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Do you ever have the thought, as you binge-watch a TV show, or listen to a song, or see a film, that, really, there’s something familiar about everything? That no matter how creative a melody, line, or surprise ending is, you’ve encountered some variation of it already—and yet, when done right, it feels like something special and new? That was my experience with the The Incredible Jessica James. On the surface, we’ve seen it before:...
If there is one thing the world doesn’t necessarily need to double down on right now, it is the promotion of even more white male voices. Pheobe Robinson, comedian and co-host of hit podcast 2 Dope Queens,  knows this better than anyone, and so she has created a platform for every other variety of voice with her own podcast, Sooo Many White Guys, now in its second season at WNYC. Through long-form honest conversations with her weekly guests—none of whom...
On a recent weekday,  Jad Abumrad was tucked into a booth in his local diner in Brooklyn, sipping coffee, wearing headphones, and checking his phone. “I’m not listening to podcasts,” he said, looking up. “That feels like work.” That’s one of the only unfortunate side effects of being one of America’s most revolutionary audio hosts and producers. Abumrad has been making his signature show, the cinematically produced, experimental audio-ish hit Radiolab, since 2002 (or, in...
These days, if someone asks, “What podcast are you listening to,” one answer is likely “2 Dope Queens,” hosted by Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson. These Brooklyn comics are friends, hilarious, and host a hell of a show broadcast live, twice per month from Bell House. They cover a range of pressing issues like periods, hailing taxis, and dad bods, and they definitely do not shy away from conversations that highlight blatant, and often very funny...

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