Audio from this week’s Tannis On Pods pick, ‘This Movie Changed Me’:


This clip is an audio ‘burst,’ created using the Audioburst Creators tool. You can hear the full episode here.




Hello, citizens of the world!

Oscars season has come and gone. It certainly wasn’t my favorite year, but there were some gems!

Shout-out to Jojo Rabbit, one of my new favorite movies of all time 👏👏👏




My absolute favorite film genre is horror. It’s the genre that doesn’t get much love during awards season.

The very short list of Oscar-winning horror films includes ‘The Silence of the Lambs,’ ‘Jaws,’  ‘Misery,’ and ‘Rosemary’s Baby.’ #tannisroot

Growing up, my mom always told me stories about the scariest movie of all time – The Exorcist. Stories of people who fainted in the theater, some who puked, and others who ended up in therapy after watching it!

Suffice it to say, I was compelled 😉 

My mom had a pretty strict ‘no R-rated movies’ rule, so it wasn’t until high school that I finally got the chance to scare the bejesus out of myself.

Like all 90’s children, I went over to Blockbuster (RIP) with my best friend each week and asked the cinephiles who worked there for their favorite scary movie recommendations. 📼📼

We didn’t want to jump into watching The Exorcist right away. Instead, we built some backbone by watching all the other movies on the various “scariest of all time” lists. 



My recommendation this week is in honor of all those great movies that stole precious hours of sleep from me during my youth. 


Podcast: This Movie Changed Me

Episode: The Exorcist — Mark Kermode


This Movie Changed Me is a podcast from The On Being Project. Every episode, the  host “guides guests to explore and celebrate the transformative role movies play in their lives.” The network has several other podcasts that are all worth a listen.

This episode is a discussion of The Exorcist with British film critic Mark Kermode. He talks about how influential the movie is in his life, sans spoilers. If you’ve been too terrified to watch the movie, this interview may just convince you to give it a try. 

Or, if you’ve seen the film before, now is a great time to revisit it considering the recent news of actor Max Von Sydow’s passing.

Mark Kermode has two podcasts too: Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review and Kermode on Film.


Whether you’re a film buff or a movie novice, reach out at and tell me your thoughts on this week’s recommendation. 

The power of Christ compels you! 🧟‍♀️

Ta ta for now.



Hello, my Homo sapien comrades! 

Has this election cycle got you down? I feel like I’ve been suffering for an eternity. 

Facts, opinions… What’s the difference these days?

I may have a degree in conflict resolution, but it seems like I could solve the Kashmir conflict more easily than trying to get a Republican and a Democrat to see eye-to-eye on anything 🤦‍♀️

I’m calling it quits on the squabbles.

My recommendation this week comes from Radiolab.

Radiolab produces shows about scientific and philosophical topics in an exceedingly amusing style. The show won me over years ago with an episode about the rigorous gondolier profession. 




Anyway, the hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich (my close personal friends in an alternative reality) hit the nail on the head with this one.

No matter where we stand on the spectrum of beliefs as individuals, we tend to view our own perspective as being “right.” Because being right, well – don’t we hold that truth to be self-evident?

But what happens when we take off our Ray-Bans and try on someone else’s Oakleys?




The episode “What’s Left When You’re Right?” is about more than seeing things from another point of view. 

You’ll hear a story that turns the classic prisoner’s dilemma scenario on its head and another about how a difference of personality can completely break our perception of ourselves and others.

Most importantly, you’ll get an answer to the age-old question: is it better to be a righty or a lefty?


Podcast: Radiolab

Episode: What’s Left When You’re Right



You can listen to the whole episode here.

For your viewing pleasure, here is a YouTube link to watch the mind-blowing showdown that is discussed in the episode: Golden Balls – Split or Steal?

Shoot me a message with your thoughts at


Sayonara for now!



Hello fellow humans! My name is Tannis and this is my podcast recommendation blog.

What are my qualifications for taking on such a consequential task you ask?

Nothing! Welcome to the internet! 





In all seriousness, I am the Content Manager here at AudioburstWe serve up the world’s largest library of talk audio content in a searchable and shareable format. 

This involves a process of listening to over 6 million minutes of radio and podcasts a month! (For context, there are only about 44,000 minutes in a month 😲)

We automatically transcribe all of the audio, analyze it for important information, and segment it into smaller bits that we call “bursts.”

The gist of it is – I listen to A LOT of talk audio content.

As Content Manager, I preside over our audio library. This means that there are currently 5,000 podcast names swirling around in my brain. And I’ve listened to all of them 🤯

I listen while I’m at work, commuting to and from the office, while doing the dishes and laundry… even in the shower! 

I’m a real podcast fiend.

Introducing: Tannis on Pods


I’ve started this blog series because one of the most difficult aspects of finding a new podcast to listen to is discoverability. We all know there are a gazillion podcasts out there, but how do we find a great one on a topic that we actually want to listen to?

Hopefully, I can help with this predicament! 

Every two weeks, I will recommend a podcast or podcast episode that I think warrants a listen. My picks will cover every subject under the sun. Sometimes it’ll be funny, sometimes informative, sometimes challenging.

My goal is to make podcasts more accessible to people who don’t consume audio 15 hours a day. I’m guessing there are a few of you out there? 😂

With that said, check out my first-ever podcast recommendation: America Dissected with Abdul El-Sayed, Ep 4: “Superbugging Out”





In light of the terrifying coronavirus outbreak which is going to kill us all, I am recommending this episode of America Dissected to help bring the conversation back to improving our health care and away from the seemingly impending zombie apocalypse. Sometimes it feels like our personal health is out of our control – just touching the “stop request” button on the bus gives me the heebie-jeebies. This episode should serve as a reminder that there are measures we can each take to reclaim authority over our health and wellbeing. Listening to America Dissected was a very informative experience that I’d like to share with you all!

This is episode #4 in a ten-part series from Crooked Media. The show “goes beyond the headlines to explore what really matters for our health.”

This particular episode does a deep-dive into antibiotic misuse, which is “contributing to the global rise of an unseen, deadly force: antibiotic-resistant superbugs.” 

Wash your hands, people!


Let me know what you think!


Please reach out if you listen to the episode and let me know what you think. Drop me a line at If you enjoyed the podcast, be sure to check out the whole ten-part series, starting with episode one about the anti-vaccine movement.

Until next time folks!




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