March 26, 2020
As we all struggle with self-quarantine, Gina Grad and Teresa Strasser give you binge worthy podcast options in all the major podcast food groups: true crime, self-help, comedy, docu-series and of course, podcasts related to Covid-19. Get out your pencils, because after 50 episodes of reviewing and recommending top podcasts, our hosts have a few ideas.
March 17, 2020
Self-quarantine is tough. If you need diversions, we think there are three ways to go – true crime, comedy, self-help - we’ll give you podcast recommendations in each genre. And If you want to know more about the coronavirus itself and can’t get enough coverage, we’ve got you covered on that front as well. We’ve listened to hundreds of hours of shows researching this show, and we’re rounding up some favorites for your social distancing pleasure.
March 12, 2020
Nancy Grace is on an unwavering crusade for justice. And, she’s on this week’s show. In other cable news news, we feature a new series from CNN, “Coronavirus: Fact Vs. Fiction” which gives Dr. Sanjay Gupta a chance to address travel, masks, risk to children, and other questions we all have about the novel virus. Gina Grad and Teresa Strasser break down their favorite podcasts of the week using clips, interviews and good old-fashioned kibbitzing.
March 6, 2020
G & T dig up an old school episode of This American Life (before it was even called This American Life) to examine a woman who celebrates the art of the "quit" by quitting absolutely everything in her life. Then, they check back in on Heavyweight to listen in on one of the most cringe-worthy breakups of all time.
February 27, 2020
RuPaul talks about our daily fear and dread (hint, social media isn’t doing us any favors) with documentarian and rabble-rouser Michael Moore on his new podcast, “Rumble.” And if you thought you knew all about Oscar-winning comedian Robin Williams, a new podcast series called “Knowing: Robin Williams” reveals new details about his life and death. Gina Grad and Teresa Strasser round up the best podcasts of the week with clips and yakkity-yakking.
February 21, 2020
“How to With Charles Duhigg” makes a second appearance on the show, with an episode explaining how the artistry of con-men can be used by everyday people to negotiate or fundraise without any of that messy “criminal” stuff. And when it comes to crime, this week serves up one of the finest true crime series in recent memory, “Your Own Backyard,” which explores the disappearance of a beloved Cal Poly freshman while also introducing us to some truly compelling characters along the way.
February 14, 2020
On You Are Not So Smart, a negotiating expert explains “how to talk to people about things,” a conversation with lessons for anyone who is human and must talk to people about things. And Sharon Salzberg, an expert on mindfulness and a much-loved teacher and writer explains how anger is really just “a forest fire that burns its own support” on Think Again. Broadcasters Gina Grad and Teresa Strasser discuss their favorite podcasts of the week on this podcast about podcasts.
February 6, 2020
What does porn do to young minds when they watch it before they've even had their first kiss? Lynette Carolla from For Crying Out Loud lets us in on the harrowing talk she had with her son about the pitfalls of online porn, while Terry Gross from Fresh Air schools us about what kids are REALLY watching on their smart devices. This ain't your 70's girly mag stash. Teresa and Gina Break it down on this week's Easy Listening.
January 31, 2020
A new podcast series tells the story of the West Texas oil boom through the lens of migrant sex workers, endangered roughneckers, and high school football players — “Boomtown” serves up “Friday Night Lights” and Sunday morning hangovers. Meanwhile, “The Dream” is back for a second glorious season, this time, pointing out “wellness” grifters selling us all manner of vitamins and moon dust. Gina Grad and Teresa Strasser review, parse and discuss their favorite shows of the week on this podca
January 24, 2020
“The Baron of Botox” tells the compelling story of a ground-breaking dermatologist to the stars who revolutionized faces, but also may have gone too far with his own. His depression was mysterious and complicated, but some theorize he was deeply hurt by a Netflix show poking fun at him. And “Chasing Cosby” explores the Bill Cosby case with chilling audio of America’s Dad as a predator. Hosts Gina Grad and Teresa Strasser explore the best in this week’s podcasts.
