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Summer Listening List – Podcasts

riflepaperco Iphone caseWant to know something embarrassing?

My mom had her own podcast on iTunes before I ever really figured out what a podcast was. While  most of my peers parents were still eyeing the bandwagon suspiciously, she had hopped into the driver’s seat and taken off.

I was too busy joyously singing along with the Phantom of the Opera (the one with the Canadian cast where Sam from Today’s Special plays the Phantom i.e. the best one, to be precise)at the top of my lungs while driving to work to bother with downloading a podcast.

When I moved to the city, I got rid of the car, and thus the singalong commute came to en end. I mean, I guess I could belt out “Music of the Night” to my fellow pedestrians or passengers on the streetcar, but it’s just not the same.

So I’ve become an avid podcast listener instead and thought I’d share the wealth in case any of you are late adopters like yours truly and are wondering where to start.

In no particular order, here’s what’s filling my iPhone lately:

This American Life – A podcast of the hour-long American radio program, This American Life is not exactly a cult hit, but there’s a reason it’ s so popular. The journalistic radio documentaries, essays and memoirs featured are consistently fascinating.

The Moth – collections of true personal stories. I love these little slices of life, both hilarious, unbelievable and tragic told live in front of an audience by people from all walks of life.

Invisibilia – An exploration of how ideas, assumptions and emotions shape human behaviour. They won me over with an awesome story about visually impaired people who use echolocation to get around.

Canadaland – Jesse Brown discusses Canadian issues and politics and how our media is (or isn’t) covering the news that matters to Canadians. I don’t always agree with his take on things, but I think he’s asking some really important questions that the mainstream media has become to cowardly to tackle. Just don’t start with the episode “my Socalled friend.” That episode was staggeringly dull and obnoxious.

Professor Blastoff – Brilliant comedians, Tig Notaro, Kyle Dunnigan and David Huntsberger (very loosely) focus and chat with a guest about a different topic every episode. They frequently make me look like a wildly cackling idiot.

The Bugle – Hard to go wrong with Jon Oliver. He and his co-host are delightfully witty and English as they skewer politics the world over.

The Thrilling Adventure Hour – Old-timey-style radio plays! What’s not to like? The “Beyond Belief” series is by far my favourite. Paget Brewster kills me!

Throwing Shade – I was delighted to stumble across Erin Gibson and Bryan Safi, two of the bright spots from the now defunct infomania, on their hilarious podcast. They make fun of misogyny and homophobia in the most weird and wonderful ways imaginable. It’s an extremely cathartic listen.

Do you guys listen to podcasts? Any I should add to my roster this summer?

10 Responses to Summer Listening List – Podcasts

    • metamorphocity says:

      I’m definitely going to check that out. There was a social media podcast I tried listening to but it wasn’t really up my alley, so maybe this can replace it.

  • Traci says:

    Ha! Sounds like you have an awesome and hip mom! Right now I’m into The Jillian Michaels Show, the Say Yes podcast, and The Splendid Table, which is a new one to me and all about food!

    • metamorphocity says:

      I’ve never heard of the Splendid Table! I’m definitely missing food-related content so I’ll have to check it out. Thanks!

  • Leanne says:

    Great suggestions! I love This American Life and Snap Judgement follows in the same vein. We are avid Freakonomics listeners, and I always giggle at Josh and Chuck’s banter during How Stuff Works’ Stuff You Should Know. I think Radiolab is one of my favourite podcasts ever. From the Radiolab website: “Radiolab is a show about curiosity. Where sound illuminates ideas, and the boundaries blur between science, philosophy, and human experience.” They cover things that are really profound and make you think: like in “Time” and another one about how words shape our thought.

  • Jessi says:

    I gotta check these out! I love listening to podcast while I work, drive, and travel! You should check out “stuff you should know”, they make learning awesome!

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