The Anthropocene is the current geological age, in which human activity has profoundly shaped the planet and its biodiversity. On The Anthropocene Reviewed, #1 New York Times bestselling author John Green (The Fault in Our Stars, Turtles All the Way Down) reviews different facets of the human-centered planet on a five-star scale. WNYC Studios is a listener-supported producer of other leading podcasts including On the Media, Snap Judgment, Death, Sex & Money, Nancy and Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin. © WNYC Studios
Icelandic Hot Dog Stand and Signing Your Name 250,000 Times
John Green reviews an Icelandic hot dog stand and the act of signing your name 250,000 times in a four-month period.
Penguins of Madagascar and the Smallpox Vaccine
John Green reviews the opening scene of the movie Penguins of Madagascar and the smallpox vaccine. The Anthropocene Reviewed book will be released on May 18, 2021 and is available for preorder now. Tour details in show notes!
John Green reviews historical outbreaks of bubonic and pneumonic plague.
The Anthropocene Reviewed book will be released on May 18, 2021 and is available for preorder now.
The Anthropocene Reviewed, Reviewed
John Green reviews the podcast The Anthropocene Reviewed.
Mortification and Civilization
John Green reviews mortification and civilization.
Seventeen Listener Suggestions, Reviewed
John Green reviews seventeen--that’s right, seventeen--topics suggested by listeners who emailed him at anthropocenereviewed at gmail dot com.
inspiring and calming
John Green just has a wonderful voice and he uses it to give a lot of meaning to different things. i believe that nothing in life has meaning and sometimes i criticize myself for giving things meaning for myself in life but this podcast just makes it all feel good and okay. also, it inspires me a lot. it's a podcast that makes me feel happy, sad, inspired, confused, informed but most of all it makes me feel okay and comfortable.
Do yourself a favour
John takes your hand and guides you to the depths of your conciousness. Beautiful, emotional, intense and eye-opening this show makes you think about what truly matters. Often drawing from personal experiences and perfectly complemented by detailed research, John covers a varied set of topics from the completely mundane to the awe-inspiring. Highly recommended to anyone looking for a higher appreciation of our human experience.
Well written and performed, occasionally sappy
These audio essays are enjoyable to listen to and concern a large number of different topics, although not as diverse as the title would suggest. Sports and literature, as well as US-American culture have heavy representation. A better title would be: the John Green universe reviewed. I don’t think the podcast is bad so I won’t give it low stars, but I do have some gripes with it. Gripes I wouldn’t have if the show were not almost great.
I know John doesn’t think he takes himself too seriously, but on occasion he does, leading him into needlessly sentimental musings. In The latest episode on You’ll Never Walk Alone he says that the song is ‘cheesy’, but ‘also, so true’ - which is nowhere near an antonym. Cheesy things are often clearly true, so very unpoeticly true that stating it feels very unnecessary. He then proceeds with the most cheesy and sentimental description of the song and its use imaginable. He does this often: criticising a general view on a topic, and then expressing that same view in other, very smart and eleborate words.
Another example from the same episode: it starts with him stating that he doesn’t want to focus on the pandemic, to take a break from it, but then devotes quite some time on his melancholy about it and even weaves it into both topics.
Still, it’s fun to listen to and does a pretty good job at looking at small topics in detail. I enjoy it. I give it 4 stars.