I sat down with Dr. Trudy Holmes-Caines before leaving Lincoln, Neb., and had a wonderful conversation for this podcast. She is a professor of psychology at Union College who came to the United States to pursue graduate studies. We discussed her life in Jamaica and how language plays a role in one’s identity, as well as how the immigrant cultures differ from the culture in their respective countries of origin.
We make decisions all the time: spending five more minutes in bed (or 30, who knows), taking a shower, putting off shaving one more day, heating up a slice of pizza instead of making an omelette, listening to On The Media rather than The Axe Files. I think you get the point.
Some decisions matter more than others, of course. Whether you decide to have pancakes or cereal—or both—for breakfast will be probably less consequential than marrying the struggling freelance musician—just talking about me here—or the Ivy League-educated, med school-bound white boy coming back from a year of self-discovery in Italy.
It’s difficult to know exactly where a decision will take you. You can make all the plans you want and take care of your part just fine. I didn’t know my resolution to apply for OPT—basically a limited work permit for those with F1 status—would result in the worst six months of my life.
All situations, though, come with myriad opportunities to make choices. Not the kind that will necessarily turn out good or change anything at all, but sometimes it’s not so bad to delude yourself into thinking something can be done—because sometimes, something, in fact, can be done.
My daydreaming has inspired many stupid ideas, and the idealist in me has forced me to put them into action before their novelty wears off. That’s how this and my new podcast started. That’s also the way one of my top 10 “Stupid ideas I should not pursue but will anyway” came to happen: I decided that without a single political science course in my college transcript—one with a 3.9 GPA, mind you—I’d apply to several top-notch Ph.D. programs in political science.
In a turn of events I cannot quite comprehend, I was offered admission with fellowship to the program at Rice University in Houston, Tex. Maybe someone decided to see where one of their top “Stupid ideas I should not pursue but will anyway” would lead: what happens if we let a music major into our Ph.D. program?
Thanks to one decision, the steps I took to follow through, and who knows what kind of other weird factors,* I will be answering that hypothetical professor’s question for—hopefully—the next five years (unless I fail before then).
Lastly, I made a choice to go to Target and get some milk. I guess that choice will lead me to have cereal for breakfast tomorrow.
*God, too, of course. Hold your horses!
After a few months without coming back to the studio, Slade and I return to say goodbye … kind of. Since the last episode, we have both been working on new projects: he’s launched a new blog called “The Obsessionist,” and I’m about to release a new podcast on Mexican politics, society, and culture titled “Independientemente.”
We hope to soon be back with new episodes for this podcast. So, as my English idioms fail me at the moment I turn to Spanish now: esto no es un adiós, es un hasta luego.
This week on the show: Natalie Bruzon. I had the pleasure of working with her (meaning for her) at The Clocktower, our college’s newspaper. Now, she lives in Orchard, a tiny town somewhere in Nebraska (and where’s Nebraska?), where she works as editor of Antelope County News. A few weeks back she came to Lincoln, so we sat down to talk about her new life, creating community, working for a newspaper, and the upcoming election.
I had a lot of fun producing this episode, and I hope you enjoy our conversation.
This week on the podcast we have Hannah Ashburn. She is an artist finishing up her college degree and finding what the next step is. Besides talking about what it is like to grow up white and how creepy I think Gothic paintings are, we tried to discuss the intersection between various art forms and history. Perhaps I shouldn’t talk about things I don’t know, but here we go!
Many of us live in a world where we are saturated by the media we consume: Netflix, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, Spotify, and one of our favorites here at Of Lovers and Fools-the podcast. All of these and more are accessible at any time. It’s an amazing time to be alive.
Yet all these amazing advances in how we digest entertainment and news leave us wondering: “When can I make time for it all?” and “Where can I listen to my favorite podcasts?”
1. Daily Commute
One of the best places to sit back, cruise, and listen to your most recent download, is on the way to work. Tuning into the most recent Radiolab or This American Life, can give you conversation with your coworkers, something to discuss with students, or just get you through the day until you’re back in the car homeward bound.
2. Road Trips
Like #1, just for a lot longer. If you’re like some, listening to music for five hours straight can induce raging migraines, but sitting in silence puts you at risk of drifting to sleep and crashing into the side of a semi.
Instead of letting that happen, why not laugh your way through many of the 3-hour-long episodes of You Made It Weird or The Joe Rogan Experience? At least when you do crash, it’ll be because of your joy and laughter, and not boredom.
3. Train Rides/Airplanes
Where some might opt for an audio book during these tried and true forms of travel, next time you’re delayed try catching up on all those missed episodes of Dear Hank and John. Nerdist has enough back logged interviews with Neil deGrasse Tyson to get you through a 1/3rd of your train ride back home for the holidays.
4. Laundry Day
Nothing passes the time like folding clothes. Nothing makes folding clothes fun like WTF with Marc Maron. Whether you’re folding laundry, hanging clothes on hangers, or staring at underwear drying on a clothesline, a podcast can make the boring tasks and space in between doing things a whole lot more fun.
5. In the Shower
After cleaning your clothes and your room, why not clean yourself. And why not listen to Rob Bell tell you more about the eternal hum of the universe on the Robcast, all while hearing the gentle hum of hot water hit the back of your head. clean your body and enlighten your brain.
- You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes
- The Liturgists Podcast
- Ask Science Mike
- Freakonomics Radio