In the Dark Podcast

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In the Dark podcast from APM Reports won the highest honor in broadcast media, the Peabody Award.

We had the chance to listen to this 9 part series on a recent road trip.

It is shocking, riveting, devastating, infuriating, thorough, and unforgettable.

The podcast, Season 1, centers around the kidnapping of 11-year old Jacob Wetterling on October 22, 1989. The case went unsolved for 27 years. The series takes you on a journey to discover what happened, connect with the people affected by the event, and question why the case took so long to solve.

It’s very moving and I am only showing photos below of Madeleine Baran (lead Reporter & Host) and Jacob Wetterling (Victim).

It’s the kind of reporting that is so impactful. No wonder it won the award.

From the website: The investigation into the abduction of Jacob Wetterling yielded no answers for 27 years. We investigate how law enforcement mishandled one of the most notorious child abductions in the country and how those failures fueled national anxiety about stranger danger, led to the nation’s sex-offender registries and raise questions about crime-solving accountability.

 

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https://www.apmreports.org/in-the-dark

http://ew.com/podcasts/2017/04/25/apm-reports-in-the-dark-podcast-wins-peabody-award/

Season 2 has just started and is about an entirely different case.

From the website: Curtis Flowers has been tried six times for the same crime. For 21 years, Flowers has maintained his innocence. He’s won appeal after appeal, but every time, the prosecutor just tries the case again. What does the evidence reveal? And how can the justice system ignore the prosecutor’s record and keep Flowers on death row? Season Two begins May 1

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True Colors Personality Test

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My coworkers have been talking about True Colors for years. This personality test helps to understand yourself and those you interact with.

Self-reflection is essential, and this can provide some new insights.

From the website:

True Colors® is a model for understanding yourself and others based on your personality temperament.

The colors of Orange, Gold, Green, and Blue are used to differentiate the four central True Colors® personality styles.

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https://truecolorsintl.com/about-us/what-is-true-colors/

Take the free test here: https://my-personality-test.com/true-colours

 

 

A Killing on the Cape

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A Killing on the Cape is a six-episode ABC Radio podcast and an ABC News “20/20” documentary.  It tells the story of the murder of Christa Worthington, a fashion writer, in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

The story begins with Christa being found stabbed in her house with her 2 year old daughter by her side.  It’s the first murder case in 30 years in the area. And the story that unfolds is stranger than fiction.

Totally compelling and unique in that it combines a podcast with a documentary.

The podcast can be found via iTunes, and the documentary can be found below.

http://abc.go.com/shows/2020/episode-guide/2017-11/24-112417-a-killing-on-the-cape

Here is a clip of the story:

 

Stronger

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We went to see the film Stronger, with little expectation. Only knew a little bit about the story of Jeff Baumen, who lost both of his legs during the Boston Marathon bombing in 2015.

What we didn’t expect was a tremendous film with incredible performances by Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany, and Miranda Richardson. Each of these actors could score an Oscar nomination.

It’s an incredibly moving, restrained tale that should resonate with everyone. An unexpected surprise of a film. Gripping, notable, and award worthy.

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Rising Strong

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Brene Brown is an auther and scholar who’s latest book is called, Rising Strong. She has previously completed notable work on vulnerability in Daring Greatly. This book was originally published in 2015, and I’m just getting around to reading it now.

Her work really challenges the reader to examing ones life, learn from her knowledge, and move forward in the world a little bit stronger, more self-aware.

She is also skilled at embracing the challenges of living a whole hearted life. Never says it is easy, but encourages everyone none-the less.

If you are interested in self-help books, this is certainly one to read.

Some quotes from the book below.

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Invisibilia

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My sister recently recommended I listen to the podcast called Invisibilia. It is being offered through NPR and is thought provoking. Plus, podcasts have been so beneficial during my commute to and from work.

From the NPR website: Invisibilia (Latin for invisible things) is about the invisible forces that control human behavior – ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions. Co-hosted by Lulu Miller, Hanna Rosin and Alix Spiegel, Invisibilia interweaves narrative storytelling with scientific research that will ultimately make you see your own life differently.

After listening to the first podcast it already has my thinking differently.

Take a listen, thanks Shell!

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http://www.npr.org/podcasts/510307/invisibilia

 

Originals

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Originals is a book by Adam Grant, and Organizational psychologist. First became aware of him through his TedTalk, “The Surprising Habits of Original Thinkers”. His approach to the suject matter is compelling and relatable. And he has the research to back it all up.

The book really digs into the concepts brought up in the talk, exploring a variety of aspects in discovering “originals” and they way they move about the world.

Often surprising, certainly unique. Word a listen and a read.

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