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Quick hit podcast review: Dropping In

The Omega Institute’s new podcast, Dropping In, allows the listener to “drop in” on the classes offered at the institute, which are usually only available to a select few. Julie Magruder, PBC member in NYC, weighs in with her thoughts.


Weeknight Kitchen Encourages Listeners to Ditch Takeout for Home Cooking

Melissa Clark, a longtime food writer and cookbook author, reminds all of us that cooking at home isn’t so bad in her new podcast, Weeknight Kitchen.


Bleeped Examines Censorship — And The People Who Fight Back Against It

Bleeped, a new podcast from journalist Matthew Billy, examines the ways that businesses, the government, and others prevent people from saying, thinking, or doing what they want. He tells the stories of people who have been censored and how they fought back against the controlling forces.


The Clearing is a True Crime Podcast Told from the Perspective of a Serial Killer’s Daughter

The Clearing is a true crime podcast tells the story of the infamous serial killer, Ed Edwards, through the eyes of the man’s very own daughter. The series takes listeners on an unfolding story of a murderer, but through the eyes of his daughter as she works to solve her own mystery of the man she thought she knew.


PBC Member Spotlight: Motolani Ogunsanya creates The More Sibyl Podcast

Meet Motolani Ogunsanya, leader of PBC’s Oklahoma City chapter and creator of The More Sibyl Podcast. Name: Motolani Ogunsanya PBC Participation: Leader of PBC’s Oklahoma City Chapter Project: The More Sibyl Podcast Connect with Motolani:  Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | LinkedIn During the day, Motalani (who goes by Mo) is an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy at a public research […]


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Survivor Contestant, Stephen Fishbach on Podcasts, Literature, and Reality TV

Stephen Fishbach, a former Survivor contestant, recently launched a podcast about fiction writing called Paraphrase where he interviews authors about their creative processes and the choices they make when crafting their stories.


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PBC Member Spotlight: Heather from Wellington, New Zealand goes off-grid with her podcast

Meet Heather Welch, leader of PBC’s Wellington, New Zealand chapter and creator of the Sunshine & PowerCuts podcast – a podcast that goes off the grid.


About Time Podcast Explores our Complicated Relationship with Time

About Time is a new five-episode podcast from time tracking app Timely that explores our complex relationship with time through interviews with psychologists, linguists, and more. Check out this interview with producer and host, Emily Hunt.


Power Corrupts Examines the Dark Side of Our World

Power Corrupts is a podcast about the hidden, and often nefarious forces that shape our world. Some of the topics the show covers include election rigging, money laundering, and the spread of disinformation. In this interview, we talk to Brian Klaas, the creator behind Power Corrupts, to find out more about the show.


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PBC Member-Creator Spotlight: Tamara Ford creates the Shelf Addiction Podcast

Meet Tamara Ford, co-leader of PBC’s Detroit Metro Chapter and creator of the Shelf Addiction Podcast.


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Invisible Lives Covers History’s Forgotten Figures

Created by veteran radio and TV producer Simon Shaw, Invisible Lives presents short vignettes on some of the figures that you probably did not hear about in history class.


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The Nocturnists Podcast is Using Storytelling to Humanize Healthcare

The Nocturnists is a live storytelling show and podcast where doctors share personal stories about their life in medicine. The podcast is beautifully produced and flips the doctor-patient relationship on its head a little by allowing us to hear what our doctors are experiencing. In this interview, Emily Silverman, the creator and host of the podcast and an academic hospitalist at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, shares the story behind The Nocturnists.


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You, Me, Empathy Provides Space for Vulnerability and Connection

Created by Non Wels, You, Me, Empathy explores the struggles we face in our day to day lives. He describes it as a place for vulnerability and kindness and a safe space for guests to share stories about mental health and embrace empathy together. Read this interview with Non.


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Field Work Gives Farmers a Voice on 21st Century Farming and Sustainable Agriculture

Mitchell Hora and Zach Johnson hope to provide farmers around the country with information about how to solve the challenges they face and stay on top of trends in sustainable agriculture in a new podcast called Field Work.


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PBC Member-Creator Spotlight: Jenna Spinelle creates the Democracy Works podcast

Jenna is the co-leader of PBC’s virtual chapter and is the host and producer of the Democracy Works podcast, which aims to rise above partisan politics and the daily news grind to take a broader look at issues impacting democracy. Each week Jenna and her co-hosts examine a different aspect of what it means to live in a democracy — from gerrymandering to criminal justice to the free press.


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More Banana Podcast Network Amplifies Women’s Voices

More Banana Productions launched in 2018 and already has 10 podcasts on its roster hosted and produced by 18 women. Shows range from Let’s Get Civical, a humorous look at the things you might have missed in history class, to Scamwow, which examines some of history’s most infamous cons.


