Five Great New Podcasts
Welcome to the 61st edition of Find That Pod.
This week I launched a new series of podcaster interviews. On a regular basis, I’ll be speaking with podcast producers about their shows, what inspired them and what advice they have to give to other podcast producers.
The first interview is with Jason Feifer – a speaker, writer and podcast host. He’s also the editor in chief of Entrepreneur Magazine. I asked him a bunch of questions about his show, the Pessimists Archive which I had previously featured in the newsletter. His answers were very thoughtful and he’s got some great advice for podcasters just starting out. READ THE INTERVIEW HERE.
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Here are this week’s podcasts:
As North Americans, we sometimes forget that there are things going on around the globe that also have an impact on us. The COVID-19 pandemic has illustrated that quite clearly. While I don’t love all of Vox’s podcasts (a few are real duds), I do quite enjoy the Worldly podcast that covers events from around the world. In particular, I enjoy the historical context in which those events are discussed. A pretty great show if you want to be a bit more in tune with what’s happening around the world.
Casting Through Ancient Greece
When I first started to listen to this podcast I thought that it was as if though it was exclusively designed for me. You see, I have a tiny obsession with Ancient Greece. As a kid, I read obsessively about it and then moved on to reading all about the famous Greek philosophers. So much of our modern-day culture, democratic government, science and philosophy have their roots in ancient Greece. This show takes listeners on a journey from the pre-history to Archaic Greece, Classical Greece and up to the Hellenistic period. If you’re an ancient Greece nerd like me, don’t miss this podcast.
What Was That Like
Host Scott Johnson has broken out amidst a sea of crappy interview podcasts to create something really unique. Stemming from his curiosity comes a podcast that features real people in unreal circumstances. The surprising nature of each interview is really punctuated by the fact that Scott has managed to interview people with some really bizarre experiences.
Here’s a sampling. Someone struck by lightning. Someone that went on American Idol. Someone that spent 35 years in prison. Someone that found a stranger in their bedroom. Someone that is a lighthouse keeper. Someone that got attached by an alligator.
The actor Nicolas Cage has been a part of some great movies. He’s also been a part of some real mega-blockbusters. But he’s also been in A LOT of movies that, in a universe where Blockbuster still exists are collecting dust in the 50 cent bin. Forever relegated to the history of extremely bad movies. In recent years Cage has taken on practically any movie role offered up to him, apparently as a result of being deeply in debt.
Suffice to say, that Nicolas Cage is one weird and fascinating dude. The Cage’s Kiss podcast has cleverly seized upon Cage’s continued push into the land of strange and bad movies by reviewing each of them one at a time. A funny show to be sure.
This fun, insightful and entertaining show is designed purely for kids. It features some of the animal kingdom’s most interesting animals in a format that’s designed to educate and keep kids engaged. A pretty great show for parents desperately trying to cut down their kid’s screen times while we’re all going through the pandemic.