Obamas Exit Interview and 9 Other Must-Listen Podcasts

Did your resolutions for 2017 include figuring out a healthier relationship with social media? Or engaging with political issues? Or finally figuring out how to create a convincing sonic car explosion? Then youre in luck! These 10 excellent podcast episodes will tell you everything you need to know. They also feature a 1920s Kansan demagogue, Solange’s instrument from Toys “R” Us, and a post-apocalyptic mall, created by the guy behind “Too Many Cooks.” Listen onthis year of podcasts is just beginning.

Pod Save America, “Obamas Last Interview”

For his last interview, President Obama sat down with Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Tommy Vietor, and Dan Pfeiffer, his former speechwriters and the former hosts of election podcast Keepin It 1600. Obama speaks candidly about what he hopes his impact on history will be, whether his roast of President Trump influenced the election, and the advice 2017 Obama would give 2009 Obama as he stepped into the presidency. And he’s not done: Obamaalso discusses howhe wantsto contribute to an online public square for political discourse going forward. Listen here.

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For his last interview, President Obama sat down with Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Tommy Vietor, and Dan Pfeiffer, his former speechwriters and the former hosts of election podcast Keepin It 1600. Obama speaks candidly about what he hopes his impact on history will be, whether his roast of President Trump influenced the election, and the advice 2017 Obama would give 2009 Obama as he stepped into the presidency. And he’s not done: Obamaalso discusses howhe wantsto contribute to an online public square for political discourse going forward. Listen here.

How to Be a Girl, “The Window”

Raising a transgender kid is hard. On How to Be a Girl, Marlo Mack talks about life with her daughter, now nine years old, who was assigned male at birth. In “The Window,” Mack and other parents of trans kids discuss the shifts of public opinion on transgender issues during the past eight years and the challenges of readyingfor a Trump presidency, as Mack prepares to change the last document identifying her little girl as a boy: her social security card. Listen here.

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Raising a transgender kid is hard. On How to Be a Girl, Marlo Mack talks about life with her daughter, now nine years old, who was assigned male at birth. In “The Window,” Mack and other parents of trans kids discuss the shifts of public opinion on transgender issues during the past eight years and the challenges of readyingfor a Trump presidency, as Mack prepares to change the last document identifying her little girl as a boy: her social security card. Listen here.

Reply All, “Man of the People”

Dr. John Romulus Brinkley made a fortune implanting goat testicles into people to cure impotence, dementia, and flatulencebut thats not close to the weirdest part of this story. Brinkley goes on to run for governor of Kansas, promote the Carter Family, and commission a swimming pool paneled with tiny swastikas. But its his medium thats most chilling and prescient: Brinkley used the radio to become a 1920s demagogue, a con man reaching his listeners with a message of down-home authenticity.

Dr. John Romulus Brinkley made a fortune implanting goat testicles into people to cure impotence, dementia, and flatulencebut thats not close to the weirdest part of this story. Brinkley goes on to run for governor of Kansas, promote the Carter Family, and commission a swimming pool paneled with tiny swastikas. But its his medium thats most chilling and prescient: Brinkley used the radio to become a 1920s demagogue, a con man reaching his listeners with a message of down-home authenticity.

Twenty Thousand Hertz, “What Makes Up a Movie Soundtrack?”

Movieaudio tracks contain a whole lot more than music and dialogue. That revving engine in Mad Max: Fury Road? That’s a bunch of sewing machines. On this episode of Twenty Thousand Hertz,Chris Aud, the movies sound designer, explains how to create a movie explosion and gives tips for how to listen for sound cliches: hawking crows to signal a villain, off-stage cop sirens, etc. Plus, Ann Kroeber tells listenersabout her days tracking down Bengal tigers and getting close with howling monkeys to record the sounds used in The Lord of the Rings and Jurassic Park.

Movieaudio tracks contain a whole lot more than music and dialogue. That revving engine in Mad Max: Fury Road? That’s a bunch of sewing machines. On this episode of Twenty Thousand Hertz,Chris Aud, the movies sound designer, explains how to create a movie explosion and gives tips for how to listen for sound cliches: hawking crows to signal a villain, off-stage cop sirens, etc. Plus, Ann Kroeber tells listenersabout her days tracking down Bengal tigers and getting close with howling monkeys to record the sounds used in The Lord of the Rings and Jurassic Park.

