Employee of the Month podcast with Catie Lazarus

“We spend most of our time working, so what does it take to (mainly) love what you do? How do even the most gifted, talented, intelligent, ambitious, disciplined, imaginative, inventive, and lucky people develop their point of view, find meaning, serve a greater good, deal with workplace politics, rejection, finances, boredom, red tape, logistics, and creative roadblocks? What are the perks or what’s enjoyable about forging your own path? Catie Lazarus and her guests delve into beauty, banality, and absurdity of work, jobs, and labor.”

Employee of the Month

When do I hear about amazing people? In their obituaries, RIP Catie Lazarus.

Everything Is Fine Podcast

“As Gen-X women cross the Rubicon of perimenopause, they’re hungry for stories that reflect their experiences. Most OB-GYNs seem mystified by the particulars of menopause. Gwyneth Paltrow would like to Goop-ify it. Even Michelle Obama seems flummoxed by the contradictions of aging.

Enter Everything Is Fine, a new podcast co-hosted by Kim France and Tally Abecassis that nails the experience in all its highs and lows.

France, 56, has a long-running fashion and lifestyle blog called Girls of a Certain Age, and the sort of hip bona fides that only a career launched at Sassy can offer. Abecassis, 46, is a documentary filmmaker who produced the podcast First Day Back (which was featured here in 2017) and was the subject of its first season; she emailed France after reading the latter’s writing on the Cut about her time at Condé Nast (where she was the founding editor of Lucky), vanity, and dressing your age. The two women’s formidable skills as interviewers and journalists create a dynamic discussion boosted by guests like Darcey Steinke, Soraya Chemaly, Ada Calhoun, and Jane Larkworthy.

They have found themselves at the forefront of a new wave of media focused on the topic. “Somebody said to me, ‘It’s a trend,’ and I was like, ‘How could that be a trend?’ We’re here to stay,” Abecassis said. I talked to them about their podcast, ageism, women’s media, and more.

-Jenni Miller, “Everything Is Fine Wants to Change How We Talk About Aging.” Vulture.com. April 17, 2020.

The Everything is Fine website has all the usual suspects to subscribe.

Food Busker’s Cult Food Stories

“There is a unique collection of dishes in the world that illicit a fervent following from their devotees. Producing almost religious veneration in their preparation and consumption, Cult Foods generate queues, make restaurants and crash Instagram. John Quilter aka Food Busker will take us on a journey to uncover the history of theses dishes. We’ll hear him speaking to friends, experts and fans to find out the whys, the wheres and the hows in an attempt to unpick the secrets to creating Cult Food. John will also attempt to make the dish himself, sharing any pitfalls, funny mistakes and successes along the way.”

Food Busker’s Cult Food Stories and RSS feed.


Beginning of a six-part fiction series about a man working completely alone aboard a spaceship bound for a new planet. His fellow passengers will remain cryogenically frozen for the 20 years it will take for the ship to reach its destination; Frank’s work is to maintain the environment and make sure all is proceeding as it should. Despite his solitude, the show is actually a dialogue between Frank and Casper, the spaceship’s AI. They have an abrasive, dependent relationship, and the progression of the series made me think a lot about where our current interactions with AI tech might lead (12m38s).”

—”Hebrew, Frozen, Dark.” TheListener.co. September 19, 2019.

How Do You Discover New Music?

Most people probably listen to a music streaming service to find new music. Looking for comparisons, I found this article from PC Magazine comparing Sirius XM Radio, Slacker Radio, Spotify, Amazon Music Unlimited, Apple Music, Deezer, Tidal, Google Play Music, iHeart Radio, and Pandora.

I would have thought YouTube Music should also be on this list. It is interesting that it isn’t.

Personally, I try to avoid any service that involves the five big companies of the feudal Internet. So, for me, this excludes Amazon Music Unlimited, Apple Music, Google Play Music and YouTube Music from consideration.

Of the remaining, I am currently trying Sirius XM Radio. Their XMU channel that tries being similar to a college radio station.

I also listen to college radio in the U.S. via TuneIn. There are quite a few stations available, such as University of Washington’s KEXP, Santa Monica College’s KCRW, University of California Berkeley’s KALX, and Drexel University’s WKDU in Philadelphia, Bestcolleges.com has a useful list of better college radio stations if you want go deeper.

Two of these stations, i.e., KEXP and KCRW, have “podcasts” which are basically a new song each weekday that I’ve been using for a long time to find new music. Minnesota Public Radio also has Song of the Day.

And since we are mentioning podcasts, it’s probably also worth including NPR’s All Songs Considered. NPR’s Sound Opinions is more for critical opinions of music, but they also have new music occasionally and mention older music I haven’t heard before.

Of course, there are some music websites like the 40075.world link I pointed today. Probably the best one is Allmusic.com. Most people probably know that it is like IMDB or Rotten Tomatoes for music. It’s a good place to start if you just heard of an artist that has been around awhile and want to get biographic information, their discography, album reviews, what their influences were and who they influenced.

Ok, that’s all I have. Anyone that comes across this and thinks I missed something or should add something important, please feel free to make a suggestion in the comments. Always interested in discovering new ways to find new music.