Audible Dreams

Audible Dreams

Episode: ”Opaque Snow Labyrinth” | Podcast: Sleep With Me | 70m06s

Rare podcast that encourages the listener’s attention to wander, because it’s designed to aid sleep. “It’s like watching traffic on a river, rolling and floating by,” explains the host in a rhythmic, soporific tone. The narration is deliberately mumbling and sing song, telling a long and inconsequential story that your brain will gradually tune out as you drop off. Better than any hypnosis tape or meditation video (70m06s)

Trying To Be Normal

Episode: ”I Could Be Well” | Podcast: Rumble Strip | 15m20s

Frank interview with a woman who hears voices and sees visions. She often experiences violent shouting in her head. Sometimes the different voices even speak to each other as if she isn’t there. This episode is part of a public radio series from Vermont called “They Are Us”, which features different personal stories from inside the state’s mental healthcare system (15m20s)

Moon Walking

Episode: ”First Man, Alan Bean (and the Oumuamua Aliens)” | Podcast: The Cosmic Shed | 71m31s

Podcast that patrols the boundary between art and science, exploring how the two intersect. This episode focuses on the Neil Armstrong film biopic First Man, with guest the astronaut Alan Bean appearing on the show to consider the practical and artistic challenges of walking on the moon (71m31s)

The Digital Playground

Episode: ”The Real World Consequences of Cyberbullying” | Podcast: Their Own Devices | 47m42s

Bullying among children is now supercharged by the internet. How can parents and peers respond when bullies can remain completely anonymous, targeting their victims around the clock via social media? This episode examines this phenomenon, and includes the testimony of a former cyberbullying victim, who breaks down how the kind of online harassment he endured as a child affected his long term mental health (47m42s)

A Legendary Hermit

Episode: ”How To Be Alone” | Podcast: This Is Love | 25m51s

Beautifully produced interview with a man named Billy, the only inhabitant of a remote and abandoned mining town in Colorado. He moved there 40 years ago wanting to be alone. He’s still there. The daily weather information he collects is his only regular way of communication — it’s used by scientists. For him, knowing they read his figures makes his data a kind of conversation (25m51s)