Thea Albright

Drawn to Culture: The Podcast Edition

I appreciate fresh perspectives and generally love learning new things. One of my favorite things to do while driving, working on projects, or tossing the ball for the puppy is to listen to podcasts. And my list of podcasts was in need of an update, so I asked my Drawn teammates to share two or three of their top must-listen podcasts with me. Maybe there is something new and intriguing here to freshen up your podcast list, as well... 

I’ll start with my current top three favorites.

History Chicks

I love this podcast! Beckett Graham and Susan Vollenweider research interesting women (mostly historical; sometimes fictional, such as Red Riding Hood, Alice in Wonderland, or the Statue of Liberty) and then share their findings through fun and factual banter.

Hidden Brain

I’m a sociologist at heart. Hidden Brain combines science and storytelling to illustrate human nature and is hosted by NPR social science correspondent Shankar Vedantam. 

WOW in the World

This is my go-to when I’m driving around with my kiddo. It makes science fun and engaging and celebrates curiosity. I always learn something new. 

Interestingly, as a team, we didn’t have that many duplicates. Here we go...


Mary Flatley

“I listen to podcasts a lot. Usually while I am walking my dog, driving, or cooking.”

Reply All

Stories about technology that are about more than technology — its relationship to people and life in general. And it's really funny. 

WTF

A podcast classic. Marc Maron has one of the best interview podcasts out there. 

Heavyweight

This show follows host Jonathan Goldstein as he enters people's lives to resolve something from their past. He has impeccable comic timing, and his running commentary often causes me to guffaw out loud.


Drew Coffin 

Radiolab

This was one of the first podcasts I listened to and has been the backdrop to many road trips and remodeling projects. I always learn something new and every episode is thought-provoking, often bleeding from science into philosophy. Radiolab has not only been an ongoing source of entertainment and information, but it's also often changed the way I view the world.

S-Town

As fans of Serial, my wife and I decided to give this podcast a try while caravanning from Spokane to Eugene. We listened to the whole series on the drive and it's the shortest that trip has ever felt. Hedge mazes, murder, buried treasure, conspiracy, and clocks only begin to set the stage for S-Town, which more than anything, is about the life and trials of one man, John B. I've enjoyed few pieces of media more than S-Town and I'd highly recommend it.

Hello from the Magic Tavern

This is a weird one. Often irreverent, always amusing, and full of fantasy tropes, wordplay, and colorful characters. With over 200 episodes, Hello from the Magic Tavern has built an absurd fantasy world through improv. It's probably not for everyone, but it's one of my go-to podcasts when I want something amusing and a little strange.


Slavka Eberhart-Garah

“I am wading through a backlog of episodes of Freakonomics and 99% Invisible.” 


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Bryan Taylor

Barcode

A podcast about CPG start-up brands, hosted by my old friend, Ben Ponder.

The Daily

I like it because I row every morning for about 20 minutes, which is the length of The Daily, but how many impeachment episodes can we really endure?


Casey Harwood

In The Dark, Season 2

Like many podcast listeners, my appreciation for this medium began with Sarah Koenig's Serial. A friend of mine who actually works on podcasts recommended In The Dark, another podcast that uses in-depth, investigative journalism to uncover and tell true crime stories. The journalist in me is 100% impressed by the incredible reporting that goes into this podcast, as well as the thoughtful and nuanced storytelling — not to mention the reporters' professionalism. It's everything that journalists should strive for and, no spoilers, but it has even affected our criminal justice system.

The Moth

I know, I know, everyone loves The Moth. But as someone who prefers to put my stories on a page (and finds public speaking terrifying), I marvel at those who can get up in front of an audience and tell an impactful story with a good flow. This podcast is guaranteed to make me laugh out loud and/or cry — the human element is just unmatched and the stories stick with you, like, forever.

Sibling Revelry with Kate Hudson and Oliver Hudson

They just started making it and I've only listened to 1.5 episodes, but I love the concept and it's really well produced. It's also fun to get some insight into celebrities' personal lives and family histories/dynamics.


Chyanne Ganzel

“Every day, I walk to work, and I have a McNab border collie who has a lot of energy, so we go on long walks together. Thus, walking is my prime time for listening to podcasts.”

On Being

This one is an oldie but goodie for me. I love Krista’s thoughtful presence and calm demeanor while interviewing a wide variety of guests about life’s biggest questions.

Ologies

I love learning all sorts of random facts from guests nerding out on their interests. And Alie has a fun, quirky personality that’s peppered in along the way.

Green Dreamer

Climate change is humanity’s biggest challenge right now. Kamea interviews a variety of experts in their fields to help spread knowledge and find solutions. This podcast gives me hope.


Sydney Evans

99% Invisible

Trask actually got me listening to this one because he was playing an episode out loud in the Bard one day and the combination of an interesting story and Roman Mars's voice was enough to get me hooked. I love hearing the stories of the little bits of design behind everyday things that I never would have thought about. 

Reply All

One of the episodes of this podcast played on 99% Invisible and I loved the humor of the hosts enough that I started listening to it, too. There is no shortage of wild internet stories out there, and the hosts do a great job of finding the most fascinating ones, so this podcast never fails to entertain. 

StartUp Podcast

After listening to Reply All I became interested in Gimlet Media, and what better way to learn about it than a podcast about how the media company came to be? It is a well-produced podcast that follows the ups and downs of a real company and I like it because of how honest it is about the process.


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Kristen França

Skimm This

I love listening to this while making breakfast in the morning. It is my quick snippet to get some of the latest news broken down in an easy and accessible way. 

Girlboss Radio 

This is my favorite podcast to listen to while commuting to work. I enjoy listening to the stories of the ups and downs it takes for successful women to get to where they are today. You get to hear from amazing and inspiring women from all different industries. 

And That's Why We Drink

This is my fun podcast. It is a paranormal and true-crime podcast that somehow manages to be both relatable and hilarious. This is my time where I get to relax and laugh with the two hosts who make you feel like an old friend, while also listening to spooky stories, which are my guilty pleasure. 


Bridget Fieldstad

Terrible, Thanks For Asking

I am moved to tears just about every time. Nora McInerny is a lovely, funny, thoughtful woman who brings honest stories of love, loss, and the bittersweet parts of being human to our ears. 

Here's the Thing with Alec Baldwin

I love listening to his voice, for starters and then you add in his wide range of guests and I'm all in. He's just a sharp guy with mad skills. Love it. 

Death, Sex & Money

Anna Sale is such a skilled interviewer. She has such heart in her voice and gets into such a lovely rhythm with the other person. The three topics can be funny at times, heartbreaking at times, but always entertaining. 

 

Trask Bedortha

99% Invisible

This is a wonderful and always engaging show about all things design and the surprising stories behind the design of the world we live in.

Imaginary Worlds

A look into the nuanced and often very interesting subcultures and fandoms of the world that satisfies the nerd in me.

Philosophize This 

As an undereducated troglodyte, this is a great and necessary exploration of the thinkers and theories in philosophy.

 

Dave Merwin

Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard

This is a guilty pleasure for me. Great content and serious topics served in an irreverent way with lots of f-bombs from everyone. Includes thought leaders like John Gottman, Malcolm Gladwell, Bill Nye, Brene Brown, and Rainn Wilson.

Dan Carlin's Hardcore History

A deep dive into important historical events. Each "episode" is 4 to 12 hours long. Really great history nerd stuff.