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Sunday
May012016

Podcasts I Listen To & Not Make. But Maybe Wish I Did.

I mean, I do listen to my own podcast because that thing about loving the sound of your own voice. Except I laugh a lot in it and I HATE the sound of my laugh. 

Do you listen to podcasts? If not, you should.

It's not just about learning new stuff or being entertained, but taking advantage of our hyper connected world in a way that allows you to deepen your connection to humanity. That stuff you're watching on television? NOT REAL. That is not how real people act or talk. That is not the stuff that actually happens to people.

While I love my Empire, those are not things that actually happen to people. Although, I will PAY you to be my friend if you are like Jussie Smollet's character in real life. Pay you WELL. Like a monthly subscription.

Anyway, I feel like unless we make an intentional effort to broaden our experience of how people talk, what they talk about and why they talk about it, we run the risk of assuming that human reality is confined to people we talk to and people we watch on television. Also, when was the last time you heard someone tell you a really good story. It doesn't seem to happen very often even though I truly believe that sort of thing is embedded in our supercomputer. Called the brain. I'm talking about our brains, but I used supercomputer in an attempt to be clever.

So, I listen to podcasts. In case you're thinking about getting started, here are some suggestions. If you're new to downloading podcasts, you can usually search by title and just hit subscribe. The iPhone has a little purple icon with a little person doing double dutch with two perflectly circular jump ropes.

You should be advised that I recently retook the Pottermore Sorting Hat quiz and was reclassified as a Ravenclaw. I feel like this is pertinent information as you evaluate my listening preferences. 

Serial. I mean, duh. If you're going to start listening to podcasts, this is the one. Season 1 is better than Season 2. Aside from the unseemly details surrounding the court cases discussed, I love this podcast because it reflects the care with which a story is told and how much of a difference that makes in the delivery of information.

This American Life Once again, the story telling. So great. If you're like me and have trouble telling a linear story, this is a wonderful way to immerse yourself in how that's done.

TED Radio Hour. I'm clearly an NPR junkie. I didn't realize that until just now. I love TED talks, and I love this podcast because it organizes them by topic and also continues the conversation with the speakers after the talk. 

The Moth Podcast. More stories. I love hearing people tell stories about their life -- from the mundane to the intensely deep. It doesn't matter. Tell me a good story and I'm in.

Stuff You Missed in History Class. A great podcast about learning the basics of auto repair. I'm kidding. It's about stuff you missed in history class. 

Lore. Okay, I haven't listened to this one yet, but I am SUPER excited about it. TRUE LIFE SCARY STORIES OMG.

Coffee Break French. So, basically, you listen to people talk in French on your non-existent coffee break and try to figure out what the hell they are saying. The hosts are European so I assume that's why they are implying a coffee break is an actual thing.

Hope that's helpful.

I'm looking for a some more humorous podcasts, so if you have any suggestions - do let me know. 

Thursday
Sep202012

I've Been Writing. Just Not Here.

Did I mention I got a day job? I did! You are now reading the words of an assistant to a montessori elementary class. I'm having a terrific time, etc., but have been regrettably busy "assisting" and what not. 

This doesn't mean, of course, that you've lost your full access pass to all things Faiqa.

Here's me being self righteous about world hunger.

From "Children Are Starving in Africa. So, Eat That." on Babble.

“There are children starving in Africa.”

I’m not making this up. That’s exactly what she said.

The kids hadn’t finished their lunches or something. She thought they were being wasteful. With a heart full of beautiful intention, she sought to imbue them with perspective. Instead her words plunged me into a deep state of irritation and anxiety.

There are children starving in Africa.

 

And then here I am being very un-self righteous. Because consistency is for weenies. 

From "Helicopter, Free Range or Honey Boo Boo Parenting? Who Cares" also on Babble.

According to Lenore Skenazy, author of Free-Range Kids, I’m a negative symptom of the stranger danger campaigns of the early and mid-eighties and am hindering my children’s developing self reliance and their independent social maturity. Parents who won’t let their children ride the subway alone or play in Central Park unattended are control freaks — obsessed with their own sense of security rather than their children’s good, don’t you know?

Wait, there's more. Let me tell you about my mutha, Dr. Freud.

