Pick of the podcasts: Nov 11

Notable podcast episodes from the past week. Plus: Special-interest playlists and in-person events calendar.

When the Music’s Over

tower_recordsMore than just a mighty chain of record stores, Tower Records was a pop culture outpost, celebrity haunt and family dynasty. Colin Hanks, creator of the documentary All Things Must Pass, describes its rise to glory — and its fall — on The Treatment with Elvis Mitchell. play-video-button [30 mins]. Speaking of records, have you noticed that long after its heyday, vinyl is hip again? Martin Atkins has a witty explanation for pop culture boomerangs like this on All Songs Considered +1play-video-button [6 mins].

Short Takes

Location, location, location: WSJ Your Money Matters explores the most and least expensive places to buy a house in America. Think: Newport Beach vs Cleveland… play-video-button [6 mins].

Deep Dives into the News

Fareed Zakaria GPS explores the probable bombing of a Russian plane that crashed in Northern Egypt with former CIA director Michael Hayden. play-video-button [40 mins]. Waterproof overalls, anyone? Planet Money sifts through the fine print of the 5,544-page Trans-Pacific Partnership deal, so you won’t have to. play-video-button [22 mins]. On Point with Tom Ashbrook focusses on racial tensions that surfaced at U.S. colleges this week in Race On Campus, From Missouri To Yale And Beyond. play-video-button [22 mins].


Amy Schumer
Amy Schumer
Amy Schumer, the writer, comedian and star of “Trainwreck,” talks rude with Alec Baldwin on Here’s the Thing. play-video-button. [37 mins] … Lorne Michaels, long-time chief of Saturday Night Live, grants Marc Maron a lengthy interview for WTF play-video-button [118 mins – starts 13:00]

Digital Dilemmas

teen-smartphoneCalculate this: Note to Self host Manoush Zomorodi explores legal and ethical implications of the “sexting ring” discovered at a Canon City, CO, high school, where students traded revealing photos of themselves through a smartphone app disguised as a calculator. play-video-button [27 mins]Codebreaker kicks off its first episode, Is E-mail Evil?, with a mother lying about her daughter’s age to get her an e-mail address play-video-button [35 mins].

History, Arts & Ideas

Opening scene from ‘SPECTRE’
Three of these four new movies are worth seeing. Guess which: “SPECTRE,” “Trumbo,” “Spotlight” and “Brooklyn” – (from Filmweek Marquee at KPCC, Los Angeles) play-video-button [3 mins]Getting In: Your College Admissions Companion suggests three ways your college-bound child can demonstrate genuine interest in a school on a college application. play-video-button [12 mins].


November 20 – New York City – Bullseye Presents: ‘Make Your Thing’ with Jesse Thorn, 7:00pm, at The Greene Space, 44 Charlton Street, New York, NY 10014 Tickets
November 30 – New York City – TimesTalks: An Evening with Andrew Lloyd Webber with New York Times reporter Patrick Healy, 7pm at The TimesCenter, 242 West 41st Street, New York, NY 10018. Tickets
December 2 – Los Angeles – KCRW Presents Naughty or Nice: The Moth in Los Angeles hosted by David Crabb. 7pm doors, 8pm show. Avalon Hollywood. Five hand-picked storytellers who develop and shape their stories with the directors of The Moth. Info
December 9 – Washington D.C. – USA TODAY’s Dad Rock podcast will record before a live audience. 7 p.m. at Hard Rock Cafe, 999 E St. NW. Free admission.

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Special Interest Playlists:
Selected episodes on specific themes. Updated daily.

At the Movies
Chefs & Foodies
Talking Books

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