I love podcasts. I have been listening to podcasts since they first started to appear on the scene with my first-generation iPod. I have watched podcasting grow and become a media juggernaut. There is a podcast for everything now days. People have built podcasting empires. There are multiple podcasting companies and platforms in which to listen to them. They are ever growing in scope and popularity. It has been quite interesting watching them expand and become what they are now.
Not sure why, but the name, podcast, fascinates me. It has become synonymous with just a normal audio show although the name started with Apple. Of course, the name podcast name from the fact that shows were being created for the Apple iPod. Now though, since any device can play the audio, we just think of it as a show without thinking about the origins of the name or what device they can play on.
Regardless of where the podcast originated I love listening to all kinds of different podcasts. I love the fact that anyone can create a podcast and share it with the world. I can hear so many different viewpoints from people just like me instead of super-millionaire media entertainers. Everything about podcasting falls right into what I like.
I remember a time in particular when the TV show “Lost” was airing. I would listen to 5 or 6 different podcasts on theories for the show. Different angles and aspects of the show that I missed, but other people picked up on. History that I didn’t know about that added layers to the show. It all came from regular guys and gals who shared a similar interest as me.
With that being said I thought I would share a portion of podcasts that I listen to. I will also list some podcasts that I have in-waiting that sound really interesting to me.
I really enjoy story telling podcasts. Podcasting just seems like such the perfect medium for that type of show. I also enjoy a good serial type story-telling podcast. Other podcast genres I like are interviews and deep thought, philosophical, shows, or good educational shows.
The following podcasts are some of my favorites right now:
The Moth is a podcast put out by PRX. They are a big network of producing podcasts. I believe that PRX receives funding as well. This allows them to produce some high-quality content and podcasts.
The Moth is a story-telling podcast. There is a theme for the podcast and 3-4 different people tell personal stories based on that theme. This podcast also tends to be a “clean” story telling podcast. There isn’t a lot of swearing or explicit sexual stories.
This is another story-telling podcast. A similar style of story-telling as the moth, but with a twist. They are a free for all story-telling. Anything goes. The stories tend to be longer without time limits. There is language and very explicit stories of sex and kink. The pod cast is not funded like The Moth, but relies on donors and a couple sponsor like Stamps.com for revenue to keep the podcast going.
I love this podcast. I would say out of all the podcast I listen to this is one of my favorites. I like the rawness of the stories. Nothing is held back and just feels real to me. Much more so than other story-telling podcast I listen to. If you don’t mind bad word and lots of sex, give this one a try for sure.
The Story Collider-
This is yet another story-telling podcast. (See the theme I like here??) This one however is revolving around science and math. There are themes for each podcast like the other podcasts, but the stories are all told about science or by scientists. It’s an interesting podcast.
You get to hear a lot about how science happens behind the scenes, or just things that scientists deal with behind the scenes. Sometimes it’s just scientist who has a funny story to tell. Overall, it is a pretty clean podcast. Not a lot of language, although, there is a few words here and there. I would classify it as a family show overall. If you like science and story-telling this would be for you.
Those Conspiracy Guys-
This is a talk show style podcast. There is the main host and he brings in a couple people (friends?), to co-host the show with him. They take some time to read up and study a certain topic for the show. Each person has their own view and part of the topic they have studied. Then they proceed to talk about the topic with what they have learned.
The topics vary, but are all on a certain genre if you couldn’t tell by the name. They have conspiracies, true crime, and other mysteries that might be unsolved or not. Overall it is quite an intellectual stimulating show. It makes you think.
There is quite a bit of language throughout the show. They like to joke around and joke around with each other. Many times, the jokes are offensive, but funny. If you don’t mind a few guys sitting around joking around with each other and talking about interesting topics, this is the show for you.
Alice Isn’t Dead-
This is a serial story-telling podcast. There is a central story to each episode, but follows one character. This a sci-fi, fantasy, sort of podcast. Very well done. It’s like listening to a radio show from the early times of radio. There is music, sound effects, and all the other things that make a a great radio show.
The writing is well done and the narration is top notch. The story line is about a lesbian couple. One of the partners, Alice, goes missing. Alice’s partner goes out searching for her while driving a big rig across America. She runs into all sorts of weird sci-fi type stuff along her travels. Ever slowly getting closer to finding Alice.
A great serial. If you like old-style radio, this I think would be right up your alley.
Id10t with Chris Hardwick-
This podcast used to be called “The Nerdist,” but has recently renamed itself “Id10t.” This is in the style of a late-night talk show. The host is Chris Hardwick and occasional has some co-host with him.
Chris has some fantastic guests in this podcast. Many big names in movies and entertainment. Then he sits down and just has a conversation with them. It’s an interview style, but more conversational in tone. Extremely well done.
If you want to know what some of these big movie stars, or other well-known people, are like behind the scenes. This would be the podcast to listen to. Chris has a good way of getting his guests to open up and just talk like one of the guys, or gals, without being so uptight like they would be on an on-screen interview.
There is some language and at times crude jokes. A fantastic podcast overall. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with this podcast.
Here are some other podcasts for you to check out on your own. They are honorable mentions in this post. I won’t elaborate on them, but list them in case you want to go check them out and give them some love.
- The No Sleep Podcast
- Last Podcast on the Left
- The Truth
- The Land I Trust
If you’ve never listened to a podcast hopefully this opens your eyes to what is out there. There is a podcast for probably anything you are interested in. Just have to go out and look. For the average podcast listener I hope this helps point you in the direction of some new podcasts you may not have heard about before.
Take a chance and give a podcast a try. They are free and at worst you don’t listen to it again. At best you’ve found a new podcast to listen to. That’s how I do it and I’ve found a treasure trove of things to listen to.