With Serial over, here’s some podcasts I’m currently loving on in 2015.
Invisibilia (Latin for “all the invisible things”), co-hosted by NPR’s Lulu Miller and Alix Spiegel, launched this January 2015. It explores those intangible forces that shape all human behavior; ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions. It’s a captivating narrative that weaves a story out of psychology and brain science.
Love + Radio features in-depth and candid interviews with anyone, chatting about an eclectic range of subjects. They are hilarious, endearing, gross or moving depending on the episode. Nick van der Kolk talks with a taxidermist, someone who experienced a stroke, men who cat-call and the list of random interviewees goes on. Great for a random podcast fling.
StartUp is created by Alex Blumberg whom you may recognize from This American Life and Planet Money. It chronicles his journey of starting his podcast business, Gimlet, which is his words is “meta, I know.” That sounds boring on paper but Alex has managed to make it really interesting by letting us in on his actual business decisions (some of which we all make) such as how to name your company, courting sponsors, and the mistakes they’ve made along the way. It’s peppered with plenty of funny anecdotes and is reminiscent of the cadence and production quality of This American Life.
Probably the most well-known podcast out there, This American Life explores a variety of stories on a specific theme per episode. To quote their about page, “It’s mostly true stories of everyday people, though not always.” Very well-done and lots of content. You could binge listen for weeks and still not hear them all.
YDMN has been around for quite a while (I think I’ve been listening since art school!?). Essentially, illustrator/painter Sam Weber casually interviews other illustrators—which you might think sounds super niche, but they rarely talk just about illustration. The conversation typically end ups about their childhood, life in New York, social media and its pros and cons, and explores more philosophical topics.
Reply All is actually a podcast produced by the new podcast business (Gimlet) I talked about earlier (the one with its own podcast, StartUp) Reply All is a show about the internet, essentially. Once again, same high level of production and interesting hosts, PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman.
The Heart is a top-rated podcast on iTunes so I gave it a shot and it was pretty cool, but you have to be in the mood to listen to stories about love and intimacy. The Heart hosts frank, open and candid conversations about the things you feel, but you don’t know how to name.
An interview podcast by Elliott Malkin where he interviews random but interesting people. There’s only 5 episodes, but for a new podcast so far, it’s cool.
This past year, Grace Bonney hosted the show where she chatted with creatives about art, design and business. Grace recently announced her leave from the show and they have yet to announce the newest host, but worth listening to for sure!
Started by Bobby Solomon of The Fox is Black together with Jon Setzen, they chat about about design, websites, apps, the morals of technology music and lots more. I haven’t been listening to it for as long as some of the others mentioned, but so far, I’m into it.
I made a playlist with some of my favorite episodes for ya for a small taste:
Photo adapted from a photo by Alejandro Escamilla
What are your fave podcasts? Share below and let me know, I can’t have enough podcasts!