You have to take responsibility for listening

I am a great fan of podcasts, and have a good selection on my phone I can turn to whatever the mood. There are comforting ones, foodie ones, dramas and ones that are hard to categorise. Here are a few I have been enjoying recently.

I think every time I mention podcasts I enjoy, 99% Invisible comes up. It never fails to educate, bring a smile to the face and be generally interesting. Did you know that the CND Peace sign was inspired by semaphore signals?

If I wake up too early in the morning, but it isn’t worth going back to sleep because the alarm is going to go off in 20 minutes, I like to listen to the soothing, calming voice of Julia Turshen on Keep Calm and Cook On. There are always interesting interviews and all seems good in the world after listening to one of these podcasts. Other soothing foodie podcasts are Honey and Co based at the restaurant of the same name in London and the local Wellington food industry podcast Honeycombe, hosted by Asher Boote.

Still on food podcasts, Out to Lunch with Jay Rayner is a fun interview podcast with the critic Jay Rayner and various guests enjoying lunch, and Table Manners with Jessie Ware, where singer Jessie and her mother Lennie host various ‘celebrities’ at their homes for breakfast/lunch/dinner and a chat. They’ve got a cook book coming out soon too I believe.

When I have had enough of listening to people talk about food, I turn to podcasts like the long running series The Digital Human, about our relationships with technology and The Happiness Lab where Yale professor Dr Laurie Santos looks at scientific research into the psychology of happiness…or I laugh at the Friday Night Comedy podcast from the BBC.

There are so many true crime podcasts out there, some better than others, but I thoroughly enjoyed the detective nature of The Missing Cryptoqueen that I binged listened to the other week. It’s about a cryptocurrency and what happened to its figurehead.

For something just a little different, try The Whisperer in Darkness, the follow up to The Case of Charles Dexter Ward. It is an investigation into “witchcraft, the occult and secret government operations”. It is fiction in case you wondered, but presented like a true crime podcast and based on a story by HP Lovecraft.

Finally, the best of all to us fans….The Archers. The everyday stories of country folk, a six-day a week radio programme and podcast, it has been broadcast since 1951 and is the world’s longest running drama and still going strong.

What are your favourite podcasts?

Title of the post? “When someone tells you something big, it’s like you’re taking money from them, and there’s no way it will ever go back to being the way it was. You have to take responsibility for listening.” Banana Yoshimoto The Lake.

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  1. Wonderful quotation! Powerful. It actually gave me the shivers. I, too, love podcasts and will be checking out some of the ones you have suggested. Some of the podcasts I listen to are On Point, Hidden Brain, Fresh Air, and The Take Away. All from NPR. My favorite non-NPR is Pitchfork Economics, which is exactly as it sounds it would be.


  2. I will be looking into some of these.
    I love the podcast Levar Burton Reads his voice just takes me back to happy childhood memories. I recently discovered Meditative Story and real enjoyed a episode titled “The Perfect photograph I never took” by John Moore.


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