Podcast Love.

I might be late to the party here, but I’ve just started listening to podcasts. And I cannot get enough.

(Confession: Podcasts always seemed nerdy to me. Like you like something SO much you just want to listen to a radio station that talks about NOTHING BUT THAT! Why would I ever do something like that?)

But then I started commuting, and got really tired of listening to the same old music, and I got bored with audiobooks I downloaded from the library.

I tried NPR, but I didn’t love it. There were some stories I really wanted to listen to, but there were topics I didn’t want to listen to, either, and I’d turn it back to music or need to find something else to listen to, and I’d end up annoyed with everything.

Then Mel from Stirrup Queens posted about a podcast called “Start Up” that she was enjoying. I was in the midst of trying to figure out what I wanted to do next with my career, and so I figured it was worth a shot to listen to it and see how it went.

Oh my god, it was amazing. A real STORY. About a company, and people, and starting a  business, and it was perfect, because it was telling me how to start a business – and what not to do.  A whole new world was opened up to me.

I have gone from “Start Up” to “Mystery Show” to “Serial” to “Undisclosed” to “Welcome to Nightvale” to “Jesse vs Cancer.”

The ones that capture me the most are the ones that have a story that continues every week, a hook that keeps me coming back.

And I need a new one to listen to. I’ve thought about “This American Life,” because I know the stories will be great, but I worry that it’ll be more like NPR.

So this is where I want to ask you all for recommendations.

Do you listen to podcasts? Which ones are your favorite? Any recommendations for me?

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5 Responses to Podcast Love.

  1. Mel says:

    This American Life is wonderful. I’ve been listening to that for over 15 years. Back when it was only on the radio, I had to be home at a certain time on the weekend so I could push record on my tape recorder so Josh and I could listen to it during the week 🙂

    I really love Note to Self. I keep coming back to that. One I didn’t love was A Hidden Brain. I’m giving it another episode or two, but then unsubscribing if it doesn’t get better. Reply All is fantastic (that’s made by the people who make Start Up). And I listen to A LOT of gaming podcasts.

  2. Deborah says:

    I’m so behind the times! How is a podcast different from an audiobook? Where does one find them? Do you have to buy them? Do you listen on your phone?


  3. Jodie says:

    It doesn’t have a weekly hook, but Invisibilia is fascinating. The theme that connects them all is the things in life that are impactful, but invisible to the eye. For example, one week discusses a woman who is incapable of creating the emotional or hormonal affects of fear and how a life lived without fear is both freeing and dangerous. Highly recommend.

    And yay – new Serial starts soon!

  4. sharah says:

    I am even further behind the times than you, because I hear about all these good podcasts but I never get around to listening to them. I listen to music at work to drown out the cubicle noise, but I think a story would be way too distracting for me to get any work done. And my commute is only 20 minutes, so listening in the car just doesn’t seem worth it. I just can’t figure out a strategy that would seem to make podcasts fit into my life easily.

  5. Another podcast recommended Limetown so I have blown through that. It’s a fictional story so a few of the characters sound like they are reading a script as opposed to being interviewed (it’s supposed to be like Serial), but it has still pulled me in. Can’t wait for the next episode!

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