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Question #92808 posted on 12/03/2019 10:41 p.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Podcast recommendations? Everything except horror/true crime because they mess with my anxiety in not great ways (though you can still rec them if you like... they just won't be helpful for me specifically, haha). Sci-fi/fantasy a plus!

-My Name Here


Dear Aziraphale,

  • Myths & Legends is my favorite podcast ever. It updates every Tuesday night, and covers a different fairy tale/myth/legend/folk story. There are episodes ranging from Hercules' Labors (Greek mythology) to Thor's wedding (Norse mythology) to The Princess and the Frog (there was no magical kiss in the original) to Arthurian legends to pretty much anything else you can imagine. I love it to death, and can't recommend it enough.
  • Fictional. This podcast is actually done by the same guy as Myths & Legends. Instead of myths and legends, though, it covers classical literature. There are episodes on The Count of Monte Cristo, and other gems like The Call of Cthulhu. Again, it is fantastic.
  • Unexplained Mysteries. I don't like this podcast quite as much as Myths & Legends, but it's still good and interesting. All the episodes come in pairs; a single topic is always covered over two weeks. This podcast dives into different mysteries, and possible explanations for them. One of my personal favorites investigated where King John's (the same one as from Robin Hood stories) crown jewels could have gone.

If you're looking for other podcasts, I've actually found that podcasts themselves give great recommendations. If you have a podcast you like, pay attention to any other podcasts that get mentioned on the show.

Happy listening!



Dear Your Name,

  • This American Life is my absolute favorite podcast. I started listening to it in middle school on my iPod shuffle during the bus ride to school and I still love it today. Each weekly episode is based around a theme and they usually tell first-person nonfiction stories of some version of "American life," big or small.
  • Selected Shorts features actors reading short fiction stories.
  • Modern Love is based on the Modern Love column in the New York times where the non-fiction essays of regular people are published about "love, loss, and redemption." In the podcast, famous actors will read one of the stories and then the editor of the column will talk with the author or actor about the story.
  • The Moth features stories told at Moth storytelling events across the country, where people come and submit their name into a drawing and if chosen tell a story from their life based on the theme of the night.
  • The Daily from the New York Times and Fresh Air are both great for keeping up with current events. The Daily usually focuses more on political events while Fresh Air talks about contemporary arts and culture.



Dear you,

John Green, who is best known as the author of The Fault in Our Stars, writes The Anthropocene Reviewed. It's a monthly podcast where John "reviews facets of the human-centered planet on a five-star scale." 

On each episode of the podcast, John reviews two things in the context of their place in, and effect on, human society. The episodes are roughly twenty minutes long, with each review taking about half the time. The things John chooses to review are pretty random, ranging from "love at first sight" to the QWERTY keyboard to cholera. No matter what he writes about, each episode is thoughtful and fascinating. The podcast is sometimes hilarious, other times tear-jerking, and always worth listening to. I can't recommend it enough.




Dear reader,

Well, Fozzie has stolen my top two podcast recommendations (This American Life and Modern Love), so I will give you my next top two: Code Switch and Radiolab.

Code Switch is a fabulous NPR podcast all about race and identity. Their little intro says, "Ever find yourself in a conversation about race and identity where you just get...stuck? Code Switch can help. We're all journalists of color, and this isn't just the work we do. It's the lives we lead. Sometimes, we'll make you laugh. Other times, you'll get uncomfortable. But we'll always be unflinchingly honest and empathetic. Come mix it up with us." I highly recommend it.

Radiolab sometimes feels like a not-as-good version of This American Life, but I still like it and listen to it nonetheless. I really liked their episode from a couple weeks ago called "Songs that Cross Borders."


Cerulean (aka Ira Glass' biggest fan)


Dear friend, 

I really love Malcolm Gladwell's Revisionist History. Even if Gladwell's books are a bogus way of doing social science, he still writes incredible, thought-provoking story-lines and promotes interesting conversations on a HUGE variety of topics. I have thoroughly enjoyed every episode he's put out. 

