There is nothing more relaxing for me than throwing in the ear buds, turning on a podcast, and zoning out for the next hour or three; it’s one of the only things that gets my brain to slow down. If you’ve never heard one before, its basically a hosted discussion, sometimes audio only and sometimes with video, that can cover any number of topics. The best part is that there’s a podcast for everything under the sun, in every style you can imagine.
If you’re like me and love listening to stimulating conversations and good music, then here are some podcast recommendations to tickle your eardrums and get you started.
Reply All – If you want to hear about why you keep getting phone calls from random numbers, about a dominatrix that makes her living being financially dominate of men, or just have someone explain to you that meme that you were too embarrassed to admit you have no idea what it means, then this podcast is for you. It explores the often confusing and terrifying world of ‘the Internet’ and makes it relatable and understandable. Hosted by PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman, from Gimlet. See what they got here: www.gimletmedia.com/reply-all
Judge John Hodgman – If you’re not listening to this podcast, then I’m not sure what you’re doing with your life. John Hodgman of mid-2000s “I’m a PC” fame and Jesse Thorn, host of NPR’s Bullseye, host this entertaining podcast. Litigants submit their cases to the court of Judge John Hodgman and each week the judge hears a case and gives a verdict. Listen to it with you S.O. and it might even help you solve your disputes. Judge it for yourself here: www.maximumfun.org/shows/
The Flop House – 11 years running, every episode this critically acclaimed podcast hosted by Dan McCoy, Stuart Wellington, and Elliott Kalan dives into a movie that was either a critical or finantial failure. Although they currently put out fewer episodes since one of the hosts relocated across the country, this podcast has a rich back catalogue that is worth diving into. When I first started listening to this podcast I had little interest in bad movies, and now I’m an obsessed bad movie buff who has watched and even purchased several titles they discuss on the show. Good or bad, here it is: www.flophousepodcast.com/
KEXP Music That Matters – This one is for those of you who may prefer music to talk. Each week KEXP, the iconic NPR station in Seattle, puts together some great tunes for your listening pleasure. My favorite episodes are the running podcasts. I feel like they are curated to motivate me to keep going, no matter how much I want to stop, and KEXP morning show host John Richards is there to cheer you on. See if they curate for you too at: feeds.kexp.org/kexp/
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By Ashley Rammelsberg