More than five years ago, I worked as a data entry processor. It was a good job, way better than the one I had before, but there was a massive downside.
It was painfully boring. We were allowed to listen to music, but even my favorites grew tiresome and stale.
That’s when my buddy Nathan, creator of the online comic Heaven Gate, told me about podcasts and about series that you can listen to online or download. There were loads of different kinds, from news commentary to interviews with celebrities. Some are hilarious improv groups telling a serialized story, and others investigate social issues.
But the one Nathan sent me was Stuff You Should Know.
What is it about, I hear you asking. Well, my friend, let me tell you that it’s about everything.
Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant have been sitting down twice a week for over ten years to try and explain everything. They’ve covered subjects like police lineups, Barbie dolls, diabetes, black holes, and even how grass works. I have found that the more mundane the topic is, the more fascinating it ends up being. Like ballpoint pens.
Listening to their huge backlog of episodes helped stave off office madness. And now, while I’m not in an office anymore, I look forward to their updates. For some reason, they’re really good to listen to during a workout.
Josh and Chuck just have this easygoing attitude that exudes friendliness. They readily admit they’re not experts in anything, but they’ve done their research and are willing to correct themselves. Josh can get passionate sometimes but Chuck is there to calm him down.
Chuck has a saying. “Don’t yuck my yum”, meaning everyone likes something different so don’t bash on my salsa-topped Oreos, okay?
Many people are put off by their constant tangents. One moment they’ll be discussing how colorblindness works and the next they’ll be discussing animal behavior. I enjoy them getting off topic, though. It makes the show what it is. Endearing, personal, and honest.
Thanks, guys. Keep doing your thing.
Josh and Chuck: hollywoodreporter.com