5.26.2015

Five Things: Podcasts You Should Be Listening To (Take Two)

Time to 'fess up: I think I have a podcast addiction. No, seriously (admitting it is the first step to recovery?). I've transitioned from watching Hulu and Netflix on all-night benders into binging on multiple podcast episodes. It seems like almost every free hour I have to myself, I think, "I could be listening to a podcast right now," before searching frantically for my phone to hook up into my Bluetooth speaker (side note: if you don't have one of these, you need one). This happens in the morning, when I'm getting ready for work; it happens at night, when I'm cooking dinner or prepping food for the next day; it even happens at yoga when I'm supposed to be focusing on meditating and releasing those thoughts. I don't think I'm the only one, though - because I saw a man on the train today with his headphones in, chuckling to himself... multiple times. And we were underground, too, so you know it had to be some sort of pre-recorded audible.

It's something about the multitasking of it all that has me hooked; I can be productive in real time and still finish my episodes so I don't miss one. It's not like Netflix where you feel like you've missed a crucial part of the plot, so you're constantly rewinding or restarting entire sections of shows and / or movies (I cannot be the only one who does this, or am I?). Here's the bottom line: you can actually get stuff done instead of wasting away! I know, I know. I just talked about taking a break and maybe not being so obsessed with productivity for a while. After all, the glorification of busy is a real thing, y'all. But, with podcasts, I'm not necessarily "busy" - I'm simply filling silence with something other than music. And expanding my mind? Learning something new? Being generally entertained? Those are pleasant little bonuses that go hand-in-hand with my newfound addiction. At least that's what I'm choosing to tell myself today.
Chaos Theory by Yanni Floros
I've already shared my top five podcasts that I cannot stop listening to (they're still on the roster, make no mistake), but over the past month or so, this list has expanded steadily. Now I have five more that I've added to my listen-load that I think you're really going to enjoy. 

1. Undisclosed, The State v. Adnan Syed. Oh man, y'all, I am so into this storyline. And by storyline I mean real-life-thing-that-is-happening. This podcast goes into all the little nooks and crannies that Serial didn't get to cover because of time. Going into all the various holes and misconceptions of the case, this is the dictionary for the larger narrative.
Best Suited For: Those of you who, like me, were embarrassingly invested in Serial.

2. This American Life. Public radio fans, rejoice! I've found the podcast just for you. Hosted by none other than Ira Glass and winning every major broadcasting award, this addicting radio-turned-podcast has weekly episodes consisting of multiple stories strung together with a theme. They're fascinating tales that people who love people will be totally engrossed in.
Best Suited For: The self-proclaimed NPR junkie who is totally into hearing about interesting people.

3. The Lively Show. Credit where credit is due: Mateline told me about this podcast (she's a secret treasure trove, I tell you). I find myself listening to Jess whenever I need some inner guidance. She's all about setting your values and getting in touch with your intuition - and she interviews some killer guests who have their own inspirational small businesses.
Best Suited For: People who refuse to read self-help books, but kind of love self-help books. It's complicated.

4. Star Talk. Another amazing radio program, now converted for podcast addicts. Renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson (who I know you know from Cosmos, and if you don't, watch it immediately) works to incorporate science into pop culture, interviewing special guests, talking to comedians, and - my favorite - having Bill Nye stop by from time to time. 
Best Suited For: The science / space nerd in all of us. Embrace it, you know you want to.

5. Ear Biscuits. I have to give more credit out here - Jeanette was the hippie who brought Rhett and Link into my life. These two "internetainers" are known for their inside look at other online stars, and getting them to open up about how they started, what their secret recipes for success are, and how they stay grounded after going viral. They're also super cute and have a talk show. You're welcome.
Best Suited For: YouTube enthusiasts, viral video watchers, and anyone who likes an adorable bromance.

Okay, hippies - tell me your favorite podcasts! I have an addiction I need to feed. Leave a comment below or e-mail me at hippieteaparty@gmail.com. Happy listening!

1 comment:

  1. earbiscuits and bromance= YES

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