Some great episodes, I think I’ve listened to all of them before, but I just added them back to my queue, thanks for the recommendations! There might be some new favorites of mine among them (I actually use the “starred” feature in Pocket Casts to mark these). @mosespippy I enjoyed TMI very much as well, I still like ToE, especially the episodes about technology (the “Instaserf” series was really good, I thought), but somehow it has lost some of its poetry?
My favorite 99pi episodes are all a bit older, but probably because their impact was so high. I think many people can remember the first time they heard Roman’s voice and how he constructs his episodes, like @Yuinova said, the feeling the 99pi team creates is so incredibly dense and impactful. Even the very first Kickstarter pledge video was amazingly cool, I still remember that well.
- Episode 05 - 99% Forgotten About a statue (or lack thereof) in San Francisco. I hiked up the little hill when I was in SF a few years ago, while listening to the episode, a really cool experience (the one about Sutro baths is also cool to listen to while you actually look at the ruins).
- Episode 35 - Elegy for WTC The sound recordings of the towers swaying in the wind and the very emotional interview with the structural engineer made this episode leave a lasting impression on me.
- Episode 43 - The Accidental Music of Imperfect Escalators Again an episode about things making unintentional sounds (I think I really like this aspect of our lived-in world) and one the first episodes by Sam Greenspan (it was from his own, short-lived podcast “Random Tapes,” if I remember correctly). I just think this episode is really poetic and opens up a new perspective. I also made sure to seek out the singing escalators when I was in DC two years ago and rode them a couple of times just to listen. It really is a cool/weird sound.