Episode 42: Our Favourite Podcasts

I have some good news for those of you who have requested we do an episode on podcasts we love: We did it! Because we love you too.

Ask and you shall receive;

Especially if you’re asking for podcast recommendations because both Steph and I cannot stop talking about our faves, often unsolicited.

So which podcasts made the cut? We highly recommend you give the following list a listen. You can listen to the episode here, or subscribe to us on iTunes, to find out more about why we love these shows.

  • This American Life (You can listen to their latest episode on their website)
  • Invisibilia (We recommend the episode on human echolocation)
  • Serial (Start from the beginning and try not to binge!)
  • The Joy the Baker Podcast (If you like Steph, you’ll like Joy. They’re practically the same person)
  • Dear Sugar Radio (Because we will never stop loving Cheryl Strayed)
  • Death Sex and Money (We recommend this episode on cheating – and I also loved this episode with Ken Jeong because Community is one of my favourite TV Shows)
  • TED Radio Hour (Think: TED Talks collected into themes, with interviews of the speakers)
  • Radio Lab (The crazy caterpillar / black box episode can be found here)
  • Story Corps (Listen if you are due for a good cry. These are every day people preserving their own stories)
  • The Savage Lovecast (Dan Savage is the sanest relationship/sexuality advice giver I’ve heard. Steph and I have taken turns binging on his show)
  • Ask Me Another (Steph likes to feel smart playing the games alongside the show)

And of course, if you liked this episode, make sure you are subscribed to Guinea Pigging Green through iTunes or in your Podcast app. It’s the easiest way to stay up-to-date.

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— Laura

QOTW: Nothing Whatsoever Should Be Clung To

Nothing Whatsoever Should Be Clung To >> Guinea Pigging Green

Over the past year or so, I’ve (very) slowly been learning more about Buddhism, mindfulness and meditation. I have only uncovered about an inch of the tip of the iceberg, but already the ideas have been both helpful and challenging for me. Since I’ve been travelling Southeast Asia, I’ve gotten even more exposure in the form of beautiful temples and the sights of orange-robed monks walking around almost everywhere I go. When I was in the gorgeous little town of Luang Prabang, I stumbled upon a small exhibit on meditation at one of the temples peppered throughout the streets. It was a series of large black-and-white photographs taken by a photographer in collaboration with monks of the area, each shot carefully chosen to represent their meditation practice and religious customs.

There was a small table off to one side selling prints of the photos and books of photography by the same photographer, including one called Meditation Colors. This line, “Nothing whatsoever should be clung to,” caught my eye as I flipped through the book. From what I’ve read, the idea is central in Buddhist teachings, but I thought this was such a beautiful way to put it. Of course we’ve all heard a million times that the only thing constant is change, but it is one thing to know that intellectually and a whole different ball game to be mindful of it, remember it in your every day life, and put it into practice. It is a constant struggle for me to not be attached to things, let everything have its moment, and not try to force anything beautiful to stay longer than it’s meant to.

Arianna Huffington has a beautiful metaphor in her book Thrive where she describes life as a series of scenes as seen through a moving train window. It’s fruitless and ultimately painful to try to cling to any one scene or push another away, because they will all rush past before you know it. She writes that it’s better to fully appreciate and enjoy the lovely things and watch carefully as they pass you on the train, and stay present with the hard things, knowing that they too will pass.

This quote is a perfect little reminder of all these ideas and the deep wisdom behind them.

I hope you are having a wonderful week so far!


Episode 41: Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed

Tiny Beautiful Things >> Guinea Pigging Green

Hi beautiful people!

Sorry for the mini hiatus of the show! I’ve left Korea and am currently travelling around Southeast Asia so it’s taken me a little while to find my rhythm again. But thanks for sticking with us and listening to the show today. It’s the first episode of the Guinea Pigging Green book club and we’re talking about a book that’s had a big impact on both of us, Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed. You can find the show right here or by subscribing to us on iTunes

For anyone who doesn’t know, this book is a curated collection of advice columns – the letters and responses – from the Dear Sugar feature on The Rumpus that was written by Cheryl Strayed.

On the show we talk about lots of things, including:

  • the reasons we think this book is so beautiful and so meaningful
  • why the idea of the ghost ship that doesn’t carry us is so helpful
  • some of our very favourite quotes and concepts from the book, including ideas about real love, carrying the water yourself, and advice for recent graduates
  • the awesome, fabulous new podcast Dear Sugar Radio hosted by Cheryl Strayed and the original Dear Sugar, Steve Almond

If you’ve read the book, let us know what your favourite moments from it were in the comments below or on Twitter or Instagram. Thanks for listening!