Catching Up on Podcasts

Last week, after abandoning the audiobook of Richard North Patterson’s relentlessly didactic Conviction–cardboard cut-out characters and dialogue that would be at home in an amicus brief–I turned to my backlog of podcasts.  I’m a binge consumer of podcasts, going months without listening to any and then listening to nothing but for a few weeks. My first recommendation is actually a months-old RadioLab episode titled Animal Minds.  I thought of it again when a friend shared a video of a humpback whale being rescued from a gill net in the Sea of Cortes.  The first story in Animal Minds–a few minutes into the episode, right after the introduction in the church–deals with a similar rescue of a whale in the Pacific off the coast of San Francisco.  The rescue itself is gripping, and the aftermath is incredibly powerful and moving.

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