Freckles in April: Let's Talk About Podcasts

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Let's Talk About Podcasts



I have a confession.

Up until about two months ago I had never listened to a podcast. Because I didn't get podcasts.

It's like radio? That you download? But why??

But then I had a bunch of cleaning to do and no audiobooks to get me through it so I finally opened the podcast app on my iPhone and got completely hooked on This American Life. And then I binge-listened to Serial. And then I texted my mom and told her SHE had to listen to Serial so we could discuss it (she did and we did and we both said I DON'T KNOW a lot). And basically I've been stuck on podcasts ever since.

Audiobooks? What audiobooks?

So now I'm totally hooked on:
  • This American Life because duh.
  • Serial If you've listened, please let's talk about this.
  • The Accidental Terrorist Mormon missionary in Canada gets arrested for terrorism. Fascinating.
  • Waking Up with Sam Harris I don't identify as atheist but I generally enjoy his podcasts and a different point of view.
  • The Liturgists About the intersection of art, religion and science. BIG thank you to reader Emily for introducing me to this one. It's my current fav.

So now that I'm sort of addicted, what are you favorite podcasts?


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21 comments:

  1. I love podcasts with a fiery love. I don't do audiobooks very well (wandering mind) and podcasts are usually short enough that it doesn't matter if I zone out for a minute or two (with audiobooks, I tend to miss important plot points and/or get lost in the narrative and/or not remember what happened before). TAL, KUER Radiowest, and Planet Money are my favorite, though I also listen to Backstory, Stuff You Missed in History Class, and Ask Me Another. I'm trying to get into Night Vale, with varying degrees of success.

    I'm going to go check out your list now!

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  2. I'm obsessed with Podcasts now too. Serial also got me hooked. I just did a round up of my favorites: http://www.bigcitymouse.com/mama-must-haves-podcasts/ I'm also adding Gretchen Rubin's podcast to my list.

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  3. I loved Serial, of course.

    I LOVE 'A Way with Words'. Language nerdery? YES.

    I really enjoy 'The Splendid Table'. Great recipes, lots of fun tidbits, and I love Lynn Rosetto Kasper's voice.

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  4. I'm so happy for you that you have discovered the joy of Podcasts! Ditto on TAL and Serial. I need to check out The Liturgists. You should definitely check out The Moth! I love that one. Also KUER Radiowest, Death Sex & Money, Stuff Mom Never Told You, Mormon Stories (I'm assuming you've heard of that one??), Infants on Thrones, FMH Year of Polygamy...

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  5. Start-up is a fabulous podcast (yes, it's about a start-up, but even I, who have no interest in business whatsoever, found it completely addicting). It's a story-arc one that just finished it's first season (similar to Serial).

    Also, Invisibilia is super fascinating.

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  6. I love serial! This week I dove into Invisibilia & it was so great. Also I really like radiowest (which is just a utah based NPR show) you can download & listen to the ones that might interest you.

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  7. Podcast are awesome. I LOVE TAL and Serial. Freakonomics Radio is great too.

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  8. I just discovered podcasts too. Loving them. Try Bon appetit. The one down side is it makes me want to drop everything and cook or go travel and hit up nice restaurants.

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  9. I love Stuff You Missed in History Class, too. I've been listening to it for years. I'm on my third set of hosts.

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  10. I love Stuff You Missed in History Class, too. I've been listening to it for years. I'm on my third set of hosts.

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  11. The only one I listen to regularly is Science Friday's rebroadcast of their weey show (because I miss it almost every Friday). I don't know how it compares, but every week I suddenly have all kinds of things to talk about with anyone that will listen.

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  12. The Lively Show, NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR's Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, Gilmore Guys, and Stuff Mom Never Told You

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  13. Ooooooh!!!! I love podcast recommendations! I can't wait to skim through and see what everyone has recommended, and I'm starting with The Liturgists immediately if not sooner. My all-time favorite is Marc Maron's podcast called WTF. If you don't mind a smidge of strong language (occasionally!) he does the BEST interviews with actors, writers, musicians, comediennes, everyone! I highly recommend listening to the Lena Dunham interview if you have feminist points of view (and even if you don't, maybe?) and Jon Hamm (aka Don Draper), and really they're all good. Thanks for the post!

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  14. Obsessed with Serial. Also with you -- i'm touch and go on podcasts so it's like sometimes i get them and sometimes i don't. I just like music so much you know? But MOST IMPORTANTLY you NEED to listen to the podcast "Call Your Girlfriend." I am 100% confident you will love it. Women discussing world issues and pop culture and feminism and so on. It's so fun and good and relatable. Go and do. I'm only like 3 episodes in because I suck at podcasts right now.

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  15. The Read Aloud Revival is great. I also listen to The Journey Home - not a podcast but it's on youtube and I just listen to it while I wash the dishes or clean the house. It's got a bunch of amazing stories.

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  16. All the podcasts I listen to seem to revolve around food. Except maybe The Nerdist, which has celebrity interviews that are occasionally ok (depends on the guest, obviously). Oh, and The Bugle, which is co-hosted by John Oliver and is hilarious. For food podcasts, I really like Spilled Milk, Sporkful, and America's Test Kitchen.

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  17. I NEED to talk to someone about Serial! I begged my husband to listen but he won't (too busy working 16 hour days, blah blah). Let's discuss. All I know is, if Jay didn't do it, he knows who did, right?? Maybe??? Also I will be following all these comments because I have recently started listening to podcasts while I run and do housework.

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  18. I really like Slate's Mom and Dad are fighting, though I don't always agree with their viewpoint. Ask Me Another is another favorite. I listened to it on a run the other day and looked like a complete fool because I was laughing out loud.

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  19. I just started listening to A Conversation About A Conversation About Race. Interesting to hear the varied opinions and experiences.

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  20. Welcome to Nightvale is hilarious and fun and entertaining. Also Cecil's voice is incredibly soothing.

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  21. I like "Welcome to Nightvale" too. And if you enjoyed "The Accidental Terrorist" podcast, I've thoroughly revised and expanded the text, which is now available in book form! http://www.accidentalterrorist.com/

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