The Heart is a podcast about love and intimacy. It is hosted by women and I believe women are the target audience. Sometimes it is light, tender, and warm; other times it is dark, hard, complex. This podcast does contain sexual content and is not suitable to listen to with children around. It is definitely not for everyone.
When I was researching other reviews of The Heart, I came across this article from salon.com: 7 Feminist Podcasts That Are Way, Way Sexier Than “Serial”, which is a bit of a misleading title but does its job of making me want to check out other podcasts on the list (I subscribed to a couple immediately after reading the article). What intrigued me about the review of The Heart was that it was described as sex-positive. I didn’t know much about this, so I did a little more research. The Wikipedia entry for sex-positive describes it as “a social movement which promotes and embraces sexuality with few limits beyond an emphasis on safe sex and the importance of consent.” Sounds pretty good.
So I listened to some more episodes that I hadn’t heard yet, and generally I’d agree that the podcast provides a positive spin on intimacy on most of the episodes. Not all of the stories are about women or narrated by women. But this is a “free love” podcast and very little is off the table! After all, the podcast used to be called “Audio Smut” until it became part of Radiotopia, which is a collective of storytellng podcasts by PRX, the Public Radio Exchange.
I love that episodes of The Heart are short but compelling. Some are 5 minutes, few are longer than 20. The length gives you a little tidbit and if you are interested in more about the topic you can find links on their web page.
I would recommend listening to the first episode called “First” to get a taste of what the podcast is all about.
Audible Feast Ratings
Educational Value ★★★☆☆
Honestly, this podcast is going to have different educational value for different listeners – but in general if you’re open minded that sex-positive rhetoric is a good thing, you’ll learn something about intimacy by listening.
Pop Culture Value ★★★☆☆
Host Listen-ability ★★★★☆
Flow (both planned podcast flow and advertisement-impacted) ★★★★☆
This show is usually more tender and thoughtful than funny, but sometimes it’s light and humorous.
Terrific storytelling if you are interested in the content! This is what the hosts and their special guest narrators excel at, which is probably one reason it is part of Radiotopia.
Makes Me a Better Person ★★☆☆☆
Overall Audible Feast Rating: ★★★☆☆
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