On a similar note, I think NPR's Invisibilia is spectacular, sometimes emotional.

Tenderfoot TV recently put out a new podcast called Radio Rental, which is hosted by a character voiced by Rainn Wilson. The stories aren't gory or criminal, they're just stories about strange occurrences that have happened, as told by the people who experienced them. I think you might enjoy it. 

Wondery's The Shrink Next Door also doesn't formally fit into the true crime category. It is a true story, and it's certainly bizarre, but it doesn't have any elements of true crime that might dissuade you from it. 

I'll also give additional recommendations for NPR's Code Switch (it's a GREAT way to educate yourself on racial topics) and This American Life. 

My brother recommended Mission to Zyxx, an improvised sci-fi story-telling podcast. It wasn't my flavor, but you might like it. 

I don't personally listen to much sci-fi or fantasy myself, but if I encounter anything else I'll let you know. 




Dear you,

I'm a big fan of Freakonomics.

-Sunday Night Banter


Dear my name hear,

The Boardcast. Now on Spotify (and a bunch of other places, shoutout to Turbo Teen!)


P.S. Not all of the past boardcasts are online anymore, but new ones are coming!

Question #92767 posted on 12/03/2019 3:36 p.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

So who's your celebrity crush right now?

-Edward Cullen


Dear Ed, 

Coldplay's singing drummer extraordinaire Will Champion. He's so kind and handsome and he looks like he gives really good hugs. The band would be nothing without him. He might be tied with the bassist, Guy Berryman, who has aged like a good cheese and is totally the eye candy of the band. Plus he's quiet and cute. Hottest bassist ever, pretty much. 

And then of course, Kate Middleton and Kristen Bell are my eternal woman crushes. 


Guesthouse ☾☀


Dear Curious,

I think Blake Lively is perfection, and therefore she is my woman crush. Also the fact that her and Ryan Reynolds are an adorable couple, and they banter with each other all cute on social media. 



Look at how cute they are!!!

-Goldie Rose


Dear Edward,

I’m not usually one for celeb crushes, but have you seen Zendaya? Her. 




Dear Mr. Cullen,

You say “right now” but my crush on Emma Watson that started when I was 13 is still burning strong. Not only is she beautiful but she’s also an advocate for gender equality, a very talented actress, smart, and super hot. 

Emma, if you’re reading this, my email is



Dear Jacob,

Well Kristen Bell is practically perfect in every way, so obviously she's on my list. Also, if you haven't seen her sing the history of Disney with Jimmy Fallon yet, go watch it right now! It's so good!

David Tennant has been my celebrity crush since I was like 12 and first saw him in Doctor Who because I'm a nerd.

Chris Evans is the most superior Chris, and is super hot--he has a great face AND a great bod? What a guy. Plus from what I've seen of him online, he seems like a super hilarious and nice person in real life.

And currently I'm on a big Dan Levy kick, because that man is gorgeous and smart and well-spoken and so dang funny.



Dear orange traffic cone,

I hate myself for it, but Ariana Grande, just like 59 million other people. So mainstream. So pretty, just like Pretty Much Every Other Pop Star Girl™. I've noticed like five or six people I've been interested in (including other celebrities) roughly fall into the same "type" as Ariana. This includes Gal Gadot, who is a babe.

Emma Watson is cool, too, but with the self-partnering thing (you do you, Emma, we all just envious) I'm pretty sure the whole world just got friendzoned.

Historical crushes include The Mask of Zorro-era Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Any-Era Shakira.

As for man-crushes, I'll choose another clichéd choice, Chris Hemsworth. So muscular. So bearded.


--Ardilla Feroz


Dear Ed,

Jake Johnson is just completely and utterly my type, especially now that he's in Stumptown and has that amazing beard.

Also William Jackson Harper is quite possibly the cutest man on the entire planet.

