As I eagerly await new episodes of David Tennant Does A Podcast With… and Passenger List, here are some of the podcasts that are currently in my playlist.
I have listened to the hour long weekly news quiz since about 2010. Full disclosure, I am a huge Peter Sagal fan. Wait Wait is hosted by Sagal, and panelists play various games featuring questions based on the week’s news in front of a live audience. Panelists include the likes of Mo Rocca, Paula Pundstone, Adam Felber, Negin Farsad, and many more that rotate each week. It also includes celebrity guests that are asked questions in a segment entitled “Not My Job”
Hosted by Dr. Aliza Pressman, developmental psychologist, parent educator, asst. clinical professor, and co-founder of both Mount Sinai Parenting Center and Seedlings Group. Dr Aliza talks with parents as well as experts providing approaches to raising children in very digestible episodes.
I find myself sharing so many interesting things I learn from this podcast more than any other I listen to. Host Shankar Vedantam uses science and storytelling to reveal the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, shape our choices and direct our relationships.
I believe that Alan Alda is a national treasure. Period. That being said, the goal of Clear & Vivid is to learn to connect better with others in every area of your life. Immerse yourself in spirited conversations with people who know how hard it is, and yet how good it feels, to really connect with other people – whether it’s one person, an audience or a whole country. Alda’s gift of getting people to open up makes these conversations with his guests about connecting with others very thought provoking.
Host Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs fame, among many other things, shares each short story with that humor and lovely voice that he is known for. Described as a different take on the people and events that you thought you knew, from pop culture to politics, Hollywood to history… The Way I Heard It is a series of short mysteries for the curious mind with a short attention span.
Now, let me preface this with the fact that I am a huge fan of Serial and eagerly await the fate of new seasons. Although I am not generally a listener of true crime podcasts, I have heard enough to be highly amused by the satirical take on the genre. Brought to you by Onion Public Radio, host & intrepid investigator David Pascall and ETHL: the Extremely Timely Homicide Locator, a computer that searches for “the most interesting, violent, culturally relevant murder cases in America.” Along with the residents of Bluff Springs, NE, Pascall sets out to solve the case of Hayley Price in Season 1.