picks of the week
I have never been there
Widely available, weekly episodes starting June 9
Marsha Ferber made an impression on most people she met, and many have an opinion about what happened when she disappeared in 1988. In this eight-person team, mother and daughter, Karen and Jamie Zelermyer, who lived with Marsha in the West Virginia Commune , explore her evolution “from suburban housewife to down-to-earth hippie to drug dealer bar owner,” and delve into her offbeat past in search of answers. Holly Richardson
Gay Pride and Prejudice
Spotify, weekly episodes
This cleverly produced and gleefully cheesy remake of Jane Austen’s novel revolves around Bennet, a single gay man whose friends are hooking up. Modern Family’s Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Rosie O’Donnell inject plenty of fun into the scenes, and the lack of slavish devotion to the original includes Adderall-fueled attempts to meet lovers in nightclubs filled with young men. Alexi Duggins
Widely available, weekly episodes
What does it mean to be awake? Or a centrist? This heavily researched, discursive podcast by Dorian Lynskey and political columnist Ian Dunt dives deep into the origins of ideas to try and restore something too often missing from their use: context. AD
The People: The Montreal Murders
Widely available, weekly episodes starting Tuesday
When a serial killer hit Montreal’s gay community in the 1990s, police were slow to investigate, so activists took matters into their own hands. This podcast focuses on the events, with brilliant eyewitness accounts that shed light on homophobia and the advent of AIDS, but also give insight into how beautiful and fun that moment was. hannah greenier
BBC Sounds, weekly episodes from June 10
The second season of this mysterious podcast drama begins with a glimpse of 2052 and “it’s a bit like Middle-earth without the orcs and all the boring bits.” But in reality, siblings Maya (Siena Kelly) and Jake (Alex Austin) have been framed for murder and are on the run. If you can resist a binge, there are plenty of cliffhangers. high voltage
There’s a podcast for that.
This week, Ammar Kalia chooses five of the best podcasts everfrom Dan Snow’s deep dives to the New York Times’ powerful six-part series on the true history of slavery
The Memory Palace
The story is a story to be told in Nate DiMeo’s charming series, with episodes running between eight and 20 minutes. DiMeo’s gentle narration features vignettes of people, places and objects from the past, all told through the blurred framework of memory. Running since 2008, there are hundreds of episodes to delve into, but highlights include the impressive story of Dreamland amusement park on Coney Island, which burned down in 1911, and the extraordinary story of Harriet Quimby, the first woman to cross the English Channel. .
Historic success of Dan Snow
TV’s favorite meandering historian puts his PR accent to work in this sweeping series that explores significant anniversaries, the history behind the headlines, and the places around the world where history has been made. Snow’s free range of topics gives this podcast a real sense of excitement and expertise, as he passionately exposes everything from the poetry of John Donne to the myths surrounding the Battle of Agincourt.
You’re dead to me
For ’90s kids who grew up dealing with the past through the illustrations of the Horrible Histories books, this audio series from Greg Jenner, the historical consultant on the BBC’s spin-off of the books, is a must-listen. . Taking the Horrible Histories tactic of pairing facts with jokes, Jenner enlists a different comedian and historian each episode, both of whom make sense of the past through humor. Highlights include a romp through the history of ice cream with Pointless’ sweet tooth sidekick Richard Osman, as well as an illuminating look at a thousand years of disability in history with comic Rosie Jones.
Marking the 400th anniversary of the first arrival of African slaves on American shores, this 2019 six-part series from The New York Times is an ambitious, necessary, and emotional listen. Host Nikole Hannah-Jones takes us through the story of how enslaved people provided the impetus for an independent United States, as well as how the long shadow of slavery has shaped the economy, society, and inequalities in America. course of the country ever since. Critic Wesley Morris’s contributions in The Birth of American Music episode are often insightful, while the final two parts on the current state of black land ownership are an urgent reminder of how much work remains to be done.
History podcasts have become fertile ground for re-evaluating past events through a 21st century lens. Series such as Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History or journalist Afua Hirsch’s We Need to Talk About the British Empire open up the context surrounding historical developments to affirm that history is a constantly changing discourse, as much as it is fixed in facts. This offering from journalist Sarah Marshall has a playful range of pop culture in her reexamined themes. From the legacies of Diana, Princess of Wales to Tom Cruise jumping on Oprah’s couch, she discovers how headline-grabbing events have been misrepresented in the public imagination.
Why not try…
Censored journalists and activists, including Richard Ratcliffe, give their side of the story in Silenced.