Right now, your face is teaming with teeny tiny arachnids. They’re chilling in your pores. They’ve colonized your family. And at night, they come out onto your face and they fuck. It’s true. I learned about it on the bizarre, informative, and jarringly entertaining podcast Every Little Thing.
In each episode, host Flora Lichtman explores a question or curiosity, and from it spins fun facts, unexpected connections, and some harrowing truths like spiders live on your face (“The Society On Your Face”). It’s addictive listening, in part because of the efficient manner in which information is presented (most eps clock in under 30 minutes), but also because of Lichtman’s contagious enthusiasm. Ahead of an episode, she might preview the raucously shocked reaction of a colleague when they’d first heard what she uncovered. She might tease her easily grossed-out fact buddy about bugs. Or she might lovingly taunt a caller about how they are a special brand of nerd to drunk dial a podcast to ask “What Would Happen to Your Body in Space?” Basically, she’s like a modern Ms. Frizzle, giddily welcoming us on an adventure into worlds unknown or overlooked. And the results are always fascinating and fun.
Want to know what spiders and cargo pants have in common? (“Who Killed Cargo Shorts?”) How about how Jaws began a whole new branch of acting (“The Voices Hiding In Your Favorite Movies)? Did you know flamingos aren’t just pretty birds of paradise, but steely badasses that can stand through the night in frozen lakes and guzzle boiling water without breaking a sweat? (“Don’t Underestimate the Flamingo”) She’s got an ep for that. And if you can’t get enough of weird facts that’ll freak out your friends, you won’t want to miss a single one.
New episodes of Every Little Thing hit iTunes each Monday, courtesy of Gimlet.