The Serial podcast was truly a national obsession when it aired (P.S. If you're reading this sentence and have no idea what Serial is, GO LISTEN NOW). Week after week I was reeling for the next episode and when the show ended, I religiously searched for podcasts related to the story to keep the experience going. Slowly, I started branching out and finding new podcasts on different topics -- suddenly realized I had a new found medium I couldn't get enough of. Today I listen to several podcasts a day as part of my normal routine, which is why I want to share with you five podcasts I'm pretty much obsessed with. Enjoy and let me know if you start listening to any of these!
Reveal is the podcast behind The Center for Investigative Reporting, whose mission is to "Engage and empower the public through investigative journalism and groundbreaking storytelling in order to spark action, improve lives and protect our democracy." They also have an active blog and social media presence, where the publish a lot of "untold stories". I enjoy this podcast because every episode challenges a paradigm or a notion of truth. I highly recommend this if you're someone who loves to dig deeper into understanding social issues (with a mix of storytelling). A couple of my favorite episodes: A Frank Conversation With a White Nationalist, A Welfare Check, The Religious Freedom Loophole.
Ah, NPR politics. It got a lot of people through a gruesome and confusing election cycle and is still continuing to be a reliable source for breaking down political happenings each week with a bit of humor and a lot of grace. Since the fate of our nation is something most of us care about, I think it's especially useful to have a playbook of what's happening at large each week that's easy to digest.
Creating Your Own Path
Jennifer Synder is the host of Creating Your Own Path, based in Sacramento, Ca. It's a weekly podcast featuring different creatives and change makers in various industries. The interviews are always interesting and really allow the interviewee the opportunity to share their unique perspective without a formal script or agenda to follow. It's great for those interested in what makes creatives tick.
Crimetown is a brand new podcast that investigates crime culture in an American city, with a new city explored each season. This season is about Providence, Rhode Island and centers around crooked cops and (fairly) honest mobsters, making for an interesting series to say the least. If you love crime stories, you'll likely be obsessed with this show as soon as you start it. Plus, it's from Gimlet Media and the creators of HBO's The Jinx, which was an insanely fascinating documentary if you haven't seen it!
NPR Happy Hour
This upbeat podcast is about all things pop culture -- from movies to tv to books, it's a roundtable discussion of what's current. It's fun to listen to on a drive or at the office and I'm always discovering new things to watch or read, which I love! It's a perfect fit for the pop culture junky (or those that have a hard time keeping up with it all).
Happy listening! Do you have any favorite podcasts you can't stop listening to yourself?