January 17, 2020
On this podcast about podcasts, NPR helps parents with “the sex talk” and explains why the Dutch have really mastered sex ed on “Life Kit.” And “Horse” is podcast about basketball without any pesky talk about actual NBA games, but lots of talk about “costumes” and hoops-related pop culture. Gina Grad and Teresa Strasser share clips and news about their favorite podcasts of the week.
January 9, 2020
“Murder in Oregon” arrives on the true crime podcast landscape with a bang, though in this case, it’s more like a slice. And although Nigella Lawson doesn’t slice like a chef, what she lacks in knife skills, she makes up for in snob-free warmth, explaining why everyday cooks entice families to open in emotionally on “The Splendid Table.”
January 3, 2020
Could anything ever happen to Joe Francis that would make you feel sorry for him? Can a teen who moderated a hate speech-filled message board be redeemed? What if he made his mom take him to an alt-right rally? Gina and Teresa do some soul-searching to try answer to these questions on this week’s Easy Listening.
December 20, 2019
In this season of Christmas cheer, Teresa and Gina tap into their Jewish roots to celebrate their beloved Hanukkah. Turns out it’s almost as simple as knowing the proper blessing for ice cream (thanks to Shalom Auslander on This American Life) and leaving the world a little nicer than you found it (Thanks to Krista Tippet on Speaking off faith). Happy Hanukkah, everybody.
December 13, 2019
Podcast host Josh Peck is “Curious” about our own co-host, Teresa Strasser. Gina Grad shares her favorite moment from that interview, and it involves a trash bag full of cake. And, Ronan Farrow’s new show, “The Catch and Kill Podcast” features new details of a story we think we know.
December 6, 2019
Bill Murray shows up for a podcast interview a day early, and we wouldn’t want it any other way. On “3 Girls, 1 Keith,” Amy Schumer captures the quirky, comforting mug of goodness that is Bill Murray. And an episode of “Heavyweight” exposes some secrets about the life of Moby, and how a box set he borrowed decades ago is long overdue. Gina Grad and Teresa Strasser parse the best podcasts for your ears this week.
November 28, 2019
You’re about to find out what the Oscars, Three-Mile Island and the collapse of the American economy have to do with each other. Plus, when it comes to calming down your Japanese pitcher, sometimes it’s best to speak to him in Spanish. All this and your letters on this week’s Easy Listening!
November 22, 2019
Two barrels, four bodies and one killer true crime series - and speaking of things isolated in the woods, we are checking back in with Dolly Parton and her Tennessee Mountain Home, and more specifically, how her music - especially 9 to 5 -- is often seen as political, except by Dolly herself. She doesn’t do politics, but she does do podcasts and so do we -- so thanks fellow podcast enthusiasts, for joining us on this week’s podcast about podcasts, Easy Listening.
November 15, 2019
Grifters gonna grift, and con men gonna con and fraudsters are coming for the coins rattling around in your piggy bank of hope - but cheer up! Wait don’t -- you want it darker, Leonard Cohen asks? Turn out the flame - because there are also bad batches of heroine, and actually there’s the entire opioid problem which is a batch of travesty and one new show explores how it affects the grieving sister of a famous comedian and writer.
November 8, 2019
If one of the agreements you have with the four agreements is that you agree to set that book ablaze, you have something in common with the hosts of By the Book — which is a podcast you’ve been meaning to listen to about books you’ve been meaning to read AND if you think you have the answers for the people in your life who are screw ups, and you’ve read enough self help books to codify those answers, you will LOVE “We love you (and so can you).
November 1, 2019
If you listen to as many podcasts as we do, you may think you know all there is to know about Jeffrey Epstein and his evil shenanigans, but there’s a happy, uplifting part of this story. And when the best improv actresses go on the best show about the worst office, does it make the best podcast?
October 26, 2019
We know God answer’s the prayers of a little Jewish girl named Gina Grad, because finally, there is a Dolly Parton podcast and on the other end of the musical spectrum, The Monster Mash is haunting us this time of year, but what is it? And why is it?
October 18, 2019
Keith Morrison’s voice equals podcast magic, because why wouldn’t it? And a podcast for people who listen to true crime podcasts and get ethical heebie jeebies.
