What’s making me happy this week

Both my work and most of my runs are solo endeavors that are perfect for consuming (very specific, audio-heavy) pop culture: podcasts, audiobook, and thanks to an amazing birthday present from my husband, Netflix/Hulu/Prime in my office.

I am challenging myself to record aaaaaaaalllllllllll the pop culture I’m consuming/loving lately, a la my favorite segment of this week and every week: what’s making me happy this week, pop culture or otherwise (<– this is stolen directly from Pop Culture Happy Hour, an NPR podcast that I LOVE, but am not going to mention here. Why? Because it would make the list every week. Check it out.)

1. If I Understood You, Why Would I Have This Look on my Face? My Adventrues in the Art and Sicence of Relating and Communicating By Alan Alda.

In this book, Alan Alda talks about work with scientists, doctors, musicians, autistic children, and even actors (who are skilled communicators from the start, but everyone needs a refresher at times) to help them relate to the audience. Wonderful, clear message which I am already putting into practice with my alterations clients.

2. Heads in Beds by Jacob Tomsky

Part autobiography, part how to guide on how to make the most out of a hotel stay, this book delves into hotel worker culture through the experiences of the author, pointing out the good, bad, and ugly sides of hotel guests form the perspectives of those who work there. You can bet I will always tip the front desk agent now.

3. The Act on Hulu

Damn, this is good. A bit cheesy on the dramatizations, but the acting is superb and the story is so very W. T. F. I’m enchanted.

4. Terrible, Thanks for Asking

Nora McInerny hosts this podcast where people share the terrible, hard parts of life–not in a sensationalized, click-bait way, but with real, honest storytelling that is utterly compelling.

Until next time, what are you loving in Pop Culture lately?

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