This Week in Podcasts: 9/2/18 – 9/8/18

This Week in Podcasts is a weekly roundup of mini-reviews of all of the podcasts I’ve listened to in a week. If you see any podcasts that you feel are missing from my list, there’s a good chance I haven’t listened to the show yet! You can see my current list of podcast subscriptions here. Feel free to give me recommendations–as well as any feedback or discussion!–in the comments below or on twitter.  You can see a list of every episode that has scored within the A range here.


Greater Boston
“Episode 26: But Perhaps There is a Key”

Along with many other favorite audio dramas, Greater Boston returned this week with a beautiful opening episode. In this episode, a story is told from a different perspective, and an intriguing new character–played by Kristen DiMercurio–is introduced. The writing in this episode takes center stage, flirting with comedy but rooted firmly in the introsepctive, deeply human drama that’s emerged as a backbone for the podcast as a whole. Greater Boston is always concerned with the life each character leads, and this episode focuses on the youngest Stamatis sibling, Dimitri. The episode efficiently renders Dimitri both sympathetic and frustrating, outlining his mindset and motivations without applauding or condemning them. The episode has a secondary story centered on Michael in a spiral of grief and panic–even for Michael’s standards–that drive another nail into this episode’s edge of introspective emotion.

This Week’s Ratings

Sunday, 9/2/18

  • Conversation with People Who Hate Me, “Is This Racist?”: B

Monday, 9/3/18

  • HORSE, “Ep. 5: Manu Ginobili, Vampire Hunter”: B+
  • Within the Wires, “Season 3, Reel 1: July 3, 1953”: B+
  • The Hilarious World of Depression, “Open Mike Eagle Goes Outside and Meets People”: B
  • Terrible, Thanks for Asking, “46: Two Letters”: B
  • Greater Boston, “Episode 26: But Perhaps There is a Key”: A-

Tuesday, 9/4/18

  • The Good Place: The Podcast, “Ch. 21: Jason Mantzoukas, Actor | Jeff Rosenberg, Second Assistant Director”: C+
  • Palimpsest, “Episode 201: Ellen”: B+
  • My Brother, My Brother and Me, “MBMBaM 423: Face 2 Face: The Bigfoot Whistle”: B-
  • 99% Invisible, “322- The First Straw”: B
  • Pop Culture Happy Hour, “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before”: B

Wednesday, 9/5/18

  • 20 Sided Stories, “POKEMON! #6 – Rock Tunnel Trek”: C+
  • Spirits, “Episode 93: Divination”: B
  • Jarnsaxa Rising, “S II, Ep VI: Conductivity”: C+
  • Song Exploder, “The Decemberists – Once In My Life”: B
  • ZigZag, “Update: It’s Hard Going Back to School, Work, and Saving Journalism”: C

Thursday, 9/6/18

  • Wonderful!, “Ep. 49: Accelerated Cheater”: B

Friday, 9/7/18

  • The Good Place: The Podcast, “Ch. 22: Ted Dansen, Actor | Eric Kissack, Editor”: C
  • Pop Culture Happy Hour, “Pop Culture Serotonin and What’s Making Us Happy”: B-
  • The Adventure Zone, “Amnesty – Episode 15”: B-
  • How It’s Paid, “011 — Lady Gaga — $47,000 on Ghosts”: C+

Saturday, 9/8/18

  • StarTripper!!, “Cliff Terrors Rule”: B

These weekly roundups are some of my favorite to write, but they’re also some of the most exhausting posts to write. Keeping up with all these podcasts is time consuming! These posts are brought to you with deep thanks to my Patreon supporters and people who have supported me via Ko-Fi. Becoming a supporter will get you access to my planning blog, customized podcast playlists, and the ability to request reviews for podcasts you love. Find out more here!

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