To listen to an audio podcast, mouse over the title and click Play. Open iTunes to download and subscribe to podcasts.
Taking on subjects that appear boring and explaining why they’re actually awesome.
||ExplicitThe Lo Life||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.||10/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Hide Rug of the Plant World||A taste of Gimlet's newest offering, Every Little Thing||4/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Message from Gimlet CEO Alex Blumberg||A goodbye from Surprisingly Awesome. And hello to Every Little Thing.||4/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUpdate||Where we've been, where we're going||1/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitYour Holiday Binge Listen||Hey Surprisingly Awesome listeners - we think you'll love binge listening to Homecoming, a non-fiction thriller from Gimlet Media.||12/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSurprise Surprise!||Introducing Undone, the podcast that shows you what happens after the spotlight fades.||11/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#23 The Wedding||Something borrowed, something blue, something that explains why weddings look the way they do.||10/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#22 Wedding Planning||This week: It's awesome in the sacred sense - but stressful in the practical sense.||10/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#21 Postal Addresses||4 billion people in the world don't have standard addresses - so how do they get mail?||9/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#20 Crying||You cry when you DON'T want to; you can't cry when you DO want to. Tim Manley, literally the creator of "The Feels" helps us explore why we cry.||9/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#19 Cardboard||John Hodgman hoards boxes. But he's not OK with it - yet.||8/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSurprise Surprise!||A sneak peek of something new from Gimlet!||8/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#18 Yoga||Mysterious ancient practice or mysterious modern practice?||8/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#17.5 Untangling Flossgate 2016||Is it really true that you never need to floss again?||8/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#17 Flossing||If you love the dentist, this episode's for you. If you hate the dentist, this episode's for you.||7/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#16 Follow-ups||Journey with us back in time - but also forward in time because this is a new episode, revisiting old topics.||6/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#15 Extinct Hockey||John Hodgman learns that the advantage of extinct hockey is that it can't break your heart.||6/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#14 I Told You Sos||To all the haters, and all the doubters, we told you we could make anything awesome.||5/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#13 Insults||Yo mama so fat we did a whole podcast about her.||5/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#12 Mattresses||Adam and Adam get chased out of a mattress store.||5/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#11 Boredom||Wake up sheeple, the doxa is real!||4/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#10 Circle of Fifths||What one idea from music theory can tell us about culture, biology, math, physics and The Simpsons.||4/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#9 Pigeons||The greatest love story ever told: humans and rats with wings.||3/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#8 Frequent Flyer Miles||The world in a cup of pudding - or rather, 12,000…||3/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#7 Adhesives||If you want perfect stickiness, look to gecko fee…||1/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#6 Broccoli||The epic struggle of parents versus kids. Yummy v…||1/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#5 Interest Rates||Just because it has the word "interest" in it doe…||12/15/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#4 Tubthumping||A 1990s pop hit reveals how the Adams feel about …||12/1/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#3 Concrete||From the dawn of human civilization, to the end o…||11/17/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#2 Free Throws||Adam McKay helps Adam "Who Cares about Sports" Da…||11/5/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1 Mold||Mold giveth, and mold taketh away. The same not-q…||11/3/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSurprisingly Awesome Trailer||A new show hosted by Adams Davidson and McKay tha…||10/29/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
great, but annoying
In comparison to most podcasts, this one is excellent. But I think it's the weakest gimlet media podcast so far. Not sure why I don't like it, maybe the hosts, or the tone, maybe it wants too hard to be smart and entertaining. Or maybe the problem is the concept that one Adam tries to convince the other Adam, but the "convincing" tone is hard to keep up with for more than a few minutes. I miss the NPR sobriety.
Great Concept, Highly Polished, Lacking Sincerity
I am a HUGE fan of Gimlet Media. Every show they’ve done, I’d give 5 stars. Surprisingly Awesome though is frustrating. Many listeners have expressed something “off” about the show that is irritating, but can’t quite put their finger on it. The thing that is missing is SINCERITY.
The show is highly polished, pacing is great, and everyone involved is highly talented. The problem is that these things alone do not make an excellent podcast.
The hosts often give off a vibe that they are ‘acting’. The dialogue about given topics seem very contrived and it’s off-putting. I know that Gimlet shows are scripted, but the difference with other Gimlet shows is that the hosts genuinely feel the things they are saying. With Surprisingly Awesome, I feel like the hosts are trying to hit certain narrative beats, not because they believe them, but because they are convenient to the narrative.
Alex Blumberg once cited that audio is the easiest media format for audiences to detect lies and insincerity. This is definitely the case with Surprisingly Awesome.
I’m genuinely rooting for this podcast to be awesome! It’s so close, but please drop the act. You still have me as a subscriber for now!
The recent episodes are very stale and boring
The new topics are boring, and the hosts for episode #17 were awful. Unsubscribed.