11 episodes

The best source on our cultural identity is not the official, historical record — ask any anthropologist, it’s the town dump. Ephemera — those things that were just barely saved, and in some cases not saved at all — emanate with secrets we can only glimpse and mysteries we can never completely answer. The stories may be unfamiliar, but the themes are universal; this is a looking glass, a window into our own fragile, material existence that begs the question, “How will I be remembered?”

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    • 4.7, 264 Ratings

The best source on our cultural identity is not the official, historical record — ask any anthropologist, it’s the town dump. Ephemera — those things that were just barely saved, and in some cases not saved at all — emanate with secrets we can only glimpse and mysteries we can never completely answer. The stories may be unfamiliar, but the themes are universal; this is a looking glass, a window into our own fragile, material existence that begs the question, “How will I be remembered?”

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
264 Ratings

264 Ratings

bluefeather99 ,

absolutely love this.

Is my favourite podcast since welcome to s town. The kind of show you’ll listen & relisten to. Well crafted!

alana1079 ,

Emotional and beautiful

I listen to a LOT of podcasts. Mostly "Stuff You Should Know." There is so much to cover, that rarely do I listen to an episode of a podcast more than a single time. Josh and Chuck recommended Ephemeral and I thought I would give it a few episodes to grab my attention.

The second episode "Diaspora" grabbed my attention so tightly that immediately after listening to it I had to listen again. If you make it through Marika Papgika's haunting "Smyrneiko Minore" without feeling as though your heart is being removed from your body, you are stronger person than I.

The eighth episode, "Switchboard," is another example of an auditory experience I simply had to experience again. I found myself talking back to the narrator and guests, both in outrage an amazement at the courage of the "Hello Girls."

This is a truly outstanding podcast. I highly recommend it. You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll love it.

_ABK_47 ,

So intimate and interesting

Ephemeral has quickly become my favorite podcast, and we are only 8 episodes in! I absolutely love history podcasts, but Ephemeral offers something more: A deeper connection to the people and what they left behind. Hearing their voices gives you such an intimate sense of actually conversing with the person, as if you were sitting across from them and listening to them tell stories and sing songs. I truly can’t recommend this podcast enough.

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