Friday Find: A Twofer!

I've got two things to share today, because they're both delightful in totally different ways, and I want you to hear about them right now. 

1. You've probably seen an episode or two of Between Two Ferns by now, yeah? The latest one with Brad Pitt and Louis C. K. had me laugh out loud a few times. If you've seen it linked to twelve times in your Facebook feed and you haven't clicked over yet, do. Does anyone know if Between Two Ferns is generally scripted, or ad-libbed? Both? Bradley Pitts is clearly trying to keep it together in a few places, but I doubt the scene with the gum was spur of the moment. Maybe I'm underestimated Bart Pit, though. 

I'm guessing this video embed thing isn't working. I'll figure it out. 


2. Serial

 Photo from serialpodcast.org.

Photo from serialpodcast.org.

A new podcast from the people that brought us This American Life, which is a perennial favorite of mine. If you like TAL, Radiolab, mysteries, Law & Order, crime drama, or anything that generally explores humans and how they behave and lie and do terrible things to each other, then you must must must listen to this podcast. It grabs you from the beginning and you'll be hooked the whole way through. I can't wait to find out what the ending is but I also don't want it to end. 

A new epsiode is released weekly, and it's done in the style of This American Life, except it's one story told over twelve episodes. You know all those times that Ira says something like "And then a whole bunch of other stuff happened, but we don't have time to go into it, so just trust us: So-and-so probably wasn't there when he said he was."? This podcast basically goes into exploring exactly how they came to that conclusion, and a thousand other things they can't do in one hour or less. And it's fascinating.

All of my enthusiasm is presented without forgetting that this is about the murder of a teenager, and without the intent to detract from that. It's just riveting, and so well done. Not to oversell it, but I really recommend it.

Happy Friday!

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