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What is Public Works Listening To?

By Public Works Partners

March 2, 2021

Are you hitting a wall with your listening habits? We were. So we asked for recommendations from the best source we could think of: the Public Works team. Read on for some thought provoking and fun podcast and music suggestions.


Favio – Earn Your Leisure
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Earn Your Leisure. It’s a podcast that promotes and highlights ways people of color can achieve financial freedom.”

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“I really enjoy listening to Gastropod, a podcast that looks at food through the lens of science and history. I’ve been able to learn about the history of the bagel in the US, the connection between citrus fruits and the Italian mafia, and many more fascinating stories!”

SummerLouder Than a Riot (NPR)
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“Louder Than A Riot is a fascinating podcast by NPR that goes in-depth on the complex history of rap and mass incarceration in the U.S.”

JordanArmchair Expert with Dax Shepard, Encyclopedia Womannica, Freakonomics Radio
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“Armchair Expert is about the messiness of being human. The host is actor and director, Dax Shepard (Kristen Bell’s husband), and I find him to be one of the most empathetic interviewers I’ve ever seen. He interviews celebrities (e.g. Ethan Hawke, Common, Salma Hayek, Aly Raisman), primarily with the interest to understand their background, and how they got to where they are today. He’s interested in vulnerability, struggle, and hard work, and less celebrity fluff. It’s a great listen!”

Allison – Call Your Girlfriend
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Call Your Girlfriend is a regular listen – two smart feminist BFFs who feel talk about current events, their friendship, and how they’re muddling through life. Lately, they’ve been doing “phone-a-friends” to catch up with their awesome friends and see how they’re dealing with the pandemic. It’s been a delight.”

Emily – Robinhood Snacks
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“I listen to Robinhood Snacks every day for a brief overview of the market in a fun light. The hosts are very good at keeping the news contemporary in language and easy to “digest”.”

JasmineModernGurlz, D’Angelo Wallace
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“Not podcasts or music but lately I’ve been listening to/watching a lot of YouTube commentary/analysis videos from channels like ModernGurlz, D’Angelo Wallace, and others. They do a lot of research into topics related to current events, culture (particularly internet culture), fashion, etc., and present them in an interesting way.”



Naomi – Sober Up by AJR, Savage Love by Jawsh 685 x Jason Derulo
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“Sober Up and Bang!, both by AJR; Savage Love by Jawsh 685 x Jason Derulo – there’s just something about these 3 songs that made me sit up and listen, maybe it’s the rhythm or beat. I also listen to the Hamilton Soundtrack because I love it! And my 14-year-old put together a 9+ hour squeaky clean playlist (no curse words) for when she would hang out in friends’ pools that combine modern and “old” songs.”

DanPetestrumentals (Album) by Pete Rock
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“Not a podcast but one of my favorite all-time albums is Petestrumentals from Pete Rock. I discovered it a long while back but it’s always on rotation. Great for any mood and I definitely recommend for a quiet snowy walk around the City.”

Joel – Disco (Album) by Kylie Minogue
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“I’ve been listening to a lot of Kylie Minogue’s latest album: Disco. Highly recommend it if you’re pining for days of disco or just need some good pump-up music. I listen to it on my runs!”

Celeste – Faith by Galantis
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“I love dance music and have really been enjoying Galantis, a Swedish duo, lately, especially their song “Faith,” possibly the only electronic dance song featuring my hero, Dolly Parton!”

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