Podcast RoundUp

I've done a lot of driving in the last 12 months.  When I was getting ready to drive from Houston to The Bay Area by myself I reached out on social media asking, 'what are your favorite podcasts?!' - I got TONS of recommendations!  From those initial recommendations I fell down a slippery slope into Podcast Land. 

I'm one of those Humans who can't watch TV and be productive.  Enter the Podcast.  They're perfect for multi-tasking and are especially perfect when you need to escape top 40 pop in the car.  I have also found that I really enjoy exercising to them.  A walk / jog to an interesting podcast flies by!  

Serial put Podcasts on the tip of everyone's tongue but, there is so much goodness out there past Serial - although I will admit that Sarah Koenig must be a hypnotist because I was hooked.  

I've compiled a sampling of my go to podcasts - click on the picture to link through to more information.

Favorite Podcasts

This was the Podcast that launched me from casual podcast listener to rabid podcast downloader.  I listened to this episode about food and then I think I howled, 'MOOOAAAAR!!!'.  I was alone in the car when I began to binge listen to TED Radio Hour hosted by Guy Raz.  I haven't missed an episode since.

Everyone enjoys listening to TED Talks but what makes this podcast so special is that one topic is chosen and a couple TED Talks pertaining to that subject are referenced - Guy Raz also interviews the presenter.  What we're left with is a really seamless but well rounded discussion that is thought provoking, educational and lots of times completely inspiring.

99% Invisible talks about design - or rather design that we don't notice in our daily lives.  That is an incredibly simple statement to describe something almost indescribable.  I love how diverse this podcast is.  I've learned about the design of high heels, the longest burning lightbulb and the origin of the octothorpe (or hashtag as we know it).  Again, a podcast I don't like to miss an episode of.

99% Invisible was a founding member of Radiotopia.  They're essentially a network of podcasts.  Recently they had an incredibly successful kickstarted campaign (which I would like to proudly say I contributed to!) and were able to add some new shows.

I love Radiotopia for a slew of reasons.  The obvious reason being that they are incredibly well produced.  I also love that they have an equal number of male and female hosted shows.  

All of these shows are in the Radiotopia network....and they're all really good.  One favorite pick would be Benjamen Walker's Theory of Everything.  He recently did a series about the Internet called the Dislike Club.  It was an eye opener.

Continuing on this Radiotopia love fest we have Strangers.  Strangers is brought to us by Lea Thau.  Lea Thau is a peabody award winning producer and was the former director of The Moth.  Along with Sarah Koenig she is also a hypnotist.  I could listen to her talk for hours.  She shares with us the stories of people - and they're captivating.  She recently did a series on love...particularly on why she's still single.  I loved it.    

I think Fugitive Waves is so cool.  They take old bits of recordings and lace them into grade A story telling.  This one called Shirley Temple had me riveted so did this one about cigar factories of the 1930s.

Then we have Criminal.  True stories about crime.  This episode about breaking the internet was great.  If you're a Serial fan you'll love this.  

I'm done gushing about Radiotopia now...

Uhh Yeah Dude (UYD) is hil.ar.i.ous.  I geniunely laugh out loud when I listen to these two 'American-Americans'.  They've been doing this together for a long time which means their banter is smooth...and funny.  I guess this is obvious but should be mentioned - UYD is a comedy podcast.  Warning:  lots of bad words...not safe for work....and all that jazz.

Song Exploder takes a song and dissects it.  It's brilliant.  The musician shares what was added, how it was added and maybe even why it was added.  Where ideas for songs come from, how they're elaborated upon, where inspiration was found.  Besides getting a brand new view on the music making process you get to discover new music.  Did I mention it's brilliant?

StartUp is the brain child of Alex Blumberg.  Alex was a producer I've been listening to for along time on This American Life and Planet Money (these are both available as Podcasts - and I listen to both as often as I can).  

StartUp is the accounting of starting a business - Gimlet Media - and all that it entails when you really know nothing about starting a business.  Alex Blumberg is the perfect person to follow on this journey because he's just so relatable...and likable.  

