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Surprisingly Awesome

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Rank #129 in Education category

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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.

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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.

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Listen to Episode #15 Extinct Hockey

By PinkFlowers99<3 - Dec 09 2017
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It is golden. My favorite episode I've ever listened to of any podcast ever.

I like it. Listening from the beginning

By Podcast Addict2 - Jul 25 2017
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It has that gimlet sound. If you like NPR you will like it.

iTunes Ratings

1179 Ratings
Average Ratings
638
291
78
111
61

Listen to Episode #15 Extinct Hockey

By PinkFlowers99<3 - Dec 09 2017
Read more
It is golden. My favorite episode I've ever listened to of any podcast ever.

I like it. Listening from the beginning

By Podcast Addict2 - Jul 25 2017
Read more
It has that gimlet sound. If you like NPR you will like it.
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Surprisingly Awesome

Updated about 1 month ago

Rank #129 in Education category

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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.

Rank #1: #2 Free Throws

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Adam McKay helps Adam "Who Cares about Sports" Davidson conquer the free throw. The Facts The Reverend John DeLore mixed this episode, and wrote and performed music for it, along with his bandmates, Jordan Scanella, Sam Merrick and Isamu McGregor. Our theme music is “How We Do,” written, performed, and produced by Nicholas Britell Our ad music is by Build Buildings Sponsors Audible.com Squarespace
Nov 05 2015
32 mins
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Rank #2: #3 Concrete

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From the dawn of human civilization, to the end of days: Concrete will outlast us all. The Facts The Reverend John DeLore and Michael Garafalo mixed this episode. John performed music for this episode, along with his bandmates, Jordan Scanella, Sam Merrick, Isamu McGregor, Jon LaDeau, Dominic Fallacaro. Thanks to Matthew Nelson for production assistance. Our theme music is “How We Do,” written, performed, and produced by Nicholas Britell. Our ad music is by Build Buildings. Sponsors Audible.com PC Does Whaaaat?! – This week, we featured PC Carlos Arteaga, a 7th grader at Lighthouse Community Charter School.
Nov 17 2015
25 mins
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Rank #3: #18 Yoga

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This week, we found many surprising twists, turns, and holds in the story of modern yoga. 

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Surprisingly Awesome’s Theme Music is “This is How We Do” by Nicholas Britell and our ad music is by Build Buildings. We were edited this week by Annie-Rose Strasser, and produced by Rachel Ward, Christine Driscoll and Elizabeth Kulas. Andrew Dunn mixed the episode. 

Jacob Cruz, James T. Green, Emma Jacobs, Rikki Novetsky, and Benjamin Riskin provided production assistance. 

Additional music in this episode is "Santoor and Tabla at Assi Ghat, Varanasi" by Samuel Corwin and "Electronica Tanpura 9" by sankalp.

Learn More

If you want to learn more about Wendy Doniger’s banned book, you can check out its page on Amazon here -- Christine is in the middle of reading it and highly recommends it, and we are linking through Amazon so you can check out the reviews and get a window into the controversy surrounding it. 

Or if you just wanna hear more about Indra Devi (and who wouldn’t?!) you can read more about her and get a copy of Michelle Goldberg’s book here. Adam “can’t recommend it enough!” 

And if you're like, "no way, take me to the science!" You can read more about the current research on the health benefits of yoga, by checking out UCLA’s longer interview with Dr. Helen Lavretsky, or a super informative article from Julia Belluz at Vox -- "I read more than 50 scientific studies about yoga. Here's what I learned."

Finally... Flossgate continues! You can head to our show page at www.gimletmedia.com/surprisinglyawesome to hear an extra interview and read some of the studies we looked at while building our flossing show.
Aug 10 2016
44 mins
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Rank #4: #21 Postal Addresses

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4 billion people in the world don't have standard addresses - so how do they get mail?

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Surprisingly Awesome’s theme music is by Nicholas Britell and our ad music is by Build Buildings.

They were edited this week by Annie-Rose Strasser. Peter Clowney weighed in too. The show was produced by Elizabeth Kulas, Christine Driscoll and Rachel Ward.  It was mixed by Andrew Dunn. Special thanks to Maeve Higgins, who brought us that Vonnegut essay.

We had production assistance from Shani Aviram, Jacob Cruz, Emily Kennedy, Rikki Novetsky and Sarah Stodder.

Additional music for this episode came from Our Many Stars, Onry Ozzborn, and One Two Three.

Sponsors
Frank & Oak – Go to frankandoak.com/awesome to get your first outfit for $79 (a pair of pants and a shirt).

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Sep 21 2016
46 mins
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Rank #5: #17 Flossing

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This week, we're joined by comedian Maeve Higgins.

Surprisingly Awesome’s theme music is “How We Do” by Nicholas Britell. Our ad music is by Build Buildings. Andrew Dun mixed this episode.This episode was edited by Annie-Rose Strasser, and Peter Clowney and produced by Rachel Ward, Christine Driscoll, and Elizabeth Kulas. 

Jacob Cruz, David Pitman, and Laura Varela provided production assistance. 

Thank you to New England Public Radio and KQED in San Francisco. 

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Impress us and Punmaster Gary Roma with your best #flossipher puns and send them to us at @SurprisingShow

Did you like our incredibly fast description of biofilm? You can read a very approachable primer about the biofilm in your mouth here.

Not enough floss, hoss? You can get more flossing fix in the ebook - The Joy of Flossing, which we read for this episode. It's just 42 pages and it you'll even find some philosophy in there, too.
Jul 27 2016
38 mins
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Rank #6: #20 Crying

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THE FACTS:

Surprisingly Awesome’s Theme Music is “This is How We Do” by Nicholas Britell and our ad music is by Build Buildings. We were edited this week by Annie-Rose Strasser, Alex Blumberg, and produced by Rachel Ward, Christine Driscoll and Elizabeth Kulas. We were mixed by Andrew Dunn.