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‘Reckonings’ Wrestles with Change and Self-Reflection

In a world filled with filter bubbles and echo chambers, is it still possible for someone to change their mind and reverse their thinking? Stephanie Lepp thinks so, and she’s telling those stories on her podcast, Reckonings.


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‘The Double Shift’ Shines a Light on Working Moms

As jobs become more demanding and the cost of daycare continues to rise, working moms face bigger challenges today than at perhaps any other time in modern history. However, that does not mean they need to sit back and let the pressure of work and motherhood overcome them. Instead, some are taking it all in stride and figuring out how to rewrite the definition of working mom on their terms. Journalist Katherine Goldstein started The Double Shift to tell those stories and shine a light on the experience of being a working mother in 2019.



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Love & Dating: A Community-Curated Podcast Listening List

A year ago, Podcast Brunch Club members worldwide met to discuss the Looking for Love podcast playlist. Well, it’s February again and while we’re not covering the topic of love for our regularly monthly theme, I thought it would be fun to do a community-curated podcast list on the theme of love and dating. Thanks to everyone who weighed in on the PBC Facebook Group.


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Other Men Need Help: An interview with Mark Pagán

Other Men Need Help is a podcast about the emblems, habits, and struts in the male performance. In each episode, Mark Pagán dissects the ways OTHER men avoid accountability, cling to power, mask insecurities, and quietly scream for connection. Other Men Need Help shares these personal tales using a playful format of documentary, essay, and archive-based storytelling. Mark was kind enough to answer a few questions about Other Men Need Help (OMNH).


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Win Kelly Charles uses her podcast, Ask Win, to teach people about cerebral palsy

This month (January 2019) our podcast playlist theme is “Community Responses to Disability.” So, Podcast Brunch Club chapters all over the world are meeting to discuss the topic and will be thinking through their own responses to disability. I am lucky enough to know Win Kelly Charles, a woman with cerebral palsy (CP), who hosts the show Ask Win. I met Win via twitter when she asked me to be a guest on her podcast. Because Podcast Brunch Club podcast playlists are short and not usually curated by me, we weren’t able to feature her podcast on the official playlist, but I am happy to give our members a chance to get to know Win through this interview with her.


The Neon Noir: An interview with the show creator, Jack Delaney https://podcastbrunchclub.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Neon-Noir-square-logo.png

The Neon Noir: An interview with the show creator, Jack Delaney

The audio drama genre is in a renaissance period. Science fiction, fantasy, and horror seem to be the most popular types of audio drama, but recently we’ve been seeing an explosion of audio fiction that steps well outside of the ordinary. The Neon Noir is one such project. It’s a podcast that uses a rich soundscape and first-person perspective to tell original noir stories. I sat down with Jack Delaney, the creator of The Neon Noir, to find out more.


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An Arm and a Leg: An interview with the show creator, Dan Weissmann

Health insurance and the cost of healthcare in the US is complicated, to say the least. Coverage, co-pays, in-network, out-of-network, HSAs, deductibles, and universal codes: it seems like you need a PhD just to figure out how much you’ll be charged to get a checkup (let alone get treatment for a life-threatening illness). Dan Weissmann knows this first-hand. He quit his insurance-providing job to do his own thing and in the process he has found himself navigating the healthcare minefield. He’s documenting this journey, talking to experts, and telling patient stories on his new podcast, An Arm and a Leg. Dan was kind enough to give me some of his time to tell me more about his podcast.


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My Survival Story is an independent podcast about living with (not dying from) cancer

An interview with the show co-creator, Katarina Hagstedt Katarina Hagstedt and her husband, Martin, started a podcast to highlight empowering and inspiring stories coming from cancer patients around the world. As a cancer patient himself, the podcast was born out of pure necessity–Martin craved positive stories from people like him. My Survival Story podcast was born out […]


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Women and Power podcast explores the fight for women’s voting rights in the UK

Earlier this year, the National Trust launched Women and Power, a five part podcast series which delves into the rarely-told stories of women’s voting rights in the UK. The story of female votes in the UK tends to centre on the actions of the militant suffragettes in the UKs capital city, but this is just a fraction of the story. The full story of the Suffrage movement involved women and men from all classes, and from across the British Isles, playing their part in the fight for equality in a multitude of ways.


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Panoply Launches “Empire on Blood”

Panoply, a PBC partner, is launching a new podcast called “Empire on Blood” today! I was lucky enough to get advance access and couldn’t stop listening. It’s a true crime tale set in the Bronx in the early 90s. The story focuses on two young drug dealers who turn against each other. One ends up in prison for a double homicide he says he didn’t commit. Award-winning journalist Steve Fishman deftly guides the listener through a complex story of power, revenge, and justice. All seven episodes are being released at once, allowing listeners to download and binge!

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