Podcast Crazy

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
I’ve recently discovered the world of podcasts and I couldn’t be happier. I know,  – I’m not just late to the party on this one. I’m like found-an-invitation-under-a-couch-cushion-for-a-party-that-was-7-years-ago-late-to-the-party.

I don’t know why I didn’t latch on to podcasts before. I guess I just never thought to download them, or never thought there would be anything that would interest me. This summer though while on my runs I became increasingly tired of hearing Omi’s Cheerleader on my Pandora and Spotify stations (don’t get me wrong, it’s a great song, but….) and I craved a change. I tried different types of music but Michael Buble just doesn’t cut it on a four mile run. And I love Michael Buble. So, I purchased audio books on iTunes and listened to those. I loved listening to books while I ran – it really made the miles fly by and was a nice change of pace. Downloading books gets very expensive though.

One day my mother mentioned Moth Radio and asked if I ever listened to it on public radio. She said the storytelling reminded her of something I would enjoy, and I would learn a lot for my writing. So, I dove into the world of podcasts in search of Moth Radio and it was like discovering buried treasure. I can’t believe I’ve been missing out on this free and enlightening content for so long!

Here are my current podcast obsessions that keep me entertained on my runs and my commute:

Moth Radio

Moth Radio is AWESOME. If you love storytelling and compelling true tales, you’ve got to check this stuff out. Their tag line is ‘True Stories Told Live’ and that’s exactly what it is, and it’s fascinating. The stories range from moving to quirky to hilarious. I’ve listened to stories told by a former White House Chef, a former Blue Man Group member, a professional gambler, and so many others. I love that you never know what to expect. Each podcast is about 50 minutes long and includes about three stories. Before and after the story is told, host Dan Kennedy gives you a little more information about the storyteller and their life. Moth Radio is probably not for everyone, but if you’re like me and love to hear people’s stories, you won’t be disappointed.

Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me!

NPR’s very popular news quiz show is great to listen to on my morning runs. I love the mix of current events, celebrity interviews and hilarious commentary. I often find myself laughing out loud as I listen. Each episode they bring on a well-known personality to try to answer questions about current events. Trying to guess the real answer among the other absurd answers is addictive. Wait, Wait would be great for a road trip, too. 

Mystery Show

On Mystery Show, host Starlee Kine solves people’s mysteries. The one rule to the show is it can’t be a mystery that you can solve online. She must work through clues and people to uncover the mystery. Kine is completely charming and engaging and is enough of a reason to listen to the podcast. She often gets sidetracked on her phone interviews with sources going into conversations with them that are heart-warming and sometimes deep. She reminds me of Amelie wanting to help people and change their lives as she goes about solving these mysteries.

The mysteries are light-hearted and don’t involve murders or anything of that nature. Once you start listening you’ll easily be caught up in the mystery and inspired by Starlee’s kindness. 

What other podcasts should I discover? Leave me a comment - I'm totally hooked! 
2 comments on "Podcast Crazy"
  1. Mystery Show is new to me! I'll check it out. I would LOOOOOVVVVE to be at a taping of Wait Wait Don't Tell Me someday!

    I also recently added "Note to Self" from WNYC to my line-up, and I like format/concept. Real Simple has some cute ones about marriage and Things Cooks Know too!

  2. I like the Real SImple podcasts, too, when the Royals are not playing during my walks.


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