Earlier this year, I shared my pick for the best album of 2017 (so far). That album continues to be my favorite of the year, but I thought I would share other content that is making me happy in 2017. I love sharing recommendations with friends, as it often leads to great conversation and new things to learn. Disclaimer: Not all of this content came out in 2017, but I have certainly enjoyed it this year. There is also plenty of content I would like to consume but haven’t yet, and so those things aren’t on the list. Your suggestions for what I should start on next are welcome!


  • S-Town (one season, seven episodes, from the makers of Serial, the season tells one story so you’ll want to start at the beginning at listen all the way through)
  • Revisionist History (Malcolm Gladwell’s podcast, season one aired last year, season two started this summer, you can listen in any order)
    • I highly recommend (almost) all of it, but here are some favorites:
      • Season 1, Episode 3: The Big Man Can’t Shoot
      • Season 1, Episode 7: Hallelujah
      • Season 2, Episode 1: A Good Walk Spoiled
      • Season 2, Episode 3: Miss Buchanan’s Period Of Adjustment
  • ESPN’s 30 for 30 Podcasts (ESPN takes their 30 for 30 series and, with the help of Jody Avirgan from FiveThirtyEight, creates new episodes telling sports stories specifically for this audio podcast)
  • Ponzi Supernova (one season, six episodes, from Audible, all about Bernie Madoff and the largest Ponzi scheme in history)


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Movies and Television

  • The Wizard of Lies (a movie about Bernie Madoff, stars Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer, made by HBO and available via their streaming service – you can get a one-month free trial to watch, I LOVED this)
  • Get Out (I saw this movie in theaters, it combines comedy and suspense to tackle big issues – it’s unlike anything I’ve seen before)
  • Honorable Mention: Dear White People (ten episodes, a Netflix original series, recently renewed for a second season, helping to give me valuable perspective)


  • Yes, the television show! I have great memories from watching all the way back in season one. Season 35 will begin in September. In between, I’ve drifted in and out of watching religiously, but for the last several seasons I’ve been a faithful fan. Thanks to CBS All Access and Hulu you can watch every past season of Survivor, which I’ve done plenty of this year.
  • If you want to watch past seasons (for the first time, to catch up, or to refresh your memory), but don’t want to commit to watching every past season, here are the seasons I would start with:
    •  7 – Pearl Islands, 16 – Micronesia, 20 – Heroes vs Villains, 28 – Cagayan, and 37 – David vs. Goliath
    • If you like those, you might try going back to the originals: 1 – Borneo and 2 – The Australian Outback
    • Other great and more recent seasons include: 27 – Blood vs. Water and 33 – Millenials vs Gen X
  • And if you really want to geek out on Survivor, you can check out Rob Has A Podcast. (Bonus Tip: Rob and his network of podcasts also cover many other reality and scripted TV shows, so there’s probably something for everyone.)


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