I have a new coworker (and a new friend!) who is super into podcasts like me, but has really different tastes than I do. I find it hard to find new podcasts- there is such a range in quality, length, and topic. I don’t need a professionally mixed podcast, but I do prefer there not to be a whole lot of talking over each other (Afterbuzz TV podcasts- I’m looking at you. Cut down on the number of hosts or don’t talk over each other). I prefer longer podcasts- an hour or more is wonderful. Two is amazing! The more time I can listen, the better! She introduced me to a few (new-to-me) but fantastic podcasts that I think anyone could listen to.
Okay, okay, I know that I am most likely the last person on earth to listen to Serial, but I was hooked. The first season looks at the murder of Hae Min Lee, and the convicted murderer, Adnan Syed. The trial was conducted somewhat questionably, and the evidence is the same. It takes you through the different time lines, individuals, and the trial. Season two examines the military tour, capture and torture, return, and trial of Bowe Bergdahl, a US Army Sargent who was captured and held by the Taliban for five years. I won’t say more, as most people have listened by now, but I learned a lot about both the US Judicial system and the US military.
Radiolab covers a massive range of topics, from murders to illness and disease to why things work the way they do to K-Pop. The research is always well-done, and I always finish feeling like I have learned something (though not in an after-school special kind of way…). Jad and Robert, the hosts, are engaging and informative, and you feel like they are learning and experiencing along with you. It’s not light-hearted or relaxing, but it’s fantastic if you’ve mindless work to do and you need something to occupy your thoughts!
I’ve only listened to a couple of episodes of Invisibilia thus far, but it’s certainly meant to prod your brain muscles. It is “about the invisible forces that control human behavior – ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions”, which is quite a heavy load. This is the type of podcast that you focus on rather, than multi-task through. I would be very interested to know how they come up with these topics- “How to Become Batman”??
I listened to all sixty odd episodes of Not Too Deep in the span of about 5 weeks, and I’m on my second listen through. Grace Helbig interviews her friends (who are usually YouTubers, like her) and has them answer a wide variety of odd questions, such as “If you could replace one body part with hot dogs, which would it be?” Producer Jack Ferry becomes more vocal as the podcast goes on, and definitely becomes integral. Overall, hilarious and fun and easy to listen to! I am a light sleeper whose over-active brain will keep her awake with worries, and I can listen to this falling asleep. Everyone should listen to Not Too Deep, everyone!
What podcasts do you listen to? What is your number one podcast recommendation?