- Planet Money I honestly don’t know how they do it. It’s so good. “The economy, explained, with stories and surprises.” Sometimes they help us understand complex financial concepts and sometimes they simply tell interesting stories, but they all have a connection to money.
- Another Round It’s full of interviews and humor and honesty. And it doesn’t shy away from race.
- More Perfect Alllll about the supreme court. Super interesting and informative and timely.
- Reply All It’s a show about the internet and it is SO GOOD. PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman are hilarious and smart and find the best stories.
- See Something Say Something Hosted by Ahmed Ali Akbar and all about being Muslim in America.
- Invisibilia It’s “about the invisible forces that control human behavior” and it’s endlessly fascinating.
- Bad with Money with Gaby Dunn She talks to people about money – not having it, making a lot of it, understanding it, making the most of it, and so much more.
- Sooo Many White Guys There are already wayyyyyy to many interviews with white guys, so comedian Phoebe Robinson interviews everyone/anyone else.
- Radiolab – A “radio show and podcast weaving stories and science into sound and music-rich documentaries.” Every once in a while, these are a little too heavy on the science for me, but I look forward to every new episode.
- Strangers – “True stories about people and their lives.” The host, Lea Thau, tells these stories to show that we don’t have to all be strangers.
- Criminal – Each episode is a different true story about a crime (or crime in general). “Stories of people who’ve done wrong, been wronged, or gotten caught somewhere in the middle.”
- This American Life – They pick a topic and share a few stories about it. Sometimes the connections are more obvious than others, but they are consistently interesting and well-done.
Mini Series Magic:
- Missing Richard Simmons Like most people, I had a vague awareness of Richard Simmons, but I had no idea that he had basically disappeared completely a few years ago. I learned so much about his empathy and selflessness as well as his “crazy” side.*
- S-Town What starts out as a possible murder cover up and scandal turns into the telling of one man’s story, set in a very honest and complex portrayal of the south. It’s like a novel, but true. Plus everyone has listened to it and there are so many feelings and opinions about the plot twists and more.*
- Making Oprah Who doesn’t want to hear more about the phenomenon of Oprah?
- Containers Like I said, this is a very specific way of understanding our global economy. It’s very interesting and shows the complexity of something as widespread as cargo containers.
- Silent Evidence (from The Heart) Actual trigger warning: this is about sexual assault. But it’s definitely eye-opening.
More to come…STAY TUNED.
*Both Missing Richard Simmons and S-Town have gotten some criticism for sharing personal information that should potentially have been kept confidential. I can see that, but I can also see why there would be reason to produce them anyway. But you probably have to listen to form an opinion for yourself.