I made this post quite some time ago, and then it disappeared into my drafts. So I just updated it with some more recent episodes recommendations as well!
It was difficult finding a category for these kinds of podcasts, the journalistic ones where there’s a host or two, but mainly they’re based on telling people’s stories. They’re not talking about a random subject from their lives, but something specific they’ve investigated. Where often a single occurence leads to a much bigger story, one that’s worth listening to.
I’ve done other lists of my favourite podcasts. Here’s a list of general, two-dudes talking type. Here’s science and productivity. Here’s book and mythology podcasts. And finally here’s even weirder interests like space, robots and chronic illness.
– stories –
- It’s about the internet
- I’m just going to give a list of my fav episodes, because there’s a lot of places to start this one
- Zardulu (#56) talking about a weird internet fenomena that is rat videos and the possible mind behind it
- Long distance (#102 og #103) where Alex Goldman goes on a hunt to find out who the telephone scammers are, leading him to travel to another country and making some strange new relationships.
- Shipped to Timbuktu (#28) about a girl guide troop ending up in the Weihsien concentration camp in China
- Hello? (#82) where they take call-in’s for 48 hours straight
- Pain funnel (#121) about the US rehabs and how they’re run
- Boy in the photo (#79) about the long road trying to track down a guy at a college party (here’s the photo)
- The founder (#136) about Paul Le Roux, who went from a programmer to build himself up as the leader of a drug cartel from behind his computer.
- The reply all hotline (#139) with call-in stories, ending with a story from a Syrian refugee living in Turkey about the difficulties trying to create any future and wanting help navigating the Canadian college system. I cried so much. Everyone deserves hope.
- Tired of the bad news each day? Here’s some adorable, heartwarming or funny news to balance it out. From the Cards Against Humanity team.
- Author and youtuber John Green’s new podcast where he reviews a couple very unrelated things that are “facets of the human-centered planet on a five-star scale”. With his calming voice and poetic phrasing.
- Fav episodes: #10 about Tetris and the seed potatoes of Leningrad and #11 about teddy bears
- One day an email arrives with the subject line “John B McLemore lives in Shittown Alabama.” John is a man who takes contact with the journalist Brian Reed, asking him to look into a possible murder in his town, which no one else is talking about. He lives in this small town, which he doesn’t have lack of problems with. As the journalist travels down to John he realizes his life and person comes of as interesting and slightly eccentric. But all his actions doesn’t make sense, he comes off as a loner, but then there’s all these people who knew him and slowly the story of John unfold.
- LABYRINTH, he made a freaking awesome labyrinth. It has nothing (and everything) to do with the story btw
- In most peoples life there’s something that changes, some occurence or relationship that you don’t deal with or got to say everything you wanted to. This podcast host doesn’t let it be with that, as he drags everyone along trying to make things right. From trying to reunite grumpy men in their eighties to a woman finallly getting the answer from her step-mom to why she made her quit basketball. It all went in direction I didn’t expect.
Even if I have to google how to spell the name and still is convinced I get it wrong. Have you seen the endpages of Hank Green’s debut novel “An Absolutely Remarkable Thing”? There’s a blogpost by the artist Tekst which shows the endpages and the process, which I found interesting and thought you might as well: https://blog.usejournal.com/aart-endsheets-a9e4c2175783
The book is out September 25th 2018 and I can’t wait. I haven’t gone out of my way to look for information of what it’s about on purpose, but I think there’s a girl who goes viral or becomes famous on Youtube and that the book among other things deal with the idea of being Internet famous, which Hank Green has some experience with.
I just finished “Radio Silence” by Alice Oseman which also features a lot of internet fandom and success through a podcast getting a fanbase, and when it’s done right, books with internet culture can make me question as well as relate.
Here’s the general, two-dudes-talking type of podcasts I like. Here’s a list of book podcasts. And finally, here’s a list of science and productivity podcasts. Yes, there’s a lot of podcasts.
- Find out just how easy it is to be hacked and how it’s done. Usually faturing a hacker scene from a popular movie or tv series to debunk how close or far from reality they are.
- Hosts are Brian Stever, Jeremie Saunders and Taylor Macgillivary. Jeremie has cystic fibrosis.
- Chronic illness and humor combined, the three guys interviews people with all kinds of illnesses and injuries. The people, both hosts and interviewees, are really what makes this podcast hearthwarming, educational and often very funny. They’ve shown that even the episodes with deadly illnesses can have humour, without taking away from communicating the gravity of the people’s struggles and trouble. I’m chronically ill, mainly with crohn’s and a lung problem, and this is what I’ve been looking for without completely knowing so. Illness is tough, and talking about it means it gets heavy at times, but I think all people should know a bit more about diseases and in which ways it affects people’s lives.
