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(em)POWER(ment) WALKING

My current fitness line-up involves a healthy mix of yoga, body-weight strength and flexibility training, ballet, and pilates. But my favorite way to get in a little movement has, and will always be, a good ol’ fashioned walk.

Lately, I’ve been thinking of my walks as EMPOWERMENT sessions. Here’s how:

For about the first two-thirds of my outing I listen to a podcast that gets me fired up. It could be about politics, business, or holistic health. (Call Your Girlfriend is one of my faves and I totally recommend it as an empowering walking companion!) Then, for the last third, I pump up the jams and my pace and just STRUT. IT. OUT. Think: Beyonce, Lady Gaga, and Fergie feat. Nicki Minaj. (Go wild, do you, etc.)

What streams through your earbuds when you go for a walk (or jog)? Do you like to get in a little learning with a podcast or do you prefer carefully curated playlists? Leave some recommendations of favorites below!! 

P.S. How to ditch your gym membership and how to make your own fitness challenge (for totally free).

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mid-week round-up

As I mentioned in my post yesterday, we ended up spending last week at home instead of in Louisiana. Boo! However, I did manage to get in some solid beach-time, do a little retail therapy, and devour the book Big Little Lies. (Have you watched the HBO adaptation yet? So good!!!) I’ve also been a busy little craftin’ bee! I made a few wreaths for a friend’s upcoming wedding, along with some Easter decor for the apartment. So I guess our cancelled trip wasn’t a total wash! What have y’all been up to? I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday, and here are some links for you to enjoy today (or bookmark for later)…

Equal pay is widely understood to be a feminist issue. So why isn’t the Fight for $15?

Related: The 78 Cents Project is a pro-bono resume consultancy
aimed at eradicating the gender wage gap.

The Pope Francis Laundry for homeless opens at the Vatican.

Stories from the almshouse records — women’s lives in in 1790’s NYC.

Stickers for every season. #obsessed

The place of food security in the battle over healthcare.

Budget freezer meals for the slow-cooker and oven!

Solid April line-up from Book of the Month.

Face massages are like pilates for your cheeks. (I’ve gotta start doing this! I feel like I carry a lot of tension in my face. Is that a thing?)

Related: How to make a baking soda face mask.

17 Spring looks with 12 clothing items you probably already have in your closet.

9 podcast episodes worth discussing.

Related: 8 podcasts to check out on your next road trip.

Curfews, sports, and understanding kids’ brain chemistry have all helped dramatically curb substance abuse in Iceland.

P.S. 2 Finding Delight posts you may have missed — 6 True-Crime Documentaries for Your Inner Detective and For the love of DOWNTON!

What’s your favorite podcast?

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Lately, I’ve found myself in a pretty comfortable podcast rotation. However, I’m always interested to hear what others are listening to. So I asked a few folk, “What’s your favorite podcast?” Here’s how they answered. If you’re looking for some great recommendations, look no further…

The Black Tapes. Super creepy audio drama, well worth a listen.

The Way I Heard It. 5 minute episodes containing random but compelling anecdotes.

Thinking Sideways. Funny but thorough looks at mysteries at least 5 years old. The hosts have awesome chemistry.”

Lauren 

“Our whole office was waaaay into Serial. Debates about the innocence of Adnan Syed… and if he didn’t do it – who did?”

-Drew

Wigsnatchers (comedy), 2 Dope Queens (comedy), Limetown (terrifying drama), You Must Remember This (Hollywood history- amazing series on the Manson family), Stuff Mom Never Told You (A+ feminism), The Uncertain Hour (amazing breakdown of poverty/sociology), Tanis (similar to Black Tapes), RuPaul: What’s the Tee? (duh), Gravy (food culture/sociology).”

-Betsy

“I am so hooked on The Black Tapes and Tanis. I also like The Bright Sessions (fiction)–a therapist has patients with special powers and helps them cope with them, and then requisite conspiracy drama ensues.

Really into Lore now, too. Each episode looks at freaky historical events and folk tales.”

-Vince

“Thumbs up for Whistlestop, neat podcast, well-written, researched, and performed by journalist John Dickerson about US Presidential campaign histories.”

-Lydia

The Read — Kid Fury and Crissle are HILARIOUS. They cover entertainment news, Black excellence, and at the end of each episode they “read” someone or something for FILTH.”

-Ashley

“Please don’t judge me but: Bitch Sesh: a Real Housewives Breakdown by Casey Wilson and Danielle Schnieder (of Happy Endings).”