Gimlet Media is an actual media corporation and they have their first podcast out - Reply All.  

All of these are great:  This American Life, Planet Money, StartUp and Reply All.

Remember way back when we read the book Wild by Cheryl Strayed (you can read about it here and here.)?  Wild was my introduction to Cheryl Strayed and from there I quickly dove into Tiny Beautiful Things a collection of advice from her column Dear Sugar on The Rumpus.  Please meet Dear Sugar Radio.  Sugar is back and she's giving advice over the airwaves.  The first episode aired just before the new year.  It's new but I don't see what's not to like.  

Death, Sex & Money talks to people about things that aren't necessarily easy to talk about.  Namely:  Death, Sex & Money.  It's more than that though.  It's an audible looking glass into humanity.  Give it a listen.

I am always looking for new music - Stones Throw is a musical adventure.  Stones Throw musicians and DJs make mixes and sometimes they're crazy cool.  Like this one here.  

I hope you've found something to listen to here!  Happy listening!

This is just the beginning of what I've been listening to.  I know that a lot of these podcasts can be found right at the top of the iTunes chart - this is not a groundbreaking list - but, I hope if you're new to podcasts or even just in a podcast rut there was something here for you.

My new goal is to begin reviewing podcasts as I discover new ones.  If you have a recommendation for me I'd love to hear it! Drop me a line:  nautiemermate@gmail.com

Reader Survey Success!

Thank you for taking the time to respond to the Reader Survey - quite a few of you took the time and it really meant a lot.  

This blog is a strange little niche of wonderful in my life however; there are a couple of unfortunate realities.  Real Talk.  This blog costs me a fair amount of money every year.  I pay to keep my domain name, I pay to host with Squarespace (which I don't regret) and at times I've paid to have a custom designed blog.  Secondly, this blog takes up more time than I care to admit.  If I was working a traditional job, had children or sheesh, even more of a social life, I'd struggle to find the time.

Second dose of Real Talk:  considering the financial output and the amount of time I spend on the blog I'm sometimes really disappointed in myself for not working on growing my audience.  This is an issue that I'm personally divided right down the middle on.  This blog doesn't help me sell anything, market anything or support any part of a business.  This blog doesn't inherently appeal to a large group of people.  This blog is casual - there is no posting schedule, no content geared toward SEO (search engine optimization), no carefully curated Pinterest boards designed to generate traffic - you get the idea.  If I wanted to increase my readership I'd need to do these things.  When I really think about what I personally love about this blog it is the fact that it's organic.  I write what feels good when it feels good.  I try not to worry about it when I get overly busy or preoccupied.  There you have it...the right down the middle...work on growing or just let it be.

The Reader Survey was really interesting so I thought I'd share my findings!  I had 18 Survey takers.  I'll admit I wished I got more takers but, those who took it were a super diverse bunch!  

Question One confirmed what I already knew.  Most of you have been reading for a long time.  I love that you've all seen the ups and the downs.  You've also seen five different vessels!  It also confirmed that I could try a little harder to spread the Nautie word.  

You are a loyal bunch!  I can't tell you how many blogs I read that I don't bother with for every post.  If I get behind sometimes I just 'mark them all as read' and start fresh.  Thanks for taking the time to keep up!  Smooches.

This told me something I didn't know.  A fair amount of you are using Facebook.  I'll try harder to update Facebook more frequently when blog posting might be a little slower.  

Many of you took the time to drop me a note letting me know you do comment!  I have to confess I'm a big blog reader but am not a big commenter.  Most times I don't comment because I don't feel I have anything relevant to say.  This question was part of a survey that I modeled mine after. I thought it was a good one because, ideally, commenting helps build a community.  I love the idea of community in the interwebz.  So many of us spend a fair amount of time surfing the web.  If we are going to preserve the concept of interpersonal relationships community building is essential.  

