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5 podcasts to get you started

Getting into podcasts can have a pretty steep curve and I never thought to listen to them to fill the long drives that make up a regular day in my life. Back in 2013, a good friend of mine recommended RadioLab and I was hooked. Podcasts are now a staple in my daily drives and I cannot get over how amazing they can be. If you love listening to stories, just as I do, then podcasts may be just what the doctor ordered for your commutes.

Real-Life Stories

RadioLab | Antibodies Part 1: CRISPR

This episode is a great example of what podcast producers can creatively use the medium. You may not think that a podcast episode on genetic modification would be interesting, but RadioLab shows that they’re veterans at this game because some of the audial illustrations of DNA is really amazing. It happens within the first 3 minutes of the podcast — super interesting.

Serial | Episode 1: The Alibi

Serial took the podcasting world by storm by being innovative both in its format and its storytelling techniques. The narrative (a true story, by the way) is so immersive that you’re taken on the investigative journey alongside host, Sarah Koenig. If you haven’t heard of this podcast that inspired a really enthusiastic reddit community, you need to listen to this episode now.

Contemporary Issues

Reply All | #18: Silence and Respect

Reply All covers pretty much anything to do with the Internet, which is… digital-anything! This episode is about how some things that are posted on social media go viral — and the after-effects of that. If you’ve heard about the Lindsay Stone situation, this is the podcast for you.

Radio Dramas

The Truth | The One About the Dead Dog

The Truth | Don’t Touch a Thing

Radio dramas have enjoyed a special place in my heart since I wrote and co-produced one in school. There’s something powerful and immersive about relying completely on sounds to tell a story. These 2 radio dramas were particularly memorable for me, especially Don’t Touch a Thing, which is reminiscent of Roald Dahl’s short stories.

Talkshows

Good Life Project | Brain Hacking: How to turbocharge your noggin

Podcasts with talkshow-formats are pretty common and Jonathan Fields’ podcast is one of the best I’ve come across on life, in general. There’s a huge variety of topics to choose from by a common thread runs through them — they’re all meant to help you enrich your life in some way or other.

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Pitstop: Slack’s amazing podcast

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Thought of jumping on the podcast bandwagon? The good people of Slack have teamed up with Pacific Content to shed some light on Podcasting 101 in this episode.

I really like how punchy the editing is for this podcast series. It’s easily the most polished one I have on my playlist.

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Listening Pitstop: Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Pt. 1

I attended The Flaming Lips gig last week. It was amazing. They are amazing. This song is amazing.

Her name is Yoshimi – she’s a black belt in karate
Working for the city – she has to discipline her body –
Cause she knows that it’s demanding to defeat these
Evil machines – I know she can beat them –

Oh Yoshimi
They don’t believe me
But you won’t let those
Robots defeat me
Oh Yoshimi
They don’t believe me
But you won’t let those
Robots eat me

Those evil natured robots – they’re programmed to
Destroy us – She’s gotta be strong to fight them –
So she’s taking lots of vitamins – cause she knows that
It’d be tragic if those evil robots win – I know
She can beat them –

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I was super lucky to have been able to catch Chvrches ‘live’ last week and part of the reason why is Riot !n Magenta. This local band opened for Chvrches and they are good. (Not being biased here.)

They are really really good. I found them on Soundcloud and the tracks are excellent, but the studio versions just can’t convey the energy that this band has ‘live’. In any case, here’re two of the tracks I have on repeat. Enjoy!

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Serial: Why you need to listen to this podcast right now

You know I love podcasts. I used to be a voracious consumer of them, listening to episode after episode during the drive to work, back from work, to the gym, back from the gym… I eased up on the listening in recent months, but they may always be a part of my life as a driver.

I’ve been fortunate to get started with excellent podcasts. Some gems I would recommend are:

This American Life

RadioLab

On Being

The Partially Examined Life

Intelligence Squared

These are all podcasts worth spending your time on, but my absolute favourite at the moment — the podcast you need to drop everything to listen to — is Serial.

It’s a true crime series that unfolds parts of a case with each episode. It’s absolutely engaging because reporter Sarah Koenig has a knack for piecing together evidence and weaving everything into a narrative that is both personal and professional. You hear her voice, not just as a journalist trying to get to the bottom of a case, but also as a person who grapples with the puzzling pieces and parts that come with the ultimate possibility that lingers at the back of my mind all the time:

What if Adnan Syed didn’t do it?

Koenig is masterful at getting you to appreciate the significance of ‘facts’ in the same way she does… except she doesn’t tell you what to believe. She just points things out and lets the audience make their own judgments. I pretty much arrive at the same place she does by the end of the show. That’s a masterful producer for you.

Even the Slate is intrigued by the Adnan Syed as presented by Serial. The New YorkerGizmodo and BBC also have something to say about this unique production.

I’m floored.

Listen to it now and get hooked. It’s so worth it.

I would babble and gush more, but Episode 3 is playing and I want to find out more about Leakin Park.

Join me! Get started here.

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Listening Pitstop: On religion and violence

Karen Armstrong, a prolific scholar of religion, discusses the relationship between religion and violence. She presents interesting and lucid arguments that the so-called ‘religious’ violence that exists stem from reasons other than religion itself. She begins by reframing the concept of ‘religion’ that, she argues, operates in most religions other than Protestant Christianity.

It’s a long podcast (more than an hour), but very very worth the time. You don’t have to agree with her, of course, but acquainting yourself to an (intelligent) alternative point of view can only benefit you.

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1988 // Youandewan

Your Fine Petting Duck // Devendra Banhart

Good Intent // Kimbra

Podcast

Dr Gilmer and Mr Hyde // This American Life // This episode was about a mysterious patricide committed by a seemingly nice doctor. How could someone commit an act so inconsistent with his personality? Or could we be misled about the people we know? I also recommend reading this Facebook clarification after you’re done with the podcast.

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Mr Bojangles // Nina Simone

Let Me Live // Queen

Too Much Love Will Kill You // Queen

Podcast

Bad Baby // This American Life – An episode on how some children can be so very scary.

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Sea of Love // Cat Power

I’m Not in Love // 10cc

Do You Really Want to Hurt Me // Culture Club

Strange Love // Koop

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Podcasts and videos

Brad Pilon talks about intermittent fasting and gender differences in intermittent fasting on The Fitcast // nutrition // Intermittent fasting is often touted as an effective way to manage your weight, but I’ve read a number of articles on how sex plays a role. Here’s a podcast on that question.

Esther Parel: The secret to desire in a long-term relationship // Relationships // On desire, neediness (or lack thereof), and sexual attraction in relationships that work.

 

Ear Worm

Jessica Mary York – Bonfire Heart (James Blunt cover)

Devendra Banhart – Won’t You Come Over

The Shins – It’s Only Life