Look, I didn’t just want to use this as a plug for my own podcast, I actually figured people would find this interesting and useful. Some of the podcasts listed below are new, while others I have been listening to for a few years. regardless, this is the list of podcasts that have had a really great impact on me intellectually and emotionally.
If I’m 100% honest, at the time of writing this, I have only listened to 1 episode of the podcast; the first one of course. And yet, that is all I needed to get hooked. So far, the podcast has been getting some great reviews around the web. It makes sense, as this comes from the producers of This American Life, as well as Serial.
The podcast is hosted by Brian Reed, and chronicles his investigation in a small town where he answers the call by a horologist to investigate a murder in the town. Yeah, that’s a pretty amazing premise, right? From the start, this podcast is captivating. I’m definitely sticking around for the rest of the episodes (and beyond).
I love this podcast because it’s a success story with humble beginnings. Originally described by the host, Megan Tan as a podcast about Maneuvering your 20s, this podcast has evolved tremendously to encompass all things related to coming of age as a Millennial in this day and age.
Initially, the podcast focused on Megan’s own journey most of the time, as she launched the podcast and was navigating this venture, dealing with ideas about work, family, relationships, goals and the purpose of life after college- not to mention the decisions, struggles, failings and victories that come with this.
Now that the podcast is being distributed by Radiotopia, it’s become something much different. Megan talks about navigating this victory, and the challenges she experiences growing her company; but also focuses on individual stories of people around the world who are also experiencing Millennial-hood.
Since the podcast left Soundcloud, I have been listening less and less, however I just downloaded a cool app called Pocket Casts (not sponsored), so I’m looking forward to diving right back in and catching up with the latest episodes.
2. Reply All
I was out and about scouting for some new podcasts to listen to on a regular basis, and I stumbled upon an episode of Reply All that focused on a man named Shulem Deen who lived as an ultra-religious, Hasidic Jewish person, until he discovered the internet. It told this fascinating story from such a unique angle, that myself and many other people around the world would likely not hear anywhere else if we didn’t listen to a podcast like Reply All.
And that’s what I love about it. They find very interesting, unique and captivating stories, and have a flair for telling them well. Now, while the show is hosted by PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman, some of the coolest stories I’ve heard on there to date have been produced and delivered by Sruthi Pinnamaneni, including the episode I mentioned above.
With Reply All, which the hosts describe as a show about the internet, we get such a vast number of cool stories from all over the place, and from different demographics. That’s the cool part, because you might hear a story about almost anything, but you can bet your life it’s gonna be a cool story, and it’s gonna be told well.
And that’s what makes it so fun. It’s a mixed bag of ideas, and stories, and culture, explored with finesse by the producers and hosts of the show.
This was the first podcast I started listening to. Ever. I mean, I’d listened to sound bites from some local radio shows, but never really invested time in an actual regular podcast with a fixed format. Until a friend of mine told me about the Slashfilmcast.
From day one I loved this podcast. My love for film means that I was automatically drawn to this from the start; but let’s face it, there are tons of film podcasts out there- so what makes this one so special?
I think it’s the combination of personalities on the show. David Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Jeff Cannata are such a unique group of individuals who all bring something different to the table.
The show’s format works well too. They usually start off with a roundup of what everyone’s been watching, talk about some film and entertainment news, and then delve into an in-depth review of a newly released film each week. They also have a fairly new segment called the Slashfilm Court, where they deliberate on audience members’ movie-related “sins”.
Once you’ve been listening for a while, you’ll start to feel like part of the Slashfilmcast family, as you recognise the inside jokes (and laugh or sigh at the ‘Boom Goes the Dynamite’ jokes), learn to expect certain opinions from some of the hosts, or get to add your own voice to the debate about buffer seats.
So those are my favourite podcasts, with the Slashfilmcast topping the list. Here are some honourable mentions that almost made the list:
Lore Podcast: Lore is an award-winning, critically-acclaimed podcast about true life scary stories.
Radiolab: “Radiolab, with Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, is a radio show and podcast weaving stories and science into sound and music-rich documentaries.”
Burn Media Weekly Round-up: This weekly podcast features a round-up of the content covered on the Burn Media sites. The hosts cover everything from business, to tech, gaming, and more.
I’m pretty sure this list will evolved over time, and that’s why I’ve time stamped it for April 2017. What did you think of my list of my top podcasts right now? Let me know, and if you have any recommendations, I’m keen to hear about them, so drop a comment, or give me a shout on Twitter.
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