On Being with Krista Tippett, “Anil Dash Techs Moral Reckoning”

In On Being, Krista Tippett hosts conversations about how to live thoughtfully and responsiblyand on this episode she talks to Anil Dash about the intersection of civics and tech in an America shaped by technology. Dash speaks to the duties of technologists, the ways that digital formatslike the size of text boxes on blogshave shaped online journalism; and the risks of visually dramatizing data. Listen here.

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In On Being, Krista Tippett hosts conversations about how to live thoughtfully and responsiblyand on this episode she talks to Anil Dash about the intersection of civics and tech in an America shaped by technology. Dash speaks to the duties of technologists, the ways that digital formatslike the size of text boxes on blogshave shaped online journalism; and the risks of visually dramatizing data. Listen here.

Reveal, Americas Digital Dumping Ground

What happens to your old iPhone or laptop? Reveal investigates where that electronic trash actually goes, from a wall of typewriters in Silicon Valley to Guiyu, a toxic dumping ground in China known as the Chernobyl of e-waste, to Seattle, where an intrepid environmentalist implants tracking devices into old electronics to catch lying companies in the act. Plus, how legislation hasand hasntchanged how we dispose of electronics.

What happens to your old iPhone or laptop? Reveal investigates where that electronic trash actually goes, from a wall of typewriters in Silicon Valley to Guiyu, a toxic dumping ground in China known as the Chernobyl of e-waste, to Seattle, where an intrepid environmentalist implants tracking devices into old electronics to catch lying companies in the act. Plus, how legislation hasand hasntchanged how we dispose of electronics.

Crimetown, “Power Street”

If you havent been listening to Crimetown, the sordid story of Providences own Buddy Cianci, convicted-felon-turned-mayor, youre missing out on dubiously dead turtles, a glass of Scotch in maximum security, and police armed with shotguns riding on the back of garbage trucksplus, wiseguys and underbosses with accents youve just got to hear. Start at the beginningor join for the seventh installment, Power Street, as FBI Agent Dennis Aiken and Operation Plunder Dome enter the scene.

If you havent been listening to Crimetown, the sordid story of Providences own Buddy Cianci, convicted-felon-turned-mayor, youre missing out on dubiously dead turtles, a glass of Scotch in maximum security, and police armed with shotguns riding on the back of garbage trucksplus, wiseguys and underbosses with accents youve just got to hear. Start at the beginningor join for the seventh installment, Power Street, as FBI Agent Dennis Aiken and Operation Plunder Dome enter the scene.

Sound Show, “Scenes From an Italian Astronaut”

Some residents are bothered by the whirring sounds of airplanes taking off and landing, so they file a complaint with their local airports. But at least one person isreally upset by the sounds, and determined to fight back with some noise of hisown: 52-year-old Italian astronaut Roberto Vittori, who lives three miles away from the Reagan International Airport in DC, filed 6,500 complaints in 2015. Meet the guy responsible for 75percent of the airports annual tally of gripesand hear the precise, poetic way he words each complaint. Listen here.

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Some residents are bothered by the whirring sounds of airplanes taking off and landing, so they file a complaint with their local airports. But at least one person isreally upset by the sounds, and determined to fight back with some noise of hisown: 52-year-old Italian astronaut Roberto Vittori, who lives three miles away from the Reagan International Airport in DC, filed 6,500 complaints in 2015. Meet the guy responsible for 75percent of the airports annual tally of gripesand hear the precise, poetic way he words each complaint. Listen here.

The Truth, The Dark End of the Mall

In this episode, fiction podcast The Truth takes you back to a mall in the 1950s. Or doesit? Its a post-apocalyptic story in an American mall concocted by Casper Kelly, the guy behind “Too Many Cooks,” with a dash of Westworld thrown injust try it. Listen here.

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In this episode, fiction podcast The Truth takes you back to a mall in the 1950s. Or doesit? Its a post-apocalyptic story in an American mall concocted by Casper Kelly, the guy behind “Too Many Cooks,” with a dash of Westworld thrown injust try it. Listen here.

Song Exploder, “Solange”

Cranes in the Sky is a tender, soft moment in Solanges A Seat at the Tableand one that required urban expansion, cockroaches, and a 12-inch plastic harp from Toys “R” Us to create. Hear Solange dissect the song, and explain how a lost instrumental track led her to turn the song into a meditation.

Cranes in the Sky is a tender, soft moment in Solanges A Seat at the Tableand one that required urban expansion, cockroaches, and a 12-inch plastic harp from Toys “R” Us to create. Hear Solange dissect the song, and explain how a lost instrumental track led her to turn the song into a meditation.

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