Hope everyone is having a great labor day weekend. For this weekend’s podcast recommendations, here is the best of what I listened to this week, plus a few more that I’ll be listening to while I’ll have my feet up sipping margaritas.
Revisionist History: My Little Hundred Million
If you haven’t listened to Malcolm Gladwell’s ten-part podcast Revision History yet, do yourself a favor and listen to it immediately. It’s an extremely well polished, well researched podcast show that delves into some amazing stories about culture and society, and it will no doubt make you change your perspective on some major subjects. This episode, entitled “My Little Hundred Million”, is the best one of these series, and he focuses in on major educational grants by philanthropic billionaires. The story is regarding Hank Rowan, who gave $100 million to a New Jersey University in the early 1990s, which was revolutionary at the time in that he gave it to a public university. Since then, billionaires have also been giving major grants to universities… but private, ivy-league schools that only benefit the rich. It’s an incredible, gripping story, with an analogy regarding “weak links” and “strong links” that will make you look at America differently. I personally think Malcolm Gladwell gets a bad rap for wrapping entire books around a small idea (think his 10,000 hour theory), but there’s no doubt he’s a powerful thinker and this podcast hardens that.
Keepin’ it 1600: Ep. 29: Trump: From Mexico to Arizona
Keepin’ it 1600 has only been around since early this year, but there’s no doubt that it’s been a huge smash hit in the political scene. So much so, in fact, they’re lodging in two episodes a week moving forward until the election in November. Jon Favreau and Dan Pfeiffer, former Obama speechwritter and communications advisor respectively, have great insight into this year’s election, which has been completely maddening. This week was no different with the two of them diving into Trump’s crazy visit into Mexico. This episode also features Mark Leibovich, chief national correspondant for the New York Times Magazine, and the three of them spare no punch in today’s election climate. Strong recommendation, and this probably won’t be the first time you’ll see them on the list.
The Bill Simmons Podcast: Episode 121: Tony Kornheiser
While Bill Simmons has been hit or miss since he’s started The Ringer (which is no doubt a topic for an upcoming column), I’m a big fan of when he goes back to his roots with his fellow sports journalist friends. Tony and Bill are longtime friends, and it shines through as they talk about today’s journalism climate, Colin Kaepernick’s protests, Michael Wilbon, book publishing and more. Great, easygoing chat.
Recode Media wtih Peter Kafka: The New York Times has to think like a tech startup (Sam Dolnick and Clifford Levy, editors, New York Times)
Peter Kafka’s Recode Media podcast is your standard interview podcast, whose quality highly depends on the guests they have on. This week’s guests were really interesting to me, as it features Sam Dolnick and Clifford Levy of the New York Times, two men who have high aspirations to be the newspaper’s publisher in the future. They discuss how they turned the New York Times newsroom into a digital-first, highly-nimble business, one that isn’t afraid of taking risks and failing to learn more about itself. If you’re interested in media, journalism, or even just have an inkling in business, this is a great listen from a team that you don’t hear interviewed nearly enough.
The Forward: Bob Arum
If you haven’t heard of this podcast yet, The Forward is legendary and controversial retired cyclist’s Lance Armstrong’s new foray into the digital age. While some of his podcasts have been fairly average due to his inexperience in front of the microphone and the medocrity of his guests, it’s definitely a podcast to keep your eye out for. This week features Bob Arum, a top boxing promoter in Vegas. If you’re a fan of anything vegas, boxing, gambling-related, or just like the ‘inside baseball’ discussions of the promotion industry, check this out, and then subscribe to Lance’s podcast as it will no doubt gain traction as he gets more experience.
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What are you listening to this weekend? Any podcast recommendations that I missed above? Any podcasts that I should subscribe to and check out? Add yours below, I’ll probably even give it a headline this upcoming week. Comment below with your contact information and we’ll be in touch. As always, thanks for reading!