What to Hear: Podcast That Will Make You a Hit at Dinner Parties

Malcolm Gladwell’s podcast, Revisionist History is a must-listen.  It’s entertaining and you always learn something pretty worthwhile.  It is perfect dinner party fodder to make you seem interesting and a lil’ erudite.

In an episode called, “The King of Tears”, Gladwell discusses song lyrics that make us cry (country songs) versus those with great melodies but leave our cheeks dry (rock n’ roll).  This episode is what provoked my interest in the importance of specifics and is something you should check out too.

In spin class this morning, as my brain started to tune out the sound off an instructor yelling, “C’mon!” over and over, I began to think of some other times when specificity really comes in handy.

Spin Class Instructor:

Option A: C’mon, you can do it! Just a couple more reps, you got this!

Option B:  Think about what you look like naked, do you really want to show that flabby mess to people???  PUSH HARDER!!!

Groom Giving Vows at His Wedding:

Option A: I love you so much Sarah, you’re the one for me.

Option B:  I love how you wrinkle up your nose when you smile. I love how you always call your grandma on Sundays, even though she doesn’t know who you are anymore.

Boss Giving an Atta Boy:

Option A:  Good job, buckaroo.

Option B:  Anna did a great job really listening to the customers’ concerns and adjusting her pitch to their needs in the moment.

Sad Song Lyrics:

Rolling Stones – Wild Horses:

Childhood living is easy to do
The things you wanted I bought them for you
Graceless lady you know who I am
You know I can’t let you slide through my hands
Wild horses couldn’t drag me away

Wild horses couldn’t drag me away

Bonne Raitt – I Can’t Make You Love Me:

‘Cause I can’t make you love me if you don’t
You can’t make your heart feel something it won’t
Here in the dark, in these final hours
I will lay down my heart and I’ll feel the power
But you won’t, no you won’t
‘Cause I can’t make you love me, if you don’t


I can totally see some sad woman laying in bed with a man for one last cuddle before breaking up and saying goodbye forever.  Um wild horses in between Tiny Jags and a woman he’s into?  I can’t picture it.  And if I could, those horses would trample Jags like a piece of straw.

Gladwell’s podcast covers tons of other interesting topics that are a bit lighter – one of my favs compares the number of times CEOs played golf to their stock price (hint: drop da clubs).  Check it out and let me know what you think.







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Elizabeth View All →

Pop culture enthusiast. Lover of all things Philly. Amateur Chef. Planner of fun date nights.

3 Comments Leave a comment

  1. Very true – works both ways. I like this comment because it shows you actually read the post and because you brought up a great point that I didn’t mention – specificity in criticism. No way to improve without specific criticism. Thanks Booknook!


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