Journalist, cultural critic, R.E.M. fan for life.

'What the Fung?!': TV Review — A flashy food show aimed at hungry Thursdays 9 p.m. beginning May 21 (FYI) On many food and travel shows, hosts treat us like old pals, welcoming us into their cozy kitchens and sharing prime access to beautiful views. The Fung Brothers, however, don't want to be just friends.

8 Great Moments From David Letterman's All-Too-Brief Acting Career — After David Letterman retires from late night, perhaps he'll spend his free time fishing and catching up on all the novels he's been meaning to read. Or maybe, just maybe, he'll resurrect his acting career. Though Letterman has always preferred to appear as himself onscreen, over the years he has taken a handful of acting roles.

Pod City: Super Podcasts About Comics — Every eight minutes, a comic-book podcast is born. OK, so I may be exaggerating-but not by much. As a longtime comics enthusiast, I've been excited, and a bit intimidated, by the flood of podcasts devoted to the medium. This week I share some of my favorites, that cover everything from mainstream books to indie work to comic-based movies and TV shows.

FLASHBACK: Remembering Jim Henson, 25 Years After His Death — Growing up in the 1980s, Jim Henson shaped my childhood. By 1990 I'd logged hundreds of hours watching the Muppets.I could quote Labyrinth by heart. No holiday season was complete until our family had played thatJohn Denver and the Muppets record at least 30 times.

Pod City: Catch up on ‘Wits,’ ‘Amicus’ and Other Noteworthy Podcasts — This week a good portion of my podcast diet took me back to the '90s-but in the best way possible. (Unlike the Full House revival, which I'm already sick of hearing about.) Below are a few highlights, in no particular order.

Pod City Crash Course: 19 Music Podcasts That’ll Make You Sing — Over the last few weeks, I've shared podcast "crash courses" in food, TV, cyborgs, what have you. Today I offer a handful of music podcasts that cover lots of ground-hip-hop, indie, classical, classic rock-but all of them enhance my musical knowledge while occasionally inspiring me play the air drums in my Honda.

Pod City: Fascinating Tidbits From Podcasts ‘Off Camera,’ ‘Cardboard!’ and More — Spring is underway, and podcasts are in full bloom, with shiny new shows from Paul F. Tompkins, Rich Sommer and so many others. Below, I round up a few highlights from the last week or so. New to the scene? Check out my lists of ear-pleasing food podcasts and TV podcasts.

Pod City: 19 Food Podcasts to Please your Palate — If you ask me, the next best thing to eating is hearing people talk about eating. Each week I consume gobs of food podcasts ranging from the seriously specific to the super-silly. I share several faves below, and I hope you'll suggest a few, too.

Pod City Crash Course: 19 TV Podcasts You Need to Hear

Pod City: 'Mortified,' 'Radiolab,' BuzzFeed’s New Podcast and More Stuff to Hear — Before I heard this podcast, I assumed carousels had been around for maybe a couple centuries, but they have a much more colorful history. Hosts Tracy Wilson and Holly Frey share how carousels developed from a jousting game to an amusement park attraction and tell us the differences between, say, a Coney Island-style carousel and a Philadelphia-style one.
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May 21, 2015

Writing about my fave history podcasts for @mental_floss -- all suggestions welcome!

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