For the first time in the over three years, I ran out of podcast episodes. I was caught up on all my current podcasts and had no back log of old episodes to tide me over. It’s a scary place to be in: how was I going to clean my house or commute to work without something to listen to?
Here’s a list of five podcasts I love, so you don’t have to scroll through endless lists of podcasts to find good content.
If you haven’t guessed it, this is a history podcast and it’s put on by HowStuffWorks.com. The point of this podcast it to find events or people in history that the average person is not going to know much about (which is A LOT). The hosts, Holly and Tracy, pick really interesting topics and are just plain entertaining to listen to. The podcast was started way back in 2008, so there is a major back log of episodes for anyone, like me, who likes podcasts that have a lot of content. The episodes also come out twice a week, so there is a lot of content on both ends.
Serial is an AMAZING podcast. Sarah Koenig takes us through a single story week by week and lays out all the disparate details, whether they be crystal clear or more murky. There are currently two seasons of the show, both very different from each other, but connected in the fact no one knows what really happened in the cases she is studying. This is a good podcast for anyone who likes true crime or endings that aren’t quite satisfying. Serial is made in conjunction with This American Life, so the sound editing is amazing.
Dr. Sydnee McElroy (a real medical doctor) and her husband, Justin (not a medical doctor), explore all the weird (and sometimes just plain dumb) ways we’ve tried to fix people. This podcast hits a really good balance between historical fact and truly hilarious banter. I’ve learned a lot about how messed up medicine was before the 20th century. The McElroys are also really good at putting a personal touch into the podcast.
This fictional podcast follows Cecil Palmer, a community radio host, as he reports on all the strange happenings in the town of Night Vale. There is a five-headed dragon, a glowing cloud that runs for school council (all hail), and a desert other-world in the forbidden dog park. The creators, Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, weave a complex and intriguing narrative that really keeps you on your toes. There have been a few times where I was sure I knew that the end of story arch was going to be and it turned out to be something completely different. This podcast is definitely an acquired taste, but once you get into the story, there is no turning back.
This final podcast is for the true history nerd. The host, Jamie Jeffers, takes us through British history from the Ice Age on. His focus is on the human experience, what was it like to live in Britain for both the kings and the common people. He gets pretty intense, debating whether different historical texts could be accurate and generally reminding everyone that our version of history is very dependent on the Victorians ideals of the perfect warrior past. Listen to this podcast if you’re ready to deeply delve into a storied history of the British isles.
Hopefully, one of these podcasts caught your eye and now you don’t have to go down the rabbit hole that is looking for a new podcast in iTunes. I finally settled on my next podcast (My Favorite Murder), which is definitely my new guilty pleasure.
What do you think of the podcasts here? What are a few of the podcasts you love?