Surprisingly Awesome

Surprisingly Awesome

Published by: Gimlet
32 Episodes | First Released: Oct 29 '15 | 🇺🇸
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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1919imawesome
Jul 31 '19
Rating:   10
Come ON Gimlet

So in the beginning this was a really promising show full of fun episodes! Then the told us that two hosts were quitting and Rachel was going on hiatus over winter. They come back two months late saying they will continue making episodes then come back and tell us that the last host is leaving TOO!! They tell us they will continue with a new host and by april they finally tell us they are stopping surprisingly awesome.the Adams did a greta job of hosting, and they took truly noting topics like mild pigeons and cement and made it into an interesting, marketable episode! Rachel did the best she could with the resources that she was given but the newest host before they quit the show just didn’t make the cut. A total disappointment

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Mike4391
Jul 2 '18
Rating:   6
Not a fan of the newer format

Loved he first few episodes, didn’t care for the newer format.

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RJJO
Apr 18 '18
Rating:   2
Adam Davidson is a terrible, immoral person

This podcast had so much potential. Turning everyday things into fascinating objects is a fabulous task. But Adam Davidson seems like a terrible person. In addition to constantly defending capitalism, which seems like his sole aim in life (as in Planet Money), he ruins truly great concepts. For example, he thinks that rationality is basically siwndling other people or acting in one's own interest regardless of whether or not it affects others negatively. This might be the crudest, most selfish account of rationality I have ever heard, and runs in direct contradistinction to every satisfying account of reason that I know. Rationality is not about me, it is not harming others to my advantage. It is aligning oneself with the internal reason of the world, the cosmological reason that articulates the overall rational organization of everything. Rationality if about considering how everything is organized in a relatively harmonious way. It is irrational to abstract myself from this and consider only my personal interests. To swap a sort of instrumental reason for true reason, and to try to convince listeners of this, is so dangerous and morally problematic that I will never listen to a word this immoral person ever says. NPR should never allow him on the radio again. To my ears, there is not much difference between the disgusting virtiol that Sean Hannity spews as Adam Davidson tries to hide in his seemingly less offensive tone of voice.

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PinkFlowers99<3
Dec 9 '17
Rating:   10
Listen to Episode #15 Extinct Hockey

It is golden. My favorite episode I've ever listened to of any podcast ever.

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Bearpig2010
Oct 17 '17
Rating:   10
Thanks

I am randomly giving you 5 stars but I have never heard a single moment. My intuition says I am making the right move.

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Darin 505
Oct 9 '17
Rating:   10
Why

Bring it back

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andrew.conkling
Aug 24 '17
Rating:   10
Fascinating looks into everyday things

I loved the Broccoli episode, completely flipped my perspective on broccoli, vegetables, and parenting. The free throw episode was also interesting from a non-sportsman perspective. Love this type of podcast, and I'm also a big Adam Davidson fan from the Planet Money days. Sad to see it go, but my rating stands!

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Jan Singer
Jul 26 '17
Rating:   10
Love Surprisingly Awesome

I have listened to quite a few other Gimlet Media offerings, and love them all very much, but Surprisingly Awesome really stands out. I have learned so many new things that I quote from the show all the time. Best episodes (or at least the ones that I quote from the most) so far: The ones on interest, broccoli, boredom, and pigeons.

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Podcast Addict2
Jul 25 '17
Rating:   10
I like it. Listening from the beginning

It has that gimlet sound. If you like NPR you will like it.

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Shooby_doo
May 26 '17
Rating:   10
Great listen for acquiring random knowledge

Surprisingly Awesome has joined Mystery Show and Undone in the "Podcasts I find and love, only to discover they are being or have been canceled." As someone who enjoys pulling random facts into creative endeavors in real life, this is a great listen. I will fully admit the first couple of episodes took me a while to get into. However, I have laughed plenty of times outloud at work and will savor the few remaining episodes that are left.

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folkystar
May 7 '17
Rating:   10
Entertaining and insightful

Love the Adams and Rachel. Such a fun listen, and I always find something in each episode of which I was previously unaware. And, no, I do not floss

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