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7 Podcasts For Curious Minds 2023


The Retrievals

Welcome to the Yale Fertility Center and meet the patients that screamed out and were unheard. Meet the nurse that was stealing fentanyl and replacing it with saline for a surgical procedure called egg retrieval. The Retrievals is a five-part narrative series exploring the stories we tell about women’s pain.

Wiser Than Me

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, like me, wants to know why the hell we don’t hear more from older women. Listen in to her conversations with Jane Fonda, Carol Burnett, Amy Tan, Diane von Furstenberg, Isabel Allende, Fran Lebowitz (and more!) to get schooled in how to live a full and meaningful life. These are funny, touching, personal conversations with unforgettable women.

Let Me Tell You

I love New York’s “First Lady of Radio”, Joan Hamburg, she talks about anything and everything – including where to eat when it matters. She interviews some of today’s biggest celebrities, checks out the newest hits on Broadway, and then shares all the juicy details with us.

All There Is

Anderson Cooper takes us on a deeply personal exploration of loss and grief. As he reconciles the contents of his late mother Gloria Vanderbilt’s apartment, Cooper includes us in a series of emotional and moving conversations about the people we lose, the things they leave behind, and how to live on after those that meant the most are no longer of this earth.

The Sinking of the SS El Faro

What can we learn about how leaders and their teams communicate under pressure from the sinking of a container ship? I am deeply connected to the sea, and the lives of those that make their living on the sea. This story grabbed me and shares lessons for life beyond the waters.

The Flight of the Concorde

How did an odd-looking plane: long and slender with triangular wings and a bent-down nose like a bird of prey – presenting as space-age technology, born of the Cold War, usher in one of the most glamorous eras of commercial flight? And what caused it to come to an end? History this Week is a delight, and this is just one of their history lessons.

Making Space

My favorite episode of the Making Space podcast was Hoda’s interview with Maria Shriver. Whether it’s grief, her relationship with faith, illness, or how she was raised. Maria shares what she’s learned through challenging times, the importance of knowing when to walk away, and how to give yourself permission to live your life in your own way.

Ann Manion at Charlestown Breachway

I’m Ann Manion, founder and editor of Green Hill Rocks. I listen to podcasts all the time, on long walks, in my kitchen tackling a new recipe, and when faced with mundane tasks like weeding the garden. Podcasts have been  a big part of keeping me connected to the world during the pandemic. I always learn something new, or am entertained in ways I want to share with others.

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