Earphones Always In

Note: Despite the New Hampshire primary currently underway and the fact that I have many articles and applications that need urgent tending to, I'm writing this because I have a terrible case of multi-day writer's block and I'm hoping writing this will get some juices flowing.

If you know me at all, or if you see walking down the street throughout the day, you'll notice that I almost constantly have my earphones in or my Beats covering my ears. Often times, I cannot hear anything/anyone around me due to the fact that I'm jamming out too hard to my carefully-curated Spotify playlists. I don't exactly know how that healthy that is, but I gotta enjoy my premium subscription somehow, right?

Most of the time, it's music. But other times, it's actually something different! Here's a little peek of the stuff I've been listening to lately:

Audiobooks

I just got into the whole audiobook thing very recently, but I adore it. Right now, I'm listening to Anna Karenina, a chapter of it every night before I go to sleep. I find them fantastic for those who want to tap back into the "reading for leisure" game, but can't seem to find the time/keep getting distracted by the ever-present screens that pervade the modern era. Say what you will about audiobooks, but bottom line: It's a great way to get into a story and it's a great pre-sleep activity. Spotify has an entire "Word" section under the "Browse" tab - and they've got almost every genre you could imagine.

Podcasts

I was a heavy podcast user over the summer, then fell out of it for a bit, and then got back on the horse. Yes, I have listened to Serial. No, I didn't finish the first season (but I almost did, so I'm proud of myself nevertheless). Here's some of my favorites:

Conflict News

A bit of shameless self-promotion here, but yes! The news startup I'm a part of produces a podcast! I have yet to be featured on the podcasts, and we're on a bit of a hiatus due to some site/design reorganization, but for analysis on global conflicts - be sure to subscribe!

Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates

Over the summer, I was listening to these before I went to sleep. It didn't work very well. NPR's recorded, Oxford-style debates are incredibly gripping and exciting - they made my mind light up with activity. I absolutely love observing debate and hearing facts go back-and-forth like a tennis match. If you share my guilty pleasure, you should check this podcast out.

StartUp

Chasing the American Dream. Building up something from the ground up. Going out on a limb. Believing in something even if the odds are stacked against you. The stories of startups are incredibly compelling, and StartUp is no exception.

As someone who recently wrapped my head around the fact that I'm currently working for a news startup - I felt like listening to this would be useful. Shoutout to Ivanka Trump's website for introducing me to this.

Girl on Guy with Aisha Tyler

Do any of you watch Archer? You know the woman who voices Lana? Yeah, that's Aisha Tyler. I found her podcast when she mentioned it at a panel at 2014 Comic Con. She's an overall awesome individual who is incredibly funny and authentic. The whole "-ish" of the show is that she's not a girly girl - she's a 6 ft. tall beer-sipping, video-game-loving, smart (she graduated from Dartmouth) and strong female. She's refreshing and incredibly relatable. Plus, she plays my favorite character on one of my favorite shows; it's nice to get to know the person behind the character.

I'm actually listening to episode 210 as I type this. Although Aisha just announced that Girl on Guy was going to be a monthly operation rather than a weekly one, it's still a great podcast that you should definitely give a listen.

BBC Global News

This is obvious and straight forward, but a great way to consume your news. There's really no explanation needed, other than I'm a news nerd.

Just Plain Regular Old Music

You know how some people are super into film or TV? Names like Tarantino, Wes Anderson, Kubrick (?), and Coen Brothers (???) are stuff they know off the top of their heads. They shun the idea of the action blockbuster and the chick flick. They call Law & Order: SVU a "TV procedural" - and get all peeved when you don't know what a "TV procedural" is. (Note to self: Stop dating guys who are film/TV snobs)

Well, I guess I'm kind of like that but for music - and I'd like to think I'm not pretentious and annoying about it all. I love listening to new music; I love listening to my tried-and-trues. I love listening to other people's playlists, and I love making my own giant playlists even more. You can usually tell a lot about a person by what's on their playlist. Here are my two faves:

(Newest additions to playlists are on the bottom - so listen bottom-up if anything)