We’ve had an awesome crew of interns at Houstonia this summer. Between covering the "who's" and "whats" of our great city, and fact-checking our upcoming print issue (self-promotion high five!), they’ve been staying connected to the world through the latest and greatest releases.

Here’s what they recommend you check out this weekend.

Useful Science

I just recently got into the Useful Science podcast. It’s interesting so far. The host, who isn’t a scientist, has on guests who’re experts in different fields to talk about why certain issues are popular now. The most recent episode I heard was all about antibiotic resistance. The guests gave a mini-history lesson on why early overuse of antibiotics led to extremely resistant bacteria. Doctors, to this day, have to be careful to only give antibiotics out when absolutely necessary to prevent this from happening again. The podcast’s not overly technical, in my opinion, but there’s a lot of information in every episode. —Jonathan Forney

Folklore

There was definitely a Christmas in July for Swifties (with Taylor herself as Santa Claus) when the Miss Americana sensation released a 16-song surprise album last month. Whether you're a Taylor Swift stan, you only jam to “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” alone in the car, or you prefer to keep her name off of your playlist, Folklore is worth a listen—not only because it's a great album, but because it's unlike anything she's ever released before. Seeing it's her first album to ever officially be classified as alternative, this jazzy, nostalgic collection of melodies is full of intriguing stories, timeless tunes, and what Taylor believes is her "most magical creative adventure of my life thus far." Even if your immediate reaction was an eye roll when you heard about Folklore, I guarantee it's not like anything you're expecting. Oh, and if I haven't sold you yet, maybe the duet between her and indie folk band Bon Iver will seal the deal. —Kaitlyn Miller

Relationship Goals Reloaded

During my time in quarantine, I have been actively watching a sermon series, Relationship Goals Reloaded by pastor Michael Todd from Transformation Church. I am constantly striving to become a better version of my current and future self, and this relationship series enriched me with so much insight on the importance of being intentional in your singlehood, as well as establishing parameters that should be in place for a healthy relationship. I am taking a toast to self-improvement all quarantine long. —Samantha Dorisca 

The Poetry Exchange

These days everything I read is so saturated in calamity and calls to action that I forget words can even be comforting. So, after sitting in silence for too long on March 184th, I Googled “comforting podcasts” and came upon The Poetry Exchange, a show that has reminded me of my love for language and its ability to ground us when the world is in free fall. In each monthly episode British writer/creative facilitator Fiona Bennett and actor/writer Michael Schaeffer interview one person, who shares a poem that has been a friend to them. Their conversations about the poem’s personal significance are insightful and poignant, emphasizing the profound capacity for poetry to capture the human experience. Each poem I hear feels like a reassuring hug from someone who is simultaneously a stranger and my most trusted confidant. —Katelyn Landry

Heavyweight

After weeks of binging both Community and Game of Thrones (very disparate choices, I’m aware), I found myself wanting to get off the couch and indulge in more bite-sized storytelling—the kind that's perfect listening to while folding laundry or going for a run. Over the past few months, I’ve listened to hours of podcasts while making (sometimes fateful) forays into baking from scratch. Heavyweight explores true stories of the loose ends people have attempted to tie up in their lives for years, from tracking down an influential third-grade teacher to recovering a family heirloom that was mistakenly pawned off years prior. Heavyweight brings comfort to those of us who have ever grappled with "what-if," while also combining compelling sincerity and host Jonathan Goldstein’s dry wit. —Rebecca Noel 

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