What I’m Watching/Listening to…

Do you ever get in a rut?  I sure am.  Being I had a week of vacation in July…then had almost two weeks off in August due to my exposure to Covid, I’ve listened to so many audiobooks.  The series I am watching has come to an end.  I’m just tired of it all.

My audiobooks have gotten to be a little more like background noise and not something I am engaged in…so.  I decided to change things up a bit.  I’ve been listening to podcasts.

I like true crime so much of what I’ve been listening to is true crime.  Counter-Clock is one I really have enjoyed.  This takes one crime and over the course of 10 or so episodes, it dissects the crime.  If you are listening to this one make sure to start with season one episode one as the stories later connect.

Crime Junkies is… another I have liked.  You can listen to these in any order they are stand-alone episodes.

Dateline also has a podcast.  This is just a recording of the actual program that can be watched on regular television.  They are actually good to listen to though.

Dateline NBC | iHeartRadio
Another I’ve been listening to is Very Presidential.  These are all informative pieces about past presidents.  These have been interesting listens.

Very Presidential With Ashley Flowers — Parcast

On the television front, I’ve been on Youtube.  Whippoorwill Holler is a new favorite of mine.

She’s had me trying all sorts of new things in the kitchen.  I had never heard of Southern Tomato Gravy.  I tried it and really liked it!

I just love the downhome chattiness of Mr. Browns and Miss Lori.

Sometimes they are talking about faith, sometimes family, sometimes recipes, sometimes childhood days.

I don’t know what it is about them but I’ve really enjoyed what I’ve been watching so far and will be watching more often.  Some episodes are 10 minutes and some 40 minutes.  It’s been great to watch while I’m sewing or cross-stitching.  I actually like them enough that I think I am going to go back and start watching episode #1 and go through the whole list.

I’ve also been watching Buon-A-Petitti.  This is the channel from The Italian Grandma.  I recommended a zucchini soup that she made.  I’ve been watching other videos from her as well.  Here is another recipe of her’s that I would like to try.

The changeup to listening to podcasts and youtube has been just what I needed.  So tell me…are there any Youtubers you regularly watch and would recommend.  I’d love to find a Mexican Grandma that shows recipes like Gina does.  Know of one??

Are there any podcasts you recommend?  I’d love to find others of those too.

Please leave recommendations in the comments section.  I can’t wait to read them!!

19 thoughts on “What I’m Watching/Listening to…”

  1. We’ve been watching King Kong Amazon on YouTube. Be sure to watch from the first episode so that it makes sense. The episodes are usually about 20 minutes in length. Both my husband and I like the show. No recipes! No dialogue, just an occasional caption to read as we think it takes place somewhere in SE Asia?? The translation on the captions isn’t done very well into English but you’ll sokn get the hang of what he means.

  2. The Podcasts I listen to are Jen Hatmaker’s For the Love, Gretchen Rubin’s Happiness Hour and Wait Wait don’t tell me from NPR. My son likes one called Small Town Murder, which is a true crime podcast. I like listening while I’m sewing.

  3. Stuff You Missed in History Class and Overheard at National Geographic are two podcasts I’ve been listening to when I’m walking at the wellness center. They’re both informative and entertaining!

  4. I have been listening to a podcast called the happiness lab. The host is a psychologist and they talk about different aspects of happiness. What we think will make us happy is not always what works out to be true. It is not presented that they have the answers, but the insight is very interesting.

  5. Bernadette Banner likes to sew by hand. Victorian style clothing and walking skirts. Her productions range from drafting a pattern for a corset to making and fitting the corset to shopping in the garment district.

  6. This American Life on National Public Radio. Endlessly fascinating and informative. Two stories among many that stand out are The Super Always Rings Twice (Bob) and The Fix Is In (Mr. Whitacre).

  7. This American Life on National Public Radio. Two stories among many others that stand out are The Super Always Rings Twice about a unique landlord and The Fix Is In about the perfect witness.

  8. Judith Fairchild

    I’ve gotten hooked on watching lathe turners turn firewood type pieces into beautiful useful bowls vases etc. It’s fun to see them take a piece of really battered or what ever happens to wood as it ages. And turn it into something unbelievably beautiful. One who takes scraps and puts them together into useful things is “papa1947”, another is Phil Anderson. There younger turners too some women. They all have their own style

  9. I like say yes to the dress. All versions. When I was a teenager I wanted to be a fashion designer. Ended up as an interior decorator but still love fashions and the Dress shows.

  10. There is a gentleman on youtube named Simon Whistler. He has at least three different channels where he covers different subjects. One is called Biographics where he does biographies of all kinds if different people. Each episode lasts about 20 minutes and covers one person. He does people from all different countries and times of history. He also has another channel where he does places, called Geographics. His presentations are interesting and well researched.

  11. Hi Jo. I am a podcast listener of true crime as well and mostly listen when I am sewing quilt tops! One of my favorites is “Your Own Backyard” about the murder of a college student in 1996 (the murderer was arrested a few months ago). Another is “Bagman” about the resignation of VP Spiro Agnew for bribery. Both are riveting!

  12. I too love to watch Whippoorwill Holler! I had never heard of tomato gravy before I watched that one. I like watching her calm, everyday tutorials, and her accent and phrases crack me up sometimes. They just seem like good, kind and caring people-like you Jo! No wonder you like them. Hugs,

  13. Please know that most “True Crime” books, shows, podcasts, etc. are not always True. My sister was brutally murdered by two serial killers back in 1981. A fictional book was written about it by an author that couldn’t even get anyone to publish his book. He finally had to publish it himself. The book has a lot of fiction in it and barely any truth. There have been supposedly “True Crime” shows made about my sisters murder and two more of the 21 plus people these people have killed. All of those shows are based on this fictional book. My family has to deal with our loved one being victimized all over again every time a show is made about her murder. We know the truth so we know the lies. The murderers are boyfriend and girlfriend. The man has a daughter. She was 6 years old when her daddy murdered my sister. I met her on the Montel Williams show back in either 2006 or 2007. She has been capitalizing off of her daddy’s murders for many many years now. She begs every channel and every show to let her be on it. She even writes to magazines to get herself in them. She is a bit psycho herself. She changes her story from time to time and she embellishes all of the time. She lies and keeps her daddy’s secrets but she never tells the public that. She tells everyone that my sister was his first murder and that is not true. He murdered his 9 year old cousin on a family vacation when he was either 12 or 14. I could go on and on for a long time but won’t. Just know that a lot of what is called “True Crime” really isn’t True and the families of the victims have been used for these shows and podcasts….the daughter is doing the podcast thing now. ROFL! I have been interviewed for a few shows that promise me that they will tell the truth and not use the fictional book on their story but when the story comes out after they have used me for pictures of my sister and information, they always use the previous stories and filming of the previous shows based on the fictional book. They never tell the true story. Never buy the book “Cry for War” by Richard D Reynolds based on the two Jihad Muslin Assassins with fictious names of Michael Carson and Suzan Carson.

    1. I am so sorry this has happened to you Lisa. Words can’t express how horrible my disgust in reading that this happened to your sister and your family.

  14. Try: In the Dark, an amazing true crime podcast. It’s what got me hooked. There are 2 seasons. Also: Accused, seasons 1 & 3. Both of these shows are a deep dive into a crime, & I can’t recommend them enough!

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