There are 660,000 podcasts and 28 million podcast episodes. Here are 5 worth your time.
Hosted by two musicians from the Boston, MA DIY scene, Make It Stop is a self-described Bad Music Podcast, where each week, they take a look at a different band whose knack for making cheesy, offputting, irritating, or just straight up bad music. Hosts Heather Mack and Mike Dunn go beyond the easy jokes and observations to take a deeper look at what exactly makes these albums so reviled, with the occasional oppositional stance taken by guests. Recent episodes find them discussing albums like Simple Plan’s No Pads, No Helmets, Just Balls (joined by members of the excellent indie rock band Palehound) and Creed’s Human Clay.
Edgar Momplaisir is, apparently, the Wokest Man In The World, so they went and gave him a podcast, so as to share his wokeness with the world. The Wokest is a satirical celebration of all things woke, providing a platform for guests to share their passions about a given cause, while skewering the sort of self-conscious, brand-friendly version of social justice that is all over culture in 2019.
Blackout is one of those high production value having, high profile actor featuring type narrative fiction podcasts, but succeeds where many others flame out (or fail to ever leave the ground at all). Starring Rami Malek as a small town radio host who’s struggling to make sense of and survive a mysterious power outage that seemingly hit the entire continent at once. Things get weird and political and violent, all without seeming outlandish or cheesy.
The Walking Podcast is pure ambience, writer Jon Mooallem posts mostly unedited field recordings of walks he takes through the beautiful woods of the Pacific Northwest. The effect is immersive and calming, as birds chirp in the background, you almost feel like you’re there with him.
The folks from the well-loved architecture/design website Curbed went and made a super compelling series called Nice Try! all about attempted (and failed) attempts at building utopian communities. From Disney to Nazi Germany, they cover a lot of ground, trying to get to the bottom of our drive to create idealized living situations in a less-than-ideal world.
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