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Surprisingly Awesome

Author: Gimlet

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A show that delves into topics that seem mundane, annoying and sometimes downright boring - to reveal that they're surprisingly awesome.
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#23 The Wedding
Something borrowed, something blue, something that explains why weddings look the way they do.The FactsOur theme music is by Nicholas Britell and our ad music is by Build Buildings. We were edited this week by Annie-Rose Strasser, and produced by Christine Driscoll, Elizabeth Kulas, and Rikki Novetsky.  Sylvie Douglis and Nick Fountain field produced at the wedding.Thank you to Sue and Austin’s friends and family for letting us ask so many questions and bother you during the whole wedding.Thanks to Jorge Just -- and sorry we forgot to thank you last time, and to our beloved mix engineer Andrew Dunn. ANDREW DUNN MIXED THIS EPISODE, he always mixes our episodes, and we have not been great about remembering to tell you that!Additional production assistance came from Jacob Cruz, Emily Kennedy, Melanie Kruvelis, Sarah Melton and Sarah Stoddard.Thank you to Karen Klaiber Hersch, Gayle Strege, Patrick O’Neil, Jennifer Gellmann and Sharon Boulani.And finally, stay posted with us as we report the next season. You can follow us on Twitter, subscribe to the newsletter, or subscribe to us on your podcatcher for all our cool updates!See you in 2017!Learn MoreIf you want to learn more Folk-Lore of Women you can access it via the wonderful Project Gutenberg at this link.Did you like learning the value of the garter industry in 1952? What a rebel - you probably need Dr. Vicki Howard's book at this link or your local library.There are a lot of wedding traditions out there!  We obviously didn't cover them all! There's a great history about women changing their last names by Dr. Sophie Coulombeau at the BBC. For some funny and insightful thoughts on the prevalence of Corinthians in wedding vows, check out this essay by Kate Braestrup at Huffington Post.Our SponsorsBlue Apron – Delivering all the fresh ingredients you need to create home-cooked meals. Click now to get your first three meals for free.Casper – Get $50 towards any Casper Mattress purchase by visiting casper.com/awesome and using the offer code “AWESOME”.

#23 The Wedding

2016-10-1900:35:481

#22 Wedding Planning
This week: It's awesome in the sacred sense - but stressful in the practical sense.The FactsSurprisingly Awesome’s theme music is by Nicholas Britell. Our ad music is by Build Buildings.Additional music came from Kyle Morton, Sex Life, and XoloWe were edited this week by Annie-Rose Strasser, and produced by Rachel Ward, Christine Driscoll and Rikki Novetsky.  Our field producers were Sylvie Douglis and Nick Fountain.  Production Assistance came from Jacob Cruz, Emily Kennedy, Melanie Kruvelis, Jessica Langley,  Sarah Melton, and Sarah Stodder.Thank you to Meg Keene at A Practical Wedding, Erin Boll, proprietrix of the Instagram account Pisces Bride, Stevie Lane who designed our wedding invitation, and for helping us find Sue and Austin. Learn MoreSource for the inverse relationship between the cost of weddings and duration of marriages: ‘A Diamond is Forever’ and Other Fairy Tales: The Relationship between Wedding Expenses and Marriage Duration. At one point this was the most downloaded paper on SSRN, the database we found it on.Here's the link to Tamara Sniezek's paper, Is It Our Day or the Bride’s Day? The Division of Wedding Labor and Its Meaning for Couples. You'll never look at invitations the same way again.Several years ago, Slate did a great, concise post about wedding averages and how they're reported, The Wedding Industry's Pricey Little Secret.Rebecca Mead's book is called One Perfect Day, and you can check it out at the library, like we did, or get it... you know where. (Amazon, you can buy books on Amazon.)Our Sponsorseero - For free overnight shipping, visit eero.com and at checkout select overnight shipping then enter “awesome" to make it freeHello Fresh - To get $35 off your first week of deliveries visit hellofresh.com and enter promo code "AWESOME"

#22 Wedding Planning

2016-10-0500:32:191

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Daniel Gonçalves

As a self taught musician this was very interesting to me

May 3rd
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Sindhu Indurthi

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Nov 16th
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iTunes User

I've been a huge fan of Adam Davidson (since the "Giant Pool of Money" episode on TAM), and I've been listening to every podcast show that Gimlet has started, BUT this new show didn't work for me, particularly the conversational format of the show since I felt Adam McKay didn't really add anything to the podcast. Rather, I kept losing focus, and, eventually, it became too boring to continue listening....

Aug 30th
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iTunes User

The full-length preview offered to Gimlet Media members was in fact surprisingly awesome. I ended up interested in a topic I was absolutely not interested in.

Aug 30th
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iTunes User

I've been a big fan of other gimlet podcasts, but this one felt different. The hosts have no chemistry with one another and barely seem interested in the topics that they say are "surprisingly awesome". This podcast is a poorly executed manifestation of a Reddit interesting facts thread. Lastly, do we really need more podcasts hosted by upperclass white men? Gimlet can do better.

Aug 30th
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