9 Podcasts for your daily commute

If you have a commute (and most likely you do), you’re probably tired of the radio stations that are always playing the same thing. Maybe you listen to the news, but this still can get old after a while. If your commute is more than 10 minutes, you should be spending that time doing something useful. Maybe you’ve heard of podcasts, maybe you haven’t. If you haven’t, you’re in for something special. If you have, I hope we can introduce you to some new shows.

Here are 9 podcasts to help make that commute, time at the gym, or moments spent cooking, cleaning, or doing chores, more enjoyable.

  1. This American Life
    This American Life is one of the most popular, and likely longest running podcasts out there. Host Ira Glass and fellow contributors bring together stories around a weekly topic. These range from Hurricane Katrina to Crybabies to Iraq.
    Recommendation: 129 Cars – About a Long Island Jeep dealership looking to make their monthly sales goal of 129 cars.
  2. Radiolab
    Radiolab is hosted by Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich who make a great duo. The show is about curiosity. Like This American Life they often discuss stories centered around a theme. Others focus on just one story in-depth. One recent episode “The Cold War” followed a dispute between two ice cream truck owners.
    Recommendation: Fu-Go – The amazing story of something that happened in the US during WWII that nobody talks about.
  3. Invisibilia
    This show comes from NPR, and hosts Lulu Miller and Aliz Spiegel talk about “the hidden forces that control human behavior”.
    Recommendation: How to Become Batman – A man who uses echolocation to “see” despite being bling
  4. Planet Money
    This is the show for the finance, economics, and just plain curious person can learn some new things about the economy. In one series, they followed the creation of a t-shirt from the farm to the factory. The show started as an attempt to explain the financial crisis, and soon became all about explaining interesting things in the economy.
    Recommendation: Anatomy of a Scam – The story of what happens if you respond to one of those “Work from home, get rich” ads.
  5. Freakonomics
    Each week, Stephen Dubner, one of the authors of the popular economics books Freakonomics, explores “the riddles of everyday life and the weird wrinkles of human nature – from cheating and crime to parenting and sports.”
    Recommendation: Show and Yell – “Is booing an act of  verbal vandalism or the last true expression of democracy? And: when you drive a Prius, are you guilty of “conspicuous conservation”?”
  6. TED Radio Hour
    The popular TED Talks come to you in the form of podcasts. Host Guy Raz takes a certain theme and brings on previous TED speakers to discuss. Topics include death, sins, courage, and more.
    Recommendation: 7 Deadly Sins
  7. Hardcore History
    If you love history, you need to listen to Dan Carlin talk about it. Even if you don’t like history, you’ll probably still like this podcast.
    Recommendation: Wrathe of the Khans
  8. Serial
    Serial is considered the podcast that really brought the medium to the mainstream. Season 1 discussed an old murder case about a young high school girl who was murdered. Her boyfriend, Adnand Sayed, was convicted and serving in prison. Host Sarah Koenig does some detective work and looks into the case. It’s gripping! Season 2 follows the story of Bowe Bergdahl, the army private who left his post and was captured by the Taliban.
    Recommendation: All of season 1
  9. 99% Invisible
    99% Invisible uncovers the hidden pieces of design in our everyday lives. This can be the history of the first credit card to the strange architectural phenomenon of buildings that used to be Pizza Huts and are now some other business.
    Recommendation: Atmospherians – About the extras that appear in movies and TV shows.

 

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Cocktail Recipes Every Gentleman Should Know

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As a true gentleman, you should be well dressed, possess the best of manners, and know how to mix the perfect drink. Even if you abstain from alcohol, it never hurts to know the finer points of mixology. People consume alcohol for various reasons: to unwind, relax, let loose, meet others, socialize, or to enjoy the flavors.

We’re going to show you how to mix some common (and not so common) drinks so you can be the perfect party host or guest at your next soiree.

Martini
The drink of 007 is quite easy to concoct.
Ingredients
– 2.5 oz Gin
-.5 oz dry vermouth
– Garnish like olives or lemon twist
Mix the gin and vermouth in a shaker with ice, then stir and strain into a glass. Add your garnishes and enjoy. (Recipe from The Distilled Man)

Moscow Mule
For this you will need an infamous copper mug.
Ingredients
– 1.5 oz Vodka
– .5 oz fresh lime juice
– .25 oz simple syrup
– Ginger beer
– Lime wedges to garnish
“Lightly shake vodka, lime juice, and simple syrup. Add ginger beer and shake. Serve in a copper mug and garnish with lime wedge.” (Recipe from Delish)

Old Fashioned
There’s nothing out of fashion with this classic cocktail.
Ingredients
– 1 scant teaspoon simple syrup
– 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
– 1 half dollar sized orange peel
– 2 oz Rye or Bourbon
– 1 Cherry
“In old-fashioned glass, combine simple syrup and bitters. Fill glass halfway with ice, then stir about a dozen times. Add enough ice to fill glass. Squeeze orange peel over glass to extract oils, add peel to glass, and add whiskey. Stir just until drink is cold and alcoholic bite has softened, about a dozen times. Garnish with cherry, swizzle stick, and straw.” (Recipe from Epicurious)

Classic Manhattan
Ingredients
– .75 oz sweet vermouth
– 2.5 oz Bourbon Whiskey
– 1 dash Angostura Bitters
– 1 Cherry
– 1 Twist orange Peel
“Combine the vermouth, bourbon whiskey, and bitters with 2 – 3 ice cubes in a mixing glass. Stir gently, don’t bruise the spirits and cloud the drink. Place the cherry in a chilled cocktail glass and strain the whiskey mixture over the cherry. Rub the cut edge of the orange peel over the rim of the glass and twist it over the drink to release the oils but don’t drop it in.” (Recipe from Drinksmixer.com)

White Russian
A perfect nightcap to end the day.
Ingredients
– 2 oz Vodka
– 1 oz Coffee liquer
– Light cream
“Pour vodka and coffee liqueur over ice cubes in an old-fashioned glass. Fill with light cream and serve.” (Recipe from Drinksmixer.com)

If you’re not sure what cocktail to drink, follow this useful guide.

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