time robbing a bank, to a violent altercation behind bars, this is Joe Loya's origin story." . Uncover: Satanic Panic – "In the newest season of Uncover, host Lisa Bryn Rundle unravels the history of a moral hysteria that took root across North America." Plus: An interview with creator Lisa Bryn Rundle. . Detective Trapp – Los Angeles Times' Christopher Goffard tells the story of homicide detective, Julissa Trapp, who worked on a case about four missing women in Orange County, California. In this clip we meet Detective Julissa Trapp. . Beyond Bizarre True Crime – "With popularity comes demand and with every commodity comes a black market. Maple syrup is no different. So when a group of thieves decided to steal some sweet liquid gold from a storage warehouse in Quebec, they weren't about to stop at a couple of bottles or cases. This would go down as one of the most lucrative and perhaps most unusual robberies in Canadian history."

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New and Notable: We have a new host!

This week — food insecurity across Ontario, the power of powders and pills, the surveillance of Ronan Farrow and more new podcasts. Hard to Stomach – "How do you decide between buying bread and keeping the lights on? Hard to Stomach focuses on stories from real people facing and fighting against food insecurity in communities across Ontario. Hosted by Nana aba Duncan." The Catch and Kill – "Igor Ostrovskiy is a private investigator in New York. In 2017, he was contracted to surveil Ronan Farrow on behalf of a secret client. Igor would eventually learn that the secret client was Black Cube, an Israel-based agency with roots in the Mossad, and they were working on behalf of Harvey Weinstein." The Dream – "Can powders, pills and juices deliver on the promise to live longer and look younger?" More with Anna Maria Tremonti – More with Anna Maria Tremonti feels like an evening with smart friends. It's a new podcast that promises to take you deep into conversation — and to some unexpected places — with culture shapers like Catherine O'Hara, David Suzuki, Malcolm Gladwell and Samantha Bee. So Help Me – "When Anna moved from a large apartment in Philadelphia to a small apartment in Queens, she had to get rid of most of her possessions. Throwing stuff out felt good until she got to three large plastic bins in the corner of her apartment. They were filled with all the art she'd made in Art School. For weeks, she couldn't bring herself to throw the art away. To understand why, she turned to a 4'7 Japanese tidying legend." Bad With Money – "Gaby invites a Tibetan Buddhist monk to be on his very first podcast! Gyaltsen Chopel discusses how Buddhism functions to deprioritize money altogether — and his work as a caretaker who handles day-to-day expenses and donations made to a Buddhist temple in Los Angeles. It's not the conversation you'd expect from a monk! Then, Gaby calls India to speak to assistant professor of Hindu Studies, Dheepa Sundaram, about how Hindu culture views community, money, technology and wealth." Plus, meet our new host!

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Six great podcasts to get hooked on this winter

You can never have enough podcasts in your rotation. They keep us company when we’re alone with a sink full of dirty dishes, when we're folding laundry or heading to work. In this episode, we bring you some of our current favourites. Podcasts featured this week: Startup: Success Academy – "Eva Moskowitz wants to fix a really big problem. There are over a million kids in New York City's public schools. Most can't read or do math at grade level. And it's largely poor, black and brown kids who are stuck in the lowest performing schools. Eva's the founder and CEO of Success Academy. Her school network is growing at lightning speed, and her students get among the highest standardized-test scores in the city, beating out schools in some of the wealthiest districts." How Did This Get Made – Casey Wilson joins hosts Paul Scheer, June Diane Rapheal, and Jason Mantzoukas to discuss the 1991 comedy Drop Dead Fred. A giant fight ensues. Inappropriate Questions – "Transgender folks can get asked invasive questions about their bodies. Harv and Elena speak to student activist Robert Molloy." Conan O'Brien Needs a Friend – "Comedian, actor, and writer Kumail Nanjiani feels apologetic about being Conan O'Brien's friend. Kumail sits down with Conan to discuss his recent absence on the television program, coming from a hardworking family, having incredible balance, hating Ferris Bueller, and the best way to reward oneself." Bear 148 – "Many people called Bear 148 the perfect neighbour because she wasn't afraid of people. So how did she end up being shot by a hunter far from her home?" Party Lines – A political primer for every kind of concerned citizen co-hosted by Rosemary Barton (The National) and Elamin Abdelmahmoud (BuzzFeed News). Do you have a new favourite podcast we should listen to? Email, tweet us @PodcastPlaylist, or find us on Facebook. For more great podcasts, check out CBC's podcast portal, subscribe in Apple Podcasts.

