If you are anything like me then you listen to podcasts all the time. I still listen to music because I can’t not listen to music, but podcasts are slowly creeping their way up to almost equal footing with my favourite playlists. Here are a few of my preferences this month:
Presented by Dax Sheppard and his soul mate; Monica Padman. The duo interview a myriad of different guests, from celebrities to neuro scientists, the only specification for the show seems to be: who might be interesting. Listening to Dax and Monica interact with each other is a real pleasure as they clearly love and respect each other a huge amount.
This American Life
A weekly audio magazine, basically, that embraces a different theme each week. Sometimes something fun, sometimes something serious; always something interesting. The show is presented by Ira Glass, who from a British perspective, has a quintessentially American airwaves voice- kind of like David Sedaris- which makes him perfect as the presenter for this show.
This is the podcast version of the New York Times column, which has recently been made into a short series for Amazon. Modern Love features essays written by contributors about their own various love lives and read by celebrities who select their favourite stories. Every Modern Love essay is profound because they all interrogate the human condition from a variety of unique perspectives.
Today in Focus
A new episode is released every week day. 30 minutes of concise, interesting journalism on consistently relevant topics. Today in Focus always manages to find an informative and expansive perspective on a current news story. For example, reporting on human trafficking following the tragic case the other week and talking to the woman who broke the Weinstein case a year after the story came out.
The Moth broadcasts audio from venues worldwide where writers gather to share their stories. Here, you can hear narratives from literary powerhouses such a Liz Gilbert to Coming to American stories from immigrants and narrative jokes from budding performers. Every episode is different and fascinating.
Leah is a literature graduate from Bristol. Likes: Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, My So Called Life, Goodfellas, and Ally McBeal.