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Pick of the week: Here Be Monsters – How I Learned to Love Rejection (Parts 1 & 2)

March 17, 2013
Here Be Monsters – How I Learned to Love Rejection (Parts 1 & 2)
Podcast release date: January 23, 2013 (Part 1) and February 2, 2013 (Part 2)
Time: 14:41

I learned about Here Be Monsters from The Daily Dot’s 10 Best New Podcasts of 2012 at the end of last year. I didn’t start listening to the podcast right away, though, possibly because I subconsciously thought, “Uh oh – monsters!” However, I’m glad I didn’t wait too long to face my fear of monsters and start listening to this podcast.

Here Be Monsters is a relatively new podcast created by Jeff Emtman which explores fear and the unknown. I haven’t listened to all of the Here Be Monsters episodes yet, but so far the style of the podcast reminds me a little of Love + Radio and 99% Invisible. In the How I Learned to Love Rejection episodes, Jeff Emtman tells the story of how he hitchhiked across the United States to confront his fear of strangers. He records his thoughts and experiences (including hearing cicadas, witnessing a shooting, working at a carnival for a few days) and interviews strangers and friends he meets during his trip from the northwestern U.S. to the southeastern U.S. and back. He documented his trip through photos, too, and I highly recommend checking out these photos (which include audio clips) on the “Hitch Hiking” section of his website.

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