I have built listening into most of my daily activities -- driving, housework, walking around the neighborhood, even showering. And, I at this point I look forward to new episodes, like I used to look forward to the release of a new weekly television series episode.
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Here's what I've been pumping into my ears. Give them a try! Disclaimers: most of what I listen to is not safe for kids and the shows are listed in alphabetical order.
My Never Miss an Episode Listening Lineup
Phoebe Judge digs into obscure criminal stories from recent years and centuries ago. The stories are engaging, disturbing, and fascinating glimpses into peoples' lives and relationships.
Admittedly, this is a niche listening pleasure. Kevin Porter and Demi Adejuyigbe launch a weekly rap session about writer Amy Sherman-Palladino's shows, namely Gilmore Girls. They take over-analyzing to a new level with episodes running for 3+ hours regularly. The show is a pop-culture stream of consciousness that tends to make me laugh out loud.
Jonathan Goldstein has a great, unique voice. He does stories on This American Life, but Heavyweight refocuses his storytelling on reconnecting people with their pasts and often their regrets. I hold onto lots from my past, so this one really pulls on my heartstrings.
Media is cyclical -- Homecoming harkens to the days of radio broadcasted storytelling by delivering a fictional story week by week. It is complete with a foreboding theme song and very familiar [celebrity] voices.
Three working Los Angeles ladies talk mostly about how to make it through the day with all of the first world lady insecurities that many of us carry around. Light-hearted and usually embarrassingly funny, these girls make me laugh while walking around the block...alone.
Three working Aussie ladies talk pop culture, politics, and womanhood. Representing women in their 20s, 30s, and 40s, I can always relate to at least one of the Mamamia ladies' takes on the day's topics. Mamam!a is the largest women-run podcast network in the world -- very cool.
A podcast about the internet. PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman investigate interesting human interest stories that are rooted in internet technology -- ranging from pieces how mothers can donate/source breast milk, figure out the stories behind long lost photos, and solve super tech problems all via the web.
The biggest podcast in the world -- Serial dissects a singular criminal situation in a chapter by chapter recap and deep dive over the course of a season.
Alex Blumberg took grassroots marketing to a new level in the creation of his podcasting network, Gimlet Media. He started with one podcast, detailing the ups and downs of starting Gimlet in real-time, thereby building the listening audience for subsequently launched shows. Whoa. All of my adult work experience has been with startup companies, so that listening to other people talk about their daily and big picture struggles helps me to put mine into perspective.
Named simply to match the brand, the creators of Young House Love, talk home and family weekly. In this week's episode, co-creator, Sherry Petersik talked about the one thing keeping their family from cutting the cable cord, BRAVO!, so this duo has cemented my weekly listening habit.