I’ve become a huge fan of podcasts. I have a somewhat monotonous job, and being able to listen to the radio or podcasts definitely makes the day go by faster. Before listening to podcasts, I listened to news radio or listened to documentaries on Netflix (with my screen facing down on the desk of course – I don’t watch movies at work). Eventually I got to the point where I needed a break from the often depressing news of the world and I ran out of documentaries on Netflix. It never really occurred to me to listen to podcasts, but once I got turned onto Serial I was hooked and went on the hunt for more podcasts to subscribe to. If you’re like me and always looking for something new to listen to, hopefully you will find my list useful!
1| This American Life – each episode has a different theme, and explores different stories based on that theme. The weekly topics vary widely and you are with a huge archive, you are sure to find some that spark your interest! This American Life could also be considered the parent to other great and well-known podcasts.
2| Invisibilia – an offshoot of This American Life, Invisibilia explores the invisible forces that influence us – thoughts, fear, senses. It’s really fascinating and I found it enlightening as to why I myself do the things I do or feel the way I feel.
3| Serial – Duh. Who hasn’t heard of Serial by now? If you haven’t already binge listened to all the episodes, go do it now! Serial is another offshoot of This American Life, and follows the investigation of a 15-year-old murder and whether the person convicted of the crime is actually guilty. Luckily for us, they are in the process of producing a second season with a new story!
4| Sword and Scale – After Serial ended, I craved more. I have always been a lover of true crime, so I went on the hunt for more true crime podcasts out there. Let me tell you there are some terribly produced ones, but Sword and Scale is not one of those. Instead of following one crime across all episodes, Sword and Scale investigates a different shocking crime every week, and has interesting interviews with victims, family members, and investigators. I highly recommend episodes 11 & 12!
5| BBC Documentaries – I love film documentaries, so of course I am also a big fan of the audio documentaries by BBC. They also have a huge archive of episodes with a wide array of topics for all to enjoy!
What are some of your favorites?