Austin Thompson mixed Matthew Boll’s music. Thank you to Joe Staples. Jacob Cruz, Emma Jacobs, Tiffany Lee, Rikki Novetsky, Elah Feder, Melanie Kruvelis, and Jacqui Helbert provided production assistance.

LEARN MORE:

If you want to hear more from Tim Manley, look for his web series “The Feels,” and check out his storytelling at The Moth.

Dr. Nina Kraus at Northwestern University sent us the Smoke on the Water music – you can learn more about her lab at www.brainvolts.northwestern.edu.

You can hear more of Matthew Boll at americanvacation.org and follow him on Twitter @bigbearii.
OUR SPONSORS:

Frank & Oak – Go to frankandoak.com/awesome to get your first outfit for $79 (a pair of pants and a shirt).

Lenovo – See how Lenovo is revolutionizing data center technology.

Wealthsimple – Investing made easy. Get your first $10,000 managed for free.
Sep 07 2016
45 mins
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Rank #7: #13 Insults

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Yo mama so fat we did a whole podcast about her.

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Surprisingly Awesome’s theme music is “How We Do” by Nicholas Britell. Our ad music is by Build Buildings. 

This episode was edited by Annie-Rose Strasser, and produced by Rachel Ward and Kalila Holt.   Isabel Angell, Jacob Cruz, James Green, Katie Klocksin and Tarek Fouda provided production assistance.  

Zac Schmidt and Austin Thompson mixed the episode.

Sponsors

Ford

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May 18 2016
45 mins
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Rank #8: #19 Cardboard

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Surprisingly Awesome’s Theme Music is “This is How We Do” by Nicholas Britell and our ad music is by Build Buildings. We were edited this week by Annie-Rose Strasser, and produced by Rachel Ward, Christine Driscoll and Elizabeth Kulas. Andrew Dunn mixed the episode.

Additional music came from Danca, Nathan Michel, and Marmoset.  

Jacob Cruz, Cheyna Roth, Emma Jacobs, Rikki Novetsky, Anna Stitt, NPR West and WERU in Blue Hill, Maine provided production assistance.

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Lenovo - See what Lenovo is doing to revolutionize datacenter technology at www.lenovo.com/datacenter
Aug 24 2016
43 mins
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Rank #9: #23 The Wedding

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Something borrowed, something blue, something that explains why weddings look the way they do.

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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 Twittersubscribe 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.
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Casper – Get $50 towards any Casper Mattress purchase by visiting casper.com/awesome and using the offer code “AWESOME”.
Oct 19 2016
40 mins
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Rank #10: #5 Interest Rates

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Just because it has the word "interest" in it doesn't mean it's interesting to a teenage girl. The Facts: Surprisingly Awesome’s theme music is "How We Do" by Nicholas Britell. Our ad music is by Build Buildings. This episode was edited by Alex Blumberg and Peter Clowney and produced by Chris Neary and Rachel Ward, with help from Julia Kumari Drapkin. It was mixed by Michael Garofalo. Sponsors: Ministry of Supply Audible.com Squarespace
Dec 15 2015
31 mins
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Rank #11: #6 Broccoli

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The epic struggle of parents versus kids. Yummy versus gross. Humans versus broccoli! The Facts Surprisingly Awesome’s theme music is “How We Do” by Nicholas Britell. Our ad music is by Build Buildings. This episode was edited by Alex Blumberg and produced by Travis Larchuk and Rachel Ward, with help from Emma Jacobs and Caitlin Kenney. Andrew Dunn mixed the episode. Sponsors Mack Weldon Casper Audible.com
Jan 12 2016
40 mins
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Rank #12: 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
Nov 21 2016
23 mins
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Rank #13: #10 Circle of Fifths

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What one idea from music theory can tell us about culture, biology, math, physics and The Simpsons.

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Surprisingly Awesome’s theme music is “How We Do” by Nicholas Britell.

Our ad music is by Build Buildings.

This episode was edited by Alex Blumberg and Annie-Rose Strasser.  It was produced by Kalila Holt and Rachel Ward.  It was mixed by Matthew Boll.

Eric Mennel and Robyn Wholey provided production assistance. Special thanks to Emma Jacobs.

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Ford

Squarespace
Apr 05 2016
35 mins
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Rank #14: #14 I Told You Sos

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To all the haters, and all the doubters, we told you we could make anything awesome.

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Surprisingly Awesome’s theme music is “How We Do” by Nicholas Britell. Our ad music is by Build Buildings. Andrew Dunn mixed the episode.This episode was edited by Annie-Rose Strasser and Alex Blumberg, and produced by Rachel Ward and Kalila Holt. Lily Ames, Isabel Angel, Jacob Cruz, James Green, and Kyle McAuley provided production assistance.

Here's the Bill Blankschaen post about how Jesus gets to say I told you so.

We're still taking your I Told You So stories!  Email us a voice memo about a time you were right, and someone else was wrong, at itoldyouso@gimletmedia.com.  Keep it to around a minute.

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Jun 01 2016
55 mins
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Rank #15: #4 Tubthumping

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A 1990s pop hit reveals how the Adams feel about capitalism. The Facts Our theme music is “How We Do,” written, performed, and produced by Nicholas Britell. Our ad music is by Build Buildings. Sponsors Audible.com PC Does Whaaaat?!
Dec 01 2015
29 mins
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