Do you listen to podcasts? I adore them. I re-discovered them in 2014 when I needed some company during the long bus rides to and from work. Now, that I am sitting at a desk drafting consents, completing protocol reviews, and auditing regulatory binders listening to podcast keeps me company during the dull moments. In fact, I love podcast so much that I listen to them in the car and when I am getting ready. Okay so, I might be a little obsessed. Here is the list of the podcast in my current rotation, and those outside of my rotation.
Cults is a podcast for those that love the psychology and mystery behind them. Each week this paracast podcast explores cults and the founders behind them. From the famous cult leaders of Jim Jones to those little known this podcast is fantastic from the host to the production.
Serial Killers is another paracast podcast that diverges into the world of serial killers from a historical and psychological approach. This podcast talks about the famous and not so famous serial killers through the world and history.
Science Vs from Gimlet discusses fads, trends, and various other topics about what is fact or not. If you love accents, you will love Wendy Zukerman and her Australian accent as well as her amazing word puns. I LOVE PUNS!!
Young House Love Has A Podcast
In 2005, a couple moved from New York moved to Virginia and purchased their first house which resulted in a famous blog called “Young House Love.” Some ten years later, three houses, one marriage, two kids, and one dog later, they have started a podcast. John and Sherry come to you weekly to discuss DIY, design and life at home. So far they have interviewed some pretty terrific people. Either way, it’s a great podcast to listen to while you are waiting for the weekly blog post.
- Favorite episode was #28: Why Can’t We Pick A Dang Paint Color?
The Memory Palace
Nate DiMeo is the host of this historical podcast that airs monthly. His voice manages to pull you into the narrative, and sooner than you know you imagine yourself in the story he weaves.
- Favorite Episode: Episode 54 Origin Stories (listen with tissues)
Myths and Legends
Anyone who knows me well can understand why I would love this podcast just by reading the name. Jason does a hysterical retelling of the famous and not so famous myths and legends of almost every culture. Trust me, download an episode. The random commentary makes the series that much more interesting.
- Favorite Episode: 2A/B Aladdin & 46A-D Jason and the Argonauts
- Special Mention: Episode 7 The Little Mermaid (Because well…I love the Little Mermaid)
Welcome to Night Vale
This podcast reported as a bi-monthly radio show for the town of Night Vale is the oddest, and best thing I have ever heard. No, seriously. It is amazing. Cecil Palmer is the radio host where he gives the town news and is often caught up in the towns shenanigans. My favorite episode 47 Company Picnic. The live shows are a continuation of the podcast and are so entertaining that a coworker and I are planning to attend in April. Start with episode 1 and continue despite the weirdness. You will love it.
- Favorite Episode: 47 Company Picnic
The Black Tapes
A biweekly podcast from Pacific Northwest Stories and Minnow Beats Whale is a fictional docudrama about the life and past of Dr. Richard Strand. Alex Reagan is a journalist researching Strand’s mysterious black tapes. Join them as they navigate the supernatural and the paranormal in search of the truth.
TED Radio Hour
A weekly podcast where TED talks are combined based on a common topic and content. Hosted by Guy Raz, each episode is different and based on separate TED talks. Listening to these podcasts empower and inspire.
The NoSleep Podcast
A weekly vocalization of the Nosleep subreddit stories featuring frightening stories and experiences. It is a horror fiction podcast, and if you are the least be easily frightened, stay away from this one. I can’t listen to this in the dark, near the dark, or when I am about to sleep. A coworker and I plan on attending the Live Show in Detroit on the 27th of February.
- Favorite Series: Season 1 E (10, 15) Penpal & Season 5 Episode 18 Soft White Damn
A bi-monthly podcast hosted by Aaron Mahnke that talks about all the strange pieces of history, the supernatural, the paranormal, and the darker sides of humans that can scare us. In 2016, it was announced that Lore would become a tv show sometimes in mid-2017.
- Favorite Episodes: 8 The Castle & 27 On the Farm
Stuff You Missed in History Class
Hosted by Tracy V Wilson and Holly Frey, this podcast talks about the little known, and little talked about portions of history. It started off as a 15-minute question and answer period and has progressed into 20-45 minute episodes that are released twice weekly. I love this podcast so much, I have listened to every episode at least once. Some of them twice.
- Favorite Episodes: Crown Prince Sado of Korea & Irish Potato Famine
The Lively Show
A weekly podcast that is “designed to uplift, inspire, and add a little extra intention to your every day” where Jess Lively discusses the various events and features in her life while bringing a little inspiration to your life. This is a new addition for me and might become apart of the permanent rotation. She is currently taking a hiatus of an unknown length of time, but her archives are still available.
A fictionalized story podcast about several Army Reserve soldiers and several civilians as they struggle to survive the post-apocalyptic Los Angeles and stay clear of the zombies. I listened to the entire podcast within two weeks. So amazing, I managed to get my middle school niece and nephew hooked.
What podcasts do you love? Leave it in the comments.