#trypod – My favorite podcasts

March is coming to a close soon, and before the 31st, I want to get in my plugs for podcasts that I love.

I spend a lot of time in the car, driving back and forth between Rockville and Baltimore.  A little less now than before I moved to Baltimore a year ago, but still several times a week, back and forth.

To stay sane on the road (and alert), I have come to rely on podcasts, which I download to my phone, and listen when I have heard all the news on NPR, or when my radio reception is poor.  I do like listening to music, but sometimes, especially when my mood is more bleak, I find talk and stories to be reassuring, like having a friend talking to me.

So, here are some of my personal favorites:

  1. This American Life (TAL) – www.thisamericanlife.org broadcast since 1995, I’ve loved this show on the radio, but now, generally only manage to catch it as a podcast.  Wonderful stories, in long and short form, on a variety of subjects and topics (hmmm, what’s the difference between a subject and a topic??)
  2. Snap Judgment – snapjudgment.org – kind of like TAL, but different.  I love the Host & Executive Producer, Glynn Washington.
  3. The Moth – themoth.org – stories told live onstage, usually two stories per episode, sometimes famous people, often not.  always fascinating.
  4. KCRW’s Left, Right & Center – http://www.kcrw.com/news-culture/shows/left-right-center – I’ve been listening to this weekly discussion for years.  When I first started listening, Matt Miller was the moderator, Robert Sheer was a regular on the left,Tony Blankley was staunchly on the right, and Arianna Huffington occupied a space somewhere in between.  Now the panel is totally different, but the discourse is civil, and I believe it’s a valuable model of how to bridge the political divide that has grown so wide in recent years.
  5. The DeadPod – http://deadshow.blogspot.com – I did go to one Grateful Dead show in my life, and I always have had a few Dead albums in my music library, but I can’t say I really became a fan until I discovered this podcast.
  6. Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! – http://www.npr.org/programs/wait-wait-dont-tell-me I love this on the radio, but often can’t catch it when it airs, and this is one of my favorites.  The biggest problem I have is that the bell that they use to mark points scored can be confused with the bell that marks the mile markers with my running app when I listen to this while running!
  7. Planet Money – http://www.npr.org/sections/money/ – another show that I love on the air, but appreciate being able to catch “on demand”.  I find money and economics to be confusing and anxiety-provoking, but Planet Money makes the issues accessible, as does…
  8. Freakonomics – http://freakonomics.com – this is another podcast that I find soothing to listen to while running.  I don’t know why I find running and economics to be compatible…

So, that’s a few of my personal favorites.  I also like listening to Savage Love, which celebrates a liberal and accepting view of sexual liberation (one of his ideas is GGG (“good, giving, and game … Think ‘good in bed,’ ‘giving equal time and equal pleasure’ and ‘game for anything – within reason’”), which I think is lovely.

Do you have a favorite podcast?  I’d love to expand my listening list.  Please share in the comments.

3 thoughts on “#trypod – My favorite podcasts

  1. I listen to. Kathy education and politics- have you heard On Being? Great, thoughtful

    1. janaki says:

      On Being is amazing!

  2. Steve Rubin says:

    Reveal. an investigative reporting show is outstanding.

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