I’ve always been a fan of a good, engulfing story. Be it from a TV show, movie, random stranger that I met while riding the 60 Long Beach RTD. Where ever it comes from, a good story can affect you. Change you. Make you better.
Well sadly I’m not a fan of TV. I don’t have cable and I can’t do reality TV (which I just got to say isn’t reality at all. They dress up these scenarios to be fictional and false. All to create drama and stupidity. Reality TV make people stupid. Ok I’m done). I can’t always afford the movies and rentals can get expensive. So that leaves me the wondrous world of podcast.
I discovered podcast pretty late. I heard This American life and I was instantly hooked. Since then I’ve branched out to a few different routes but staying close to storytelling. So Today I just had to share some of my passions. My list of top 5 Pod-casts. Yes, a list made for the dramatic world of Reddit.
No, actually I’m doing this because I really do love these shows. They help me zone out, sometimes better than any Netflix show or movie. I truly believe that getting away is a needed practice. Sometimes daily, sometimes multiple times a day. These shows cover an array of topics about dramas, short stories, human nature, love, heartbreak and comedy. It’s an all in one stop in finding some good story telling, porn podcast. OK, no porn involved. It just helps with audience numbers to sprinkle that word in your blog every now and then.
1. The Truth Podcast, hosted by Jonathan Mitchell. This show is seriously one of my favorites. When I first found them I binged listing for an entire weekend. Apparently I broke up with my girlfriend over that time but honestly, I don’t remember. The shows are not very long, 15-30 minutes. Some are pretty dark, some comical. But guaranteed that each one is engulfing.
2. This American Life was my first love. I’ve been a fan for over 3 years now and I must say, this show gets better with age. My only complaint is that they sometimes replay old shows. But they make up for it with their premiers. Its stories with reality. The recent “Cops See It Differently, Part 1-2” totally invoked some strong emotions. But that’s what these shows are about right? They stir you up within the safety of yourself. It’s not a TV show trying to stir up the pot. It’s your own views that make the emotions come out.
3. Answer Me This is a needed staple in anyone’s podcast library. This British show has been doing it for almost a decade now. I started about two years ago and I’m proud to say they haven’t lost their steam. OK, it did suck when they went from weekly to bi-weekly (Damn you Olly). And I understand that Helen has grown busier with her show, The Allusionist (Not on my list but definitely a notable mention). But I still miss my weekly dose. Thank you freaking Cadbury for the 8 years of back catalogs. The show has kept up the same routine and it works. Also, check out Martin-The Sound Mans band- Pretty Nice stuff.
4. This one I had to split between Serial and Invisibilia.
Serial is definitely a different type of show. The host, Sarah Koenig study’s a case, this particular one is over 14 years old, and she goes over the story with amazing detail, retelling the case bit by bit. I’m sure you heard about this show. It was old time detective show brilliance, reliving again. Cannot wait for season two!
Invisibilia is awesome. They explore different ideas of human behavior and instead of categorizing all the connections, they splatter it out everywhere. The different directions that emotions, ideas and actions take on, all from one main point. Amazing show. My only complaint is the season has already ended. Anxiously waiting for the next one.
5. This one is by far my favorite. Strangers, hosted by Lea Thau, is naked, gripping, honest and real. Lea incorporates a lot of her own pain and history into the show which makes it so much better. The “Love Hurts” series (1-4) were simply amazing. She’s isn’t afraid to come across as needy or egotistical and that’s why I love this show because we’ve all experienced that, especially going through a horrible breakup. We build ourselves up because we are so broken. But this show puts out there what we all hear in our heads. What we tell each other so we’re not alone. I could go on and on about this show. Oh yes, it’s not all about Leah’s break up of course. But her turmoil is what sucked me. Like I said, my favorite show.
All these shows are on iTunes or through Sound cloud. Please check them out and if you dig them, please give them a positive review on ITunes. A lot of these shows are made with the blood sweat and tears of the producers, host with very little profit. Maybe that’s what makes these shows so amazing. They’re products of love and passions. They definitely come across that way to me when I’m listening to them.