Five Great New Podcasts
Welcome to the 36th edition of Find That Pod.
Greetings new subscribers. Welcome to our growing community of podcast fanatics! Once again, thanks to everyone who submitted their fantastic podcast picks in this week’s twitter suggestion thread.
Here are this week’s 5 podcasts I’m recommending for you to introduce your curious ears to:
History on Fire
Obviously this podcast has been around for quite some time and is now sadly moving over to Luminary starting in April, but before then you can still have a listen to its back catalog of incredibly detailed, thoughtful and surprising takes on various historical events. Yes, it’s about history, but it’s peppered with a healthy mix of pop-culture references and modern parallels as well as a healthy dose of comedy.
Website | Listen on: Apple Podcasts | PodChaser | Overcast | Not sure where to start? Start with this episode: Episode 20 – The Conquest of Mexico (Part 1): People of the Sun
10 Things That Scare Me
I love coming across podcasts with a format you don’t normally expect. Increasingly podcasting has been seen as a long-form type of listening experience, but a lot of new podcasts appearing in the last few years are starting to challenge that notion. That includes this terrific piece of documentarian style listening.
10 Things That Scare Me is exactly what it sounds like. Various people, some more famous than others simply come on the show and talk about the 10 things that scare them the most in life. If anything this podcast will demonstrate to you that not only do people share plenty of fears, even esoteric ones with you, but that fear is truly the most powerful emotion we experience as human beings.
Everyone’s favorite sitcom, The Office, now has a new companion podcast where co-stars and best friends Jenna Fischer (Pam) and Angela Kinsey (Angela) host an Office re-watch podcast. If you’re a fan of the show, this podcast will tickle every little sentimental bone in your body with behind-the-scenes stories and even other cast drop-ins.
Now defunct, but still worth a listen, considering there’s nearly 300 episodes of it to go back and listen to, the Thinking Sideways podcast exuded great chemistry between the three hosts as they went on a hunt to explain the unexplained. Unsolved mysteries, strange websites, horrific suicides that look a lot like murders, missing ships, and more!
How it Began: A History of the Modern World
What I love about this podcast is that it has a narrow focus on discussing the history of the modern-day miracles of technology, tools and the convenience they bring into our lives. From measuring time to mastering metals, refrigeration, the stock market, computers, electricity, surgery and tons more. If you love a relatively short (30-60 minutes) podcast to help you discover the origins of the every-day things we use, I highly recommend this one. Historian
Brad Harris tackles the question of how we achieved these technological and cultural triumphs and where we may be going next.