My renewed interest in podcasts coincided with upgrading our phone plan to unlimited data. I can now listen on my phone anywhere without going through the steps of downloading the podcast to my computer and then updating my old ipod. (I know, first world problem!)
I have been enjoying Women Who Travel and Travelogue by Conde Nast Travel. And my daughter-in-law-to-be’s mother (thanks Leslie) just sent me a link to the blog Modern Mrs Marcy and her podcast What Should I Read Next? I realized there must be dozens of podcasts about reading so I googled it and came across a link to 25 More Outstanding Podcasts for Readers. I took a quick look at one of the suggestions, Book Club Appetizer and noticed a they had an episode about A Gentleman in Moscow. I am 38% of the way through the book and wasn’t planning to pick it up again except for a friend and former book group member told me to stick with it. (Thanks Eliza) So, I am going to listen to the episode and see if it convinces me to finish the book. I’ll let you know!
What have you been listening to?
Two podcasts I am currently listening to are my friday favourites-
Crimetown: Every season, we’ll investigate the culture of crime in a different American city. First up: Providence, Rhode Island, where organized crime and corruption infected every aspect of public life. This is a story of alliances and betrayals, of heists and stings, of crooked cops and honest mobsters—a story where it’s hard to tell the good guys from the bad guys.
Missing Richard Simmons: On February 15, 2014, fitness guru Richard Simmons disappeared. He stopped teaching his regular exercise class at Slimmons, cut off his closest friends, and removed himself from the public eye after decades as one of the most accessible celebrities in the world. Nobody has heard from him – and no one knows why he left. Filmmaker Dan Taberski was a Simmons regular and a friend of Richard’s. Missing Richard Simmons is Dan’s search for Richard – and the deeper he digs, the stranger it gets.
Listen to them and let us know what you think!
I got hooked on the podcast Serial last fall. My millennial son told me about it which seemed intriguing since you just listen to a podcast. No graphics, nothing fancy, just listening, not something that I thought would appeal to millennials…who knew?!
Season 1 of Serial, was produced by public radio’s “This American Life,” and re-examines the 1999 murder of Hae Min Lee, a Maryland teenager, that resulted in the conviction of Adnan Syed, her former boyfriend. It is compelling listening, so much so that I often found myself sitting in the car at my destination just so I could finish an episode.
The same millennial son just informed me that Season Two of Serial is available. It is about Bowe Bergdahl, a U.S. soldier who had been a prisoner of the Taliban for nearly five years. I just downloaded it and can’t wait to get in the car tomorrow and start listening. I like the car for the total immersion it provides me – no distractions (other than the other cars on the road!) just focused listening.
Another podcast that has got my attention lately is Happier with Gretchen Rubin. A quick, smart production about habits and happiness done by two sisters.
Tiny Desk Concerts are fun to have on your playlist. Described on the NPR website as intimate video performances, recorded live at the desk of All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen.
Once you get started, you keep finding more. That same millennial son sent me a link to a Huffington Post list of Great Podcasts for Road Trips and Long Weekend Traffic Jams. Take a look and see what interests you. Let us know what you are listening to!