Podcasts have been enriching the otherwise silent and boring moments in my life for years now. I listen to them when I am on the train, when I am walking, when I am cleaning,… They make my otherwise boring tasks go by faster and prevent my mind from getting numb while doing them. When I first started listening to podcasts, I had my brother, who was already into podcasts, give me recommendations. I would not have known where to start without his advice. I therefore thought it might be interesting for me to share my favorites with you.
The first podcast that I ever listened to was one by Radiolab. Each of the episodes from Radiolab consists of one or several stories revolving around one topic. The stories are always supported by live dialogue. The episodes deal with psychological, scientific and philosophical subjects. Each episode is like a very well composed collage of little sound fragments, music, interviews, readings and real life recordings. This style of editing creates an instant atmosphere, builds suspension and keeps you on your toes. The stories featured in the episodes are always very intriguing and suck you right in.
[one_half][/one_half][one_half_last]This American Life
The episodes from This American Life are similar to the ones by Radiolab in that they focus on one topic and feature different stories or ‘acts’ exploring that topic. I find these podcasts to be really thought provoking, hypnotic, well composed and dynamic.
Serial is spin-off from This American Life that focuses on the disappearance and murder of teenager Hae Min Lee. In the twelve episodes of this series, we follow a journalist who attempts to retrace the murder step by step, interviewing all of the people involved and researching possible clues and scenarios. In each episode, new elements are revealed, making the case more and more intriguing.
[one_half][/one_half][one_half_last]The New Yorker Fiction
The New Yorker Fiction features a collection of beautiful short stories. In each episode a contemporary writer is asked to read a short story written by one of their author-inspirations. After the short story, the narrator is interviewed about the story. These podcasts are amazing if you love being read to and like a good short story. The story selection is great as I’ve never disliked a story featured on the podcasts.
[one_half][/one_half][one_half_last]Stuff You Should Know
The next podcast I got into was Stuff You Should Know. In each of the episodes, one topic, like junkfood for instance, gets explained. How does it work and where does it come from? If you like science and want to get smarter about random topics, then Stuff You Should Know would be a good place to start. Chuck and Josh, the hosts of Stuff You Should Know are real life buddies and their chemistry makes the podcast a pleasure to listen to, especially when you get to know them better.