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Give me your biddies, your scolds, your gossips

Please recommend small-town, woman-centric, low-stakes, non-romantic entertainments for me. [more inside]
posted by potrzebie to Media & Arts at 3:13 PM on Dec 6, 2016 - 50 answers [74 favorites]

Can you please recommend some new podcasts for me?

Can you please recommend some new podcasts for me? Podcasts I already listen to : Hardcore History, Radiolab, Planet Money, This American Life, Fresh Air, Freakonomics, The Bowery Boys, Snap Judgment, My History Can Beat Up Your Politics, Flash Forward, Invisibilia, More Perfect
posted by panama joe to Media & Arts at 9:53 AM on Dec 6, 2016 - 36 answers [72 favorites]

I see a darkness

Give me some dark, driving, haunting tracks to round out a playlist. [more inside]
posted by quiet coyote to Media & Arts at 5:17 PM on Dec 8, 2016 - 48 answers [65 favorites]

Interesting games for two

I want to gift my husband with a game (board, online, whatever) that we can play together an hour or so after work each weekday. Recommendations? [more inside]
posted by inevitability to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 5:53 AM on Dec 9, 2016 - 31 answers [56 favorites]

Favorite episodes of radio shows/podcasts

I like listening to This American Life while doing my PT exercises. I've been going through the favorites section, and it's pretty great. Do you have any favorite episodes of other shows to recommend? (I'm a total podcast newbie and "listen to RadioLab" is a bit overwhelming, hence specific episodes) [more inside]
posted by danceswithlight to Society & Culture at 9:17 AM on Dec 7, 2016 - 33 answers [53 favorites]

Unable to get past my grief over the election results

I have major depressive disorder, comorbid with anxiety. I have a therapist whom I see weekly. I have a prescriber whom I see monthly. We talk about this. But I still wake up every morning and experience about 20 seconds of normalcy before horrific reality sets in, and all of the grief and fear ratchets up. [more inside]
posted by tzikeh to Health at 11:03 AM on Dec 4, 2016 - 39 answers [43 favorites]

Art History starter pack

A friend and I want to get a good introduction to art history. I'm seeking recommendations for the best resources to do this, be they entertaining, authoritative books, lecture series videos, local resources (we live in San Francisco), or something else entirely! [more inside]
posted by estlin to Education at 8:18 PM on Dec 3, 2016 - 14 answers [37 favorites]

Self-improvement without negativity

How do you set goals and make positive changes without berating yourself in the process? [more inside]
posted by delight to Human Relations at 5:13 PM on Dec 4, 2016 - 16 answers [37 favorites]

Simple basic whole-wheat bread recipe

My family is getting tired of my bread experiments since our bread machine died. I'm looking for bullet-proof, impatient-busy-idiot-proof bread recipes that satisfy the following conditions: [more inside]
posted by gakiko to Food & Drink at 1:15 AM on Dec 8, 2016 - 24 answers [37 favorites]

Why am I being followed?

There's a mysterious man in a suit and a high-end car that's following me. I didn't think anything of it until my neighbors called to say they were concerned. I went to the police and they told me to take a picture of the license plate and come back to the station as soon as it happened. What the heck? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Human Relations at 7:41 AM on Dec 9, 2016 - 31 answers [37 favorites]

[Anxiety filter]: I really want/need to focus, but I don't know how!!

I have a lot to do, but I'm extremely picky and perfectionist. I keep having panic attacks and end up procrastinating! How can I sidestep the panicking part and just start?!! [more inside]
posted by Crookshanks_Meow to Work & Money at 10:09 AM on Dec 9, 2016 - 15 answers [32 favorites]

books that are entirely unsuited to e-readers?

I've switched to an e-reader for most of my reading material, but I still love physical books and I enjoy getting new ones that I can somehow justify as unsuited to the screen. What are some books that really CANNOT be experienced properly in electronic format? [more inside]
posted by The Elusive Architeuthis to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 4:12 PM on Dec 5, 2016 - 41 answers [31 favorites]

30 is right around the corner and I’ve never felt more lost.

I wake up and live every day like a zombie – miserable at work and then I go home, go to the gym, eat crappy takeout and go to sleep. It just all feels so pointless, like I’m slowly wasting away and not living the full life I’m supposed to live. I want friends, love, a family, and a job or hobby to live for. But I almost feel paralyzed – if I have no interests and don’t want to be around anyone, how do I get my life started? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by koolaidnovel to Grab Bag at 12:31 PM on Dec 6, 2016 - 25 answers [31 favorites]

In search of happily ever afters...

Give me your (diverse, feminist) romance novel recs! Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by Tamanna to Media & Arts at 8:47 PM on Dec 3, 2016 - 6 answers [29 favorites]

Movies about love for young boys

Can you help me find movies about young love or first love that are suitable for early teen boys? My boys are 12 and 14. [more inside]
posted by stellathon to Media & Arts at 4:13 PM on Dec 5, 2016 - 31 answers [29 favorites]

Things to "collect" in a neighbourhood or place? Non-internet edition.

Aimless wandering is one of my preferred pastimes, and finding things locally blends well with this; I have a strong collecting impulse and it's a good way to know an area. But many recreational spins on this - geocaching, Ingress - are too internet-based for my tastes lately, and feel somewhat artificial. So what other things do you find it interesting/useful to go hunting for? All I can think of offhand is edible weeds/plant stands.
posted by solarion to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 4:30 PM on Dec 7, 2016 - 34 answers [29 favorites]

Gift ideas for a dude who likes weird things

It's come to this, MeFi. My husband is literally impossible to shop for. I need help! [more inside]
posted by banjo_and_the_pork to Shopping at 11:56 AM on Dec 9, 2016 - 35 answers [28 favorites]

Questions right other similar things to help me get to know myself

Frequently people are searching for questions or a game or excercise to help people know eachother better. I am seeking something similar but for discovering things about myself.
posted by jitterbug perfume to Grab Bag at 8:35 PM on Dec 9, 2016 - 5 answers [28 favorites]

Meditation: explanations without woo

Can you recommend some readings that explain the science behind meditation? [more inside]
posted by LonnieK to Science & Nature at 6:01 PM on Dec 4, 2016 - 7 answers [27 favorites]

Finding focus and mental energy for side projects

I would like to spend more free time working on side projects, but I can't find the focus by the end of a workday. Can you? Tell me how. [more inside]
posted by enn to Grab Bag at 7:33 AM on Dec 6, 2016 - 10 answers [27 favorites]

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