Five Great New Podcasts
Welcome to the 42nd edition of Find That Pod.
Welcome new subscribers! Thank you to everyone who sent in their podcast suggestions this past week. I’m pretty sure we broke a record in the last few days between all the emails, Facebook posts and our weekly twitter thread, we had well over 300 new podcast suggestions.
Last I heard, we’re almost past 900,000 active podcasts in the Apple Podcasts directory. Clearly, podcasting has become the new blogging. And in many ways, it has become more accessible than blogging ever was. But of-course not every podcast is of the highest quality, and that’s where Find That Pod and other services looking to solve the problem of curation and recommendation come in. So without further delay, here are this week’s picks:
Disasters, calamities, mishaps, criminal sabotage. As a species we’re fascinated by disaster and misfortune. This is why we all navel gaze at the accident up ahead slowing down traffic for everyone. Nevertheless, The Alarmist is one of the better podcasts I’ve run across that delves into topics of history’s disasters in an easy to digest and frankly fun way. From the Waco siege, to the Exxon Valdez oil spill, to the Great Boston Molasses Flood, no disaster is too big or too bizarre for this great podcast to explore.
Those of you who have been following along with the newsletter for some time have probably realized that I’m a real sucker for current-events podcasts that go in-depth on topics affecting our western society. So its no wonder that I had to include the Reveal podcast after recently discovering it. Produced by the Center for Investigative Reporting (a non-profit journalism group), Reveal delves into a wide variety of topics. Here are just a few they’ve covered over the past year; The Pentagon Papers, Detroit, Tasers, Amazon, The U.S. Immigration System, School Choice, Policing, and more.
The Catch and Kill Podcast with Ronan Farrow
If you’ve been living under some sort of gigantic soundproof rock and the #metoo movement has not penetrated your skull, the Catch and Kill Podcast with Ronan Farrow might be good place for you to start. Journalist Ronan Farrow recently released a book by the same name and then smartly released this companion podcast which tells the incredibly compelling story of how Ronan was involved in investigating Harvey Weinstein and the lengths to which Weinstein went to destroy his enemies, including Ronan. Considering Harvey just went on trial, this podcast is a great way to catch up with the story.
The View From Somewhere
Journalism is under assault. It’s under assault from authoritarian regimes, and increasingly by media outlets that more resemble state media than actual news. That said, journalists are often seen professing an unbiased view or objectivity that may not actually be true. That’s the premise of this podcast, and its thesis is simply that perhaps this lack of objectivity, i.e. the view from somewhere, may actually be a force for justice and good in the world. A very interesting podcast about the history of objectivity, who it serves and who it fails.
Nike remains THE pre-eminent sportswear brand in the world. Part of that dominance lays in the fact that they continually put a ton of research and development into understanding what athletes can do to achieve peak physical performance and fitness. This podcast by way of speaking with some of the world’s pre-eminent scientists, trainers, coaches and athletes seeks to shine a light on what it is that we know about the science of athletic performance. A must listen for any athletes or even gym rats!