I started listening to podcasts because of the blog ModernMrs.Darcy by Anne Bogel. For most of the week, the posts are all about reading and life, but every Tuesday, new episodes of her podcast, What Should I Read Next?, are dropped. When I first started reading her blog, I would check every Tuesday knowing there would be a podcast episode and not a blog post like I was hoping for, and every time, I would think to myself, “What in the world is a podcast? I don’t want this. I want a regular post, not something I have to listen to.”
Then, on a random Tuesday, I finally decided to try listening to an episode. I don’t remember why I did it, but if somebody ever wrote a biography about me, I would tell them that decision was a defining point for me as a person. I listen to podcasts on the daily, and I estimate that I listen to around six hours of them in a regular week. They’re amazing. I love them.
I’ve heard people say that they listen to them while just sitting in their bedroom, but I couldn’t do that. I listen to them while I’m doing something else that doesn’t require a lot of mental attention (washing the dishes, doing laundry, doing my art homework, running-which hasn’t happened in a while) or when I’m travelling (on planes, in the car).
I’m subscribed to twenty-seven of them, but like Youtube channels, you don’t watch every single video of every Youtube you’re subscribed to. A few of the podcasts haven’t released new stuff in a really long time, a bunch of them I only listen to some episodes of, and the rest I listen to every one.
If you’re interested in trying podcasts, here are three of my favorite podcasts, and these are ones that I listen to every single episode of. For the first two, I might have listened to every single one period. Also, because podcasts recommendations (along with book recommendations) are my favorite to give, there might be a part two (and part three and more) to this.
Every Little Thing
Description: The interesting origin stories of random things (for example: the wave-as in that thing you do with your arms at sports events, the Cha Cha slide, forks), and also answers to random questions (for example: how strong is duct tape really?, and where do airports send the things they confiscate?). This podcast is so great. I’ve listened to all of their episodes since the very beginning. You should try it.
General length: 25 minutes
Episode to try: How to Spot a Spy (This was a hard decision.)
Description: Malcolm Gladwell is a journalist and a non-fiction writer, and in his podcast, he takes stories from history that I’ve either a) never heard of or b) stories that I have heard of and completely flips things around. You know that famous picture from the Civil Rights of the white police officer with the dog that’s attacking an African American boy? In school it was used as an example of police brutality, but the real story is a lot more complicated than that. Malcolm Gladwell does this topsy-turvy act with so many history stories, and as he does it, he also turns upside down a lot of things we believe about ourselves. Such a good podcast.
General length: 40 minutes
Episode to try: Malcolm Gladwell’s 12 Rules for Life (This was also a hard decision.)
Description: This podcast is one of the famous ones. I think it would definitely be considered an OG. In most episodes, they choose a theme and then do short stories around it. When it’s not that, they do longer stories about a single thing, usually a news story. This podcast covers a lot of ground.
Length: 60 minutes
Episode to try: In the Apple podcast app, This American Life doesn’t have its whole backlog of episodes available, but thank goodness I didn’t have to choose because it would have been even harder than for the other two. In my opinion, it would be hard to go wrong.
Have you ever listened to a podcast before?
What’s an origin story you would be interested in, or a random question you have?
Do you know which Civil Rights photo I’m talking about?
P.P.S. Cool headphones image from Lifewire.