Welcome to “Puzzles & Podcasts,” a new feature here on the blog that uncovers my and Shannon’s real age and leaves you with a list of new podcasts to listen to if you also are habitually lame on Friday nights. See, Shannon and I have a thing for putting together puzzles…while listening to podcasts (which are really just modern-day radio shows)…because we’re secretly 85. I thought it’d be fun (?) to start posting photos of each puzzle once we complete them, along with a list of the podcast episodes we listen to while we put ‘em together. I may be totally wrong about it being “fun” to post about, but you know “fun” is all relative, so maybe not. We’ll see.
We picked up our first puzzle back in November around Thanksgiving, and since then we’ve knocked out three 1,000-piece puzzles. But since I just dreamed up this new feature I have to backtrack a bit and cram all three puzzles into this first installment. Here we go: in order of completion, here are the puzzles we’ve completed thus far.
Tasty Treats Puzzle (1,000 pieces)
Crazy Golf Puzzle (1,000 piece)
Historic Newsstand Puzzle (1,000 pieces)
We started and finished our first puzzle while binging on most of the first season of Serial and we wrapped up the first season of Serial while working on the second puzzle, which was by far the most difficult of the three. I realize three is a super tiny sample pool, but c’mon. Look at the thing:
Anyway. Although we’ve been listening to podcasts while puzzling since we started this little tradition, I didn’t think to start keeping track of the podcasts until we started puzzle number three. So. Without further adieu, the podcast episodes we listened to while putting together puzzle #03, in the order in which we listened to them. Also, btw, puzzle number three has been the easiest so far.
Criminal | “The Fifth Suspect” | 20m (NSFW)
In June 2014, authorities released information about a massive child pornography ring being conducted in North Carolina. Four suspects had already been arrested, and the police were asking the public for help finding a fifth suspect. But they didn’t need to look very hard — the suspect was about to turn himself in, almost by accident.
99% Invisible | “PDX Carpet” | 16m
Portlanders have a tradition when visiting their airport: taking a picture of their feet. It’s not to show off their shoes, but rather, what’s under them. They are documenting the famous PDX airport carpet.
Stuff You Missed in History Class | “The Glamorous Strongwoman” | 35m
From an early age, Katie Sandwina wowed crowds, first as a wrestling act and then exclusively as professional strongwoman. During a time when women’s suffrage was a hot button issue, she cultivated an image of a perfectly feminine powerhouse.
The Moth Radio Hour | “Doctors, Prom, and Ellen” | 55m
A high schooler encounters racism when he tries to go to prom, a young woman is afraid to tell her grandmother that she is gay, an English woman has to answer a tough question on her US citizenship test, and a doctor must make a life and death decision for his mother.
Risk! | “Slave” | 58m (NSFW)
Mollena Williams tells the story of how mixing racial tension with erotic role-play can become a very high-risk activity.
We picked up puzzle #04 last night (this one), but we’ve put puzzles and podcasts on hold this week while we catch up on Henrietta Lacks. Still, we should have puzzle #04 done in the next two-ish weeks. So stay tuned…because you know, puzzles and radio shows are pretty thrilling.
Related: Another lame-o couple’s tradition we’ve got going on and a short list of random podcasts/TedTalks/articles that will teach you something new