For a while it seemed all of my friends were listening to a podcast called Serial. This podcast started out as a narrative about a true story murder in Baltimore, MD. A few of my friends that were obsessed with it kept asking me, “Have you listened yet?!”
Well this past summer I finally listened to it and I got hooked! Yes, I got hooked on this particular podcast, but I also got totally hooked on podcasts. I can’t stop myself from downloading different ones and listening to them. I finally did something that lessens the guilt of listening to podcasts all the time and keeps me working out and that is I only listen to them when I’m on the exercise bike, walking the neighborhood or I’m on the treadmill. I bought a phone pouch and now I can even listen to them when I’m doing floor exercises. I use them as a reward for getting in shape.
If I hadn’t limited my listening time, I’d be wearing headphones all the time!
Here are some of my most favorite podcasts so you can become an addict like me:
Serial is in it’s second season now. The narrator, Sarah Koenig, is an excellent podcaster! I love the sound of her voice and I also love the way she lays the story out for us each week. From the website, here is a blurb about season one:
“On January 13, 1999, a high-school senior named Hae Min Lee disappeared after school in Baltimore County, Maryland. A month later, her body was found in a city park. And two weeks after that, her former boyfriend and classmate, 17-year-old Adnan Syed, was arrested for the crime. He was convicted, and sentenced to life in prison. Syed has always said he had nothing to do with Lee’s death. Sarah Koenig sorted through thousands of documents, listened to trial testimony and police interrogations, and talked to everyone she could find about what happened between Adnan Syed and Hae Min Lee. What she discovered is a story far more complicated than the jury, or the public, ever got to hear.”
I am currently listening to season two of Serial. Please click on the name of the podcast and follow the link to start listening too.
My second favorite is The Serial Serial – The AV Club which follows Serial and adds their own opinions and commentary about whatever Serial is talking about that week. Sometimes they agree with whatever Sarah has discussed, and sometimes they vehemently disagree. It’s a nice spin on the different perspectives and keeps me on my toes as a listener.
Then there’s Undisclosed which is the group of lawyers trying to free Adnan, the guy Serial is originally about. This podcast gives greater detail and definitely pushes the envelope about whether or not the Baltimore Police Dept. did their job, or not. Great stuff! From the website:
“The Undisclosed Podcast is a listening experience that reframes, enhances or otherwise shifts everything you’ve come to know about the State of Maryland’s case against Adnan Syed, especially as you’ve come to know it through listening to Serial. In order to do that, we intend to revisit the case from the beginning, looking at all the available evidence. Not only will we look at the evidence that was presented in Serial, but we will also provide new evidence that we’ve uncovered in our investigation. We have combed through police and court records that the Serial team did not possess during the podcast, and done much, much more to get to the truth. Accordingly, we aspire to present the best possible version of the events as we believe those events to be. We will also present theories that we believe the evidence best construes. Perhaps most importantly, we will provide you with all of our evidence as part of that process.”
I know it’s starting to sound like I only listen to one subject, but I actually have other favorites too!
Once I realized how much information was out there being shared on podcasts, I went searching for subjects I love and found some real gems. One of those diamonds is Heather Debrow’s World! The intro ditty alone is enough to make you stay tuned.
Heather Dubrow is one of the Real Housewives of Orange County and her husband is one of the plastic surgeons on Botched. That being said, Heather is one of the smartest and most normal people I have ever seen on a reality television show! What you see is what you get and she’s not a drama queen either. I like her no-nonsense approach to life and this podcast is a great way to learn some great tips.
I am a big fan of Elizabeth Gilbert…seriously, who isn’t? How can you not totally love her? She is perfection with a dash of messy curls and a fun smile. And now she has a podcast called Magic Lessons. Did I die and go to heaven?
I mean it PEOPLE!! She’s even talking to Brene Brown on here!! Episode 12 and it’s called Big Strong Magic! You have to listen! This is the reason podcasts were invented, so I could finally get to listen to Elizabeth Gilbert tell me the secrets of life. She knows them! And now, so do I. 🙂
I am subscribed to other podcasts that I haven’t listened to yet, but as I expand my horizons and learn new things I will share those with you too.
Until next time, put those headphones and start cracking! And don’t hesitate to let me know your favorite podcasts if you have any, or perhaps you are a podcaster. Let me know and I’ll add you to my cadre of podcasting artists.