Jon Ronson Uncovers Who Really Pays the Price for Free Porn in The Butterfly Effect

The Butterfly Effect by Jon Ronson is a seven-part series on Audible and is the most compelling audio I’ve listened to since S-Town.

Jon Ronson describes it beautifully:

“It’s sort of about porn, but it’s about a lot of other things. It’s sad, funny, moving and totally unlike some other nonfiction stories about porn – because it isn’t judgmental or salacious. It’s human and sweet and strange and lovely. It’s a mystery story, an adventure. It’s also, I think, a new way of telling a story. The flap of the butterfly’s wings is a boy in Brussels having an idea. His idea is how to get rich from giving the world free online porn. Over seven episodes I trace the consequences of this idea, from consequence through to consequence. If you keep going in this way, where might you end up? It turns out you end up in the most surprising and unexpected places.”

Here’s an excerpt, from This American Life.

Get it now on Audible for free or wait until November for iTunes and everywhere else.

See my previous post about Audible.

Bang On Podcast – Two Friends Talk Music, Art, Life and Stuff

When I hear Zan Rowe on ABC’s Triple J radio, I often wish she was one of my friends. She seems fun, down to earth, knowledgeable and could get you free tickets to the best gigs.

So I’ve been deepening my non-existent friendship with her by listening to the Bang On podcast she co-hosts with (bonafide) friend and equally as delightful Myf Warhurst, where they discuss what’s been going on that week in music, art, life and stuff.

In the latest episode, they discuss:

Listen to Double J‘s Bang On podcast on the ABC Radio app, or via iTunes, RSS and other podcast apps.

Trace – A New True Crime Podcast from the ABC

Trace is a new true crime podcast from the ABC. Mother of two, Maria James, was stabbed to death in the back of her suburban Melbourne bookshop in June 1980. Her killer has never been found.

Presented by ABC investigative reporter, Rachael Brown, Trace sifts through evidence to see whether police missed anything at the time, revisits suspects, and finds a new one of its own.

Two episodes in and I’m gripped. Warning: it’s gruesome and terrifying in parts.

Listen to the preview and podcast episodes.

Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History Podcast Season 2

Revisionist History is Malcolm Gladwell‘s journey through the overlooked and the misunderstood. Every episode of the podcast re-examines something from the past – an event, a person, an idea, even a song – and asks whether we got it right the first time.

Season 2 is here and even if you’re bored by the idea of golf or “crack for rich white guys,” you will find the first episode (‘A Good Walk Spoiled‘) interesting and amusing.

About Revisionist History podcast.

NPR’s Invisibilia Podcast Season 3

NPR‘s Invisibilia podcast is back with a third season and so far, it’s as clever and well researched as previous seasons. Invisibilia is about the invisible forces that shape human behaviour – things like ideas, beliefs, assumptions, and emotions. The first two episodes in the new season challenge the way we think about how emotions are made. They haven’t given much more away about what the rest of the season will contain, except to say that all the episodes are connected to a central idea. The hosts are calling it a ‘concept album.’ If you haven’t listened to previous seasons, I urge you to do so. Be prepared to be engrossed from the start.

Listen to the season 3 trailer.
Listen to the new season.
See previous post on Invisibilia.

Get Through More Books with Audible

I don’t read as many books as I’d like. The intention is there but the leisure time is not and the ability to focus seems to have dwindled over the years. It takes longer to get through a book than it used to.

One way I’ve tried to overcome this is with Audible. It lets you listen to audiobooks wherever you are – running, in the car or doing mundane tasks. It has the world’s largest selection of audiobooks and many are narrated by the author, which can add to the experience.

Get a 30 day free trial then pay $14.95 per month. With that comes a free audiobook each month and Audible can be used across multiple devices so you can share your library. Tip: the children’s titles are a great tactic to get silence in the car.

You won’t finish with a hard copy on your shelf but the contents will still be in your head. Here’s a recommended audiobook to start you off. More about AudibleGet the app.

Podcast: Tim Ferriss Talks to Esther Perel about Relationships

In the latest episode of The Tim Ferris Show podcast, Tim talks about relationships with influential psychotherapist, Esther Perel, whose popular TED talks on desire and infidelity have had more than 17 million views. Esther and Tim cover provocative and important ground relating to sex, love, polyamory, marriage and more in the two-hour episode. Some of the most interesting parts are:

  • What comes first: trust or vulnerability?
  • In a relationship, is there such a thing as too much honesty?
  • Does honesty — or one-hundred percent sharing — equal caring for the other person in a relationship?
  • The value of innovation and flexibility over rigid ideology in a relationship.
  • Every relationship is a power dynamic.
  • Is there an argument for marriage these days?

Listen if: you are in a relationship.

Listen to the podcast.

Terrible, Thanks for Asking Podcast – Explores Hard Things with Honest Answers

Terrible, Thanks For Asking is raw and intimate podcast that explores hard things people go through that are difficult to talk about and typically shied away from when the topic arises. The host and author of It’s Okay to Laugh (Crying Is Cool Too), Nora McInerny Purmort (who is a 30ish widow mother with her own grief), wants to explore what’s really going on when others ask ‘How are you?’ when clearly the answer is not ‘Fine’. She feels there is strength and value in being able to speak honestly about pain so each week she explores something heartbreaking and uncomfortable with her interviewees. There’s crying, laughing and awkwardness but you get the sense that Nora is a genuine comfort to the people she speaks with and that they benefit from being able to tell their stories to an empathetic listener. Listen to the podcast. Buy the book.

S-Town – A New Podcast from This American Life and Serial

S-Town is a new podcast from Serial and This American Life, hosted by Brian Reed, about a man named John who despises his Alabama town and decides to do something about it. He asks Brian to investigate the son of a wealthy family who’s allegedly been bragging that he got away with murder. But then someone else ends up dead, and the search for the truth leads to a nasty feud, a hunt for hidden treasure, and an unearthing of the mysteries of one man’s life. I deliberately avoided reading or listening to anything about this podcast as it would have been easy to start comparing it to Serial even before it launched early this week. I’m glad I did as I’ve been captivated by the story, people and Brian Reed’s telling of the events and am equally annoyed and delighted that they released all seven chapters instead of stringing out the suspense over weeks. Five down, two to go. Addicted. Get into it.

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