I’ve written a post about some of my favorite podcasts before, but I’m so enjoying these lately that I wanted to tell you about them again!
Terrible, Thanks for Asking. This type of content is really out of character for me. I’m a deeply sensitive person with a level of empathy that can keep me up at night when my mind wanders to terrible scenarios (whether they are real or not!), but there is something about this podcast that keeps me coming back week after week. Nora, the host, has had her fair share of devastation in her life and is gentle and thoughtful in her interviews while at the same time she knows when it’s time for a little comedic relief. I imagine she has that peronality time that you just open up and spill your guts when she asks you how you are doing, you know?
Anyway, she covers a variety of topics through her interviews with people, and all of them are hard. I never end the podcast feeling low, though, because somehow the stories end with a hopeful or positive note.
Reply All. This is a bit newer for me but I had heard about it through ads on This American Life. The most fascinating episode so far was #102 about a scammy caller that took a very surprising turn. You HAVE to listen to that! The hosts are easy to listen to, the episodes move quickly and the content is interesting. It typically is related to anything having to do with the internet, from e-mail to photos being stolen, and much more.
Up and Vanished. I listened to the very first Up and Vanished when that released and season two is now running. I’m slowly trucking through it. I’m intrigued but not as swept up as I was in the original. The host isn’t the most interesting storyteller on the planet, but it’s cool to watch
and for kids: Stories Podcast . This is my go-to for the kids if we need something to do on a rainy day. I love being outside and I’m glad my kids do as well, but occasionally if I need to catch up on laundry or do indoor chores and the kids are antsy, I’ll put one of these stories on for them in the playroom. David is a bit more interested than Luke, but I like that it spurs their imagination and is a non-tv option of entertainment!
P.S. If you’re not into podcasts, here is a post where I shared some of my favorite documentaries.