At this day and age, podcasts are widely available and listened to. Everyone has at least one podcast that they listen to while folding laundry or doing chores around the house. For any subject that you can think of, there could very easily be a podcast that tackles it.
I personally tend to cycle through several podcasts every couple of months, some fall off my list, and others stay. Here’s a selection of podcasts to start listening to this fall.
Writers on Film
This is the only podcast out there that focuses on authors that are working in the area of cinema specifically. Here, you can find conversations with historians and writers who have probably written the books behind some of your favorite movies. John Bleasdale’s Writers on Film covers a wide range of topics, including the creation (and influence) of films like Shaun of the Dead, Highlander, and many others.
Most people know the most famous philosophers out there, but most philosophies and philosophers are still somewhat obscure. In Philosophy Bites, Nigel Warburton and David Edmonds introduce viewers to the arguments, thinkers, and ideas that have influenced our world.
The New Yorker Fiction Podcast
If you don’t have time to go through all the fiction found in The New Yorker, you can listen to this podcast where a current staff member reads a short story by a past The New Yorker author and has a conversation with Deborah Treisman, the magazine’s fiction editor, about it. It’s a great way to get acquainted with the history of fiction writing that is particular to The New Yorker.
60 Songs that Explain the ‘90s
It’s difficult to explain ’90s music, even if you lived through it. While grunge and rap have dominated history, there was also blockbuster pop, revivals, and quick trends that went by too fast. By combining incisive critical analysis with endearing personal anecdotes, author Rob Harvilla touches on a variety of topics, from the blockbuster hits to the cult classics. Obviously, 60 tracks won’t really cover everything, but the podcast got renewed for a second season!
This American Life
In the ’90s, This American Life began as a public radio program (which it still is today), and now it has a podcast component. Each episode of this weekly program, which is hosted by Ira Glass, has a theme that is explored by people from various areas of life in the U.S. and abroad, typically through first person tales. This podcast has been around for a minute now, so you can actually browse its extensive collection and lengthy history.
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