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What We’re Listening To – April’s Picks

If the old adage “April showers bring May flowers” is true, then I anticipate spending more time indoors than out this month. To keep me company (and from going stir crazy), I’ll listen to a bunch of different programs, music, and books. Here’s a peek:

 

cover_9781524754853 Hari Kunzru has been on my to-read list for quite some time. When White Tears, his newest novel, was published a few weeks ago, I decided it was time to dive in. And, boy oh boy, am I glad I did. White Tears touches on race, the past and present, greed, cultural appropriation, and class. This literary page-turner is thrilling and engrossing. Seth and Carter are twenty-something New Yorkers obsessed with music. When they record an unknown singer in the park and share the recording online, claiming it’s an old blues recording, things snowball at an alarming pace.

 

Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People is a podcast by comedian Chris Gethard. It has such an interesting premise: anonymous callers call in, and Gethard has to let them talk about whatever they want for the next hour. The caller can end the call before the hour is up, but Gethard can’t. The conversations range from incredibly emotional to just plain hilarious). To start, I recommend “2. Passport Exodus” and “4. The Most Amazing Destruction.”

 

First off, I love musicals, so it’s not out of the ordinary that something musical-related is on my playlist all the time. Ever since I saw the new Broadway show Dear Evan Hansen several months ago, I’ve been listening to the song “Waving Through a Window” on repeat. Not only is the music super catchy and the performance by Ben Platt stellar, the story of the show is both heart-wrenching and heartwarming. Once you listen to this song, you’ll want to see the show a.s.a.p.!