October 11, 2019
An abandoned theme park and the last words of a dying young mother. But to cheer you up, serious depression! That’s right - comedian Gary Gulman is everywhere now, but he was in one place for a few weeks, the psych ward, and he’s opening up about electroshock therapy.
October 3, 2019
Swimming in cash, the fallacy of sunk costs, and why pyramid schemes benefit from your personal shame spiral. And meditations on meditating from a guy who had a panic attack on live TV and is now 10 percent happier - plus, meditations on breakfast cereal and the crunchy, sweet, two-scoops of random that is today’s podcast landscape.
September 28, 2019
A sex cult leader wants a photo of your labia - but is he just trying to make you accountable, or is he the world’s most inventive self-help perv? Are all men just primitive machines thirsting for angry, revenge sex? And can a lawyer for Albany’s least favorite son actually come across as only 72 percent douchy? All this on today’s Easy Listening, a podcast about podcasts.
September 20, 2019
Is the side-kick of an evil, sex-trafficking minors psycho-path just as bad as the sex-trafficing psychopath? How to be in a state of bliss when your HBO show gets cancelled and a multi-level marketing group so much worse than AMWAY, it involves you taking a selfie of your labia.
September 14, 2019
"Cold" continues to give Gina and Teresa chills as they wrap up their discussion on some of the oddest and most sinister sociopaths in recent history.
September 10, 2019
David Crosby storms out but Susan Powell probably didn’t and the COLD podcast introduces us to something called cartoon incest porn. All this and more, or less, if we don’t get to it, on today’s podcast about podcasts.
August 31, 2019
The hottest new true crime series called "Cold" has G & T hooked and the "Death, Sex and Money" podcast gets to the bottom of what makes sugar daddy websites so alluring. Plus Gina pulls back the curtain on an uncomfortable incident from the Adam Carolla Show.
August 23, 2019
A woman wants to believes she knows why her mom lost custody of her - but she really has no idea on "This American Life" and a comic at the top of his game would give it all up for one more day with his daughter on "The Moth."
August 15, 2019
An unfunny pastor is paired with a funny Jewish comic in the hopes of punching up his sermon on "How To with Charles Duhigg" and comedian / actor Adam Ferrara tells the "Relentless" podcast how to succeed at ANYTHING by focusing on just 3 little things.
August 9, 2019
When the news girl has news, we bring a very special episode of the show. Here, we present what is normally a Patreon episode. There’s some pod talk (Kim Goldman’s “Confronting OJ”), but then Gina spills some big news and juicy details ensue...
August 5, 2019
Can you OD on OJ? Not today. Kim Goldman’s podcast delivers - from the plaintive wail dude and his shocking back story, to OJ’s new lawyer competing in the Olympics of telephone smarminess, to a nuanced look at a family’s grief.
July 26, 2019
Gina’s boyfriend, Andy Harris, is pretty funny, and motherhood can be dead serious. This week, on our podcast about podcasts, we are talking about some shows that are very close to home. One is actually, kind of, in Gina’s home.
July 19, 2019
A binge-eating expert explains why diets don’t work, and the Post Secret guy shares about the ongoing catharsis of sending secrets through the postal system. Gina Grad and Teresa Strasser review their favorite podcasts of the week, and kibbitz about how they relate to the shows they love.
July 12, 2019
Tom Brady and the case for being a generalist on “The Good Life Podcast,” the one Buddhist mantra that could change everything, ‘Freakonomics” tells us how to change our minds, and why crying at work isn’t as bad as you think. Gina Grad and Teresa Strasser explore their favorite podcasts of the week.
July 4, 2019
On the podcast about podcasts: “Gangster Capitalism” goes deep on the college admissions scandal, so hosts Gina Grad and Teresa Strasser go deep on this A+ new podcast series, sampling some of the show’s most compelling clips. As a bonus, they explore a podcast about a bizarre cat-fishing scheme, and a new pod exploring corporate failures, including the wildly popular theme park of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker.
June 28, 2019
Amy Schumer’s dad may be her best podcast guest ever, National Geographic helps us understand why kids lie, a makeup guru creates an empire out of the nude look, and the 400-yard dash that will make you want to sprint, laugh, cry and cheer. Gina Grad and Teresa Strasser discuss the best podcasts of the week.
