Sometimes (oftentimes?) there's little time for escapism. Especially in between errands, commuting, washing dishes, those spare moments in the car without kids. Sometimes (oftentimes) I'm in a rush during these times. Stressed, checking the clock until I have to leave for the next thing. My first go-to is to call girlfriends, of course. But when they're not available, I put on a podcast. I cannot recommend doing this highly enough! It's a welcome, entertaining distraction even while I am wearing pink soapy gloves as I scrub a pot. I forget what I'm doing. I forget that I'm rushed. You can stop in the middle of a podcast and come back to it. And they're free. I wanted to share a list of podcasts that are my favorite, along with ones I'm dying to check out. And they all stream through your Podcasts app on your phone (very easy to add new podcasts to your app!). Here they are:
The Moth Podcast
My absolute favorite, hands down. Real stories told by people, unscripted. I laugh. I cry. I cringe. They're fabulous and they go years back now so you'll have plenty of material to catch up on.
This American Life
By NPR, I'm sure many of you have heard of it. Hosted by Ira Glass, every episode is different and like a documentary of American life. Almost always compelling and you'll learn something along the way.
Wait Wait Don't Tell Me
Another good one by NPR. It's a talk show featuring comedians and celebrities as they discuss the weekly news. Good fun while you educate yourself ... without knowing it.
This podcast got nationwide attention so I'll be surprised if you haven't heard of it. I prefer season one, but there are many who love season two just as much. Here's the description of season one:
It's Baltimore, 1999. Hae Min Lee, a popular high-school senior, disappears after school one day. Six weeks later detectives arrest her classmate and ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, for her murder. He says he's innocent - though he can't exactly remember what he was doing on that January afternoon. But someone can. A classmate at Woodlawn High School says she knows where Adnan was. The trouble is, she’s nowhere to be found.
Alice Isn't Dead
I haven't tried this one but I'm dying to. Here's the description: A completely new serialised drama. Alice Isn’t Dead tells the story of a truck driver searching for her presumed-dead wife, and experiencing much enigmatic spookiness along the way. The bad news is that you can’t just jump in; you have to go back and listen from the beginning. The good news is that the episodes are only 20 minutes long, so you’ll catch up in no time. And you really should.
You Must Remember This
Another one I haven't tried but I'm intrigued: This secret history of Hollywood podcast doubled its listenership with a special on the Charles Manson murders. But narrator Karina Longworth, a former film critic with an appetite for meticulous research and an LA purr, is just as compelling on Frank Sinatra’s weird space foray or the troubled life of 30s bombshell Frances Farmer. It’s a film podcast that actually feels cinematic, with crackly clips and incidental music. Like attending the ultimate starry cocktail party.
Haven't listened myself but am planning to ASAP! Description:
Tales of true crime, once banished to a shelf at the back of WH Smith, are flourishing online. Criminal approaches the genre from a thoughtful angle, privileging curious tales and quirks of jurisprudence over anything overly grisly. In an episode titled The Finger, host Phoebe Judge interviews a man defending his legal right to flip off the cops, while Jolly Jane is the tale of a nurse operating in 19th-century Boston who eased her patients to an early death via an injection of morphine. Cheerful stuff!
If you're a foodie, you'll love this. This is not a good podcast to listen to on an empty stomach. Hearing people who are passionate about food talk about it in the most lavish way possible makes you yearn for a big bowl of pasta with garlic ramps. Splendid Table is hosted by Lynne Rossetto Kasper, an award-winning food writer and radio journalist. Each week, she talks to a variety of cookbook authors, chefs, wine experts and anthropologists. Listeners come away with ideas about what to make, where to eat and the overall zeitgeist of the food world. You’ll learn the best wine to pair with Doritos (lambrusco!) and where the American tradition of eating frog legs came from (Detroit!). Bon appétit.