There are so many great podcasts out there to choose from, but here are a few that I enjoyed in 2018. These are listed in alphabetical order. I’ve marked the ones that you need to listen to as a series.
All Songs Considered: “All Songs Considered is home to the best new music and a community of fans always ready to share their opinions on the current music scene.”
Bear Brook (serial): “Two barrels. Four bodies. And the decades-long mystery that led to a serial killer. A podcast about a cold case that’s changing how murders will be investigated forever.”
Caliphate (serial): An audio series following Rukmini Callimachi as she reports on the Islamic State and the fall of Mosul.
Dear Sugars: “A radically empathic advice show hosted by Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond.” The show recently ended, but the team leaves a vast archive to explore.
The Ezra Klein Show: “The Ezra Klein Show gives you a chance to get inside the heads of the newsmakers and power players in politics and media.”
Fresh Air: “Fresh Air with Terry Gross, the Peabody Award-winning weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues, is one of public radio’s most popular programs.”
The Habitat (serial): “Life on Mars. Sort of. The true story of six volunteers picked to live on a fake planet.”
Slow Burn, Season 2 (serial): “On Slow Burn, Leon Neyfakh excavates the strange subplots and forgotten characters of recent political history—and finds surprising parallels to the present. Season 1 captured what it was like to live through Watergate; Season 2 does the same with the saga of Bill Clinton’s impeachment.”
Listening to season two I can’t help but notice the eerie similarities between Trump and Clinton. Morally compromised presidents reviled by their political opponents and sheltered by their party leaders. People tend to compare Trump to Nixon, but the Clinton analogy is more realistic, I think. I am still upset by the 2016 outcome, but I am actually relieved that Bill Clinton is not roaming the halls of the White House exerting his political influence.
Stay Tuned: “Join Preet Bharara, former U.S. Attorney who fought corruption, financial fraud and violent crime, in a series about justice and fairness.”
The Wilderness (serial): “The Wilderness is a documentary from Crooked Media and Two-Up about the history and future of the Democratic Party. Pod Save America’s Jon Favreau tells the story of a party finding its way out of the political wilderness through conversations with strategists, historians, policy experts, organizers, and voters. In fifteen chapters, the series explores issues like inequality, race, immigration, sexism, foreign policy, media strategy, and how Democrats can build a winning majority that lasts.”