Listen up {Podcasts I love}

listenupPIN ITWe’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? 

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  • April 20, 2015 - 5:36 am

    Erica @that wild road - I’m a major podcast junkie, so excited to dig into your suggestions. Here are a few I love: death, sex, and money – super profound explorations of life and living; Strangers: beautiful stories of strangers; the moth- true stories told love without notes. (Okay so maaaaybe I love stories / memoirs?) anyway, these are all amazing. I highly recommend them. Looking forward to adding a few of your suggestions to my list!ReplyCancel

    • April 20, 2015 - 7:47 pm

      Sash - Strangers has been sitting on my podcast ‘reader’ (what do you call a podcast list?) – I must give it a listen! I love stories/memoirs too… Thanks Erica!ReplyCancel

  • April 20, 2015 - 7:00 am

    Jen - Seriously, Sash- you’ll love these!!!

    – Strangers
    – Death Sex and Money
    – RISK!
    – The Dinner Party Download
    – The Moth
    – 99% Invisible
    – Planet Money
    – Slate’s Culture Gabfest
    – Snap Judgment
    – Sex Nerd Sandra
    – Radio Diaries
    – Call Your Girlfriend
    – Criminal
    – InvisibiliaReplyCancel

    • April 20, 2015 - 7:47 pm

      Sash - Trust you to have the goods! I’ve just added a whole lot to my list. Thanks Jen!ReplyCancel

  • April 20, 2015 - 7:44 am

    Tania @ The Cook's Pyjamas - I love Conversations with Richard Fiedler on the ABC. It is an hour conversation with a variety of people about their lives. Fascinating stuff.ReplyCancel

    • April 20, 2015 - 7:46 pm

      Sash - Sounds great! Thanks TaniaReplyCancel

  • April 20, 2015 - 12:42 pm

    Feli - I love This American Live and TEDTalks. I am always eater for them to to be downloaded.

    My favs also includes, Invisibilia, Pop Culture Happy Hour, Ask me Another and Wait Wait dont tell me.

    Note that they are all from NPR. :*)ReplyCancel

    • April 20, 2015 - 7:46 pm

      Sash - NPR do great shows. Thanks for the tips! It’s looking like Invisibilia is definitely a must listen! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • April 20, 2015 - 4:18 pm

    femmegypsy - You must download Invisibilia – I am sure you will love it 🙂 Thanks for the suggestions – have downloaded Radiolab and Savage Lovecast.ReplyCancel

    • April 20, 2015 - 7:46 pm

      Sash - I’ve got Invisibilia on my list, I’ve just never listened to it yet. I will do this week! Do you have a favourite episode as a good place to start or are they all great? Savage Love is my favourite… I hope you love it too.ReplyCancel

  • April 20, 2015 - 5:01 pm

    Sarah - I’ve only recently gotten on the podcast bandwagon (a little late I know) after a friend recommended ‘Serial’ and I became seriously hooked! I’ve just finished it so was looking for something else to get into so thanks for the recommendations!ReplyCancel

    • April 20, 2015 - 7:45 pm

      Sash - I’ve heard so many good things about Serial. I must add it to my podcast list! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • May 3, 2015 - 9:45 pm

    Liz - I love a good podcast. I prefer them to pop radio on my long drives to take my son to therapy.
    The ones you and others have mentioned are all my favorites.
    Here are a few more you might like:
    – Serial
    – the longest shortest time
    – dear sugar
    – the moth
    – true story
    – porchlightReplyCancel

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