Over the past few months, I’ve joined the ranks of the somewhat annoying podcast listening masses. I’m now one of those people that start 80% of sentences with “So I was listening to a podcast, and…” Just ask Mr. Brown, he will back me up here.
So yes, I know that I’ve become slightly exasperating, but I just can’t STOP! Why? Here’s the top 5 reasons why:
Considered the grandfather of podcasts, this story-driven radio show has commanded the top spot of the podcast charts for as long as I have been a member of the masses. It wasn’t the first podcast I ever listened to, but it’s probably the most solid favorite I have. I landed on this after Serial – the would-be favorite if it was available right now, and a spin-off of This American Life – ended. I love the stories on this podcast, and how they tie them together with a theme every week.
I’ve already done a bit of gushing about this podcast on this blog, so I’ll try to keep it short. I LOVE THIS SHOW. This was my first foray into the inspirational/educational podcast world, and it just makes me feel good when I spend my time listening to this.
This podcast belongs to the NPR family, and can I just say, I really really appreciate NPR. I’ve been listening to this station a bit on the radio for the past few years, but am loving the podcasts it puts out. This podcast follows the “This American Life model” by choosing a theme, and supporting it with multiple parts. It’s all interviews with all kinds of TED Talks people, from scientists to artists to explorers. Very very cool.
I made it to this podcast by way of the Lively Show, and I’d say it’s like a sibling of that show. Like hosts Jess Lively and Jonathan Fields are fraternal podcast twins. What I love about this show is that it comes at these interviews (sometimes the same people!) from the male perspective. Jonathan is so easy to listen to, and he gives me a way to see things with new eyes. Also very inspirational, even if he is a man! Kidding… sort of.
In the podcast world, this show is the guilty pleasure. Obviously. This is not the show for someone in search of serious soul-searching or intellectual growth, which is what I love about it. Don’t get me wrong, this crew is intelligent (did I mention that this is another NPR child?), but they are so funny! I just love listening to them bounce off each other, and just enjoy discussing things with each other. I’m not gonna lie, I don’t necessarily agree with every conclusion they come to, and I often don’t have a clue who or what they’re referring to in their discussions, but they are just so likeable! It’s also a great place to get some book/film/music recommendations.
Do you listen to podcasts?