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Small Triumph, Big Speech: Silly but for a good cause

The Premise (from Apple Podcasts):

Everyday tasks celebrated with epic over-the-top speeches.⁣

Series or standalone:


Begin listening to:

Any episode


Chat/discussion/melodramatic monologue


Humorist/podcaster Dylan Marron

Sound/production quality:

Very good

Rating/age suitability:

Probably would only appeal to adults

Approximate length of episodes:

10-15 minutes

Curricular ties:


Similar recommended pods:

Dylan also hosts Conversations with People Who Hate Me.

Podcast Librarian’s Review:

STBS is a silly and delightful little pod that has the added benefit of being short (under 15 minutes). Additionally, it’s a fundraiser for Bail Project. Here’s how it works: donate to Bail Project through STBS, and one lucky listener gets to tell host Dylan about a small triumph (and we’re talking small stuff here—filling out a form, poaching an egg, organizing a tea cupboard, etc.) that they’ve had. After he earnestly questions them about the experience and sincerely praises them, Dylan enlists the help of semi-celebs who have a way with words, like Jacqueline Woodson, Jason Sudeikis, and even podcasting superstar Roman Mars *insert fan girl squeal* to write an over-the-top speech, cinematic-style congratulatory speech. The real magic is in the film score-style background music (courtesy of Keys of Moon) that plays as the celeb guest reads out their speech, like an inspirational sports movie when the underdog finally overcomes his greatest hurdle and the crowd goes wild. Although Dylan is undeniably genuine, the whole podcast is somewhat tongue-in-cheek, and if you want to get philosophical about it, this pod is a reminder that we should celebrate the small, tiny, minuscule stuff that we get done each day rather than get wrapped up in whether we’re making giant waves on a daily basis. It’s a quintessential 2020 pod and never fails to lift my mood. ⁣

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