- All episodes features fascinating people and I’m nowhere near having listened to them all. I would definitely recommend checking out the 1st episode about Jeremie’s cystic fibrosis, nr. 9 with ptsd, nr. 112 with multiple sclerosis (ms), nr 107 with zika virus and nr 75 with juvenile rheumatoroid arthritis. But they’re all pretty great.
- Space news and history (that part I skip) that you don’t have to be a rocket-scientist to understand. Very calming voices, so at the very least it’s good to fall asleep to, but I’m pretty into space and find it exciting.
- I’ve listened to a few murder podcasts out there, this is the definite winner and the only one I still follow. Every once in a while something different, like a cult story, is thrown into the mix.
- Hosted by two lovely ladies, who needs all the credit for the amazing woman-empowering perspectives they give, Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark.
- Stories and conversations about queer experiences today. Contains episodes that made me both laugh and cry. Talks about lgbt issues with interviews and history.
- Savannah Million and Alex Cox from Do By Friday/Cards Against Humanity team
- Talks about robots! All the new, weird robots!
Could I have a book blog and not post my book podcast recommendations? I’ve already given my favourite general two-dudes-talking type here and science and productivity podcasts here.
– books and mythology –
- They read and discuss fantasy series. The biggest book series they’ve covered is Brandon Sanderson’s books, Wheel of Time, Lord of the Rings and they’ve recently started Narnia. In between there’s discussions on movies and tv series, like Black Panther.
- Patrick Rothfuss, author of The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicles) and Max Temkin from the podcast Do By Friday and the game Cards Against Humanity.
- Currently inactive, but it’s perfect for fans and book lovers
- Discusses books, book items and interview authors
- Mythology, legends and lore from all cultures told by two hosts with a drink in hand. The themes varies widly, which I appreciate and along with the discussions it keeps it interesting. Personal favourites are nr. 55 Yuki-Onna, nr 43 Javanese Mermaid Queen, nr 40 Laumes and nr 32 The Butterfly Lovers.
- About poetry, obviously. Each episode seems to have a theme, The Wilderness is the first episode of series called A Change of World, and was amazing as it included women’s place in poetry from the 1800th century to now. They read poems out loud, and it’s wonderful, thought-provoking and calming.
It’s time for my favourite kind of podcasts, science and productivity. I love listening to passionate people talking about science from a perspective you don’t get in class, with more humour. Here’s a post with the general, two-dudes-talking type podcasts I like.
– productivity –
- Youtuber CGP Grey and relay-founder Myke Hurley dicuss their work as independent content creators
- A productivity podcast for students, discussing all kinds of decisions, troubles and tips students might need.
– science –
- Alie Ward interviews one expert in a field about what they do, and proves no questions are stupid. It makes me want to work with a new thing each episode when I hear about what these awesome people do. Personal favourites are cosmology, horology, volcanology, gizmology and mythology. Lots of ologies.
- By the CrashCourse/vlogbrothers/Hank Green team
- Four people get together with the goal to amaze each other with facts about the universe and how they found out about them. Usually lots of laughs.
- By youtubers Destin Sandlin and Matt Whittman
- Science and politics and all the dumb questions
Do you have any podcast recommendations?
I listen to so many podcasts. It’s probably eaten into my reading time, but I’m more often available to listen to things while doing chores or getting ready, even eating.
Apparently the whole list of my favourite podcast was a lot for one post, which is probably a sign I should cut down on them. To start out, here’s the general/two people talking type of podcasts I listen to. Also narrowing down what these podcasts are about is difficult, because they’re mostly a mix of the hosts interests. Check them out for yourself! I would recommend listening to one of the latest episodes. Podcasts with more special interests like books or science will come later.
– two dudes* talking type –
*not always two dudes, or even just two people
- Youtubers CGP Grey and Brady Haran
- Nerdy. I have no idea how to sell this, but it’s probably my consistently favourite one.
- A fan podcast of Hello Internet, it was started by
- listeners who talk about their lives and topics that interest them
- Youtubers and authors Hank and John Green from vlogbrothers. It’s great.
- Alex Cox, Max Temkin and Merlin Mann. First two are from the Cards Against Humanity team and Mann an experienced podcaster.
- Has a new challenge each week, along with weird internet news and humor
- Youtuber and newly phd in physics Simon Clark and Dan Maw
- Talks about a random wikipedia page each week, mostly about everything else