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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

A Podcast Just For Me

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My favorite podcast of all time is a show called WireTap. Produced by the CBC it featured host Jonathan Goldstein exploring the big issues of life, all while dealing with an "unique" group of friends, family, and their constant issues and/or interference. The show ran for about 10 years, and came to an end about a year ago. I was incredibly sad when it came to an end, since for 5 straight years my Monday mornings were devoted to listening to the latest episode of this outstanding series.

Around the same time I got into WireTap (2009ish) I became a big fan of the musical artist Moby. His new album at the time entitled: 'Wait For Me' had just been released, and it grabbed my attention the first time I listened to it, and wouldn't let go. I was really intrigued by how Moby was able to craft an almost joyous sad song. It's like he embraces the melancholy/quietness of life, and showcases the beauty found within. He is truly a remarkable artist. I highly recommend checking out his catalog. I think it's safe to say that Moby has become one of my top ten favorite artists of all time.

Earlier this week, I was beyond ecstatic to discover that former WireTap host Jonathan Goldstein has a new series he that he was releasing. The name of his new podcast series is Heavyweight, and it features Goldstein trying to resolve long-term issues between family members or friends. Here's the official on the show's official website:

"Maybe you’ve laid awake imagining how it could have been, how it might yet be, but the moment to act was never right. Well, the moment is here and the podcast making it happen is Heavyweight. Join Jonathan Goldstein for road trips, thorny reunions, and difficult conversations as he backpedals his way into the past like a therapist with a time machine. From Gimlet Media. "

The show released it's first two episodes on Monday. The first episode features Goldstein assisting his father resolve his decades long conflict with his older brother. But the second episode is the one that had me jumping up and down when I heard it. Entitled "Gregor", the episode features recurring WireTap "character" Gregor Ehrlich try and come to terms with a famous musician friend of his, who he lent a box set of CDs to about 20 years ago. That famous musician friend is none other than MOBY!!!!

One of my favorite musical artists of all time has a connection to my favorite podcast of all time. The show that taught me how modern audio storytelling is so compelling has a connection to the artist that showed me the beauty of melodic music. The show that inspired me to start my own podcast is connected to one my favorite artist interviews I ever conducted. It's like we are all connected!!!!!

I cannot recommend enough that you listen to this podcast. Not only is it an engaging piece of storytelling, but it combines two of my favorite things into a single entity.


Matt Maldre said...

My thoughts on 2nd episode of heavyweight with Gregor and Moby:

Presidency of Estonia! I would lean towards this episode being fiction, but it seems so real. Certainly the president of Estonia grew up in Estonia, so Gregor could not have gone to school with him. But the president of Estonia did grow up in America. His wikipedia page states: "Toomas Hendrik Ilves was born in Stockholm, Sweden; his parents Endel and Irene Ilves were Estonian refugees. His maternal grandmother was Russian from Saint Petersburg. He grew up in the United States in Leonia, New Jersey, and graduated from Leonia High School in 1972 as valedictorian." New Jersey! Hmmm, that's rather close to Canada. It's possible that Gregor went to that high school.

Did Gregor graduate high school around the same time as Ilves?

Gregor has an actual Linkedin profile:
Gregor Ehrlich went to Vassar College in 1984 to 1990. So it's unlikely Gregor went to high school the same time as the Estonian President.

But Gregor does have a Twitter account! He's following only three people, has 15 tweets, and only 423 followers. And just Howard also is on Twitter. 102 tweets, following 274, followers 841.

So weird to hear Jonathan Goldstein read off ads in his podcast. The very first words you hear from Jonathan in this new podcast series is an ad for Mailchimp!

There is an interview with Jonathan where he briefly touches on leaving the CBC and joining Giblet, I mean Gimlet.

Chi-Town Kid 83 said...

I have to listen to the interview he did about leaving the CBC. It's interesting, the Love Me podcast is by his two former producers, and I feel that has a more WireTap vibe. But so does Heavyweight. Do we have two versions of WireTap now?