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Surprisingly Awesome

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Oct 06, 2017

The Lo Life

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Gimlet Media has a new podcast all about the beautiful and complicated dimensions of Black life. It's called The Nod, and it's hosted by best friends (and Blackness' biggest fans) Eric Eddings and Brittany Luse. In this episode, Eric tells Brittany all about his love for Polo Ralph Lauren—and the story of one group of boosters in Brooklyn who took their own love for Polo to another level.
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Apr 25, 2017

The Hide Rug of the Plant World

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Every Little Thing, hosted by Flora Lichtman, is a show about the joy of finding things out. In this episode, learn about where office plants come from and what they're secretly communicating. 
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Apr 12, 2017

A Message from Gimlet CEO Alex Blumberg

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A goodbye from Surprisingly Awesome. And hello to Every Little Thing.
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Jan 19, 2017

Update

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Our theme music is by Nicholas Britell. We were edited this week by Annie-Rose Strasser, produced by Christine Driscoll, and mixed by Zac Schmidt.  If you want to subscribe to Twice Removed (you do!) you can use this link, or search for it wherever you get your podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/id1182594071  
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Dec 22, 2016

Your Holiday Binge Listen

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Hey Surprisingly Awesome listeners - we think you'll love Homecoming, a fiction thriller from Gimlet Media. It was written by Eli Horowitz and Micah Blumberg, and stars some talented people you may have heard of, like Catherine Keener, Oscar Isaac, David Schwimmer, David Cross, and Amy Sedaris. The whole first season is out now, and it's the perfect thing to binge-listen to this holiday season. We're playing the first episode here, and you can go listen and subscribe to Homecoming to hear the rest.
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Nov 21, 2016

Surprise Surprise!

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Hey Surprisingly Awesome listeners - we think you'll love Undone, a new show from Gimlet Media. It's about how the big stories we thought were over, were actually the beginning of something else.  Hosted by Pat Walters and developed with help from the documentary series Retro Report, Undone challenges what you thought you knew about history. Want to hear the rest of the episode? Subscribe at gimletmedia.com/fallseason
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Oct 19, 2016

#23 The Wedding

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Something borrowed, something blue, something that explains why weddings look the way they do. The Facts Our theme music is by Nicholas Britell and our ad music is by Build Buildings. We were edited this week by Annie-Rose Strasser, and produced by Christine Driscoll, Elizabeth Kulas, and Rikki Novetsky.  Sylvie Douglis and Nick Fountain field produced at the wedding. Thank you to Sue and Austin’s friends and family for letting us ask so many questions and bother you during the whole wedding. Thanks to Jorge Just -- and sorry we forgot to thank you last time, and to our beloved mix engineer Andrew Dunn. ANDREW DUNN MIXED THIS EPISODE, he always mixes our episodes, and we have not been great about remembering to tell you that! Additional production assistance came from Jacob Cruz, Emily Kennedy, Melanie Kruvelis, Sarah Melton and Sarah Stoddard. Thank you to Karen Klaiber Hersch, Gayle Strege, Patrick O’Neil, Jennifer Gellmann and Sharon Boulani. And finally, stay posted with us as we report the next season. You can follow us on Twitter, subscribe to the newsletter, or subscribe to us on your podcatcher for all our cool updates! See you in 2017! Learn More If you want to learn more Folk-Lore of Women you can access it via the wonderful Project Gutenberg at this link. Did you like learning the value of the garter industry in 1952? What a rebel - you probably need Dr. Vicki Howard's book at this link or your local library. There are a lot of wedding traditions out there!  We obviously didn't cover them all! There's a great history about women changing their last names by Dr. Sophie Coulombeau at the BBC. For some funny and insightful thoughts on the prevalence of Corinthians in wedding vows, check out this essay by Kate Braestrup at Huffington Post. Our Sponsors Blue Apron – Delivering all the fresh ingredients you need to create home-cooked meals. Click now to get your first three meals for free. Casper – Get $50 towards any Casper Mattress purchase by visiting casper.com/awesome and using the offer code “AWESOME”.
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Oct 05, 2016

#22 Wedding Planning

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This week: It's awesome in the sacred sense - but stressful in the practical sense. The Facts Surprisingly Awesome’s theme music is by Nicholas Britell. Our ad music is by Build Buildings. Additional music came from Kyle Morton, Sex Life, and Xolo We were edited this week by Annie-Rose Strasser, and produced by Rachel Ward, Christine Driscoll and Rikki Novetsky.  Our field producers were Sylvie Douglis and Nick Fountain.   Production Assistance came from Jacob Cruz, Emily Kennedy, Melanie Kruvelis, Jessica Langley,  Sarah Melton, and Sarah Stodder. Thank you to Meg Keene at A Practical Wedding, Erin Boll, proprietrix of the Instagram account Pisces Bride, Stevie Lane who designed our wedding invitation, and for helping us find Sue and Austin.  Learn More Source for the inverse relationship between the cost of weddings and duration of marriages: ‘A Diamond is Forever’ and Other Fairy Tales: The Relationship between Wedding Expenses and Marriage Duration. At one point this was the most downloaded paper on SSRN, the database we found it on. Here's the link to Tamara Sniezek's paper, Is It Our Day or the Bride’s Day? The Division of Wedding Labor and Its Meaning for Couples. You'll never look at invitations the same way again. Several years ago, Slate did a great, concise post about wedding averages and how they're reported, The Wedding Industry's Pricey Little Secret. Rebecca Mead's book is called One Perfect Day, and you can check it out at the library, like we did, or get it... you know where. (Amazon, you can buy books on Amazon.) Our Sponsors eero - For free overnight shipping, visit eero.com and at checkout select overnight shipping then enter “awesome" to make it free Hello Fresh - To get $35 off your first week of deliveries visit hellofresh.com and enter promo code "AWESOME"
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A show that delves into topics that seem mundane, annoying and sometimes downright boring – to reveal that they’re surprisingly awesome.