June 20, 2019
The podcast about podcasts! Terry Gross gives rapper and flutist Lizzo the “Fresh Air” treatment. “Ear Hustle” returns to let us know Death Row is both better and worse than we think it is. Marc Maron and Dan Harmon explore apologies and hosts Gina and Teresa discuss “Very Bad Words,” the most intellectual effing look at swearing in the podcast world.
June 14, 2019
In this episode of Easy Listening, Gina and Teresa delve into the world of psychotic psychiatrists with "The Shrink Next Door", they discuss why sit-com death beats sit-com divorce on "Mobituaries with Mo Rocca", they break down the data that proves you're most likely a good mom on "Freakonomics" and finally G & T choke back tears as they listen to what the Love Junkies refer to as a "throw up song" on "Broken Record."
June 6, 2019
How to influence an election, how to find Nirvana at SoulCycle, how to have a cathartic cry over a dead dog with the help of Mike Rowe, and the unintended consequences of free porn — this week’s podcast about podcasts. This episode is brought to you by Nature’s Oils: Support Easy Listening on Patreon:
June 3, 2019
On this week’s show, a porn star’s tweet leads to a mysterious death. Or does it? No matter whodunnit, Jon Ronson (Last Days of August) and Ira Glass (The American Life) are here to tell us about it. And, Queer Eye for the podcast guy! Jonathan Van Ness warns us that we're ALL susceptible to joining a cult.
May 24, 2019
This week, the “Missing Richard Simmons” host delves into some pretty bad policing, “The Art of Manliness" tells you why you should shut up while your kids are playing and finally, "Against the Rules" reveals why student loan companies want to get you off the phone as quickly as possible.
May 17, 2019
Easy Listening - Ep.7 - "Exit Wounds, Emotional Wounds and Now, An Awkward Word From Our Sponsor!"
May 9, 2019
This week, Jane Fonda made be 81, but she’s still down for some acting lessons, as she explains on “WTF.” She also had a deeply flawed childhood, which you can learn about on “You Must Remember This.” Plus, Zachary Levi on “Inside of You,” and an enigmatic therapeutic tool that’s part personality test, part Zodiac. On“Going Through It,” a famous cookbook author explains why saying no is good. Finally, “This is Love” reveals a tight-knit group of Italians who find love and acceptance
May 6, 2019
This week, true crime podcast glitches, Richard Simmons, the measles, the world of old-school wrestling and look out for one badass bubbe on the streets of Harlem.
April 25, 2019
Murder, incest, stardom, public failure, how to be rich while stiffing your greedy relatives, and Mike Rowe, delivering a dash of soothing, folksy storytelling about a famous person who we like just the way he is - right into your ears - all on this week’s show.
April 19, 2019
This week, one of the most painful moments from the Adam CarollaShow, the “Bitch Bag” is unearthed for your Easy Listening pleasure. Gina worries that her chin might be trying to kill her (and that your boobs might be trying to kill you) after listening to What’s the Tee with RuPaul. Both hosts take a ride on the Tim Ferriss Wheel for some talk about how magic mushrooms may be the new Xanax. And finally, Oprah and Eckhart Tolle teach us how to keep from getting our feelings hurt.
April 13, 2019
This week, Gina shares two classic parody songs from the Adam Carolla Show vault, both of which lead to some very personal and wildly uncomfortable revelations. Oprah Winfrey and Eckhart Tolle discuss why we should never talk about our illnesses, and Teresa’s pod crush, Pete Holmes, has to stop his own show because he gets so emotional. So much podcast about podcasts!
April 4, 2019
Gina and Teresa help celebrate ten years of the Adam Carolla Show with a look back at one of David Alan Grier’s most classic appearances. SPOILER: DAG snores, Adam laughs uncontrollably, and Teresa cries. In other sleep related news; G & T discuss Roseanne’s strict new Ambien policy from “The Joe Rogan Experience” and it’s lights out for the “Sword and Scale” host, who had to leave the show, but not before delivering possibly the pod world’s most awkward live read. After discussing feuds, fr
April 1, 2019
"Easy Listening with Gina Grad and Teresa Strasser" is premiering THIS THURSDAY.  Get excited. 
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