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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|
I've been a big fan of other gimlet podcasts, but this one felt different. The hosts have no chemistry with one another and barely seem interested in the topics that they say are "surprisingly awesome". This podcast is a poorly executed manifestation of a Reddit interesting facts thread. Lastly, do we really need more podcasts hosted by upperclass white men? Gimlet can do better.
I've been a huge fan of Adam Davidson (since the "Giant Pool of Money" episode on TAM), and I've been listening to every podcast show that Gimlet has started, BUT this new show didn't work for me, particularly the conversational format of the show since I felt Adam McKay didn't really add anything to the podcast. Rather, I kept losing focus, and, eventually, it became too boring to continue listening....
Lives up to its title
The full-length preview offered to Gimlet Media members was in fact surprisingly awesome. I ended up interested in a topic I was absolutely not interested in.