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Podcasts about the joys and pressures of parenting

We bring you a list of podcasts that all delve raising others and what it's like to be raised. There are a lot of different approaches to being a parent, and we have all the angles covered. The Longest Shortest Time – "Myra Jones-Taylor's son is black, but it's a constant struggle to get his peers and teachers to see him that way." Mom and Dad are Fighting – "Slate's parenting advice show helps a listener with how to talk to a 5-year-old about their absent father." Death, Sex & Money – "The year after Tig Notaro's life fell apart, she turned it into a comedy set — and it went viral, bringing her overnight fame. And in the middle of it all, she was trying to become a parent." Other People's Problems – "Belle is feeling like a bad parent. Hillary talks with her about the idea of a "good enough" mom." Reveal – "A controversial theory about child abuse is swaying family court judges to award custody to parents accused of harming kids. We trace the origins of 'parental alienation.'" Family Secrets – "The first time Marla had cancer, she and her husband John told the whole family, and Marla hated the attention it brought. So when it came back years later, they hardly told anyone — including their own children."

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Back by popular demand

Settle in and get comfortable for a podcast binge. Here are a few must-listen episodes from some of our favourite podcasts. Podcasts featured this week: Criminal – "When 18-year-old Ruth Cruger disappeared in 1917, newspapers reported that she probably ran off with a boyfriend. New York police said that there were no clues to go on. But an investigator named Grace Humiston decided that she would do whatever it took to find her. She became known as 'Mrs. Sherlock Holmes.'" The Moth Radio Hour – "A man reluctantly inherits a 40 pound statue." Aria Code – "Pull back the curtain on a famous aria so we can see what's behind the scenes. The aria "Un bel di vedremo" captures Butterfly's unwavering faith in their reunion and her unflagging desire for a better life. In this episode, Rhiannon Giddens and her guests explore the power of hope in Puccini's tragedy, as well as in a real-world Butterfly story. In this new season, each aria will explore one facet of desire. It could be love, money or in this case – ambition." Reality Check – "Cristina looks into the naming convention for IKEA products. Is KOLBJÖRN just Swedish for where's the Allen key?" Snap Judgement – "Stephanie Foo had a love-hate relationship with that old computer game the Sims. But when she steps foot into the latest version of the game, the AI is so good, her new Sim acts more like Stephanie than Stephanie does." Do you have a new favourite podcast we should listen to? Email, tweet us @PodcastPlaylist, or find us on Facebook. For more great podcasts, check out CBC's podcast portal, subscribe in Apple Podcasts.

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Podcasts about the foods that remind us of home

We’re inviting you into the kitchen to sample some stories about food. Podcasts featured this week: Racist Sandwich – Producer Stephanie Kuo talks about the gentrification of BBQ in Texas. Offshore – "Reporter Paola Mardo dives into the history of America's fascination with all things Tiki." Hidden Kitchens: The Kitchen Sisters – A meditation on how Koreans use one of their national dishes (Kimchi) to connect with people within and outside of the country through "Kimchi diplomacy." Home Cooked – Sarah Martin interviews the Subban family about a special liver recipe that may be the key to being a NHL hockey player. Sunday Night Dinner – Nana Aba Duncan is the host of CBC Radio's weekend morning program, Fresh Air. She and Suzanne Hancock decide to make a well-loved Ghanian dish called Groundnut Soup. Listen to Nana Aba talk about family roles, visiting Ghana and comfort foods. Plus a cameo from Nana Aba's mom! Hot Plate: A Post-Foodie Podcast – "Mirella and Joshna welcome Wayne Reeves, Chief Curator of Museums and Heritage Services for the City of Toronto and curator of the upcoming "Toronto Brews: Two Centuries of Beer Culture in the City." In this episode we learn about Toronto's totally un-fun "Beverage Rooms." Proof: America's Test Kitchen – Most of the oranges we eat today are the descendants of the Washington Navel orange. And most Washington Navel oranges come from two trees that travelled across America to find a home in California. This is their story. Do you have a new favourite podcast we should listen to? Email, tweet us @PodcastPlaylist, or find us on Facebook. For more great podcasts, check out CBC's podcast portal, subscribe in Apple Podcasts.

