Why you should care
The Weekender is a special collaboration between OZY Tribe members near and far to provide delicious recommendations for your valuable weekend time.
WHAT TO LISTEN TO
In the No — Consent Is Sexy. Some things are worth returning to. In the No began its life last year as a project from podcast wunderkind Kaitlin Prest with her exploring the concept of sexual consent. That conversation has become even more timely, and podcast Radiolab has created a series with Prest based on the same idea, interviewing counselors, academics and activists to uncover better ways of teaching and understanding consent. In the age of #MeToo, everyone should listen to this — and take a minute to deeply consider the points it raises. (Recommended by Marion Cunningham, Storyteller)
Eglantine Whitechapel — Supernatural Mystery Drama. Each episode of this podcast is just a half hour long. But you’ll probably want to listen twice to make sure you catch all the jokes in this lightning-fast radio comedy of weird puns, secret agents, 1950s political humor and (of course) vampires and a kraken. It’s madcap, weird and vintage, with the same style that animated Archer, if he fought literal monsters. (Recommended by Samir Rao, Cryptozoologist)
Homecoming — Get There First. Amazon’s TV series dramatizing the same story has just premiered, so you can watch that if you want. But you should probably start at the source by bingeing both seasons of the experimental fiction podcast from audio powerhouse Gimlet. It’s a conspiracy thriller tailor-made for the audio format about a therapist working on a top-secret project and the relationship between drugs, trauma and memory. (Recommended by Jessica Winchell, Trendsetter)
WHAT TO READ
The Blood Telegram — Never Forget. Delving into any history brings thousands of forgotten stories, and some are so horrible you can’t believe they were ever forgotten. The Blood Telegram: Nixon, Kissinger and a Forgotten Genocide is a compelling and well-told reminder that in 1971 a Pakistan military force killed 300,000 Bengalis and displaced another 10 million … all while the U.S. looked away and then sent its Navy to try and stop the eventual creation of Bangladesh. It’s a fascinating historical chapter and a reminder that sometimes the pursuit of geopolitical power means that innocent deaths are ignored. (Recommended by Charu Sudan Kasturi, History Buff)
The Swan Thieves — High Art and Mystery. Take a psychiatrist with a strong artistic background, a mentally ill artist who inexplicably attacks a painting at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., some mysterious letters from 1878 that have been translated from French and were stolen from their owner but land in the hands of the aforementioned psychiatrist … and you have the makings of a marvelous mystery. Author Elizabeth Kostova has woven a haunting story that’s especially enjoyable if you’re into Impressionist art and can get all the references to Berthe Morisot, Alfred Sisley and Mary Cassatt. (Recommended by Arlis McLean, OZY Aficionado)
WHAT TO DOWNLOAD
SkyView — Look Skywards. Even though astrology is big again, most of us probably can’t identify any constellations beyond Orion’s belt and the big dipper. There’s an app for that — there are so many apps for that — but our favorite is SkyView. It doesn’t have to be night when you use it, and if you live in a city you may not be able to see the stars anyway. But SkyView, which uses augmented reality tech to layer the stars and planets you can’t see onto your screen when you point it at the sky, offers up not only a detailed vision of what’s up there but a lot of facts and figures about constellations, stars and satellites. There’s an upgrade to a paid version of the app, but the free version has plenty of features for the amateur astronomer (and enough info that you can sound like an expert at parties as long as you don’t run into any actual scientists). (Recommended by Theresa Sun, Stargazer)
And whatever you do, don’t do this…
End things with a bang. After Kimberly Santleben-Stiteler, 43, had her divorce finalized in Texas last Friday, she wanted to commemorate her freedom. So she used the explosive compound Tannerite to blow up her wedding dress, using a scoped rifle on her father’s farm while surrounded by supportive friends and family. “It was liberating pulling that trigger,” she said. (UPI)
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