Podcasts are probably my favorite digital medium to consume. It’s the updated “radio” that allows us to tune into literally anything without having to be tied down to a schedule.
Here are some of my favorites so far:
Gastropod (Food Science and History)
This was the very first podcast I ever listened to. It is hosted by journalists Cynthia Graber and Nicola Twilley. This duo visits different labs, farms, scientists, and archaeological sites in order to share a treasure trove of culinary information. This podcast explores the good, the ugly, and the real when it comes to food science and history. You come out appreciating where food comes from, and why we should cherish the seemingly mundane ingredient.
Healthy Gamer GG (Mental Health and Wellness)
Hosted by Harvard-trained psychiatrist Dr. K., Healthy Gamer combines Western and Ayurvedic health practices in order to share vital information that helps improve the lives of people today. He is extremely insightful and makes it a point to balance his own advice with patient responsibility. He is a much-watch (or must-hear) for anyone struggling with inner peace and technology addictions.
StarTalk Radio (Science and Culture)
I am a huge fan of Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson. Along with co-hosts Chuck Nice, Gary O’Reilly, Negin Farsad, Matt Kirshen, and Paul Mecurio, Dr. Tyson discusses space and science and how it relates to popular culture and everyday life. The talks are energetic, insightful, and fun!
Scare You To Sleep (Horror Bedtime Stories)
Hosted by storyteller Shelby Scott, “Scare You To Sleep” is an incredible podcast full of terrifying scares that actually do help you fall asleep! The stories are a combination of literature Scott has written herself, submissions from other writers, classical literature, and creepy finds on Reddit. Each story is told beautifully along with creepy audio.
Breaking Points with Krystal and Saagar (News and Politics)
Where I live in the United States, news and politics are typically told from an elitist or short-sighted point of view with tones of sensationalism designed to rage-bait (create outrage for the sake of ratings and views) the average person. Breaking Points does not fit this mold. Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti break down news in this nuanced format by reporting facts and providing reasonable commentary. No sensationalism. I was a fan of Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti when they hosted their show “Rising” when they were with “The Hill”. They are even better on their own.