Podcasts are becoming a huge deal and it seems like just about everyone has one – youtubers, writers, comedians, you name it! For that reason, it can be a bit daunting trying to find the ones you want to make the commitment of subscribing to (yes, it is a commitment and yes I know you can unsubscribe but ugh). Lucky for you, I’ve listened to a lot of podcasts in the last two or so years and I’m going to tell you exactly which ones I constantly refresh my podcast feed hoping will show up. Here are five podcasts you should be listening to:
Oh, Comics! is a weekly news and talk show about the wild and wooly world of comics, hosted by Paul Montgomery and Preeti Chhibber. via Panels
This one may not appeal to everyone but for anyone interested in comics and nerd culture, you have to check out Oh, Comics! Paul and Preeti talk about everything from comics to conventions, and they even have a monthly book club! I’ve written about this podcast in a Fangirl Favourites before, but it is SO GOOD. I’ve tried listening to a lot of comics, and nerd culture podcasts in the past and I’ve liked a few of them here or there but none of them have kept me interested consistently like Oh, Comics! has (it’s probably my longest podcast relationship, I’ve been subscribed since the teaser “episode” in 2014).
Recommended Episodes: I love all their episodes, but the recaps of Jessica Jones in episodes #56 and #58 were really good! Episode #48 “On Harassment” was also great.
The Nerdist Podcast
I am Chris Hardwick. I am on TV a lot and have a blog at nerdist.com. This podcast is basically just me talking about stuff and things with my two nerdy friends Jonah Ray and Matt Mira, and usually someone more famous than all of us. Occasionally we swear because that is fun. I hope you like it, but if you don’t I’m sure you will not hesitate to unfurl your rage in the ‘reviews’ section because that’s how the Internet works. via Nerdist
I like the Nerdist Podcast because there is quite literally something for everyone. Host Chris Hardwick is joined by a different celebrity each episode – from Sir Patrick Steward to Daniel Radcliffe and everyone in between. Unlike a lot of the podcasts out there that have special/celebrity guests, the “interviews” are less structured and more like conversations which I really enjoy because you get to hear stories and opinions that you normally wouldn’t hear from your favourite celebrities. I personally enjoy going through the feed and picking and choosing which episodes to listen to based on the celebrities I like or fandoms I follow – it makes for really good casual listening.
Recommended Episodes: Daniel Radcliffe, Sir Patrick Stewart, and Felicia Day.
Lore is a bi-weekly podcast about the history behind scary stories. The people, places, and things of our darkest nightmares all have real facts at their core. Each episode of Lore looks into a uniquely scary tale and uncovers the truth of what’s behind it. Sometimes the truth is more frightening than fiction. via iTunes
Another podcast I’ve mentioned in a Fangirl Favourites is Lore. If you’re a fan of folklore, or scary stories this is perfect for you! I love how host Aaron Mahnke combines history and storytelling perfectly to make all those scary stories we heard growing up into something that feels completely new.
Recommended Episodes: Episode 3: The Beast Within, Episode 12: Half-Hanged, and Episode 24: A Stranger Among Us.
A two-time Peabody Award-winner, Radiolab is an investigation told through sounds and stories, and centered around one big idea. In the Radiolab world, information sounds like music and science and culture collide. Hosted by Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, the show is designed for listeners who demand skepticism, but appreciate wonder. via iTunes
Radiolab is a MUST. Hosts Jad and Robert take a unique perspective on bliss, genetic manipulation, and everything in between using everything from research to people’s personal stories. I think Robert Krulwich explained it best himself in an article for the Guardian, calling Radiolab “highly produced meditations on weird, obscure subjects involving chemistry and biology” and regardless of your level of interest in science, or any of the topics they cover – they will draw you in.
Recommended Episodes: Bliss, Colors, Emergence, Space and The Cathedral.
Invisibilia (Latin for all the invisible things) is about the invisible forces that control human behavior – ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions. Co-hosted by Lulu Miller and Alix Spiegel, Invisibilia interweaves narrative storytelling with scientific research that will ultimately make you see your own life differently. via iTunes
Invisibilia is one of my all-time favourite podcasts – despite the current torture of waiting over a year for a new season (it’s coming in June, they told me after I tweeted my distress). Inivisibilia is essentially Radiolab but for topics involving psychology, and human behaviour.
Recommended Episodes: Entanglement, The Secret History of Thoughts, The Power of Categories.
There are so many good podcasts out there, if you have suggestions for me please feel free to tell me in the comments or tweet me – I’m always looking for something new to listen to.