The responses to this question blew my mind.  I thought 'raw, real and personal' was gonna get the cold shoulder.  It was the winner!  I am usually mortified when I hit publish on posts where I talk about crying at the bar, meowing, or not being able to find a job.  I whim and wah and general question myself when I put it all out there - apparently you guys really like that - good to know.  The answers to this question also told me that there's is a little something for everyone here.  The answers were pretty well divided.

Thank you for spending time with me here in this lovely little corner of the Internet!


To the owner of Jasper, you will soon get a little somethin' somethin' in your mailbox!

The Reader Survey is now closed.  Thank you all for participating!


Aloha Friday v8

When I was a little girl my Dad was really into Slack Key Guitar.  To be fair, most people in Hawaii are into Slack Key.  We used to go to the annual Slack Key Guitar Festival in Hilo every year.  Lets be clear, I was bored out of my mind, I was a little kid a guitar festival.  That being said, I have a crystal clear memory of Sonny Chillingworth performing.  He just seemed like 'the real deal'.  Old Hawaii Charm.  

Slack Key Guitar originated in Hawaii - the original phrase was:  ki ho'alu (translation- loosen the tuning key).  You can grab the specifics from the link above but basically, you de-tune the guitar.  

You would never guess but Hawaii (and specifically Hawaii Island where I'm from) is full of cowboys.  We at one time had the United State's largest privately owned ranch (up until just a few years ago!) - Mexican Cowboys brought their skills to the Islands along with their guitars and music.  Paniolo - a Hawaiian Cowboy sounds an awful lot like 'espanioles'.  The Hawaiians ended up taking what they learned from the Paniolo's and then developing their own style.  

Sonny Chillingworth is definitely one of my favorites but, this song can't be played without connecting a few more dots.

Hi'ilawe was written by Gabby Pahinui (in fact it was Gabby's first recording) a legend.  I'm sure you've all heard the Israel Kamakawiwo'ole song Somewhere Over the Rainbow / What a Wonderful World - you know in the beginning when he says, 'kay, this one's for Gabby' - that is Gabby Pahinui!  He influenced so many Hawaiian Artists.

This is old school Chillingworth.  I hope you enjoy!

Mettle Maker :: A Plan

a goal without a plan is just a wish

I am constantly planning.  I write notes in my day planner, I write on post its that I stick into my day planner, I have lists on my phone, I plan.  My plan changes a lot.  Some of that is due to my shipping schedule and some of that is due to my personality but, I'm rarely without a plan.

As you dive into 2015 make a plan to actualize those goals!  


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Sunset Off Monterey

I mentioned yesterday that we drifted off Monterey before getting into our berth in Oakland.  This sunset was the absolutely gorgeous.  It was definitely a perk in the delay.

There is a pretty large part of me that wants to rant nonsensically about the Longshoreman and the current situation but, instead I'm going to post photos of a sunset. 

sunset off monterey

But wait!  There are more!

Feel free to click through at your leisure!


A Reader Survey

Nautie Friends,

Do you know what's hard to believe?  I've been blogging here for over 4 years!

In that time I've lived in Hawaii, Maine, Texas and, have winged it with no home.  I've sailed on 5 different ships.  I've travelled, coffee'd, wine sipped, birthday'd, sailed, mused, promoted, demoted, dolphin spotted, sunrise watched and blogged my little heart out.

This blog has solidified relationships, provided a creative release, been a last ditch effort for friends and family to figure out where I am and, has kept me grounded through all the changes.

My life is in transition and, I can't help but just tug this blog along with me.  As I freshen things up in my own life I think it's only fair to freshen things up here on the blog.

Will you please take the time to complete this Reader Survey?  I'd love hear what you have to say!  I think it's only fair you all have a say in the freshening process!


Thank you for taking the time to complete this Reader Survey!  This survey should only take about 5 minutes.  Your responses will absolutely remain anonymous and drum roll please....

If you complete the Survey you will be entered to win a $10 gift card!  Win!

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