What I'm listening to on any given week typically comes down to how much time and mental energy I have to give. But I need my podcast fix on the daily.
There are hundreds of shows I'm subscribed to, so I had to change to this prompt and limit my list to what I'm listening to this week in particular.
There's a reason this podcast is as popular as it is. Averaging 20-25 minutes an episode, this daily brings the top news story to you through unique, relevant perspectives and ends with a breakdown summary of the other big stories of the day.
Aside from the fact that my former journalism professor (and Pulitzer-winning author/journalist) Hank Klibanoff is behind this production, these buried truths of civil rights injustices past are compelling, maddening and so worth the listen.
After reading journalist Rukmini Callimachi's INCREDIBLE coverage of the inner workings of ISIS's bureaucracy and the fall of Mosul, I cried when I heard she was coming out with an audio series. For now, the first episode is only available for subscribers (please subscribe to the news outlets you read). You can catch it on iTunes next week (I think).
I'm crying, I'm laughing and I'm crying again. Listening to TAL is a weekly ritual for me. Ira Glass is my hero and some of these stories have honestly changed my life (and given me so many new perspectives).
TEACH ME EVERYTHING, Shankar Vedantam! Oh man. I just love the intersection of storytelling and science/psychology. And this podcast hits on all the things you've wondered about and so many more you never would've given the time of day. As someone who's always been hyper aware of body language and speech, I love learning the science behind what drives human behavior to do and say the things we do.
But like I said, there are so many more podcasts on my phone and this is by no means a full list. This is actually kind of a slow week. Others I often listen to: Pod Save America, accessAtlanta, Still Processing and See Something Say Something.
What are some of your favorites?
The #100daychallenge writing series is my way of holding my right brain accountable for all the brain fog in hopes that I'll learn to creatively organize my thoughts and learn something(s) new about myself in the process. The challenge includes prompts from the San Francisco Writers' Grotto's642 Things to Write About. You can also follow my #100daychallenge here.