This American Life is Broadcast

I try to stick to translation and language as much as possible, but sometimes I will veer.

It was with great sadness that we learned this week that Trish Keenan, singer from the pop group Broadcast, died from complications with pneumonia.

Given this, it was with joy that while cooking some spag bol for dinner (and a house mate returning from an interstate business trip) I was listening to this week’s This American Life podcast and noticed that they had included as the first musical interlude, with¬†subtlety, Broadcast’s¬†The Book Lovers. Admittedly, I initially mistook it for Message from Home, but it goes to show – a band can really own a sound.

For those that don’t know This American Life, it’s a wonderful podcast that has a simple structure (one we see a lot of in podcasts, now that I think about it): each weekly episode has a theme, and they do stories around that theme. In their own words, “That doesn’t sound like something we’d want to listen to on the radio, and it’s our show…so…we do these stories that are like movies for radio.” The show has won most if not all awards that are available to it, and for good reason – I highly recommend it.

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