Gang, I have a confession to make. A confession that I didn’t think that I would ever have to make. In fact, I debated even writing this because of the horrible backlash and ostracizing I could receive. However, I am feeling brave, so here it goes.
I barely listen to music.
That’s right! I said it! I barely ever listen to actual music, which for someone that has probably over 150 playlists saved, that’s pretty unheard of. But it’s true, I’ve really left music in the dust and opted for something a little more filling. Podcasts.
Podcasts have been steadily gaining popularity throughout the years, especially with the widespread availability of audio streaming services. In fact, according to Edison Research over 48 million people listen to podcasts on a weekly basis. I for one, listen on a daily basis, not only during my commute, but during work, when I work out, and sometimes to put me to sleep!
Therefore, I thought that this week it would be fun to share some of my most beloved and most listened to podcasts with all of you. Let’s crack into it! *clink*
And That’s Why We Drink
Into true crime but also want to dabble in the paranormal? And That’s Why We Drink is the podcast for you! Hosted by Em Schulz and Christine *Schiefer, this podcast is full of laughs sure to keep anyone entertained. This is probably one of my favorite podcasts on the internet and is my go-to for any long commutes. This podcast is especially good if you want to learn about more creepy topics, minus the seriousness. Em and Christine are absolutely hilarious and their friendship and connection really make this podcast a joy to listen to.
*Christine recently got married and I’m not sure if she changed her last name since the website still has her maiden name.
My Dad Wrote Porno (explicit)
Don’t be turned off by the name (sorry, mom!), because My Dad Wrote a Porno is hilarious! Jamie Morton brings in his friends James Cooper and Alice Levine to read his dad’s erotic novel series. Don’t expect to be turned on, because you definitely won’t be with how ridiculous the story is. Just a quick warning, do not drive while listening to this unless you are able to laugh and drive at the same time. Bonus: If you want to read along, you can buy Belinda Blinked by Rocky Flinstone (Jamie’s father’s incredible pseudonym) here!
Code Switch is an NPR podcast that focuses on race and culture in America and other parts of the globe. Topics like how beauty is used as power and what it means to “talk American” give context to the goings on in the nation that many of us ignore or take for granted. Hosts Gene Demby and Shereen Marisol Meraji are so knowledgeable and a joy to listen to. I’ve found this podcast to be incredibly stimulating, causing me to analyze myself and the world around me in a new way.
Normally I would avoid looking at anything potentially negative or depressing in the morning, i.e. the news. However, I find that Up First has quickly become my go-to morning listen. Hosts Rachel Martin, David Greene, and Steve Inskeep provide a quick breakdown of the top stories for the day. I find this is a great start as I can get briefed on what’s going on without being bogged down with information or strong bias. We’re looking for facts, people!
Dr. Death is a whirlwind podcast. Unlike the other podcasts mentioned, Dr. Death focuses on one topic: the crimes of Christopher Duntsch, a neurosurgeon in Texas who killed or seriously injured almost 40 patients. Not only is this a podcast an analysis of his crimes, but also the medical system that allowed him to continue harming helpless individuals. Host Laura Beil does an incredible job of breaking down the events and delivering them in a way that is both factual and gripping.
This is just a taste of the many, many podcasts that I have delved into in the last few months. If you’re interested in listening to any of the podcasts mentioned, you can find them on most audio streaming sites, but I get mine from Spotify.