What Should I Listen to Next?: Slice of Life 17/31 #sol20

I love listening to podcasts. I listen on my drive to work, which I won’t be making again this semester, so I will have to find another time to enjoy them. In case you’re searching for something new to listen to, here are 5 that I’ve been enjoying lately.

Scene on Radio produces revisionist histories of the United States as well as a season that offers a sociological study of men. Start with Season 2, Seeing White, which tries to answer the question, “Just what is going on with white people?”, and listen in order.

The Stacks is my current favorite book podcast. Traci Thomas is such a great interviewer (her interview with Jason Reynolds is a must listen), plus there is a book club. I love how she structures her book club by interviewing an author one week, then inviting them back for a two-person book club to discuss another author’s book. Another great listen is Traci’s interview with Jacqueline Woodson about her novel, Red at the Bone.

Pod Save the People is my favorite weekly current events podcast. In the first part of the podcast, each of the four co-hosts shares a significant piece of news related to social justice, activism, culture, and/or politics. Sometimes these are news stories I’ve come across, but usually they’re stories that are flying under the radar. Then, DeRay McKesson interviews a guest. You never know who will be on the show (Nancy Pelosi and Nic Stone have been guests), but you can bet the interview will be enlightening. Start with this week’s Coronavirus-focused episode with guest Andy Slavitt.

Overthrowing Education describes itself as “an edgy and entertaining podcast for everyone who cares about education.” Really, it’s for teachers who want to have their thinking pushed about the way school works. I’d start with the very first episode, an interview with Jesse Stommel about ungrading.

I never would have imagined becoming obsessed with Dolly Parton, but I don’t think you can listen to Dolly Parton’s America without becoming a little bit obsessed. Start with Sad Ass Songs, and see if you can stop with just one episode.

Please share your own favorite podcasts!

17 thoughts on “What Should I Listen to Next?: Slice of Life 17/31 #sol20

  1. Your recommendations are new to me! I listen to so many, it’s difficulty to choose just a couple to recommend. I think for falling asleep at night, “Nothing Much Happens” is soothingly delicious. I am also a big fan of Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin (he’s a fellow Long Islander and I am beholden 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

  2. I recently asked around for podcast suggestions and got several for Dolly Parton’s America. I was shocked at the diversity of the people who recommended it so I checked it out. It is unexpectedly interesting. (I’m more of a “Pod Save America” kind of girl.) Speaking of POD SAVE, the “Pod Save the People” podcast is one I haven’t listened to. I’ll have to check it out.

  3. Oh, I’m so glad to be able to recommend one. I love LOVE the podcast called Anthropocene Reviewed https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/anthropocene-reviewed
    John Green is a brilliant mind and a brilliant writer. He’s funny, too. He’s of course know for The Fault in our Stars and for his Youtube videos with his brother, Hank, but I love these reviews. He takes two things created by humans and gives them a review. Like, in one episode he reviews Scratch n Sniff Stickers and the Indianapolis 500. Every review ends with him giving it a 1-5 rating, but it’s the writing that is dazzling.

    • Of course you love this – I just discovered it & am obsessed. It’s so interesting. I was actually planning to use it as an assignment this semester – we’ll see if that pans out.

  4. Oh, I don’t listen to any of those podcasts! I cannot wait to check those out! I also love On Being with Krista Tippett and Death, Sex, and Money

  5. Oh, I don’t listen to any of those podcasts – what great suggestions!! I cannot wait to check those out! I also love On Being with Krista Tippett and Death, Sex, and Money

  6. I was going to recommend the same one Peter did – and I haven’t listened to any of these, so I’m excited to try them all… if I can ever find a quiet-ish minute.

  7. Believe it or not, I’ve never listened to a podcast. My drive to work is 10 minutes long. (It is something that I feel very, very lucky about.) You’ve inspired me. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Thank you for sharing! I’ve been thinking that this week is a great time to try some new podcasts…need some thoughtful engaging words to occupy my mind during these very different times.

  9. I discovered that podcasts come in fictional varieties a few months ago, and am currently obsessed with Welcome to Night Vale. It is strange and bizarre and cannot really be explained, but it is really entertaining. I managed to hook my husband and (entirely accidentally) my son too. Now the three of us can be weird together.

  10. I enjoy Anne Bogel’s What Should I Read Next?, The Next Right Thing, The Slowdown (a poem a day), and Happier with Gretchen Rubin. I’m currently in search of family history/genealogy podcasts to support my new obsession. I don’t know any of the ones you shared. Lots to explore! Thanks!

  11. I enjoyed reading your recommendations. I have wanted to start listening to podcasts and this gives me a great idea of where to start. Thanks!

  12. Thanks for all these suggestions, just really started listening to podcasts recently. I can suggest Seize the Yay by an Australian presenter Sarah Davidson, she interviews interesting people from all over and has a good take on life. Also I listen to Cassie Stephens a Nashville art teacher, don’t know the name of her podcast offhand, she’s hilarious and has great tips, maybe you’ve heard of her?

  13. We share some podcast loves. Scene On Radio is the best there is! I will check out Dolly Parton’s America. I heard an interview with the creator that also piqued my interest.

    I enjoy The Science of Happiness and Bird Note.

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