6 Great New Podcasts
Welcome to the 149th edition of Find That Pod.
As always, welcome new subscribers!
Ever feel like you’re taking crazy pills? Yup. Me too.
I live in Ottawa. Canada’s capital. And as I’m sure you’ve heard, we’ve got a bit of a unique situation going on here.
A particular brand of extremist-mind-virus has swept some small percentage of the population. It has burrowed its way so deeply into their brains causing them to hold a variety of conspiracy-laden, racist, authoritarian, and downright bat-shit beliefs.
One of these ideas, it would appear, is that they can overthrow a democratically elected government by parking their trucks and shit-boxes on the streets.
But this is not about vaccines and it’s not about mandates, lock-downs or sensible public-health restrictions. We know what this is all about. And if you’re not sure, I present you with Exhibits A, B, and C.
Oh, and they’ve also decided to use their own children as human shields, while now threatening to go and terrorize schools in and around the city.
Cool cool cool.
In times like this, I take solace in the fact that every day I come across truly wonderful people, making truly amazing things. Things like podcasts, many of which surprise, delight, entertain and inspire.
I also take comfort in the fact that so many of you are a part of this amazing community seeking new shows to listen to. Thanks for being here!
So in the spirit of carrying on and not going on a rampaging smash-athon of things in and around my office, here are this week’s recommendations:
Ghosthoney’s Dream Machine
New podcast formats are my jam. I love seeing more experimentation in the art form and how it can be used to explore creative expression. So when this new show from Pod People came across my purview, I was immediately intrigued.
Who is Ghosthoney? As far as I can tell, a very popular TikToker named Tyler with over 3 million followers. He also happens to sport an incredibly luscious set of hair. This podcast is just one amidst a series of short-form podcasts centred around some of TikTok’s biggest creators. In this show, Tyler, a.k.a. Ghosthoney does his best to share his wonderfully bizarre dreams with you as well as provide an interpretation of listener-submitted dreams. It’s all a little strange, but also awesomely different. Check it out!
Your Transformation Station
Are you tired of getting trite, outdated advice from fake experts that sounds too good to be true? – That’s the lead-in to the description of this podcast. I hesitate to call this a self-help podcast because, at its core, it’s more of a conversation, based on a certain set of principles.
And while host Gregory Favazza does have a propensity for using saucy language to get his points across, the show has a healthy heaping of interesting topics related to self-help, self-improvement and leading a better life. It’s a no-holds-barred type of show that will have you considering new ideas and new perspectives. Keep an open mind, and give it a listen.
Tough questions. Not so easy answers. That’s the main thrust of this excellent podcast from Slate. It stars best-selling author Amanda Ripley who takes on a variety of listeners’ tough problems and with the help of real experts tries to figure out how to help and find the answers to some truly difficult situations.
Want to know how to save a friend from a bad relationship, how to get our dog to stop barking, or how to make friends as an adult? All these and more are revealed in this informative podcast.
Lovers and Friends with Shan Boodram
You can probably guess what this show is about just from the title. Thankfully, it’s not just your typical show about s** and intimacy. The podcast covers a wide variety of topics related to the science of attachment, relationships and the physical expression of that intimacy. It’s everything that “The Talk” should be about, but told in a reassuring, refreshing and educated way that almost everyone can relate to.