I work in retail, as previously stated, and one of the horrible parts about that is receiving shipment. Ours, in particular, is delivered at 6:30am, and most days I’m the one scheduled to work this godforsaken shift.
One positive, though, is the four hours of relatively quiet working-alone time before the store opens. During the past few months, I’ve filled these hours with words instead of music.
Let’s talk about what I’m listening to lately.
Serial. Who hasn’t listened to this amazing series and the subsequent podcasts (i.e. Undisclosed: The State vs. Adnan Syed & Truth and Justice with Bob Ruff, which was previously titled The Serial Dynasty) surrounding the puzzling and incredible trial and case of Adnan Syed? This story has captivated me, and many others by its mystery and its look into the (in this case) incredibly unjust justice system. What’s more, Adnan’s case is still being processed and investigated, so keeping up with these podcasts is a treat as there is consistently new information to be learned.
Radiolab. Another NPR must-listen. Hosts Robert Krulwich and Jad Abumrad create amazingly stylized audible narratives every single week. The podcast, apart from its diverse and unique stories, delivers an extremely educational experience. I always learn something interesting listening to these guys every Saturday.
The RobCast. For those who are spiritually inclined, Rob Bell’s podcast is right up your alley. Rob has conversations with a wide range of guests about God, spirituality, and what living the good life looks like. He is a very important figure in my life lately, and this podcast has given me great motivation and inspiration. Episodes are released every Monday.
In Our Time with Melvin Bragg. Put out by BBC, each episode of In Our Time is an hour long conversation between Melvin Bragg and two or three other intellectuals about a specific historical event, person, or time period. While some episodes bore me to death (there was that one about a single math equation), others are incredibly educational. The intellectuals that Bragg selects for each discussion are so well spoken, and don’t talk in the clouds (I can actually understand them whilst they talk about the Empire of Mali for example).
Monocle 24: The Stack. A division of the greater Monocle podcasts, The Stack concentrates on the status quo of the global printed media, most often magazines. This one is so pleasant to listen to. It keeps me up to date on what I love most: WORDS.
Not Too Deep with Grace Helbig. Guilty pleasure here. Grace is a hilarious internet personality, and the sole purpose of this podcast is to not even scratch the surface, which is nice. Grace interviews other internet personalities and talks about literally nothing while at the same time making me giggle the entire time. She’s just a funny individual.
Limetown. I’m not all about this one though. The first of its kind that I’ve seen/ heard, this podcast is a fictional investigation into the mysterious disappearance/ murder of a small colony called “Limetown”. This dramatization is really hard to stick with. The voice acting isn’t really believable to me, but for some reason I keep listening. The story is definitely intriguing, but apart from that, I mostly listen because it’s still on the top of the itunes podcast charts.
If you listen to any of the above, let me know what you think!