I really like podcasts, here’s what I listen to:
This American Life: I think all our blog readers here are on board with TAL. My favorite episode is A Little Bit of Knowledge.
Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin: Alec talks with artists and policy makers. I really like his style, it really feels more like a conversation and not so much like an interview. I especially like the episode when he interviews Rosie O’Donnell; they both grew up similarly in large Catholic families in Long Island, I really liked the conversation. Also, Lorne Michaels is a great episode The nice thing is Alec’s guests are never promoting anything when they are on the show so it feels authentic.
On the Media: Brooke Gladstone is just amazing. I think we can all agree that the media is very sensationalized and driven by ratings instead of the actual news. Brooke and her team do a great job of helping us understand what is actually going on with the current media in a compelling manner that has helped me better weed my way through the news and media.
Serial: WHEN WILL SARAH KOENIG COME BACK????
If you want to keep following the story from season one, follow Rabia on twitter, warning this girl knows how to RT and will fill up your feed.
The Moth & Snap Judgement: To me, these are like supplements for TAL. The three swap stories sometimes and are all similarly about storytelling. The Month is live stories told without notes and Snap Judgement is storytelling with a beat. Sometimes I can get lost in Snap (not engrossed, but literally lost), but its good if you are sewing/driving and want something to listen to. I really like the Moth and am really excited to go to The Bee: True Stories from the Hive locally tonight!
Making It with Riki Lindhome: I love Garfunkle and Oats the comedy duo. This podcast is Riki (the blonde) speaking with other comedians about how they started out. Its a pretty interesting conversation with a couple funny people. I also feel like I could be friends with Riki and Kate, so this podcast makes me feel like I’m making progress on that friendship.
StartUp: This is about new companies. The first season was about the company behind the podcast (Gimlet Media) and their journey through starting a company. Alex Blumberg from TAL & Planet Money is the host the first season and the founder of the company. Its super interesting, especially since Gimlet Media has created two other amazing podcasts, Reply All & Mystery Show.
Reply All: A podcast about the internet. I like internet culture and these guys do a great job of providing the human element of an internet phenomenon or internet history. This is in my top 3 favorites.
Mystery Show: This is my favorite right now. Starlee Kine (yes, previous TAL contributor) just solves mysteries that can’t be solved using just the internet. The best part, she has the same sort of training as me, nothing. She is adorable and I really want to be her friend. I am really sad that the first season just finished. My favorite episode is Starlee solving question of Jake Gyllenhaal’s height, this is harder than you may think.
Podcasts I don’t listen to every week, but have occasionally enjoyed:
99% Invisible: Roman Mars has an incredible voice and once did a story on the PDX Carpet. The show is about design.
Stuff You Should Know: This is a great podcast to fall asleep to.
The Heart: This is edgy and interesting story about relationships and intimacy.
Invisibilia: NPR’s current darling podcast. I didn’t get into it until the first season was over, so I feel like an outsider on this podcast.