-Adam

Keepin’ it 1600 for all your elections needs.

Greatest Generation if you love Star Trek and/or sophomoric humor.”

-Jon

“Nicole Antoinette’s podcast Real Talk Radio. It’s all about building better habits, making tough transformations, success stories and failures and how to make change happen. She’s very honest and raw and has lots of different guests on each season.”

Laskmy 

Other popular favorites included;

Invisibilia, 99% Invisible, More Perfect, RadioLab, Tolkien Talk, Welcome to Night Vale, Alice Isn’t Dead, The Moth, Judge John Hodgman, Science Friday, Small Town Horror, Archive 81Chapo Trap House, Revisionist History, Embedded,  WTF with Marc Maron, Fresh Air, This American Life, All Songs Considered, Celebration Rock, The Nerdist, Strangers, Not By Accident, Savage LovecastStuff You Missed in History Class, Code Switch, Citizen Radio, Selected Shorts, The Longest Shortest TimeMy Dad Wrote a Porno, Snap Judgement, Reply All, Mystery Show, Extra Pack of Peanuts, Song Exploder, Death Sex and Money, How Did This Get Made, and Note to Self.

(Is it just me or are podcasts KILLING IT lately?!?)

Oh, and in case you’re curious, this is what MY current subscription* list looks like:

Plus, I just listened to an episode of Real Talk Radio per Laskmy’s recommendation and LOVED it and I can’t wait to check out The Box, a new podcast created by my friend Lauren (her favorites are featured up top).

*These subscriptions are definitely more of my “every day” podcasts, like for working out or chores. For long road-trips I prefer stuff like You Must Remember This, Mystery Show, and Serial.

Ok guys, I know this was a pretty exhaustive list…but what’s been left off? What have YOU been listening to lately?

mid-week round-up

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Hi friends! What’s been happening? Chet and I went furniture shopping on Saturday. We got a new couch and a futon for his office (among a myriad of other things…it was Ikea after all!). I’d say it was a success and I’m LOVING the total transformation our living room has undergone with the furniture update and just a little bit of re-arranging. Oh, and thank you so much for all your sweet input on this big decision! I was so flattered by your thoughtful consideration of the options. I’m definitely learning that planning a wedding takes a village! Haha! Big love to all of you on this Wednesday and here’s to a great rest of your week. Here’s the round-up…

How to keep your brain in tip-top shape.

Peter Rabbit gets his own 50p coin.

My sister was interviewed on a recent episode of Real Recovery Radio.

A weekly habit to help you read more.

Changes to America’s morning meal.

The sexist history of…pockets?

What if America looked like Dearborn, Michigan? 

Simply chucking things out won’t solve our over-consumption woes.

An awesome subscription service for the outdoor enthusiast.

Weeknight dinner: tandoori chicken recipe.

Doctors agree with John Muir’s statement that, “Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”

Catfish’s Max Joseph explains how his life has changed as a minor celebrity.

P.S. Like mysteries? Check out the book “Live and Let Bee” by author D.S. Nelson. Available on Kindle from Amazon TODAY!

8 podcasts to check out on your next road trip.

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As I mentioned in this post, about this time last week I was in the midst of a LONG drive from Lexington, KY to Miami, FL. Just me, my ragdoll cat, and what felt like an endless stretch of highway. Thankfully I thought ahead and equipped my iPhone with hours of entertainment. I’m talking podcasts! Below you’ll find the 8 that made the miles fly, kept me engaged, and provided just enough nuggets of knowledge to shoo away the clouds of boredom.

Go Fork Yourself

Auditory food porn, Go Fork Yourself features Travel Channel’s own Andrew Zimmern and Hey Eleanor! blogger Molly Mogren. Each episode they chat about what’s up in the food world, give travel recommendations and exchange stories. If you’ve ever found yourself binge watching Food Network or Travel Channel shows, listening in on the convos of these two will be right up your street.

Mystery Show

This podcast (hosted by my current girl crush and This American Life veteran Starlee Kine) sets out to solve one mystery per episode — think: disappearing video rental store and a unique belt buckle found owner-less in a gutter — with only one rule. The mystery can not be solved by simply Googling. My friend J.D. specifically recommended Episode #2: Britney. And it did NOT disappoint.

Criminal

This is a podcast about crime (duh!) and tells stories of people who have done wrong, been wronged, or gotten caught somewhere in the middle. While the episodes felt a little short to me, this could have been because I was trying to kill HOURS, and they are probably the perfect length for a morning commute or a nice walk around your neighborhood after dinner. And lo and behold, the very first episode was about the Michael Peterson case! A story I’ve been obsessed with since watching the Sundance Channel miniseries, The Staircase (and then proceeding to make everyone I know watch it too).

