If you know me at all (and you might, but you also might not), you know that I am late to the game for most trends but also enjoy pretending to be hip. Exhibit A: podcasts. So podcasts seem to be a thing recently. By "a thing" I mean, everyone and their mother is either listening to a podcast or has a "to listen" list of podcasts and by "recently" I mean within the last few years or so. This is my list of podcasts that I listen to and enjoy. Most of them fall around the 30 minute or less mark because I have the attention span of a dog chasing a squirrel.
My gateway podcast. Molly Wizenberg and Matthew Amster-Burton are just plain fun and funny. They talk about a food item (or sometimes group of items) like butter, [insert country here] junk food, or soy sauce. There are references to music that I (uncultured Asian-American that I am) don't know so I look up afterwords. And their website posts always link to recipes they made, pictures or videos taken during recording, and other fun fluffs of info. Just LOVE it.
Alternately titled "Who are these people and why do I know so much about them now. #toodeep". YouTube people making podcasts- how original, right? (I actually don't know how common that is so no hate plz I'm just trying to be funny.) But actually, Rhett and Link interview randos (read: media creators) and get Truth. It's pretty cool to hear real talk from people we might just see as performers.
You need this podcast in your life. Not only is it wonderfully helpful in figuring out modern etiquette, but it's just fun to listen to. Lizzie Post and Daniel Post-Senning from the Emily Post Institute have a great rapport (they're cousins), and it's just really nice to hear the whys behind etiquette rules. Plus, while typing this up, I've learned how to spell "etiquette." I didn't even mess that one up.
Welcome to Night Vale
This is freakin weird. It's a fake radio show in a fake town that has a rivalry with another fake town and it's just weird. But I love it. This is great to listen to when you're doing a mindless task that you still need your eyeballs for (like ironing, or washing the dishes, or driving, or whatever).
Dude, if you haven't listened to this already, just do it.
I have a love/hate relationship with this podcast- some stuff is interesting, but other times it hits me as pretentious (which, I mean, it's a podcast so...). But mostly, it's a good time, and it makes you think about why you like your favorite foods (or at least, it makes me think about that).
And that's what I listen to. I have a bunch more on my "to listen" list, but let's be real, who has that kind of time? But let me know if I'm missing out on some ~amazing~ podcast that is gold for the ears or whatever.