Happy Monday, readers! To kick off this week I wanted to take a minute and introduce you to an awesome new podcast I stumbled across: WTF with Marc Maron. I first heard about this series from my neighborhood USPS mailman. We got to talking about Radiolab oddly enough, which is my all-time favorite podcast, when he mentioned that a local comedian just interviewed the president for a show he hosts in his garage. That's right, folks, THE PRESIDENT. IN HIGHLAND PARK. WHICH IS, LIKE, EXTREMELY CLOSE TO MY HOUSE.
I experienced a definite freakout. The idea that Mr. Barack was cruising around my neighborhood, to hang in some comedian's garage pretty much blew my mind. Even more interesting was that Obama stopped by to talk about anything and everything; to share stories about his life experience and who he is as a person. I was so curious - who is the guy behind that big red, white, and blue curtain? You know, really?!?
Maron's interview did not disappoint. As a host, he asks interesting, provocative questions without hesitation. The conversation was honest and open. Out of nowhere Obama was human, with feelings and life experiences just like me. On top of everything, what he had to say about racism and the current social climate in America made me stop and think. I felt afraid, passionate, and connected all at once.
If you are looking for a great listen on your next drive, I highly recommend giving WTF a go. I love that Maron sits back and allows conversation to flow as it will. He is not tied to some script, so you get to enjoy every awkward pause and goofy digression. I followed up Mr. Obama with an interview between Maron and Sir Ian McClellan (aka Gandalf). It was amazing, 'nuff said.