Podcasts

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Caliphate

The New York Times

There’s arguably no better person to learn about ISIS from than Rukmini Callimachi. The Times’ reporter now has her own audio series – and judging from the frist one and a half episodes, it’s going to be fantastic.

Published in Weekly Filet #270

The Destroyer of Worlds

Hardcore History

What happens if human beings can’t handle the power of their own weaponry? A six-hour podcast episode on the early days of the nuclear age. Worth every minute of it.

Published in Weekly Filet #268

Dirty John

Los Angeles Times

If you loved Serial, season 1 (and were disappointed by season 2), this is for you. A breathtaking story.

Published in Weekly Filet #255

How to be a girl

A six-year-old child, born as a boy, who knew she was a girl at the age of three. This is her story, told by her mother (and herself) in a podcast.

Published in Weekly Filet #253

Level Up

Twenty Thousand Hertz

How do you create a piece of music that excites for hours and that can automatically adapt to what happens in the world it helps create? A fascinating dive into sound design for video games.

Published in Weekly Filet #251

The most popular song in the world

Switched On Pop

A brilliant, detailed musical analysis of arguably the most popular song in the world, with one billion plays a day (!) at its peak: the Nokia ringtone. Yes, that one. This is an older and somewhat atypical episode of my new favourite podcast, «Switched On Pop». A musicologist and a songwriter go deep into the anatomy of popular songs (usually not ringtones) and explain what makes them hits and «help listeners find a-ha moments in the music». They are at their best when they cross-examine songs – like in «Hotline Hello: Drake and Adele».

Published in Weekly Filet #242

The Money Fixers

Planet Money

Inside the curious world of the «Mutilated Currency Division». I wasn’t aware of this: You can send in destroyed money (meaning: burned, shredded, digested by a cow, even) and if those people can establish it’s real money, you are reimbursed.

Published in Weekly Filet #239