Episode 6: Society and Culture
What the hell is "society and culture" as a genre? Well, it's kind of everything. But Josh and I used it as an opportunity to discover podcasts where the hosts set out to connect with some very intimate details of their guests' lives. Each of these podcasts works to give you a new perspective. We avoided politics as much as we could, but if you think about it hard enough, you'll realize a little seeps in. Yet none of these exist to "convince" you of anything. These shows simply allow you an opportunity to get to know people better via some good, ol' fashioned listening.
The Well: thewellpod.com A podcast that explores the roots of creativity, this podcast gives artists, scientists and creators an opportunity to tell us where it all comes from. These stories are well paced and unapologetically patient, many have two or three parts with the same person. You’ll hear from artists like Reggi Watts, Alice Cooper, Melissa McCracken and more. Well produced with modest effects, the show has a dreamy air about it. It guides you slowly into another person’s thoughts and even dares to help you see things from their perspective. There are about 50 episodes at the time of this review. Your hosts are Branan Edgens and Anson Mount. Episodes are available wherever you get your podcasts.
The Good News Podcast: thegoodnewspodcast.fm Four to Fourteen minutes of interesting, positive news. These episodes are like bite sized candies that magically digest well in your gut. So they’re like magic candy. Don’t worry my Gothic lovelies, this isn’t heartwarming fluff. They cover intriguing environmental technologies, refugee assistance programs, firefighting. The list goes on. Out of Chicago, these two “Willenials” bring comedy and character to each episode. It’s a minimal commitment dose of happiness for your heart. Or, as Josh and I like to put it: it’s a hit of happy. Episodes are released every other day.
Decarcerated: https://www.marlonpeterson.com/decarcerated .
Your host is Marlon Peterson and his resume is very sparkly: Atlantic Fellow for Racial Equity. Founder of The Precedential Group, a social justice consulting firm, and a 2015 recipient of the prestigious Soros Justice Fellowship. Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar, and Fall 2016 TED Resident. His TED Talk, "Am I not human? a call for criminal justice reform," has over 1 million views. Oh, and he also spent his twenties in the New York State prison system.
In Decarcerated, Marlon interviews ex-convicts who found a way to thrive after prison. He takes us away from the all too common story of the repeat offender, and he reveals the disturbingly repetitive recipe for success after the trauma of prison: mentors and education. This podcast is nothing short of jaw dropping. You will be sucked into these intimate interviews over and over again, meeting the most resilient people you've ever heard. It does challenge the criminal justice system, but it focuses most of how these people succeeded and how they beat the system in the end. It's a must listen.
The Hip Hop Social Worker: https://www.hiphopsocialworker.com/
Your host, Christopher Scott, is a social worker from Portland, OR. His area of expertise is working with juveniles, from early childhood to adolescents in schools. He also works in outpatient treatment programs and residential treatment programs and juvenile corrections.
This guy started as a barber. Although you won’t find Christopher cutting hair anymore, he attributes learning key elements to his counseling skills in the barbershop.
In this podcast, Christopher interviews other mental health professionals who are also people of color. Together they discuss the rewards and challenges of the profession, the process of developing one's own identity in a profession, and the experience of being black as a mental health provider. And it is AWESOME.
Where does "Hip Hop" come in? Well, Christopher is a huge music fan. More than that, he often discusses music as a means of healing and connecting. He also dissects elements in music like violence and patriarchy. There's an entire episode where Christopher and a few of his friends sit around and talk about music and toxic masculinity - and it absolutely won me over.
Now, listen, if you're persnickety about sound, then this podcast may not be for you or you may have to take some deep breaths before listening. You can hear everything, but the quality is average. That's not what this show is about.
This show is invaluable today because the host is both a fierce advocate for mental health and he is one of the most emotionally intelligent male voices out there today. We LOVE you, man!