I am a member of a meetup of podcast enthusiasts. At our last gathering, I was asked if I'd like to choose my all-time favorite podcast episode for the group to listen to and discuss. It was difficult to choose, but I came up with two favorites. May I highly recommend them both to you, because I predict that they will rock your world.
The first is an episode of Invisibilia called "Entanglement," and specifically a segment called "Mirror Touch." It's about a woman who has a type of synesthesia that causes her to literally feel what other people feel. So, for example, if she were to see someone stub his toe, she would experience a very real pain in her own toe. It has made her life very difficult, and affected her family in profound ways. Listen here.
My other favorite podcast episode is from This American Life, called "If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say, SAY IT IN ALL CAPS." There is a segment wherein author Lindy West is hounded online by a viciously cruel troll. And she ends up having a conversation with him. Listen here.
I'd love to hear what you think of these episodes, or if you have favorite podcasts of your own. Do tell!