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

How Marc Maron, Dave Holmes, and other podcasters treat mental illness.

slate.com — Several years ago I found myself trapped beneath a lead blanket of depression. While most of that time passed in a slow, black blur, I still can recall what I'd tell myself each day in an effort to keep going: Your feelings are real. Today I'm healthy and happy, but...

Pod City: ‘Bullseye,’ ‘Patcast’ and More of This Week's Standout Podcasts

mentalfloss.com — The comedian is full of surprises, including the fact that he and his wife share a fondness for stuffed animals, which he'd like to donate to the Smithsonian after he dies. Also in this ep, Thorn gets Chris Rock to list the five greatest rappers of all time.

The Playboy Library: Big Star’s '#1 Record/Radio City'

playboy.com — For most music fans, there comes a point when simply liking a band isn't enough. Suddenly, we need answers: What do these songs mean? Where do its members come from? Who are their influences? When I was in high school, I realized many roads led back to Big Star.

Pod City: Ira Glass, Patton Oswalt and More on This Week's Most Interesting Podcasts

mentalfloss.com — Alec Baldwin's podcast has returned, and in this episode he chats with the host of This American Life about his career in public radio. Glass admits he spends most of his time working and says if he had more hours to spare, he'd consume more culture.

Stream Baby Stream: ‘Faerie Tale Theatre’ And More Stream-Worthy Stories

decider.com — Last week I relocated from New York to Tennessee, which is a pretty major move - though, if you ask me, my decision to "cut the cord" when we arrived is just as dramatic. So far I don't miss cable TV too much; if anything, our family's viewing habits have improved.

The Playboy Library: Robert Altman's 'Short Cuts'

playboy.com — Here's a game: Pick a movie from the 21st century. Any movie works, though I'd prefer a good one. Chances are, the flick you chose is within six degrees of Short Cuts. That's right: The 1993 Robert Altman-directed drama is the Kevin Bacon of movies - and while Bacon himself doesn't appear, virtually everyone else in Hollywood does.

Stream Baby Stream: Family-Friendly Thanksgiving Fare

decider.com — For many of us, the holidays involve heaps of travel, casseroles, and time with relatives we only see a few times a year. This Thanksgiving my two-year-old will be running around with nine of her young cousins. And while we adults do enjoy seeing everyone together, I'm pretty sure the moment will come when we all need a bit of a break.

Pod City: ‘StartUp,’ ‘The Canon,’ and More of This Week's Most Interesting Podcasts

mentalfloss.com — This new podcast examines films and tries to determine if they're classics that belong in, yep, "The Canon." Hosts Devin Faraci and Amy Nicholson are sharply divided on this Indy sequel-he loves it, she hates it-but both find it intriguing that the esteemed critic wrote a glowing review.

Stream Baby Stream: Where Can My Kid Learn To Draw?

decider.com — Lately I've read several interviews with Devo co-founder Mark Mothersbaugh, whose huge archive of visual art is currently on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver. "If it's three in the morning and I didn't do any drawings all day, I have to wake up and do it," he told Studio 360 host Kurt Andersen.

Pod City: ‘Serial,’ ‘Food is the New Rock’ and More of This Week's Most Interesting Podcasts

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Dec 18, 2014

I guess my two-word review of the @serial finale would be "satisfyingly inconclusive." Yours?

Dec 18, 2014

@heath_ I cover all aspects of pop culture for a variety of publications. You can send any tips to whitmath (at) gmail (dot) com. Thanks!

Dec 18, 2014

And ICYMI, here's newly unearthed video of Claire Danes in 1994: etonline.com/news/155324_15… @etnow

Dec 18, 2014

@heath_ yep, doing a weekly podcast roundup for them!

Dec 18, 2014

@BIGBUSINESS oh yes - i gotta pay for that uhaul rental somehow!

Dec 18, 2014

@BIGBUSINESS I will do it soon - just been so busy working I haven't had the time!

Dec 18, 2014

Tip: 1964's SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS, one of the best worst movies of all time, is on @Amazon Instant! pic.twitter.com/5als9EbMaj

Dec 18, 2014

Yep, I talked to @chronicle about college drinking flicks. (Fun fact: It was shot at my parents' house) chronicle.com/article/Video-…

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