Dan Levy is also exceedingly beautiful.

And finally, may I present to you....


Possibly the most gorgeous woman on earth!!!

-Quixotic Kid


Dear sparkly Cedric, 

I don't know if Against the Current is big enough yet to qualify for celebrity status (they definitely ought to be, in my mind), but I am unashamedly in love with Chrissy Costanza and have been ever since 2E and I went to see them perform in 2016. I have no clue what my type is, but she's probably pretty close. It doesn't hurt that she's a talented singer and Against the Current has put out two of my favorite songs of all time.

No, this ad was not paid for.




Dear you,

David Tennant will forever have a special place in my heart. But honestly the celebrity that I shall always love above all others is Audrey Hepburn. No one else can compare, and her levels of class are my dream goals.


P.S. She still counts as a my current celeb crush because she is immortalized, so don't give me anything about her (tragically) no longer having a physical presence in this world.


Dear EC,

First and foremost, Chris Pine. So attractive.

I wouldn't call these crushes necessarily, but Cobie Smulders and Paul Rudd. I have been blessed enough to meet both of them and they were incredibly kind and gracious people.

I'm mildly embarrassed by this one, but Robert Pattinson might make the list.

Around my birthday one year as a teenager, I  unexpectedly received a package in the mail from two of my aunts. They had never bought me a birthday present before and had given me no warning that they planned to do so. Grateful but confused, I opened the gift to discover a Robert Pattinson calendar.

That was the only time in my life that I laughed so hard I cried.

However, in honor of that perplexing but glorious present, my family proceeded to purchase a Robert Pattinson calendar each subsequent year. And I don't know, I just got used to seeing his beautiful face around.



Question #92795 posted on 12/03/2019 1:48 p.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Frequently in product testimonials in commercials and infomercials, while the person is talking about why the product is good, I see them wiggling their head side to side. Is it a studied thing in psychology that waving one's head in a slight "no" manner is perceived as sincerity?


P.S., If, while working this question, you are in the position of trying to tell someone something, and try the sincerity-signaling-head-wiggle maneuver, let me know whether you think it helped them feel your sincerity or if you think they looked like it made them feel weird seeing you wiggle your head like an infomercial shill :)


Dear person,

Funny side story: Indians move their heads side to side to mean "yes". I noticed minnow's family doing this and I was SO CONFUSED because their heads would be giving what I thought was the universal sign for "maybe" but they'd be saying "yes definitely". I still get confused because I'll ask minnow a question and he'll move his head side to side and I'll be thinking "why isn't he sure about that?"

As you can imagine, body language is very important in advertisements because it's important in human psychology. Nodding or shaking your head while listening to/writing down ideas can influence how much you agree with them (source), and as people tend to mirror others' actions (source), advertisers may hope that some unconscious mirroring may increase positive feelings for the product. Another study, using movie clips of people nodding and shaking their heads, found that "the nodding head motion significantly increased ratings of subjective likability and approachability relative to those of the shaking or control conditions, whereas the shaking motion did not influence the ratings. Furthermore, it was shown that a nodding head motion of the computer-generated models primarily increased likability attributable to personality traits, rather than to physical appearance. We concluded that head nodding motion is treated as information regarding approach-related motivations and enhances perceived likability" (source).

However, I haven't found anything about people shaking their heads to signify "no" as a positive. In all studies, shaking one's head either led them to be less convinced by arguments or have no impact, unlike nodding "yes". I can see advertisers choosing to include moving one's head from side to side (in the American "maybe" Indian "yes" way), because a "yes" nod might be too obvious. But that's the only explanation I can think of.

-guppy of doom 

posted on 12/05/2019 8:32 a.m.
I've noticed this too and my theory is that in general shaking side to side is perceived as a negative EXCEPT for when it is a sign for incredulity. Basically it's interpreted as "I just can't...", such as "I just can't put into words how much I love this product" or "I just can't believe how awesome this is".