Just lately, I’ve started abandoning the bus in favour of walking to work. It takes me a total of two and a half hours there and back but I never get bored. In fact, I love this walk because it means it’s time for me to put my phone away and devote myself entirely to some of, what I deem to be, the best podcasts.
I don’t get lonely, and I never get too lazy to walk, because podcasts keep me excited and coming back for more. The first time I became aware of podcasts was when the hype of Serial swept the internet, and since then I’ve become more and more addicted to them.
I’ve tried to pick some curveballs for this list, rather than stick to the more well-known podcasts.
If you’re looking for… comedy
How Did This Get Made
HDTGM recently came onto my podcast radar thanks to a throwaway tweet from someone on Twitter in response to that awful Little Italy film that’s coming out shortly. Intrigued, I looked the podcast up and found one familiar face… Derek from the Good Place. That was enough of a selling point for me!
Each episode the three hosts pick a different terrible, terrible movie and pick it apart. It’s just so hilarious and after months of listening to true crime podcasts, finding this one really lifted my mornings up. I have literally laughed out loud to myself whilst listening to this – I must look crazy!
If you’re looking for… an episodic story
This was the first podcast I really got into after I started walking a lot again. It’s produced by the LA Times and episode by episode looks at the life and times of John Meehan, nicknamed Dirty John.
It starts off as a story about a fledgling romance and quickly escalates into betrayal, corruption and true crime. Each episode is an in-depth look into an aspect of the story and as such it hooks you in right from the get go.
If you’re looking for… technology
The Habitat is a science story which somewhere in the middle meets Big Brother. It’s a real life account of a 6-person NASA crew sent to live in a dome in Hawaii to simulate how humans might interact when they settle on Mars.
Each episode is only thirty minutes each, which meant I could easily digest two episodes a day and I still wanted more. I felt like I had taken a punch to the gut when I listened to the final episode, knowing there would be no more to come.
If you’re looking for… true crime
As I mentioned, I’m a huge fan of true crime so I found this one whilst I was scrolling through Spotify. I don’t listen to this religiously, but there’s a lot of episodes currently available so I tend to pick and choose the killers I’m most interested in.
It’s a podcast with a notable contrast to the popular My Favourite Murder, as it talks about the facts and details of each story whilst trying to analyse motivations of the various killers it deals with.
If you’re looking for… a healthy dose of scepticism
I love the Conspiracy Theories podcast because I can dip in and out of it depending on whether I’m interested in the mystery that week. Each week they tackle another topic, split across two episodes – the first will deal with the background of the story and the second will dissect the various conspiracy theories that have been thrown around regarding the story.
Memorable episodes for me included a dissection of the death of Marilyn Monroe and the Jonestown Massacre, neither of which I’d known much about beforehand.
If you’re looking for… geeks
The Adventure Zone
This was my introduction to the world of Dungeons and Dragons and now I’m desperate to play it myself. The McElroy Brothers are practically podcast royalty with about 45627 podcasts between them but for this one they come together with their dad for an old-fashioned game of Dungeons and Dragons. The story is interesting, but the banter between them has me laughing out loud.
This podcast was so popular, they’ve even turned the plot of their first play through into a graphic novel.
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