Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Excellent New Podcast on the Politics of Friendship

I highly recommend this new podcast that comes to us from This American Life. Some friendships/relationships cause one to have high blood pressure, say the studies and the premise of this piece.
You know how on reality TV shows contestants say "I'm not here to make friends"? Odd notion, right? Well, there's a new interesting bit/study on this very topic that I'm recommending here.
Also, if you'd like to know more about the social/historical context of the word "frenemy," check this same podcast out. Apparently, the first time the word frenemy appeared was back in the 50's.

If you'd like to pursue all of the above-mentioned topics further, listen to the podcast.




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6 comments:

JJ said...

This was great!!
The Nathan story gave me chills!!
Thanks for posting.

Dana said...

The last story is incredible. A beautiful bunch of vignettes. thanks.

Anonymous said...

Awesome piece!

Nicki said...

I was really moved by this. I used to check out This American Life all the time. I need to go back to that old habit.

Nicki said...

Can I just say that I'm loving this podcast a whole lot of things, too?
I'm now beginning to check out Ira Glass more often.

Nicki said...

Also, did you read Linda Barry's essay based on Glass?