And we thought last year was bad! Podcasts to keep you afloat.

For the past few days I’d been desperately filling every moment of silence with news podcasts on the Kavanaugh hearings. I don’t know why, but keeping the flow of information going felt like a life raft. But truly, I needed a break. And maybe you do, too.

I found both of these utterly engrossing, and so closely related that I need to send them as a set. Use them to stay afloat when the whirlpool of the past few weeks threatens to drag you down. They’re funny, touching, and sad. They made me love people, despite it all – and that’s important.

The Mayor of Mitchell Gardens
Danny Lobell finds laughter and heartbreak on the job in a Long Island nursing home.

Shabbat Dinner at Wendy’s
This week on the show, Dan travels to Palm Desert, California, to join these seniors for Shabbat dinner at Wendy’s. The group tells Dan why this ritual is so important to them, how they’re evolving it, and how they like their fries.