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Writer Domingo Martinez Says 'Crybabies' Podcast 'Makes Me Choke Up'
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Writer Domingo Martinez Says 'Crybabies' Podcast 'Makes Me Choke Up'

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Writer Domingo Martinez Says 'Crybabies' Podcast 'Makes Me Choke Up'

Writer Domingo Martinez Says 'Crybabies' Podcast 'Makes Me Choke Up'
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Martinez recommends Crybabies in earbud.fm, NPR's guide to great podcasts. Annette Allen/NPR hide caption

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Martinez recommends Crybabies in earbud.fm, NPR's guide to great podcasts.

Martinez recommends Crybabies in earbud.fm, NPR's guide to great podcasts.

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Domingo Martinez, author of The Boy Kings of Texas, recommends the podcast Crybabies, particularly the episode in which the hosts talk to comedian Guy Branum about the things that make him cry. For more great podcast recommendations, and another one of Martinez's favorite Crybabies episodes, visit earbud.fm.

ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:

And now we have a solution to a problem that many podcast listeners or want-to-be listeners might have.

KELLY MCEVERS, HOST:

So many podcasts - which ones to listen to?

SHAPIRO: We think the best approach is just to turn to a friend and be like, hey, what are you listening to these days? So that's what we did this last spring. We asked you.

MCEVERS: And more than 6,000 of you answered recommending episodes for more than 800 different podcasts.

SHAPIRO: We're talking about everything from podcasts about nuclear arms control to breakfast to "Saved By The Bell."

MCEVERS: Wait; there's an entire podcast about "Saved By The Bell"?

SHAPIRO: Yes, Kelly. You can take Thanksgiving weekend and catch up. Anyway, we went through all the suggestions, curated a nice long list and created a new website called earbud.fm.

MCEVERS: You're welcome. We've just solved one of your problems.

SHAPIRO: And at earbud.fm, each episode comes highly recommended by a real person, someone like this.

DOMINGO MARTINEZ: My name is Domingo Martinez. I'm the author of "The Boy Kings Of Texas." The podcast I'd like to recommend is called Crybabies.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "CRY BABY CRY")

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: (Singing) Cry baby, cry, cry baby, cry...

MARTINEZ: And it's sort of pet project between Susan Orlean, who's a writer for The New Yorker, and Sarah Thyre, who is an actress in Los Angeles. And listening to their podcast, it's kind of a lot like hitting the jackpot corner at a really good cocktail party. I mean, you could very much walk away thinking, wow, I really didn't like these people with their little in-jokes and their - they're such a club. But you don't feel like that. You actually feel like you're led in.

(SOUNDBITE OF PODCAST, "CRYBABIES")

SARAH THYRE: I'm Sarah Thyre.

SUSAN ORLEAN: I'm Susan Orlean, and this is Crybabies.

THYRE: Welcome to Crybabies with our very special...

MARTINEZ: They bring on guests and speak to people about what triggers their crying response. And it can be anything from a particular book or a scene from a movie. But the episode that I like to recommend to people who are not familiar with Crybabies is an interview with this comedian named Guy Branum.

(SOUNDBITE OF PODCAST, "CRYBABIES")

GUY BRANUM: I had almost no relationship to Queen except as a kid, I remember my mom explaining to me that there was something bad or wrong about them, but I...

MARTINEZ: In this particular episode, Guy Branum shows, as his crying trigger, "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen.

(SOUNDBITE OF PODCAST, "CRYBABIES")

BRANUM: I read in a close reading of "Bohemian Rhapsody," like, maybe 10 years ago that was basically a dude breaking it down as, it is a breakup song for your mother. Like, it is a gay guy sort of, like, reconciling himself to the fact that this wasn't going to go away and that that meant that he kind of had to destroy his relationship to his mother and then sort of being consumed - like, letting himself be consumed by the pleasures of what that choice involved.

And the thing is is that, like, so much gay art - it has to be coded because it wasn't something that you could talk about. But it is the most, like - it is the closest to being real gay art that I've ever heard.

MARTINEZ: And to hear him speaking about it - and he chokes up, and it makes me choke up when I hear it also. It's I think very much the type of particular quality that a Crybabies kind of brings across.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY")

QUEEN: (Singing) Is this the real life?

MCEVERS: That, of course, is Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" discussed fully in episode 24 of the podcast Crybabies, a favorite of author Domingo Martinez.

SHAPIRO: You can listen to an episode of Crybabies and browse more than 200 other podcast recommendations at earbud.fm, NPR's guide to great podcasts.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY")

QUEEN: (Singing) I'm just a poor boy. I need no sympathy. Because I'm easy come, easy go...

SHAPIRO: You know you're singing along. This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News.

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