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Surprisingly Awesome

Gimlet Media

Taking on subjects that appear boring and explaining why they’re actually awesome.

Taking on subjects that appear boring and explaining why they’re actually awesome.
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United States

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Gimlet Media

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Taking on subjects that appear boring and explaining why they’re actually awesome.

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English


Episodes

The Lo Life

10/6/2017
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Gimlet Media has a new podcast all about the beautiful and complicated dimensions of Black life. It's called The Nod, and it's hosted by best friends (and Blackness' biggest fans) Eric Eddings and Brittany Luse. In this episode, Eric tells Brittany all about his love for Polo Ralph Lauren—and the story of one group of boosters in Brooklyn who took their own love for Polo to another level.

Duration:00:24:09

The Hide Rug of the Plant World

4/25/2017
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Every Little Thing, hosted by Flora Lichtman, is a show about the joy of finding things out. In this episode, learn about where office plants come from and what they're secretly communicating.

Duration:00:11:49

A Message from Gimlet CEO Alex Blumberg

4/12/2017
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A goodbye from Surprisingly Awesome. And hello to Every Little Thing.

Duration:00:03:23

Update

1/19/2017
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Our theme music is by Nicholas Britell. We were edited this week by Annie-Rose Strasser, produced by Christine Driscoll, and mixed by Zac Schmidt. If you want to subscribe to Twice Removed (you do!) you can use this link, or search for it wherever you get your podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/id1182594071

Duration:00:22:57

Your Holiday Binge Listen

12/22/2016
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Hey Surprisingly Awesome listeners - we think you'll love Homecoming, a fiction thriller from Gimlet Media. It was written by Eli Horowitz and Micah Blumberg, and stars some talented people you may have heard of, like Catherine Keener, Oscar Isaac, David Schwimmer, David Cross, and Amy Sedaris. The whole first season is out now, and it's the perfect thing to binge-listen to this holiday season. We're playing the first episode here, and you can go listen and subscribe to Homecoming to hear...

Duration:00:20:11

Surprise Surprise!

11/21/2016
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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

Duration:00:23:52

#23 The Wedding

10/18/2016
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Something borrowed, something blue, something that explains why weddings look the way they do. The Facts 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...

Duration:00:37:19

#22 Wedding Planning

10/5/2016
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This week: It's awesome in the sacred sense - but stressful in the practical sense. The Facts Surprisingly Awesome’s theme music is by Nicholas Britell. Our ad music is by Build Buildings. Additional music came from Kyle Morton, Sex Life, and Xolo We were edited this week by Annie-Rose Strasser, and produced by Rachel Ward, Christine Driscoll and Rikki Novetsky. Our field producers were Sylvie Douglis and Nick Fountain. Production Assistance came from Jacob Cruz, Emily Kennedy,...

Duration:00:37:26

#21 Postal Addresses

9/21/2016
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4 billion people in the world don't have standard addresses - so how do they get mail? The Facts 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...

Duration:00:44:11

#20 Crying

9/7/2016
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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...

Duration:00:40:26

#19 Cardboard

8/24/2016
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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, 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. Our...

Duration:00:39:32

Surprise Surprise!

8/16/2016
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Don't fret - we'll have a regularly scheduled Surprisingly Awesome for you next week, but this week, we wanted to share something special with you, since Surprisingly Awesome listeners love learning new things. It's a new Gimlet Media show called Science Vs., that pits the facts against everything else: everything your uncle says at Thanksgiving, everything you read on the internet, and everything you half overheard in a coffee shop. We're sending you a segment of the Science Vs. series...

Duration:00:15:30

#18 Yoga

8/9/2016
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This week, we found many surprising twists, turns, and holds in the story of modern yoga. 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, 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...

Duration:00:40:07

#17.5 Untangling Flossgate 2016

8/5/2016
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Is it really true that you never need to floss again? The Facts Surprisingly Awesome’s theme music is “How We Do” by Nicholas Britell. Our ad music is by Build Buildings. Andrew Dunn and Austin Thompson mixed this episode. This episode was edited by Annie-Rose Strasser and produced by Rachel Ward and Christine Driscoll. Sponsor Spotify Discover Learn More Read the AP article that everyone is talking about. Read the systematic review that no one is talking about.

Duration:00:09:28

#17 Flossing

7/27/2016
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The Facts 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. Learn...

Duration:00:36:03

#16 Follow-ups

6/28/2016
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Journey with us back in time - but also forward in time because this is a new episode, revisiting old topics. The Facts Surprisingly Awesome’s theme song is by Nicholas Britell. Our ad music is by Build Buildings. We were edited this week by Annie-Rose Strasser. We were produced by Christine Driscoll, Kalila Holt,Elizabeth Kulas, and Rachel Ward. Rikki Novetsky provided production assistance. Additional music for this episode came from The Brotherhood. Andrew Dunn mixed the episode. Did...

Duration:00:36:37

#15 Extinct Hockey

6/14/2016
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John Hodgman learns that the advantage of extinct hockey is that it can't break your heart. The Facts Surprisingly Awesome’s theme song is by Nicholas Britell. Our ad music is by Build Buildings. We were edited this week by Annie-Rose Strasser. We were produced by Kalila Holt and Rachel Ward. Isabel Angel, Misha Euceph, Piers Gelly, Elizabeth Kulas, Kyle McAuley, and Rikki Novetsky provided production assistance. Additional music for this episode came from Podington Bear and Lux...

Duration:00:43:51

#14 I Told You Sos

5/31/2016
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To all the haters, and all the doubters, we told you we could make anything awesome. The Facts 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...

Duration:00:50:36

#13 Insults

5/17/2016
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Yo mama so fat we did a whole podcast about her. 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 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 Wealthsimple

Duration:00:41:13

#12 Mattresses

5/3/2016
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Adam and Adam get chased out of a mattress store. The Facts Surprisingly Awesome’s theme music is “How We Do” by Nicholas Britell. Our ad music is by Build Buildings. Original music in this episode was composed by Trouble Books, and Nick DePrey and Louis Weeks. This episode was edited by Annie-Rose Strasser, and produced by Rachel Ward and Kalila Holt. Isabel Angell, Jacob Cruz, Emma Jacobs and Robyn Wholey provided production assistance. Special thanks to Karla Webb at the Bienenstock...

Duration:00:34:17