From "Coming Soon to a Theater Near You: I've Become My Mother":

"Even thinking about the movie The Exorcist creeps me out. Like, just now, my husband just walked into our room while I was typing this and I almost peed in my pants because I thought it was the devil. I once tried to read The Exorcist, but couldn't finish it. The book makes the movie feel like that episode of "The Cosby Show" when they sang on the staircase and Rudy was all "BAAAABY!!" Which is to say that the movie is a cake walk because every time I finished a page of the book… I almost peed in my pants because I thought the devil was under my bed.

These days I find myself living in a benign, yet twisted version of my own horror movie."

 

BUT.WAIT.

There's even MORE. 

"I just wish that I could, like, possess the body of the body of someone who does PR for Mitt Romney. I'd be like, 'So, the good news is that we have a celebrity endorsement. The bad news is that it's Nikki Minaj."

From the Hey! That's My Hummus podcast episode "Voter Registration Laws and Creationism".

That title makes it sound like creationism and the attempts at revising voter registration are somehow related... which they probably will be if some people have their way.

Anyway, it was good catching up with you.

How are YOU?

 

Thursday
Jan192012

The Tim Tebow Thing

Don't know much about football.

I do know a little about religion in America, and these days a young man named Tim Tebow is center stage.  For those of you not in the U.S. or who have "irritation induced amnesia" from 2006, Tim Tebow is a quarterback who plays (American) football for the Denver Broncos.

He's very good. And he prays. Like, all the time.

They call it "the Tebow."  Tim will silently kneel on one knee at various points in the game and pray for a favorable outcome.  He prays when he's winning as well as when things aren't going well. He talks to God a lot.  Which is, let's admit, most Americans find sort of creepy.

I'm not phased in the least by Tim Tebow's praying because Muslims pray, like, all the time.  Technically, five times a day, but way more if you count little prayers.

If I see a Muslim friend, I say, "May the Peace of God be upon you." A prayer.

Than that Muslim friend says, "May the Peace of God be upon you as well as his mercy and his blessings." Another prayer.

When I ask that friend how they're doing they reply, "All praise is due to God" and continue with their sentence.  I mean, it hasn't been two minutes and we've already prayed three times.

Oops, I sneezed, so I say "Praise God." We're up to four times.

So the person I'm talking to says, "And may his Mercy be upon you." Five.

My friend gives me a tissue and I say, "May God reward you with goodness." Six.

They tell me they just god a new job and, I say, "As God Wills." Seven gets you to heaven, baby.

And before I do most anything, get in the car, start writing something, lose my temper, start cooking, I say, "I seek refuge from Satan and his evil, and begin in the name of God."  I don't know, that happens anywhere from ten to fifteen times a day?  And I will not even begin to count how many times I ask for forgiveness.

So, I pray a lot.  Which means I don't think Tim Tebow is off putting for praying. And before you go, "Well, you're not kneeling on the floor and..."  Yes.  Yes, I am, for at least five of those thirty or more times times, I am kneeling.

You know who is off putting these days?

Bill Maher.

Many of you know, Bill Maher does not pray because he's an atheist.  WHICH IS FINE. Great.  And good for him!

That's not the annoying part.  The annoying thing is that Bill Maher thinks ridiculing Tim Tebow and other religious people is some sort of activist thing. I know he has a right to say what he likes, but I have a right to dislike him for what he says and take his methodology to task, too.

I'm not even remotely suggesting laws be passed or boycotts or anything of the like.

Bill Maher is just oblivious to the fact that he employs the same kind of "blinders on" thinking that he suggests are the source of all of our problems in the first place. News flash, Mr. Maher, you can be a fundamentalist and not believe in God. god.  Whatever. Ridiculing Tim Tebow makes him look good.  In fact, the third most googled term last week was "Tim Tebow 3:16."

Maher and other people who think this is all so very hilarious actually take the focus off of a very important fact: Tim Tebow ascribes to a paradigm that promotes the meshing of public policy and conservative Christian values that seek to limit the civil rights of American citizens to marry and women's reproductive rights. Furthermore, his popularity is either rooted in implicit support for this paradigm or is aimed at garnering support for it.

Now that would be a cause for concern for me  if I weren't so annoyed with Bill Maher making fun of the fact the the kid prays so much.

Last week on on Hey! That's My Hummus!, Mike and I discussed Tim Tebow as well as how Jamaican nationalism is affecting a recent translation of the Bible. You can download from iTunes or listen at the main site.  We're on Facebook and Twitter, too.