This Podcast is Surprisingly Awesome
Gimlet Media, who keeps knocking it out of the park in terms of lining up podcasts, just put another great podcast into the iTunes store for download: Surprisingly Awesome. Each week, the hosts take something pretty commonplace — like adhesives — and tell you all sorts of cool and interesting facts about the topic.
I started with the broccoli episode, and I’m working my way backwards at the moment. Broccoli. Not something I’ve given much thought to. I like to put it in my mouth and chew it up, but beyond that, I used to spend exactly zero minutes of my day thinking about broccoli.
But after that first episode? I had to go to the grocery store, and I looked at the produce section in a totally different way. Were you aware of how many vegetables are related to broccoli? Meaning, they are the same plant but they present in different forms? And did you know that when you’re eating the top of a head of broccoli, you are chomping on millions of tiny flower buds? And that people taste broccoli in different ways depending upon their genetic makeup?
I did not know these things.
Best of all, the episodes, thus far, have been okay and interesting for kids which means that I can play it in the car in front of the twins, unlike Jesse vs. Cancer. That’s pretty unusual on the podcast front.
Oh — and you totally know the hosts of the show even if you don’t think you know the hosts of the show. Adam McKay is the former head writer at SNL and he made Anchorman and The Big Short. Adam Davidson is the founder of Planet Money.
You’re welcome. I knew you were looking for a new way to spend 45 minutes or so of your week.