Were you an early podcast-adaptor? I definitely was not. I still don’t think I am. If someone recommends a podcast to me and tells me how much they love it, I usually have to turn it off at the first minute. The banter, the filler-words, the jokes, I just don’t like it! If I want to listen to a conversation between friends, I’ll just talk to mine. However, it’s quite possible my commute and work-time has made me listen to every song ever written. And I wasn’t learning anything. I needed a podcast for people who hate podcasts.
What makes a good podcast?
I have a few requirements, give or take, that make a good podcast for me.
- Facts. I need to hear things with sources and data to back it up. It’s really important to me because that leads to a more balanced and well thought out opinion.
- Experts. This kind of goes with facts, but I want experts talking about what they know about. Why would I want to hear from people who have no experience in the topic at hand?
- Challenged. Everything I know and everything I feel is always open to be changed. I love a good challenge on my worldview.
- Entertainment. Duh.
I had to search a bit to get to what I really wanted. I tried all the top and recommended and only a few stood out for me. But here is my unfinished and constantly growing list of podcasts for people who hate podcasts. In no order.
My Podcasts for People who Hate Podcasts
Hidden Brain is an NPR podcasts, so this is already popular and I haven’t found anything new here.
I really like the insight in gives us to how and why people do things. You also get to learn about events you’ve never heard about and just how one thing can lead us into conclusions about another thing. I recommend this recent episode about how the public attitude towards gay people has shifted quicker than any other.
On Purpose with Jay Shetty is a great look at how we can just be better and more thoughtful in our daily lives. Jay Shetty is a motivational speaker whose videos on Youtube I’m sure you’ve seen if you’re into this at all. He seems to really walk the talk he’s on. His voice is soothing and if you need a little more empathy in your day, here’s his episode on types of negative people and how to deal with them.
Rationally Speaking is the podcast for the skeptic in all of us. Whether you’re emotionally-driven or totally by the books, a balance is necessary for living and this puts a lightness in questioning all the unquestioned things in our day to day lives. The hosts have various guests on and dive into a river of topics. Start with the first one, why should we be rational in the first place?
The New Yorker: Fiction does not check off every box in the one above, but how could you pass up on some of the best short stories ever written, read by phenomenal authors. I find myself crying, laughing and having to remind myself to focus on the road while listening to some of these. I adore good fiction, and this podcast has great fiction. I recommend “Leopard” by Wells Tower, and “Roy Spivey” by Miranda July, both read by David Sedaris.
I know it’s not many, but I think anyone can truly enjoy these podcasts. What are some of your favorites?