During this labor day weekend catch up on some podcasts the Inverse staff enjoyed the last couple of weeks.
Comedy: Bang! Bang! #365: Jason Mantzoukas, Andy Daly, Paul F. Tompkins and host Scott Aukerman talk bongos, Star Wars, and get in to the weird details of how to have your t-shirt autographed by Jason Mantzoukas. If you wanted to listen to a fresh CBB ep once a day, in chronological order, for a full year, make sure this is the one to end on! - Ben Guarino
Though two weeks unfresh, this Hoover Institution podcast strikes at the heart of the question on everyone’s mind: How to think about Donald Trump? The dry, droll, dispassionate Victor Davis Hanson is the perfect man for the job. By interpreting modern events through the lens of Ancient Greece, Hanson eruditely evaluates Trump’s impact on the dialogue and on the Republican race, and how and why his comments are resonating with certain sections of the public. - Bryan Kelly
‘The Dollop’ is a podcast about obscure American history, and it’s strangely huge in Australia. Here, hosts Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds chop it up about the explored Douglas Mawson, a doomed explorer. Podcast good. - Corban Goble
The whole Ashley Madison hack has been storming up the news cycle this week, with everybody eager to chime in. I, in fact, was one of those people, and wrote about it here on Inverse for The Odds. Though basic, I thought my argument was correct in the face of the cheaters: You wouldn’t be in this situation if you hadn’t signed up in the first place. But sex columnist Dan Savage’s appearance on the CBC Radio show Q and its podcast made me rethink my stance. Some people, like a woman who contacted Savage to say she had signed up for Ashley Madison because her husband refused to have sex with her following the birth of her two special needs children, made the case that Ashley Madison could have been helpful given their precarious situations. Savage makes the case that cheating isn’t always “cheating,” and puritanical guilt doesn’t take into consideration other extenuating circumstances with something like this. He does have a way better job of explaining it, and I recommend you give it a listen.” - Sean Hutchinson
I’ve been listening to The Memory Palace a lot lately. Nate DiMeo takes little historical moments and weaves them into something like a poem. Last Friday’s episode tells the story of Edward Dwight, who was supposed to be the first black astronaut, until he wasn’t. - Jacqueline Ronson
How people chose to preserve their culture and history is always interesting, but I have a special interest in how they do that with buildings, partially because America doesn’t have the best reputation for preserving our historic places and partially because after spending two years at the start of my career covering city government, I know how insane the process of preserving and rehabbing structures can be. This story about restoring the Great Hall of Scotland’s Stirling Castle and how a simple color change can start an argument, and how technology is changing how we preserve buildings, will be fun for history buffs. - Peter Rugg