The U.S. women’s soccer team’s World Cup win was inspirational, and last week it inspired an almost immediate response in the podcast universe. Last week’s podcast highlights include a reflection on the Women’s World Cup from a couple of former players, lots of comedy, and a new podcast from a stand-up comedian that shows podcasts can be much more than pure entertainment.
Over the Ball: Host Kevin Flynn wasted no time putting together a new episode of Over the Ball in the wake of the U.S. win over Japan in the Women’s World Cup. Flynn recapped the game then spoke with Julie Foudy and Kate Markgraf, both members of the 1999 team that last won the World Cup for the U.S. Foudy and Markgraf talked about the pride they felt watching the current team win and helped break down the tactical changes that helped the U.S. improve during the course of the tournament. Finally, Flynn talked with long-time anchor of ESPN’s soccer coverage, Bob Ley, to help put this team’s win in historical perspective.
You Made it Weird: Jimmy Kimmel dropped by You Made It Weird last week to talk with host Pete Holmes. The two talked about their shared experience hosting late night shows and raising children. Kimmel was his typical self-effacing, funny self, telling stories about his early career as a radio DJ, his divorce and his love of late-night TV and David Letterman, whom Kimmel compared himself to, just “without the respect or achievements.”
Spontaneanation: Spontaneanation met The Pod F. Tompkast last week as Jen Kirkman, a regular on Paul F. Tompkins’ old podcast, joined as a guest on Tompkins’ new podcast. Kirkman answered the question, “Do you believe in ghosts?” with stories from her haunted childhood home. Tompkins and his guest improvisers (Matt Gourley, Jean Villepique and Victor Yerrid) then went on to improvise a scene based on Kirkman’s suggested location–a ticket booth for deep-sea snorkeling tours. Unfortunately, we never get to hear exactly what deep sea snorkeling entails, but the improvised scene that unfolds is filled with one-armed men, a naive minister and ghosts, including the ghost of a former German dictator.
The $100 MBA Show: Omar Zenhom has done over 300 episodes of The $100 MBA Show, and last week he took time to reflect on the 5 biggest things he’s learned since starting the podcast. In his usual succinct manner, Zenhom summarized his key takeaways from doing the show, from maintaining consistency to focusing on creating something great, and emphasized the usefulness of the ideas not just for new podcasters but anyone who may be starting their own website or other business.
Jesse vs. Cancer: Stand-up comedian Jesse Case was recently diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer, and last week he started a podcast to chronicle his journey through treatment. According to Case, he started the podcast as a way of reaching out to others who may be going through their own cancer treatment and for himself to break out of the isolation he’s now experiencing. In his first episode, Case talked about the symptoms, sickness and medical visits that preceded his recent diagnosis. He’s admittedly not a religious person and is very matter-of-fact about his illness and outlook. Not surprisingly, Case also managed to find some humor in his situation, though listeners with sensitive ears should beware.