So, things that use to sound literally awful, are now a part of my daily life. I drink coffee, I go to bed at 10PM, I get up at 6AM, I say things like "I think I want to stay in tonight," or, "the nightly news is on." In other words, I've grown up a bit, which is shocking, but not all terrible. And right along these same lines, and inevitably, what this post will be about, I've replaced music with podcasts. Let me back up, I haven't completely replaced music but, with all the podcasts that have recently become available, and those that continue to come out, I've found myself hooked. There are just so many stories out there, and so much to learn, and it's all right at your fingertips. If you haven't explored the podcast avenue, I highly recommend it. Here are a few of my personal recommendations to start you off.
The highly publicized series focused it's first season on the 1999 murder investigation and eventual conviction of Adnan Syed, a then Baltimore high school student accused of murdering his girlfriend. Since wrapping, and 17 years later, Adnan is currently pursuing a retrial with newly discovered evidence that the Serial podcast helped to uncover. Pretty crazy stuff. Now, in it's second season, Serial explores the story of Bowe Bergdahl. A United States Army Soldier who, in 2009, abandoned his post in Afghanistan and was eventually found and held captive by the Taliban. Five years later, in a controversial exchange of five Taliban officials being held at Guantanamo Bay, Bergdahl was recovered and brought home. A story, which has been the topic of intense scrutiny, has led Bergdahl to face a general court-martial on charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. Sarah Koenig, producer and host of Serial, explores both of these stories with what could only be described as extreme eloquence and intelligence. You find yourself in equal awe of the stories twists and turns, as you are with the voice that's telling it.
Episode Recommendation: All of them.
A natural segue from Serial, Criminal also delves in to stories of crime, but individual and unrelated stories. Much less of a commitment but equally as interesting. The cases and stories vary in severity. Some scary, some unbelievable, and some just plain weird. If you're in to that type of stuff, it's a fun series to jump around in.
Episode Recommendation: Season 1, Episode 11, I'm About to Save Your Life
I'm in love with production and editing of this podcast, it has you fully enveloped the entire time you're listening. Interviews, musics, and sounds all intertwined. You almost feel like you're at the movies...for your ears. All individual stories that explore different moments in our history. Most of which are really unknown, and not necessarily a focus of any of our own historical education, consequently making them even more fun to learn about.
Episode Recommendation: Episode 18, Nazi Summer Camp
I stumbled upon this podcast right as it came out and found myself actively cheering on it's host and main character, Megan Tan. Megan begins her story post graduation at a very relatable time in your early twenties. A time where most of us think we know what we want, but just aren't quite sure how to get there. In real time, Megan shares the journey of pursuing her goals while ultimately facing the struggles, rejections, and inevitable self doubt that comes along with them. Fun for all ages but most likely the most helpful and motivating for those just graduating and feeling a bit lost. You're not alone.
Episode Recommendation: Season 1, Episode #7, What's Your Worth?