Listening Lists

Every month we post a thematic Listening List with 1-5 hours of podcast episodes for our PBC meetings and online discussions. We send these out by email, so be sure to subscribe. You can always find the selections here.

Water: Podcast Brunch Club theme Water: April Podcast Playlist - This listening list on WATER was curated by the Cape Town chapter of Podcast Brunch Club. Water is something that most of us take for granted in our day-to-day lives – open a tap, and it’s available, clean and safe. But for many cities, water is fast becoming a precious…

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Podcast Brunch Club theme: Adoption Adoption: March 2018 Podcast Playlist - The subject of adoption is a complicated one. It's never easy. And always steeped in deep emotions...for the adoptees, adoptive parents and the birth parents. As my husband and I are going through the adoption process, I found these podcast eps, as well as many others, helpful in answering some of my questions.

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Podcast Brunch Club theme: Looking for Love Looking for Love: February 2018 Podcast Playlist - Dating. Ugh. What can I say? I've done it. I hated it. As a woman who dated into her late 30s, I can say from experience that it's rough out there! But, dating was a means to an end: finding love. Love was lurking out there somewhere--I just needed to find it, pin it down, and make it submit to my will. In honor of the sometimes adored, sometimes abhorred Valentine's Day, let's dive into looking for love this month.

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Podcast Brunch Club theme: Space Space: January 2018 Podcast Playlist - This podcast playlist was curated by the amazing Jennifer Barragan, leader of the Geneva chapter of Podcast Brunch Club. The topic of space is as vast as space itself. There is human exploration and the future habitation of space, astronomy and current events like the discovery of gravitational waves and…

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Podcast Brunch Club Theme: Memory Memory: December 2017 Podcast Playlist - This podcast playlist was curated as a group effort out of the NYC Podcast Brunch Club, including Rebecca Seidel (chapter leader), Taylor McGraw, Jessica Glazer, Zeynep Memecan, and Maggi Van Dorn. Memory guides so much of our lives. The choices we make, the stories we tell, the way we move…

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Podcast Brunch Club theme: The Death Penalty Death Penalty: Podcast Playlist - Galen Beebe is a writer and editor at the Bello Collective, a publisher of podcast criticism, playlists, and interviews; and co-founder of Etc. Gallery, a home for web-, print-, and experience-based narrative experiments. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, Full Stop, and elsewhere. Approaches to capital punishment vary widely from country to country, state to…

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Stereotypes in Pop Culture: Podcast Playlist - This podcast playlist on “Representations & Stereotypes in Pop Culture” was curated by Morgan Jaffe, host of the Burst Your Bubble podcast, an independent podcast that focuses on racism, sexism, homophobia, and other -isms and -phobias in pop culture. Morgan is also the co-leader of the PBC-Boston chapter. I’m really…

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Podcast Brunch Club theme: Passports & Citizenship Passports & Citizenship: Podcast Playlist - This podcast playlist on “Passports & Citizenship” was curated by Kathy Pulkrabek, co-host of the XX Will Travel podcast, which is a podcast for independent women travelers. Kathy is also a card-carrying member of the PBC-Chicago chapter. As an American traveler, I’ve never really had to think about my citizenship…

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Podcast Brunch Club theme: The Future of the Human Body The Future of the Human Body: Podcast Playlist - This podcast playlist on “The Future of the Human Body” was curated by Arielle Nissenblatt, Founder of Earbuds Podcast Collective. As an avid podcast listener, I’ve tried many genres. I find that I listen to many podcasts that help me stay in tune with the world; news podcasts, human interest…

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Podcast Brunch Club theme: Climate Change Climate Change: Podcast Listening List - This podcast playlist on climate change was curated by the members of our Geneva chapter. What exactly is climate change? What’s the big deal? Can we do something to stop it? There are many questions surrounding climate change, and it is why the Geneva members felt it would be a…

