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Podcasts your ears can’t do without

These are the kind of podcasts that will get you thinking, give you something to talk about at dinner parties and actually make you look forward to the daily commute- purely for uninterrupted listening time.

 Reply All

A show about the internet but one that is slightly left of centre, we love Reply All because it is essentially an embodiment of what we do – storytelling.

Reply All takes one seemingly normal facet of the internet or social media e.g. Craig’s List, and finds a moving or obscure story that reveals it in a new light. This podcast works to humanise the beast that is the internet, cutting through the technical jargon to deliver a fresh perspective conveyed in a conversational and laid back manner.

The style of the podcast is immediately conveyed through the theme music by Breakmaster Cylinder. Described as a “balance of electronic with the organic, cheerful with a depressed streak and a little bit manic,” the theme music is yet another layer of this multifaceted show.

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Song Exploder

Song Exploder is kind of like an inverse puzzle. This podcast features musicians who take apart their music piece by piece, taking the listener on a journey through the creation of their art.

Hosted by Hrishikesh Hirway, it is all about fragmenting then regrouping stories. The listener gains an insight into how certain collaborations came about, how cover artworks were developed and how the sounds made by tapping a thermos and breaking cinder blocks can be manipulated to stand in for that of drums. One for music lovers and those with an appreciation of intricacies, this podcast sheds light on the complexity and multi-faceted nature of sound creation.

Invisibilia

Described as “glimpse into a world you can’t see,” Invisiblia is co-hosted by Alix Spiegel, Lulu Miller and Hanna Rosin.

A show about science, people and their brains and human behaviour, Invisiblia weaves incredible human stories with fascinating new psychological and brain science. This podcast is essential listening for those who want to explore new perspectives and are open to different ways of thinking.

It’s the kind of podcast that leaves you slightly wide-eyed with a host of conversational ammunition for your next dinner party.

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Sampler

This is podcast inception. Sampler is a podcast about podcasts. Hosted by Brittany Luse, this podcast from Gimlet Media is “is devoted to bringing you the best moments from the world of podcasting.” Described as a “travelling salesmen,” Brittany listens to all sorts of podcasts and handpicks the stuff we get to hear, sometimes talking to the people behind these podcasts.

An eclectic mix, she stumbles across gold- like The Steve Austin Show -Unleashed!- a podcast by ex-pro wrestler Steve Austin who, in one episode, talks to a fly for 45 minutes. Magic.

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Serial (Season 1)

Serial to podcasts is what Friends is to 90’s sitcoms- a classic that everyone knows the jist of even if you’ve never listened to or watched it in your life.

Serial season 1 follows Sarah Koening’s investigation into the murder of high schooler Hae Min Lee in 1999 and the conviction of her former classmate and boyfriend, Adnan Syed.

Listeners follow Sarah as she sorts through thousands of documents, talks to old classmates, discovers new leads and has regular chats with Adnan himself.

An emotional rollercoaster of sorts, Serial season 1 is the type of podcast that divides the dinner table. Listeners can empathise with Sarah’s confusions and personal battle between Adnan’s innocence vs guilt. Rather than being a murder mystery, Serial season 1 is more focused on storytelling- in particular, bringing previously shadowed or ignored stories to light.

 

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