I, like everyone else, got totally sucked into the Serial podcast. I binge listened until I was caught up, got Evan into it and re-listened with him, and waited impatiently for a new episode each week until it came to an anti-climactic (but still satisfying, I think) finale.
Until I got roped into Serial, I wasn’t a big podcast listener. But after it was over I was left with an emptiness. I was mainly listening during my work commute and when it was over, there was a void that my music couldn’t fill. I wanted more. I wanted someone to talk at me. Unfortunately there’s only one Serial, however, Serial opened my eyes to the world of podcasts. I did not even realize how many exist. So I downloaded Apple’s podcast app on my phone (it’s free on the app store!), subscribed to a bunch, and now they just download automatically when there is a new episode.
If you search for a podcast and then go to the details of that specific podcast, you can then just subscribe by touching the handy Subscribe button. See below.
And like magic, the podcasts in my app update each time there is a new episode.
You can also subscribe using iTunes, or you can go to the website of the podcast you want and just listen from there (which is what I did with Serial). I find the app very convenient though. It doesn’t have a very good rating on the app store, but I’ve had it for a few months now and I have not had any problems. Since Christmas I have been listening constantly when I am driving, and even lately if I am running (on the treadmill, outside is way too cold). I’m usually big into music while running on the treadmill, but I gotta say the podcasts have been a nice change of pace (wasn’t even trying to make a pun there but I like it so I will take it). Last night I was listening to a particularly motivating podcast as I was running and I felt like I wanted to just crush everything and start winning at life. And so, I was more into my run than usual.
There are several that I am really enjoying and I know when I was looking for podcasts to listen to I was on the hunt for recommendations, so here are mine. If you know of any good ones please share! I also want to mention that Evan and I are planning on starting a podcast. I don’t want to tell you our idea just yet because I actually think it’s pretty good and I don’t want it to get stolen. But I will keep you posted! It will likely take a few weeks to get up and running.
Since Serial was produced by This American Life, I feel like this was a natural progression. It was the first podcast I subscribed to. Usually there is a theme to each episode, and mostly true stories from regular people relating to that theme. I love stories, all stories, so it’s a good listen.
Another storytelling podcast I am liking is Risk!
Risk! is a live show “where people tell true stories they never thought they’d dare to share in public.” I first listened to a couple of the “best of 2014” episodes and though there were a few story duds thrown in, they were mostly highly entertaining. There was one story in particular about a guy crapping his pants that made me laugh so hard I cried and had to pull my car over. They have featured a bunch of popular comedians, but some of the stories are very touching also.
Canadian podcast, what! I think they are based in Windsor, but they have open mics all over Canada that you can attend and, if you like, read what you wrote when you were a kid! This podcast totally reminds me of my Grade 4 creative writing notebook I found last summer. It also reminds me of the time I was helping my Bestie Lisa clean out her closet and we found her childhood diary. In one particular entry, that she started reading aloud to me before she realized what she was reading, she was going on about how I used to wear this pair of striped overall shorts that I apparently thought were sooo cool, but I didn’t look good in them. I was all “F you, I looked GREAT in those overall shorts!” and she was like “I remember being so jealous of those overall shorts!” Anyway. Kids are funny and they write funny things and I enjoy this podcast very much. It’s good for a quick laugh, and sometimes that’s all I’m after.
If you’re a redditor you should check it out. It digs deeper into the stories on reddit that have gone viral or attracted a lot of attention, and typically interview the OP. There have only been 7 episodes so far, but they’ve all been interesting. They’re also usually around 30 minutes, which is perfect for my morning commute.
You can’t go wrong with either of the Stuff podcasts.
Which is about exactly what you should expect, stuff you should know, but might not. If it’s on a topic I am interested in I can get really into it. Otherwise I do find I won’t finish the episode. But then there is…
Which is my favourite of the two Stuff podcasts. It is super interesting. And I have learned many things that I never learned in history class (sorry Mr. B, you only had so much time to teach my young mind!)
I subscribed to this hoping it was going to be like the Serial podcast, and it isn’t, but it is still good. I like a good criminal story.
I am not sure how to describe Radiolab. Usually it is an in-depth look at a topic. I recommend the Worth episode – very interesting.
Invisibilia looks at the invisible forces that shape our behaviour – our emotions, ideas, beliefs, and assumptions. It’s still new and there haven’t been very many episodes yet, but I have really enjoyed each one I’ve listened to and they have opened my eyes to enlightening things!
And a few career podcasts that have been lighting a fire within me lately. If you like bidnass and enjoy hearing what bidnass leaders are up to, I suggest these three:
I have been binge listening to this lately. That Pat Flynn is a marketing genius and has really great tips and ideas (and the people he interviews have really great ideas) whether you are looking for inspiration in your career or are embarking on an entrepreneurial path.
Exactly what it says, stories and skills for success. Again I have been binge listening to this a bit and have been highly impressed with some of the guests. I think you will find this podcast motivating and inspiring whether you are doing your own thing, planning on doing your own thing, or are a career cat climbing the corporate ladder.
Here’s a handy infographic about the Unmistakable Creative.
Basically Srini interviews creative people about the creative things they do, and it fascinates me. This podcast has been seriously inspiring me to do more creative projects.
I think that’s about it. Are you a podcast listener? What are your favourites?