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ENCORE: Podcasts outside the norm with 'Everything is Alive' host Ian Chillag

Have you ever stopped to think about what a balloon, a bar of soap, a subway seat, or a can of cola would have to say? On this podcast, they each have a voice and they're ready to spill their truths. From PRX and Radiotopia, Everything is Alive is an unscripted interview series in which each guest is an inanimate object. No two items' experiences are the same as they each have a life story and their own unique perspective on the world at large. With company like this, it's no wonder the show won the 2019 Webby Award for Best Interview/Talk Show. This week, we're sharing one of our fave episodes from last spring. Joining us is Ian Chillag – producer, writer and host of Everything Is Alive. As our guest curator, he brings us his favourite outside-the-box podcasts. "There's a flavour that is McDonald's, and I feel like that sometimes when I'm listening to podcasts. There's a flavour that is 'podcasts' ." - Ian Chillag

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Elaine Lui of 'Lainey Gossip' on why we're so obsessed with celebrity drama

We're joined this week by Elaine Lui, founder and editor of LaineyGossip.com and co-host of CTV's The Social. She shares her favourite podcasts and talks about how she made it in the entertainment industry. Podcasts featured this week: Show Your Work – "Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of New York Times bestseller 'Daisy Jones & The Six' tells us why men's interest in her work doesn't interest her." Gladiator: Aaron Hernandez and Football Inc. – "Football star Aaron Hernandez went from the bright lights of the Super Bowl to a convicted murderer in a few years. Did a brain badly damaged by football contribute to Hernandez's violent behavior?" They Call Us Bruce – "Recorded live at NCORE in Portland, Jeff and Phil welcome back Soleil Ho, restaurant critic for the San Francisco Chronicle. They talk race, culture, politics, identity and, of course, food." Still Processing – Hosts Wesley Morris and Jenna Wortham examine the portrayal of masculinity as mental illness in Joker and Fight Club.

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The Best Podcasts of 2019 (Part 2)

The second half of our year-end extravaganza. We asked everyone on our team to pick their favourite podcast to come out in 2019, and had too many great shows to squeeze into one episode. Podcasts featured this week: Revisionist History (Matt Galloway's pick) – "If you disagree with someone — if you find what they think appalling — is there any value in talking to them? In the early 1970s, the talk show host Dick Cavett, the governor of Georgia Lester Maddox, and the singer Randy Newman tried to answer this question." Motherhacker (Kate Evans's pick) – "Bridget's life is a series of dropped calls. With a gift for gab, an ex-husband in rehab, and down to her last dollar, Bridget's life takes a desperate turn when she starts vishing over the phone for a shady identity theft ring in order to support her family." Meditative Story (Podyssey/Melody Ma's pick) – "A trickle of water. That's where Keith Yamashita's new life begins and his old life ends. As an entrepreneur, Keith is fluent in cheating time, in squeezing the most out of every moment, never really present in any of them. But then a trickle of water rolls down his chin. A stroke. The stroke marks the end of an old life – and the slow beginning of a new one where Keith takes his life in a new direction." Kreative Kontrol (Mac Cameron's pick) – "David Berman talks about the end of Silver Jews, the rise of Purple Mountains, every song on their self-titled debut, which is out via Drag City on July 12, 2019 and much more! Supported by CFRU 93.3 FM, Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts." The Daily (Elena Hudgins Lyle's pick) – "In Poland, a nationalist party has been in power for four years. The Daily heads to Warsaw, the capital, and Gdansk, the birthplace of a movement that brought down Communism, to see how this government has changed democratic institutions."

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The Best Podcasts of 2019 (Part 1)

There were so many great releases this year that we couldn't fit all our favourites into one episode. So this is the first of our two-part series looking back at the best podcasts to come out in 2019, as chosen by the Podcast Playlist team. 1619 (Lindsay Michael's pick) – 1619 is a new podcast from The New York Times that re-examines the history and the present day consequences of slavery. The result is also highly personal. As host, Nikole Hannah-Jones also weaves her own experiences into show. Finding Fred (Podcast Gumbo creator Paul Kondo's pick) – "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood was not a simple show. And Fred Rogers was not a simple man. He was radical. Spiritual. Revolutionary. Maybe even subversive. Bestselling author and cultural critic Carvell Wallace hosts this 10-part series about the life, thinking and work of Fred Rogers, and asks what the cardigan wearing host of a decades-old children's show can tell us about how to get by in today's chaotic world." Crackdown (Julian Uzielli's pick) – "In 2014, British Columbia switched nearly 15,000 methadone patients to a new formulation called Methadose. In Crackdown's second episode, Garth Mullins, Laura Shaver, and their colleagues at British Columbia Association of People on Methadone (BCAPOM) investigate what happened after the switch." Scam Goddess (TK Matunda's pick) – Host Laci Mosley chats with comedian, writer, and podcaster James Mastraieni (Too Effin' High, Florida Girls) to talk about "romance scams."

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