Podcast Radar: What I’m Listening to Now
So let’s say you have a lot of free time, whether that be driving, working out, or simply wanting a way to distract yourself in the doctor’s waiting area because you don’t want to read some periodical and want to avoid eye contact with other potentially sick people in the room. That last example may be very personal, but regardless, it’s a great time to listen to a podcast.
Here are some picks of mine for podcasts to help pass the time. Some are more niche than others but I hope they find a place in your hearts and ears.
If you’ve ever wondered what it would feel like to be a grown adult and never had read the Harry Potter series until your mid to late twenties, then is this the podcast for you. The host, Mike Schubert, is that grown adult and he has some opinions! Each episode is usually broken down to a chapter each, so you’ll get plenty of time to learn about Mike and his numerous guests. Things like how Quidditch is actually a dumb sport or feelings about which Weasley is the better one are topics that come up very often, so there’s plenty to entertain. But what may be the best part is hearing Mike’s theories about certain events or significant people, which to a person who has read it may be funny because he is either right on or way off- usually the latter.
At the time of writing this article, Mike is about to publish the final chapters of Deathly Hallows. He’s promised to keep content coming with look backs to his own initial reactions as well as viewings of main line movies as well as extended universe things like the Fantastic Beasts movies and Cursed Child, both book and play.
I have a lot of fun laughing in my car listening to Mike and it is a great way to reignite interest in the franchise as someone who hasn’t read the books in a while and watches the movies during holiday marathons on tv.
Do By Friday
According to the website and every episode introduction is “ A weekly challenge show hosted by Merlin Mann, Alex Cox, and Max Temkin.” These names may mean something to you, but for the longest time they did not mean anything to me. Max Temkin is one of the creators of Cards Against Humanity, maybe you’ve heard of it. But other than that, I have no idea who any of them are and that might be ideal for them on some level. The show is broken down into two major parts. Part One is just general catchup and conversation between the three of them as they discuss obscure parts of the internet as well as happenings in the world. Some things may be dated by the means of their topics, but it is still very engaged and they are the first ones to call out when they are talking out their butts or feel like their points are not too well founded.
The first one that was suggested to me by WILD’s own Chuy Huerta was “Bee. Wasp. Hornet.” It is definitely out of their usual format, but the storytelling was so well done that I had to check their other episodes. I even went back and started listening to them from the beginning when I was done with the latest episode.
This is one definitely based on personality. So if you’re looking for that, this trio may be for you.
Just Between Us/Bad with Money with Gaby Dunn
I’m kind of cheating by putting these two together, but I’d like for it to be known that I listen to these back to back, because they’re released the same day.
Just Between Us is a duo podcasts starring Allison Raskin and Gaby Dunn. You may recognize their names from YouTube via their sketch/advice videos on their channel of the same name. “Just Between Us” has been a great source of outside thinking for me. They have a great perspective on mental health, being women, being LGBTQ+, and so much more! The most refreshing thing has been their lack of fear from shying away from those perspectives.
If you happen to be a long time fan, then you’ll know that they’ve definitely grown both personally and professionally. They’re both New York Time’s Best Sellers authors as well as producers and writers and I’m sure so much more that they haven’t even discussed.
The show itself is segmented with games and topics as well as a rating the episode at the very end.
I’d highly recommend it to anyone who likes to listen to two friends talk about topics from different perspectives who aren’t afraid of getting rough.
Bad with Money with Gaby Dunn is a whole different story. As a person who also struggles with anxiety about money and the discussion of not having any as well as how to manage it, this was a blessing. The podcast just ended its fourth season and will be back with more soon. So now is the perfect time to listen and catch up.
It has a great range of topics about money like how things tend to benefit one group or race more than the other as well as some better practices for when you do get some money in the bank. This definitely isn’t an advice podcast although it is sprinkled throughout some episodes.
Her guests range from different people in the financial world to people who are on their journey to financial independence.
Gaby does not pull punches! You can hear how upset she gets during her interviews and often times during anecdotes of topics in the episode. It is a great podcast that lifts the feeling of being alone in financial troubles.
The Good Place: The Podcast
If you are a fan of television and specifically the wonderful show by Mike Schur named The Good Place, then you are in for a treat. Started during the latter half of season 2 of the show, it is a conversation between podcast host Marc Evan Jackson, he plays Shawn, and cast and crew from the show. Because the show is written in a 12 or 13 episode season there is nothing that feels superfluous and can leave you wanting more. This answers that.
The podcast does get into spoilers of seasons 1 and 2 almost immediately. So this is more of a recommendation as you wait for the final season, season 4, to start and happen to have friends that don’t value the same kind of t.v. that you do.
One big note about this podcast is that it is a wonderful view of how a television show is being made and a lot of voices behind the scenes. If you are interested in production, you may find it as a useful resource from people that have worked on very popular shows in the past years.