Thursday, May 19, 2016
Podcast-A-Palooza (Part 1)
***This is only part one. There will be a part two with even more podcast-y goodness.
Before I completely nerd-out with all my favorite bookish listens, I'll share a few of my favorite storytelling podcasts. (Spoiler alert: They're mostly NPR related. BIG SHOCK, I know.)
This American Life
Yeah, you've probably heard of this one. A lot. But ubiquity does not equal obsolescence. This long-running radio program is long-running for a reason. Amazing stories full of diverse voices and experiences. Plus, freaking Ira Glass. I can't get by without my weekly TAL fix.
**Safe with kids in the car unless they warn you in-episode (which they are really good about.)
So maybe TAL is too bland for you. Maybe you need a little music (that doesn't always sound like it came straight off the latest indie-hipster movie soundtrack. Sorry TAL.) Maybe you want a story that's been shaped and produced (and maybe even voice-acted) to give it more pop (or should I say, "Snap"?). They don't call this program, "Storytelling with a beat" for nothing. LOVE this podcast!
**Safe with older kids in the car (mostly.)
Death, Sex & Money
More storytelling, only with a bit more of a thematic focus on, well, you guessed it. I heart Anna Sale.
The ultimate storytelling podcast. They play recorded-live storytelling events from all over the world. If you saw the season finale of HBO's Girls this season, you saw Hannah (Lena Dunham) perform at a fictional Moth event. (Listen to this podcast anyway.)
**Generally not a kid-friendly podcast.
I'm just going to list a couple here that are either outside of a set category, aren't currently releasing new episodes (on hiatus), or are a bit more uneven as far as their "favorite" status goes.
I love this super-quirky podcast with so many freaking loves. Unfortunately, the second season has been really slow in coming out. But in the meantime, listen to season one where Starlee Kine (a TAL alum) solves mysteries so personal and banal that you'll be left scratching your head as to why you-can't-get-out-of-the-car-until-it's-over.
**Probably older-kid safe.
The Longest Shortest Time
This program recently changed distributors, and with that change came a TON of ads. If you don't mind (or can tolerate) the frequent (and sometimes lengthy) interruptions, however, this is a great podcast on parenting and what it looks like for all kinds of families. A great place to start is the "Accidental Gay Parents" series of episodes, which will break your heart and make you laugh and feel all the feels.
**Varies, but usually it's good to be wary with this one while kids are in the car.
Book-related Podcasts!!!! (Why we're all here, let's be honest.)
All the Books
This is my GO-TO podcast for new book recommendations. Hosted by Liberty Hardy and Rebecca Schinsky from Book Riot, an online community for book enthusiasm, this show comes out every Tuesday and features some of the new books being released on that day. These two women have excellent taste, and they cover a wide range of genres (not just my standard lit-fic and literary memoir.) Listen at your own risk, however, because you're Amazon account may never recover.
**Safe with kids in the car.
This is a fun write-in show for book recommendations (and another Book Riot podcast.) Can't decide what to buy for your uncle who only reads books about the Vietnam War written prior to 1999? They got you covered. Need a title to scratch that tear-jerker itch? They can hook you up. Fun to listen to even if you don't write in recommendation requests.
**Safe with kids in the car.
Well, that's all for today. I'll make some more podcast recommendations (bookish and otherwise) in my next post. Until then, happy listening!
*Quick Note: All of these can found on any of the big podcast catchers--including iTunes--for free.