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

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.

Pod City: ‘Daily Show,’ ‘TLDR,’ and More of the Week’s Best Podcasts — The famous chef stays busy with several restaurants and his TV show, but he also makes sure his sons go to school with full bellies. In this interview, he says that each year he makes a special breakfast menu for them with choices that include an egg sandwich on a toasted English muffin with Fontina and prosciutto and "plain old ordinary crepes with cinnamon sugar and lemon."

Pod City: ‘The Ethicists,’ ‘BackStory,’ and More of the Week's Best Podcasts — Host Aaron Roden chats with the Pearl Jam guitarist about his early days as well as what it was like when the band exploded in the early '90s, opening for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and becoming a must-see act on the Lollapalooza tour.

Pop Culture History Lesson: 'We Are the World' Turns 30 — It's hard to bet on the future, but of this I'm certain: Three decades from now, I'll still know every lyric to "We Are the World." Released 30 years ago this week, the chart-topping charity single occupies at least as much space in my brain as my second-grade teacher (who made our class sing it repeatedly) and my first Sony Walkman (purchased around the time of its release).

Pod City: Highlights from ‘On Being,’ ‘The Moth,’ and More of This Week's Podcasts — This podcast's Oscar recap may be more entertaining than the telecast, though perhaps that's not a lofty compliment. According to Smith, the best part of the Oscars was when Jack Black appeared onscreen, and Smith thinks he should be next in line to host. He added that Oscar nominees should acknowledge they've "already won ...

'The Book of Negroes': TV Review — One of BET's most notable offerings to date Feb. 16-18 at 8 p.m. on BET Aunjanue Ellis, Cuba Gooding Jr., Ben Chaplin, Lyriq Bent, Louis Gossett Jr. Clement Virgo Lawrence Hill As one can imagine, the tragedies depicted in the The Book of Negroes, BET's historical miniseries about an African woman kidnapped and sold into slavery, are almost too numerous to count and difficult to watch.

'The Jack and Triumph Show': TV Review — Though the show has funny moments, it isn't a seamless effort Fridays at 11:30 p.m. on Adult Swim, beginning Feb. 20 Robert Smigel, Jack McBrayer, June Squibb For 18 years, he has been a staple of late-night television. He's recognized almost everywhere he goes, and tonight marks the debut of his very own half-hour sitcom.
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Apr 27, 2015

@EFCidade it's the last week of classes! can't believe my first semester as an instructor is almost over. :)

Apr 27, 2015

When feeling stressed, I tend to spend a lot of time in my favorite sweatshirt ...

Apr 27, 2015

@kryan247 When I hear his name, that's the face (and hair) that pops into my head...

Apr 27, 2015

@MCFADDEN08 I love all the PBS stuff - Peg + Cat, Sid the Science Kid ... but Super Why is probably my fave!

Apr 24, 2015

.@JefferySelf's podcast just brightens my week. (And how can I NOT love a guy w/a framed SHE-DEVIL poster?)

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