Selected Shorts

Selected Shorts brings on stars of stage and screen to read aloud pieces of short fiction. Featured stories are by established and emerging writers alike, their words coming to life in a new way when performed by talented actors. This story time for adults had a definite calming effect on me as there is something so zen about being read to.

Ear Biscuits 

Youtube stars Rhett & Link record a weekly candid conversation with their fellow creators all of whom are gaining huge popularity for work and content in new media. If you find yourself going down the rabbit hole of YouTube with any frequency, you’ll wanna download a few of these interviews. I especially enjoyed listening to the episodes featuring Tyler Oakley, Jenna Marbles, and Ingrid Nilsen. As a fairly recent YouTube aficionado, I enjoyed hearing how these folks “made it big” in the world of vlogging.

Mortified

In much the same way as the live show of the same name, Mortified allows adults to share writings from their past in an attempt to “share the shame.”  I loved the Mortified documentary so I’m not sure why I had never checked out the podcast before! Definitely check it out if you haven’t already…super funny, super relatable, super feel-goody in that “we made it through!” kind of way.

Filler 

Filler operates in much the same way as Ear Biscuits. Hosts Matt Shore and Harry Hitchens sit down with a major player from a creative industry and have a chat over coffee. The guys are quite good at getting their interviewees to delve deep into their stories and help connect the dots in order to draw lessons from their experiences. I especially enjoyed their interview with Blaise DiPersia, a designer/hired gun at Facebook.

Which would you choose? What podcasts do you listen to? Would love your thoughts… even though I don’t plan on driving long distances ANY time soon! Phew!

P.S. Another great podcast host

Serial parodies.

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Did you guys listen to the ending of Serial? Chet and I played it on Thursday night (along with breakfast for dinner…get it? Serial…Cereal?) and then proceeded to read all things Serial related on the internet for the rest of the night. If you haven’t seen them yet, here are two HILARIOUS parodies of the show…

Spot on! Do you listen to any podcasts? I’d love recommendations! I’m a long-time listener of This American Life and I used to listen to The Story and Q with Jian Ghomeshi when I worked from home (although The Story isn’t producing shows anymore and Jian has his own issues to deal with now). Anywho, if you loved Serial be sure to tune in to Fresh Air tomorrow! Terry Gross will be interviewing Sarah Koenig and apparently it’s the definitive Serial interview. As with all things Sarah, I’m sure I’ll be on the edge of my seat through out. Yay podcasts!

(top photo of Sarah Koenig and Dana Chervis via here.)

 

Girl Crush: Sarah Koenig

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I’ve been a long-time lover of This American Life but recently my girl crush on staff producer Sarah Koenig has been through the roof! A few weeks ago, TAL aired an episode that also served as the first episode for a spin-off podcast called Serial. I was immediately hooked. Sarah’s poignant journalism and writing is unparalleled. Over the course of the season, Serial is unfolding just one non-fiction story–in this case, a story about a murder and high school sweethearts and a man’s claimed innocence. Basically, a tale you want to tune in for.  And they promise to keep telling the story until they “get to the bottom of it”.

This is all to say, I’m completely obsessed with Sarah Koenig. I want to be her. If you haven’t checked out Serial yet you totally should. No one could tell this story like her.

P.S. Here are some of Ms. Koenig’s best-loved This American Life episodes and one of my favorite episodes that I still talk about all the time.

 

(Photo by Meredith Heuer.)

 

mid-week round-up

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Happy Halloween! I hope everyone is having a great week and that you have an appropriately spooky weekend. Here are a few fun links from around the web for your mid-week enjoyment…

Life skills–for anyone, really.

I would love this as a vacation spot!

What really happened to the deceased professor who became the poster-child for exploited academics.

Those little piggy grunts!

Great conversation starter.

22 ways to look at style.

Poor Shane. I’m on his side. : )

If you’re in the market, I LOVE this jewelry shop! Druzy obsessed.

What a proposal!

I would hang a framed print of ANY of these photographs in my house.

Have y’all been listening to this podcast? It’s a nail biter!

Fascinating interview with a former English teacher at a North Korean university.

P.S. Have you seen the show “Manhattan”? I’m 3 episodes in and already totally addicted. The first season is streaming on Hulu Plus, if you’re in need of a new show.