Podcast Roundup – The Daily, Missing Richard Simmons, and more

Last fall I enjoyed listening to the New York Times’ The Run-Up podcast. It provided an “in-the-newsroom” perspective to last year’s Presidental election. Now the show’s host, Michael Barbaro, has followed that up with a new show, The Daily.

Each morning around 6am, the latest episode hits my podcatcher. The show features interviews with Times staffers reporting on the day’s stories along with interviews of the news makers themselves. It’s a facinating start to my day with a perspective straight from the people reporting the day’s news. Give it a listen, it will make a great addition to your podcast lineup.

Where is Richard Simmons?

Have you been missing Richard Simmons lately? If so (and even if you haven’t), Dan Taberski’s new podcast Missing Richard Simmons is for you.

On February 15, 2014, fitness guru Richard Simmons disappeared. He stopped teaching his regular exercise class at Slimmons, cut off his closest friends, and removed himself from the public eye after decades as one of the most accessible celebrities in the world. Nobody has heard from him – and no one knows why he left. Filmmaker Dan Taberski was a Slimmons regular and a friend of Richard’s. Missing Richard Simmons is Dan’s search for Richard – and the deeper he digs, the stranger it gets.

~ Missing Richard Simmons

Amazon Prime Members: Are you using your free Audible Channels?

There are so many cool perks that come with Amazon Prime that I can’t keep track. One that I’ve started enjoying lately are Audible Channels. Under Audible Channels you’ll find original audio series like Presidents Are People Too! which provides real-life insights into the men who’ve held the office, there are hand-crafted playlists of the day’s news, comedy, talks, and more, and my favorite are the audio books. I’m currently listening to Fighter Pilot, The Memoirs of Legendary Ace Robin Olds.

If you’re an Amazon Prime member and you haven’t taken advantage of this perk yet, just download the Audible app on your mobile device. Then click on the Channels tab.

Astronomers Watch a Supernova and See Reruns – NYTimes.com

Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope say they have been watching the same star blow itself to smithereens in a supernova explosion over and over again, thanks to a trick of Einsteinian optics.

The star exploded more than nine billion years ago on the other side of the universe, too far for even the Hubble to see without special help from the cosmos. In this case, however, light rays from the star have been bent and magnified by the gravity of an intervening cluster of galaxies so that multiple images of it appear.

via NYTimes.com

Pentagon Studies Reveal Major Nuclear Problems – NYTimes.com

The crews that maintain the nation’s 450 intercontinental ballistic missiles had only a single wrench that could attach the nuclear warheads.

“They started FedExing the one tool” to three bases spread across the country, one official familiar with the contents of the reports said Thursday. No one had checked in years “to see if new tools were being made,” the official said. This was one of many maintenance problems that had “been around so long that no one reported them anymore.”

via Pentagon Studies Reveal Major Nuclear Problems – NYTimes.com.