Five Great New Podcasts
Welcome to the 35th edition of Find That Pod.
As always, welcome new subscribers! Happy Thanksgiving to all of my neighbors to the south – hope you had a goddamn blast arguing with all of your misinformed relatives and are now well on your way to crushing your credit cards in the annual gala of gluttony known as Black Friday!
As per usual around these parts, we’ve got 5 terrific new podcasts for you to listen to, so let’s get to it!
The Anthropocene Reviewed
You’re probably thinking, what the hell is the Anthropocene – well it’s not some distant geological age in which dinosaurs the size of school buses roamed the earth, it’s actually the current geological age we find ourselves. Author John Green of (The Fault in Our Stars and Turtles all the Way Down) takes you on a journey of exploring how human activity has impacted our current age with all of it’s profound and insane inventions.
Ever wanted to listen to a man review a Hot Dog Eating Contest and Chemotherapy in the same episode, framing them both as contemporary poisons? Then go listen to this podcast.
You don’t often hear about a retailer starting up a podcast, and honestly, I expected some sort of cynical play to get more customers through a poorly produced podcast, but boy was I wrong. Camp Monsters is probably the best “cryptids/myths/legends” podcast I’ve listened to. Each episode takes you through a story of a fantastical creature that someone in North America once claims to have had an encounter with.
Where this podcast really stands out is that the entire series really makes you feel like you’re sitting around a campfire in the North American wilderness. Listening to a gifted storyteller trying to scare the shit out of you with tales of creatures that reside just beyond the edge of where the campfire light ends is endlessly entertaining.
Speaking of storytelling, holy hell. I know this podcast has already been hyped to unreasonable heights elsewhere but I’m going to add a bit more fuel to that fire because it’s honestly an astonishing piece of work. If you’re interested in stories of redemption, regret, reconciliation and other incredibly moving and personal stories of imagining how your life could have been different had you made some different choices or simply acted on a nagging regret, Heavyweight is your jam.
Into the Portal
Apparently, I went on a little deep dive exploring podcasts this past week that feature legends, myths and curious historical phenomenon that can’t easily be explained. Out of this dive I came out with an appreciation for this fantastic podcast that’s dedicated to all things lost, unexplained, and just plain old strange. Ancient lost cities, legendary creatures and even some film reviews of your favourite creepy films.
The End of the World
This limited series podcast is a great summary of all of the ways that the “world could end”. Will humanity survive all of our potential foibles? As the tagline suggests: We’re all going to die someday. Let’s hope it’s not on the same day. Josh Clark of Stuff You Should Know fame breaks down some of the most likely ways catastrophe may befall us. But don’t worry, it’s not all doom and gloom, there are hints of optimism and suggestions on how collectively as a society we may be able to avoid extinction.