What I'm digging: 12/3-12/14

One of my coworkers suggested I curate my favorite content each week into one place rather than saturate the #news Slack channel at work with my posts. So here it goes, and we’ll see how long it lasts.


First things first: Top Chef is back. And is still the best reality TV out there. They’re in Kentucky, which is close to my heart (mostly because I love bourbon and rye, but also because I got snowed in there December 22-24, 2004) There’s an early villain.


Maybe Shea Serrano can feature Brandon on his new podcast deep-diving into inconic villains. Shea admits he’s still getting his podcast legs under him (he does a great job of pulling back the curtain with voiceovers on his errors), but it’s really fun with episodes thus far on Hannibal Lecter (Silence of the Lambs), Regina George (Mean Girls), Killmonger (Black Panther), and Ernesto de la Cruz (Coco).

My favorite podcast, Reply All, also had another banger episode by Sruthi Pinnamaneni. Legit whenever Sruthi is doing reporting for an ep, I try to schedule a long drive so I can listen to the entire thing uninterrupted.

This is old, but Hard Words: Why aren’t kids being taught to read? by Emily Hanford is an incredibly well-reported education documentary/podcast that really gets at why the science of learning is important, what happens when we don’t teach it to teachers, and why I do my job.


This nostalgic piece by Anne Helen Petersen on Square One, the PBS math show from the 1980s was an absolutely delight to read.

My guy Dan Kopf wrote about Luka Doncic because I sent him this Ringer video two of their producers performed for the Dallas Mavericks:

Dan also wrote this piece that uses Census tract data to show disparate life expectancy outcomes for folks who live adjacently.

Funny Twitter stuff:

I don’t get this, but I love it and want more:

These Nancy Pelosi memes killed me:

This “King of R&B” mess brought one of my favorite pre-Twitter memes back. If only we had aggressive social media when David was on Real World: New Orleans: