Listening to people discuss their ideas and opinions is something I truly enjoy. Podcasts are great for this and make it easy to hear the most current stories from North America to the Middle East, from Europe to Australia. All from the comfort of your smart phone or computer.
Last year, I made a list of twelve podcasts (A Podcaster’s Dozen). These were some of my long favorites and some that were great new finds.
Since it’s nearly the end of 2017, I though I’d make a new list. So, here’s another dozen podcasts that I’ve listened to this year. My hope is that you’ll give them a try in 2018.
Plenty to Explore
Below are six podcasts I’ve listened to for many years, which cover a range of topics, from architecture and medicine to philosophy and history. Each one has hundreds of episodes going back many years, so you’ll have a hard time running out of things to learn about.
- Memory Palace, with Nate DiMeo
- World Dispatch, from the Outline
- 99% Invisible, with Roman Mars
- This Is Hell!, with Chuck Mertz
- With a mission to manufacture dissent, Chuck talks to journalists, authors and activists working to make this world a slightly less hellish place. In-depth conversations about the forces that drive politics, like the logic of misogyny, force us to question our world.
- White Coat Black Art, with Dr. Brian Goldman
- I’ve listened to this medical podcast for many years and, as a medical layman, find that it reveals an unknown world with a welcoming host. Dr. Goldman explores issues that often go beyond the hospital and, like the anti-vaccination movement, concern public health.
- The Minefield, with Waleed Aly and Scott Stephens
Some to Start
Although the podcasts below might have fewer episodes than those above, they have just as much heart. They also show what’s possibility with podcasts, as they are rich in story-telling and cover issues outside the mainstream.
- In The Thick, with Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela
- A new political podcast where journalists of color discuss what’s missing from mainstream news. Recent conversations cover Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day instead of Columbus Day, and the anti-Semitic roots of white nationalism.
- Revisionist History, with Malcolm Gladwell
- People Fixing the World, from the BBC World Service
- Embedded, with Kelly McEvers
- Embedded takes a story from the news and goes deep. In recent episodes, NPR reporters mined the records of Donald Trump and some of his closest advisors. They’ve also examined police shootings caught on video and powerful prescription opioids.
- The Anthill, from the Conversation
- A monthly conversation that unearths stories from academia. The 20 past episodes of this series have explored our current understanding of a range of fields: time, competition, technology, belief, waste, memory, music, history, pain, and myths. Look forward to hearing about what’s discovered next.
- Rough Translation, with Gregory Warner
- While exposing how aid workers change the reality around sexual violence in the Congo or how fake news from Russia helped spark a real war in Ukraine, this new podcast features hard-hitting journalists revealing why understanding cultural differences is so important.
I hope you give try listening to some of these podcasts. Please let me know what you think and if you have any to recommend.