Hi, I’m Joe, and I’m a podcast junkie.
All Songs Considered. Car Talk. Serial. RadioLab. When I’m not writing or reading, I’m usually listening to these and other great broadcasts. And if you haven’t yet gotten on the podcast bandwagon—or if you thought they died in the early 2000s—here are four storytelling podcasts you must give a try. Your ears will thank you.
Not a very original suggestion here, but still a must. Hosted by Ira Glass, This American Life assembles a variety of stories—from essays to news stories to comedy routines—on one particular theme and tells them via a team of narrators. The show’s been around for more than 20 years, but it’s not too late for you to join. This American Life makes their full collection of past shows available via their online archive.
From the latin for “invisible things,” Invisibilia explores the things we cannot see in life that impact the ways we live. Co-hosted by Lulu Miller, Hanna Rosin and Alix Spiegel, Invisibilia mirrors the storytelling styles of This American Life, narrating a collection of stories on a specific topic and, in the process, helping us more clearly see the unseen.
If you’ve been following my blog for any length of time, you’ve probably noticed my love for good music—and the stories behind the making of that music. Song Exploder offers both by allowing musicians a platform for sharing their songwriting process and then showcasing the finished product. From an odd drumbeat to a random experience, you’ll be amazed at the unending sources from which songwriters find their inspiration.
We all have a story worth telling, and The Moth exists to bring those stories out for us to consume. From storytelling workshops to open mic events, The Moth gives people the tools and the platform for sharing true narratives. You’ll be captivated by the vulnerability that comes through these recordings of stories told to a live audience.