Rec Five: Podcasts

Friday, October 23, 2015

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This is the first in a new monthly series, where I'll recommend five of something. Could be books on a certian topic, foods, places to travel, or, in this case- podcasts. Try them out and let me know what you think!

Five Postcasts I love...
Ted Talk Radio Hour Host Guy Raz each week pulls together several different TED Talks under a broad topic. "Screen Time," "Peering into Space," and "Listening," are just a few.  We get to hear both parts of the TED talks, as well as interviews Guy does with the TED talk speakers, and Guy's own observations about the talks and topics. Not only does this fascinating podcast weave together different talks, getting you to view things in new and fascinating ways, but the show always shares how you can view the full TED talks they feature, so it you want more information on a topic, you can. 

Stuff You Missed in History Class- Sponsored by, this podcast is exactly what it says on the tin. The two female hosts together share information about different historical topics. Their stories cover a huge range- the first Native American Prima Donna Ballerina, unsolved murders, wars, men's fashion, news paper hoaxes and- I kid not- America's hippopotamus ranches have all had their day on this podcast. Told in a friendly yet polished manner, the hosts personable banter makes it feel like you have some friends over telling you about these really interesting things. 

Classic Film Jerks- They've never seen many classic films, but creating this podcast, two "jerks" are aiming to watch and see if these old movies live up to their name "Classics." Since I love classic films, this seems like a no-brainer. I don't always agree with the hosts' opinions on all their films, and while they don't usually research much background about the films, I still find them hilarious and they bring in a whole new view to some of my favorite films. You're welcome. 
99% Invisible- Described as stories "about design, architecture and the 99% invisible activity that shapes our world," this podcast seems to focus on fascinating and- quite frankly- often obscure topics. Some ranged from the United States' Dead Letters Office, children's faces on milk cartons, old hotel buildings and more.  The podcast episodes are also on the shorter side, averaging just under twenty minutes, which can be a nice, digestible size for these haunting yet enticing tales. 
Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me- The Boy and I  love to listen to this hilarious gameshow from NPR about the week's news headlines when in the car. There's no news story too big....or too small... or too.... offbeat to not make it on this show. Comedians also get to talk to-and poke fun at- both famous guests from all walks of life and political backgrounds, and call-in audience members too.  And the big prize of this game show? Bragging Rights and Carl Castle's recording the message for your voicemail. So, why not try playing along at home? 


  1. cool!

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  2. Amazing post dear! You have a wonderful blog:)
    What about following each other on Instagram, Bloglovin, Twitter?:)

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  3. What a fun new series! Now, I need to check out these podcasts :)

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    1. Thanks! I"m excited to be trying out a new series too :)


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