So I’ve been listening to a lot of podcasts lately, to the point where I wrote about them for The Hindu THread. As an addendum, I just thought that I’d list down five podcasts I’ve been listening to recently, and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.
- The New Yorker Out Loud – This podcast, by The New Yorker, discusses a specific article in that week’s issue with the author who wrote it, as well as a few more writers. I love this podcast because it’s a great way to pretend to have read The New Yorker, and offer insight on specific pieces without actually reading them. Notable episode: Re-reading Children’s Books, with Adam Gopnik, Sarah Larson, Amelia Lester and David Haglund
- TED Radio Hour – The TED Radio hour ties together TED talks which have similar context and puts them together. I wasn’t very drawn to this podcast at first because it just felt too science-y (not a word but should be) for me, but now, I’m a total convert. The TED radio hour is super informative without being boring. Notable episode: The Unknown Brain
- The Author’s Voice: New Fiction From The New Yorker – Another New Yorker podcast, and a very new one at that, this podcast has authors reading out their short stories which have been published in that week’s issue of the magazine. The greatest test of good fiction, in my opinion, is how it sounds when it is read out loud. If you love stories, and storytelling, you will love this podcast. Notable episode: Ian McEwan reads out his short story, “My Purple Scented Novel”
- Modern Love Podcast: The Modern Love Podcast, which is by The New York Times is essentially essays read out loud, either by the author themselves, or actors. The essays are usually a little old, in the sense that they’ve been published a few years before, but that’s actually to facilitate the “Where are they now?” section of the podcast which follows the reading. Some of the stories are really emotional, so if you’re very sensitive, or having imbalanced PMS hormones, prepare for tears. Notable episode: Maddy might just work after all, by Jennifer Finney Boylan
- The Simblified Podcast: Probably the only desi podcast I listen to (although I really should listen to more), Simblified has super-bloggers Chuck Gopal & Narendra Shenoy break down complex concepts and relevant issues which we (ok, I) usually tend to skip in the papers. Lots of fun, incredibly relevant, and might even make you a better person. You’ve been warned. Notable episode: Of Stock Market & Lollipops
Would also greatly appreciate podcast recommendations, so fire away!