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Creativity Creativity: Listening List - I used to think creativity was something you either had or you didn’t. If you were creative, you would be drawn to something like writing or playing an instrument at an early age and continue to practice until you were really good. And if you weren’t really good at something creative by the time you were an adult, it simply meant you didn’t have the right passion or the right DNA. I failed at pretty much every instrument I tried growing up and nothing "creative" seemed to stick. Fortunately, I now know this binary view of creativity is complete hogwash, thanks in large part to podcasts. In an interview in one of the episodes below, author Elizabeth Gilbert says that the term "creative people" is redundant. All of us are creative, and sometimes you just need some permission to see yourself that way and to re-frame to yourself what creativity even means. My aim for the below list is to explore how the idea of creativity has evolved over time, what it actually is, and how we can use it everyday. I'm also hoping these episodes spark a little creative inspiration for you to follow your curiosity, like they did for me.

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Migration & Immigration Migration & Immigration: Listening List - This topic is very personal for our Shanghai PBC members. We’re all migrants in one form or another…”expats” living in China from all over the world, migrants from other cities to Shanghai, “overseas returnees” who’ve lived, worked and/or studied abroad. We tried to choose episodes that cover diverse migration situations. We hope everyone enjoys a fruitful discussion from these episodes. We found so much great content, so we’ve included a lot of bonus listening if you care to delve deeper.

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Podcast Brunch Club theme: Jazz Jazz: April 2017 Listening List - April is Jazz Appreciation Month. So, let’s appreciate some Jazz. Whether you are a seasoned jazz cat or a newbie kitten who doesn’t know much about the genre, you will enjoy these selected podcasts. We’ll go from Jazz in the beginnings, to a profile on one of Jazz’s most influential women, and then a guided tour of where to start as a novice Jazz listener. Get ready to swing!

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gangs Gangs: March 2017 Listening List - Why do people join gangs? What is their motivation for staying in them? How can gangs impact a community? Due to a code of secrecy within a gang and the threat of violence if that trust is broken, stories of life on the inside can be scarce, and even unbelievable at times. These podcast picks give us a little insight into why they continue to exist and draw more members into the fold.

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Death: Beliefs & Responses Death: Beliefs & Responses – Listening List - This month for Podcast Brunch Club, we’ll take a look at one of life’s two certainties: death. We hope the podcasts we’ve chosen expose you to beliefs people hold about death before it directly affects their lives, and how they respond after it does. Why do some people feel comfortable planning for the end of life, is it easier for the dying to accept death, how do you deal with death when it happens before you think it should, and how can the death of a stranger have such a strong effect on us, are just a few questions we’ll examine. As death can become a dark subject, we hope the selections just get you reflecting on how your own beliefs and experiences compare to those you’ll encounter.

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The World We're Inheriting The World We’re Inheriting: Listening List - I’m so pleased to present the first Podcast Brunch Club Takeover. Ms. Barrett’s junior- and senior-level sociology class at Berthoud High School in Colorado have chosen to look to the future and explore the theme of THE WORLD WE’RE INHERITING. Ms. Barrett’s class was our first high school PBC chapter. Over the…

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Laughter & Comedy Laughter & Comedy: Listening List - The holiday season is upon us and for many this is a time of joy and happiness. For others, the holiday blues kick in. Combine that with the chaos that has ensued since the U.S. Presidential election and it seems especially important to find ways to laugh. So, with that I…

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Prison Prison: Listening List -   November 8th is quickly approaching and there is much to talk about regarding the election and politics. But, how about this: let’s not. This election has caused me such anxiety (and sometimes rage) and I just can’t stomach the idea of corrupting my podcast listening me-time by knowingly assaulting my own ears with any…

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Podcast Brunch Club theme: FEAR Fear: Listening List - Halloween, an entire holiday predicated on fear, is around the corner. Fear comes in so many shapes and sizes. Some people avoid it and others seek it out explicitly. It can be used to hinder us and to motivate us. So, this month’s listening list is all about the power of…

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Higher Education: Listening List - As back-to-school month begins and fall descends upon [most of] us, we’ll be tuning our ears to episodes that explore HIGHER EDUCATION. I’m always so blown away by all the great recommendations I get from the PBC community when I put out the call for suggestions. It’s such a great…

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