Five Great New Podcasts
Welcome to the 44th edition of Find That Pod.
Oh hello there new subscribers… thanks for joining us!
Every week I think there’s no way you guys can possibly top last week’s twitter suggestion thread and yet somehow you manage to do it. If you’re looking for new podcasts to listen to beyond what you find in today’s newsletter, I suggest you take a peek at the twitter thread, there are tons of great options in there.
Let’s get to this week’s choice podcasts shall we?
Look, I figured that given the nature of this past week with the not-so-fun potentially global pandemic on the rise, the political insanity and potential end of democracy unfolding in America and of-course the official passage of Brexit, we all need a podcast that gives us a bit of the warm snuggly feels. Into the void steps, this wonderful podcast from WBUR called Kind World. Each episode explores a personal story that needs to be told, if only for the reason that it has a chance to inspire other acts of kindness and in today’s society, perhaps restore a tiny bit of faith in humanity.
It’s true that it is, in fact, a rare occurrence that I feature a narrative fiction podcast in the newsletter, so when I do, that’s got to tell you something right? I don’t want to spoil anything, so I’ll just say that this terrific podcast is only 6 episodes long. Here’s the official description:
“Everything is fine and dandy in Wendell. There’s nothing off-putting or strange at all. Why would you even ask that? Don’t ask questions. But after some unnerving encounters with the local radio announcer and an influential farmer, newcomer Gabe Rodriguez can’t help but ask questions. Questions like, is that talking scarecrow completely psychotic, or am I?”
An interview show that tackles some of today’s hard topics from the angle of what more people should be doing: questioning the authority of others and the state. Topics include: China’s surveillance state, Black Lives Matter, the psychology of online trolls, the origins of climate denialism, and more. This podcast is relatively new, but I’m now hooked on the host’s (Peter McCormack) approach to interviewing his guests to tease out some really great conversation.
This is not a serious podcast. But that’s part of what makes it so great. As they say… conspiracy theories are cool because they appeal to our evolved logical human brains and our stupid mammal idiot brains. Skeptic and comedian Katelyn Hempstead tackles the most insane and hilarious conspiracy theories as presented by some of her equally funny yet perhaps a touch crazier friends. I mean, isn’t it obvious that Taylor Swift is a satanic clone?
If you’re old enough to remember what an institution Bill Cosby was in America, you’ll also probably remember how shocked everyone was when the revelations about Bill Cosby began to surface to the public. This investigative true-crime podcast is hosted by Nicki Weisensee Egan of the L.A. Times who does an incredible job in the episodes thus far of presenting the rise and fall of Bill Cosby.