I have never understood the appeal of podcasts. Most of the ones I had heard about seemed like boring radio talk shows that I had no interest in. Just let me listen to my music please! One day I happened to be reading the IGGPPC hashtag on twitter and I forget who it was, but fellow geeks were talking about some podcast called “Welcome to Night Vale” and how awesome it was. I looked it up and it did seem interesting so I downloaded the first episode on a two hour car ride and I was hooked. After that I realized that like music, books, and all fine things podcasts come in different categories to suit your interests. Not every one of them is full of monotone boringness, and so I am going to share my favorite podcasts with you.
Welcome to Nightvale
Twice-monthly community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff’s Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events. Turn on your radio and hide.
One Bad Mother
One Bad Mother is a comedy podcast hosted by Biz Ellis and Theresa Thorn about motherhood and how unnatural it sometimes is. We aren’t all magical vessels! We deal with the thrills and embarrassments of motherhood and strive for less judging and more laughing.
I adore One Bad Mother. It’s one of the very few parenting type podcasts I have heard that have made me feel better about myself, and my parenting abilities. It has made me realize how normal the things I go through are. They also have a wonderful Facebook group community set in a similar style.
Two?! Just two podcasts to share?!
Sadly, yes. I don’t listen to very many podcasts on a regular basis. I have some episodes saved from various podcasts to check out, but I can’t recommend them until I listen to them. Curious what they are?
Alice Isn’t Dead
Alice Isn’t Dead – a new serial fiction podcast from the team behind Welcome to Night Vale.
A truck driver searches across America for the wife she had long assumed was dead. In the course of her search, she will encounter not-quite-human serial murderers, towns literally lost in time, and a conspiracy that goes way beyond one missing woman.
Lore is an award-winning, critically-acclaimed podcast about true life scary stories. Each episode examines a new dark tale from history, and presents it in a style that’s been compared to a campfire experience.
The rest of my “to eventually listen to” list are some parenting podcast episodes some women in the One Bad Mother group recommended. If you’re a podcast listener I would love to know what ones you recommend!