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10 Podcasts For Curious Minds


Tide Talks, Save the Bay

Save The Bay’s “Tide Talks” are conversations about environmental issues affecting Narragansett Bay and the southern shores of Rhode Island, which is why it made my 10 Podcasts for Curious Minds. Check out Episode #9 featuring for a conversation about the North Cape oil barge running aground at Moonstone Beach on January 19, 1996, spilling 820,000 gallons of oil into Rhode Island Sound


Tina Brown, the legendary editor (Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, The Daily Beast) and best-selling author talks with actors, politicians, journalists and the newsmakers about society and culture. Listen to her talk with Bruna Papandrea, the powerhouse producer behind Big Little Lies, and the can’t-stream-it-soon-enough premiere of season two, featuring the almighty Meryl Streep.

Everything Happens with Kate Bowler

In 2015 Kate Bowler was unexpectedly diagnosed with Stage IV cancer at age 35. In a New York Times op-ed, she wrote about the irony of being an expert in health, wealth and happiness while being ill. Kate is a historian at Duke Divinity School and her podcast is conversations with others on how life isn’t always bright and shiny. Listen to Kate speak with bestselling author Kelly Corrigan talk about losing her father and dear friend in the same year. 

Crimetown – Providence Corruption

Welcome to Providence, Rhode Island, a city where organized crime corrupted every aspect of public life. Season 1 of Crimetown opens up with a young prosecutor named Buddy Cianci who takes on a gruesome murder case. As the investigation heats up, Buddy goes head to head with the most notorious mob boss in the country—and launches a career that will change Providence forever.

Fat Mascara

Beauty Editors Jessica Matlin & Jennifer Goldstein bring you the big, juicy, world of beauty. Delivered with a heavy dose of fun, Fat Mascara is where beauty obsessives can get their fix. They’re plugged into the industry’s latest news sharing beauty adventures, celebrity interviews, news on miracle products & epic beauty fails. One of my favorites was Episode 40 with fragrance legend Jo Malone. I learned what a “French Face” is and discovered my signature perfume.

The Daily

This is what the news should sound like. The biggest stories of our time, told by the best journalists in the world. Hosted by Michael Barbaro. Twenty minutes a day, five days a week, ready by 6 a.m. The Daily is one of my 10 Podcasts for Curious Minds that is produced by the American newspaper The New York Times. Today’s episode was on the topic of Genealogy websites and how they have led to a major breakthrough in decades old cold cases.

Armchair Expert

Meet Dax Shepard who is endlessly fascinated by the messiness of being human. In this podcast Dax explores the vulnerabilities of humans through storytelling and interviews. Listen to this episode with Samin Nosrat, American chef and food writer. She is a NYTs columnist and has a docuseries on Netflix called Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat. In this interview, Samin talks about how she cried in every episode of her show and more.

Dear HBR:

This podcast offers advice for workplace dilemmas. We take your questions and offer a better way forward. They go deep on topics like Counteroffers, Leading Small Teams, Getting Sidelined, Job Hopping, Remote Workers, Family Businesses, Lateral Moves, Toxic Workplaces and much more. Here’s an episode on how to handle a Difficult Person

Death, Sex & Money

Death, Sex and Money is an interview-style podcast hosted by Anna Sale that discusses the big questions “often left out of polite conversation.” The podcast launched in May 2014 and is produced by WNYC Studios. The podcast features celebrities and experts, as well as guests with little to no name recognition. This episode is about Layoffs and features Stephanie and her father talking about hte impact on their lives of him losing his job 2 years ago. 

Getting Curious

I’m a huge fan of the show Queer Eye; Season One is the main reason I got through the triple NorEasters that impacted Green Hill in March 2018. This podcast is the work of Queer Eye hair & skin expert Jonathan Van Ness and made my list for 10 Podcasts for Curious Minds. Each week he gives listeners a weekly exploration of all things he’s curious about. Check out this episode on Climate Change.

Ann Manion at Charlestown Breachway

I’m Ann Manion, editor of Green Hill Rocks. I like Podcasts. There are many Podcasts to choose from; I can always find an episode to match my mood or interest at the moment. Here’s my list of 10 Podcasts for curious listeners.

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