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

Today's Pop Five: Jenna T.'s top Gene Wilder roles — Gene Wilder is a brilliant comic, and for this I really need a Pop 25. I very much wanted to choose some of his lesser-known films so that other people could be exposed to more of his filmography, but the truth is, his classics are his classics for a reason.

6 Comedians to Put on Your Radar from ‘2 Dope Queens’ Host Phoebe Robinson

‘MouseChat’ Podcasters Share 13 Insider Tips for Planning Your Disney Vacation

9 Tips on Starting a Meditation Practice From '10% Happier' Host Dan Harris

5 'Game of Thrones' Podcasts For Every Type of Fan — Last weekend, Game of Thrones stormed back into our lives, delivering more head-scratchers than answers (which is how we like it, right?). Fortunately, dozens of podcasts aim to help us unpack every detail. This week on iTunes, several Thrones-themed shows popped up in the top 25.

From 'The West Wing' to 'The Golden Girls': 13 Retro TV Podcasts That Might Spark a Rewatch — When Hrishikesh Hirway and Joshua Malina announced their new West Wing podcast last month, some fans reacted so excitedly, it was as if the show itself were returning to TV. "I thought it would be a fun thing for a small, niche audience," says Hirway, who also hosts the weekly music podcast Song Exploder .

6 Shocking Stories From ‘Myths and Legends’ Host Jason Weiser — Week after week, most of iTunes' most popular podcasts remain the same: Serial, This American Life, Fresh Air, Radiolab. And then there's Myths and Legends . Call it The Little Podcast That Could: Written, produced, and performed by literature and history buff Jason Weiser in Syracuse, N.Y., this indie show about classic folklore is quickly becoming, well, a thing of legend.

13 Questions for ‘Welcome to Night Vale’ Co-Creator Joseph Fink — While Serial may have cornered the market on true-crime audio, nobody owns serialized fiction podcasts like the paranormal horror-comedy Welcome to Night Vale . Started in 2012 by writers Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, Night Vale's popularity has spawned cross-country tours, a best-selling novel, and Night Vale Presents, a network launched to support other new, independent podcasts from first-time podcasters.

The Moth’s Dan Kennedy Shares 9 Ways to Sharpen Your Storytelling Skills — As the longtime host of podcast and its New York-based StorySLAMs, Dan Kennedy certainly knows a good story when he hears it. Kennedy has spent the last 16 years performing his own work and listening to others share theirs, whether it's during The Moth's prepared main stage events or its looser, put-your-name-in-a-hat slams. "[During] the first story I told on the main stage, I had long bangs that I let down in front of my eyes," Kennedy says.

The Hosts of ‘Stuff You Missed in History Class’ Share 7 Amazing, Oft-Overlooked Women in History — From composers and moonshiners to hoaxes and natural disasters, Holly Frey and Tracy V. Wilson have researched it all. Their popular podcast, Stuff You Missed in History Class , spotlights fascinating historical figures and events that haven't gotten nearly as much attention as they deserve.
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Sep 23, 2016

I love these cookbooks! (And that's coming from a lady who rarely cooks but occasionally hankers for some grits) 

Sep 21, 2016

Bring me to campus, & it's only a matter of time before all the kids are drawing cartoon butts & giving out condoms. 

Sep 18, 2016

As much am I'm digging tonight's Emmy winners, I don't think I'll ever be able to use the word "Yaaassss" without feeling like a buffoon.

Sep 12, 2016

@BIGBUSINESS what a beautifully written story! I still remember the first time I heard Gillian - saw her on that tour w/the first album.

Sep 11, 2016

It was such a terrible day. In the weeks/months that followed, I think many of us experienced the healing power of art - I know I did. (3/3)

Sep 11, 2016

And some writers: Sarah Vowell, Chris Ware, Nick Hornby, Dan Clowes, Sparkle Hayter, Janice Eidus ... & on & on. (2/3)

Sep 11, 2016

Some musicians who helped me get through all the sadness 15 yrs ago: Ryan Adams, Wilco, Rufus Wainwright, Gillian Welch, Kool Keith...(1/3)

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