Call it morbid fascination or escapist soap opera, but the basic premise of “Terms” alone (dangerous demagogic politician wins the presidential election, forcing the incumbent to block his succession) makes it a dirty-politics audio drama for the moment.This standout chapter tones down the melodrama of backroom deals and accusatory verbal sparring and shifts the attention to on-the-ground reporting.When our protagonist crashes a gathering of tech-cult followers, the story’s blend of social media futurecasting and undercover intrigue gives way to an audio bottle episode that flips the script on everything that’s come before.Animated films have always been populated by voices belonging to comedians whose material is decidedly unsafe for youngsters.(After you’re done, be sure to catch up with the Martin Casella two-parter.) “Suprisingly Awesome” has been able to mine the mundane for an unexpected amount of drama.(See: their overview of the tumultuous history behind the birth of frequent flyer miles.) But the show succeeds even when it tackles more abstract concepts.
But the most curious case that Sam Stein and Jason Cherkis covered this year was that of Ben Konop, whose public booing came to symbolize the death knell of his 2009 bid for Toledo mayor.
Without getting too reductive, Gladwell’s distinction between instantaneous and gradual inspiration forms a careful exploration of how we process works of art, both on a personal and cultural level.
Tying an Elvis Costello record to the works of Dutch Baroque, it’s a web of philosophical connections that’s distinctly Gladwellian.
“I Told You So” takes aim at our collective vilification of confronting other people after we’ve been proven right.
Like the best episodes, it not only elevates the importance of something oft-ignored, it uses that sense of discovery to challenge the perceptions of what we collectively deem insignificant or unworthy of examination.