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Rivers, Narrative and Racism: A Podcast Round-Up

I had to keep an eye on this one as I walked by. He tried to follow but I needed him to stay with rocks. They need him.

What do rivers, narrative and racism have in common? “Hush, and Clopin will tell you!” Yeah…too many Disney songs lately.

“She’s back and better than ever!” Or maybe, “Back by popular demand!” Neither are factually accurate, but they are what I like to tell myself. What can I say? I love listening to podcasts and feel COMPELLED to share what I find. Come to think of it, it’s the same reason I share what I read here.

Yesterday, I took a long walk at The Santa Margarita River Trail and found magic. Water was flowing all by itself with no pumps at one end and no tracks beneath the surface to guide boatloads of tourists. Yes, the whole thing reminded me of the Rivers of America, right down to the rocks along the sides and a beaver dam. I didn’t even know Southern California still had wild beavers!

This one had flowers in his hair and tried to speak to me in front of mortals.

Anywho…podcasts were listened to on the way there and back home again and THAT is what I’m here to tell you about today.

Practicing Human: Small Moments of Deep Mindfulness

I love Cory Muscara’s short reminders. This one was about how much worth there is in just a few minutes of focused meditation. We don’t HAVE TO set aside hours of our day. And if we can take “just a couple minutes” to scroll social media, it can do a world of good to swap that time out for some focus instead.

Cato Daily Podcast: The Busybody Coalition Against Short-Term Rentals

Ahh, the AirBnB battle rages strong in my neighborhood and I’ve grown weary hearing it. It seems like just another reason for people to get up in arms against each other. In my area, people use ALL the complaints that this interview discusses. Personally, I’ve been just as irritated with some of my permanent neighbors as those just spending a few wild days and nights here. The bottom line is property rights. Do YOU want the government to tell YOU what you can do with your property? Or is that rule only going to be for other people?

Imagine my surprise when a man with a camera was there when I returned through this portal!

EconTalk: Frank Rose on Internet Narratives

Book: The Sea We Swim In by Frank Rose

Human memory is story based, that’s why we’ve been telling them since we started communicating. How we tell stories changes, but not why. I can’t wait to read this book! PS I couldn’t listen to all of this episode because someone kept nose breathing into the microphone and it drove me crazy.

People I Mostly Admire: Jared Diamond on the Downfall of Civilizations – and His Optimism for Ours

Hmm…this one wasn’t my favorite, but he had great points. I’m far more optimistic than he is. All civilizations fall, but we don’t see it when it’s happening, just like we don’t see evolution. Sure, there are starts and stops, events that change things significantly, but in the grand scheme of things we just keep plugging along. I’m not going to cry myself to sleep that America isn’t what it was. I’ll wonder what it could be in the future.

Cato Daily Podcast: Partisanship, Polarization, and Political Hatred

Yeah, you know, this is why I have gotten so upset with people the past several years, especially when the Covid BS started. It’s terrifying to watch people launch into mob-mode. His delivery and attitude shut me down a bit, but he’s right about a lot. Give government, or one position in government, that much power and you’re bound to have fights to the death. Can we please not?

Conversations with Coleman: Woke Racism with John McWhorter

Book: Woke Racism by John McWhorter

The title tells you enough, I believe. I’m adding it to my wish list for sure, but I can’t buy it now because I promised a “no buy” January. I beg you to give it a listen. Hearing these two men talk gave me hope for the world. Reasonable people, speaking reasonably, proposing reasonable solutions.

The biggest takeaway from my podcast time this week was when Jared Diamond said, “Our best years are still ahead.” The man is 84 years old and has a million things he wants to learn more about and do. When asked what his favorite decade of life has been, he said it was probably his sixties and seventies, but he has so much more to live.

How’s that for inspiring? When we stop being curious and exploring the world around us, the people, the places, the books, the movies, the food…that’s when we start dying. Our best years are ahead of us. Let’s go see what’s out there!

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Go find a sunny rock to lay by the river on!

Breathe and Project Kindness: Podcast Roundup #5

How does one remember to breathe and project kindness during a long drive? How does one keep their calm and remember that we are all on the same spinning rock in space together? How does one let go of being cut off and potentially smashed against the center divider by a semi-truck making a break for it in bumper-to-bumper traffic?

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When I get in the car, I unwrap my Mala Beads from my wrist while speaking the mantra, “May you be happy. May you be healthy. May you be at peace.” And then place them on my dashboard. When I leave the car, I pick them up and put them back on the same way. It seems to be working.


Every time I go to write and save a “podcast roundup” post, I start hearing this in my head…

Consider it the theme song!

And…now I’m missing Disneyland again. …sigh…

Moving on! It’s time for the (not so much weekly these days) Podcast Roundup!

Episode #5

This week’s drive into the city was exciting in the usual California way (read: TRAFFIC), mostly due to construction and an accident. But it was still productive. Not only did I get to visit a friend, enjoy a great lunch out (once we found a restaurant that was not closed due to staffing problems), and a chance to exercise purchasing restraint at Target, but I also got to listen to some great podcasts and (practicing patience and letting go) spent some time on the phone with friends and family as well. It doesn’t get better than that.

I’ll do my usual short takeaway from each podcast, but there was so much more. I’ll also mention any books I’ve added to my TBR list that were influenced by the episode.

