I have quickly found myself completely engrossed in the world of podcasts. It started innocently enough. I continually heard people talk about “Serial” and decided to give it a chance. After finishing the first season, I realized quickly that with 1.5-2 hours each day in the car I could be using that for more good than just listening to radio DJs playing the same songs over and over again. If you are looking for some new listening material, here are my favorite podcasts.
Dinner Party Download. This is actually the first podcast that was recommended to me by a friend. This podcast is typically around 50 minutes, that includes commercial breaks. After a quick joke, the hosts make a little small talk. Then a bit of history is paired with a cocktail recipe inspired by the story. Each week has a special guest, then a spot about food before closing out with a song. It’s a fun one hour.
Art of Manliness. Okay…fair enough, I’m not a man, however, several of the topics that I have come across have not been about man-centric topics. Rather, it has been on work productivity and the current state of dating according to the theory of “date-onomics”. As a woman you might not want to listen to every week, however, as much as men would like to think they have a lockdown on certain topics, they really are not and why not make use of all resources that are out there for self-improvement.
TED Radio Hour. This might be my favorite. Each week is a new collection of TED Talks about a particular topic. Most are fascinating. It is fun to listen to multiple people give perspectives on the same topic. An example would be “What is Beauty?” One could easily write this off as fluff about human beauty but it was about how humans are wired to crave beauty and if beauty if universal.
TEDTalks. If you like TED Radio Hour, you will love this. TEDTalks is singular Ted talk by one speaker instead of a collection of talks. As with a TEDTalks, all the podcasts are quiet short – 5-20 minutes. Topics are obivously varied, and while I can’t say that I have any personal thoughts on physics, the talk regarding if we are at the end of the study of physics is quite interesting. Never know when something will help me during a trivia night!
Freakonomics Radio. I have not read the book, only in the last year watching the documentary, but the concept of Freakonomics is awesome. The documentary talks about cheating teachers and sumo gambling. The look at all topics through the lens of economics rules and standards is so different. Topics on the podcasts run the gammit – immigration, sleep, environment, college and more. The hosts talk with specialists and scholars and as with the documentary, facts are discussed but there is no real talk that makes you feel as you have sat through a terrible lecture.
I have found myself subscribed to more podcasts than I can keep up with. End of the story is that there are podcasts for every interest. Maybe you’ll give one of my suggestions a try (or maybe you prefer another topic). Do you listen to any podcasts? If so, any you recommend?