We’ve been living TV free for a while now. It’s great. I watch movies on my laptop when I’m in the mood… the great thing about it is that it’s ended evenings spent channel surfing and when I do watch something it’s always intentional. I love intentional entertainment. When I moved to Indonesia I knew I would have no television/movies/theatre/shows on demand. I’m the kind of person that likes to be constantly challenged… so my beautiful friend Angela (who just had her second little babe – Congratulations A+B!) put me onto her favourite podcasts, sending me away with a hard drive full of previous episodes of her favourite shows for me to listen to in my beach shack when I was feeling in need of a healthy dose of english and solo entertainment.
These days podcasts are still more or less a daily installment in my life. I listen to a show when I get ready for work in the morning, or on the long drive to the city, or sometimes at work when it’s deathly quiet in the office… I’ve got some old faves that have been there since the beginning (thanks Ang) and some new faves that have me laughing, crying and connecting to beautiful stories from all around the world.
My current rotation includes:
1. Savage Lovecast: Sex, sexuality and relationships – it’s talkback radio at it’s best. Dan Savage is a champion and talks sexual politics, inclusion and relationships with a no-bullshit, lefty, crass approach that makes me laugh and challenges me every single week. I’ve been listening to him for five years now, every week, and I’m always entertained.
2. TEDtalks: TED and TEDx talks hand picked from all around the world right to your ears… inspiring people inspiring the world. It’s so right, how could you possibly go wrong?
3. Radiolab: Stories and science… pushes me in directions I never even knew I wanted to go. Asks me questions I didn’t even know needed to be asked. Challenges me. Teaches me. Rocks my audio-world.
4. The Heart (formerly known as Radio Smut): Sex, sexuality and human loving (and living) – this creative, arty show is beautifully inclusive of the entire range of human sex, gender and relationships. Some smutty goodness but also lots of real, heart filled stories of the human experiences, the joy and the heatache modern love and life.
5. This American Life: Memoirs, personal essays, stories, history and radio-journalism full of interesting interviews, stories and histories that can’t help but draw you in. Humorous, ironic, melancholic and thoughtful… it’s got a little bit of everything.
6. Wits: It’s funny. Really funny. That’s really all you need to know. Get on it.
And last but certainly not least:
7. Triple J Hack: I can’t always be near a radio during Hack time, and current, youth focused local politics is always interesting to me especially in our current (disastrous) political climate.
Are you a podcast listener? Do you have a favourite you can recommend?