Secular Buddhism – #154 Taking the Long View

WAR = We Are Right

CATO Daily – Harm Reduction amid COVID-19

Lack of context in news coverage (statistics are purposefully misleading if you don’t add the denominator) is causing suspicion.

BBC Bookclub – Tayari Jones – An American Marriage

I found this podcast last week and I’m not sure it’s a good idea to keep listening. It’s adding way too many books to my TBR list! It is a great way to find new novels to read though! I don’t think I would have picked this one up, if I hadn’t heard the author talking about with other readers.

Book Added to TBR List: “An American Marriage” by Tayari Jones

CATO Daily – The Rocky, Necessary, ‘Trump-Biden’ Afghanistan Withdrawal

Some more neutral insight into the Afghanistan mess.

The Minimalists – #302 The Advice Epidemic

It’s not love, it’s ego.

Quote: “Politics is the art of making your selfish desires seem like the national interest.” – Thomas Sowell

This guy keeps coming up lately. Yes, his book is on my list, along with a biography.

BBC Thinking Allowed – Coal Mining – Luddism

I listened to this one for about twenty minutes, had no idea what they were talking about and then skipped it.

BBC In Our Time – Culture – Shakespeare’s Sonnets

I love watching Shakespeare’s plays but never got into the sonnets. They’re poetry and I’m not a poetry fan, too abstract for my little brain, I guess. But an interesting point came up. The sonnets were published in 1609, after being written throughout several plague closures in London.

Philosophy Bites – Arash Abizadeh on Thomas Hobbes’ Ethics

My thoughts: Hobbes was a nut. Life is not “nasty, brutish, and short” without a controlling state. Humans are social animals. We will censor and maintain ourselves to stay within the good graces of a social group. We do not need to be controlled. Who hurt you, Thomas Hobbes?!

BBC Bookclub – Tahmima Anam – A Golden Age

The life of a mother during a revolution? Sign me up.

              Book Added to TBR List: “A Golden Age” by Tahmima Anam

And there you go, another great round-up! I love podcasts. They add so much to by drive, input I crave during a time that I can’t read. Technology win!

Click back to my previous post, Buddhism, Economics, Racism and More: Podcast Roundup #4, for more.

Travel Anxiety Ended: Podcast Roundup #3

Oh, my goodness, you guys! Another Podcast Review is here already! Are you excited? I am. I have successfully ended my trouble with travel anxiety through technology.

I have a lot to share, but this time I’ll do it slightly different. It took some effort to get the computer out and get started today. I’m tired after yesterday’s adventure. It was worth it though! Breakfast on the pier with a friend and then a walk around Balboa Park and a fancy lunch with my son. Not to mention, the six hours of podcasts I got to listen to. Bonus!

Let’s see…getting out the playlist on my phone…

This time, since I heard I’m going to write ONE sentence about each of the nine episodes I listened to, but there was so much more.

Practicing Human – Simplify This Moment

You can’t see the whole movie at once, only one frame at a time through until the end.

Secular Buddhism – 142 – Wisdom and Fear

The point isn’t to be fearless, it’s to be brave.

Rationally Speaking – Understanding Moral Disagreements with Jonathan Haidt

You CAN understand other people’s ways and needs without accepting them as right for you.

Practicing Human – Energetic Discharge

After a traumatic experience (physical or emotional) we all must rest, and then move.

EconTalk – Don Boudreaux on the Pandemic

The science doesn’t tell you what to do, it simply gives you data (risk assessments) that humans must use to make decisions and judgements.

People I (Mostly) Admire – 35 – David Epstein Knows Something About Everything

Shortcuts that show us instant visible progress hamper our long-term development.

Side Note: As I sat in 15mph traffic, I saw a sign that said “60mph Zone Will Be Enforced” and laughed out loud at the image of someone panicking, attempting to get around people and stay at 60mph to avoid a ticket. Those comical signs are all over the freeways, as I drive ten miles an hour over every week while people angrily blaze around me. How exactly are they doing this “enforcement”? It’s not trivial. I may write a whole post about just that in the future.

Practicing Human – Growth, Death, and Birth

Death makes room for birth, both of which are uncomfortable.

The Creative Nonfiction Podcast with Brendan O’Meara – Episode 266: The Expansive Nothing You Have to Fill with Kristen Radtke

Do the bad work to get to your good work.

No Stupid Questions – 59 – Do Dreams Actually Mean Anything?

It’s the feelings that we continually dream about that we should be concerned about, not the objects and people we see in our dreams.

I did it! I didn’t think I could for all of them. There were a few that I started to apologize about and just write two or three sentences, but I sat back and thought again. It was possible to put it into one, concise sentence. The cooler part is that there was a lot more to those episodes that I took notes on and might write about in the future. And I found at least three new books to add to my TBR list!

Yes, I went back and added up the hours/minutes of each episode. And, yes, it was hard because I’m not that bright when it comes to numbers. It totaled up to almost six hours, give or take few minutes. I spent a lot of time in the car and not a minute was agonized over.

Technology has ended my travel anxiety and made driving much more peaceful in so many ways, but that is another post my friends. Have a great day and go listen to some podcasts while you get where you’re going. You won’t regret it!

Want to read more about the podcasts I’ve heard? Go back to the beginning and check out my first Podcast Roundup #1. At the bottom, you’ll find links to more.

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