22 New Podcast Subscriptions for Audible Feast: August 2017

22 New Podcast Subscriptions for Audible Feast: August 2017

Here are the newest podcasts I’ve subscribed to in the last six weeks. These aren’t all new shows-just new to me. I’m anticipating a lot of additions in the next month due to the #2PodsADay campaign going on now (check it out to be introduced to two new indie podcasts per day in August). Maybe you’ll find something here that piques your interest!

  1. Issa Rae’s Fruit: “A professional football player X, recounts his journey of self-discovery and sexual exploration both on and off the field, in this first-person narrative. FRUIT chronicles X’s relationship with his friends, teammates and family as they impose their own perceptions of his role in an alpha-male dominated industry of professional sports. Amidst questioning for a larger league-related scandal, X must ultimately decide how he wants his story to be told, for himself, and for others like him.” (Howl.fm)
  2. The Secret to Victory: “What happens when the best athletes in the world lose? From Gatorade and Gimlet Creative, a podcast about how the world’s most competitive athletes use defeat as motivation to build strength from the inside out, and ultimately come out on top. Featuring Serena Williams, Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, Matt Ryan, J.J. Watt, Karl-Anthony Towns Jr., Kyle Schwarber, and the people who know them best.” (Gimlet/Gatorade)
  3. Kiwi Crimes: “Kiwi Crimes is a weekly podcast that focuses on the missing, murdered, and more from Aotearoa. Join your host, Jess, as she discusses the crimes and mysteries that have rocked New Zealand.” (independent)
  4. Is This Adulting?: “Is This Adulting? is a podcast dedicated to breaking the stigma on mental illness through the lens of comedy. Every week, two longtime best friends sit down to discuss their mental health struggles, while engaging with their listeners through random topics of discussion, fun games, silly segments, interviewing guests, and being a resource for those seeking a safe space or a good laugh.Whether they are discussing how to be supportive of your friends with mental illnesses or which fast food mascot it the most terrifying, they aim to relate to their listeners and be genuine in their effort to navigate adulthood.” (independent)
  5. Sincerely, X: “Some stories are too sensitive, painful or potentially damaging to share publicly — unless they can be shared anonymously. TED and Audible present Sincerely, X: an original audio series featuring talks from speakers whose ideas deserve to be heard, but whose identities must remain hidden. The first season features a compelling program of victims, perpetrators, investigators, activists, empaths and more.”
  6. One New Message: “One New Message is a podcast for people who picked up the phone to call and say something important, but hung up when they were met with an answering machine. These messages may never have been said, but it doesn’t mean they don’t exist. One New Message wants to hear those messages you never sent, the ones that are still holding you down. We want to share these messages with a community of listeners who might have been in similar shoes, and maybe even with the person you wanted to leave it for in the first place.” (independent)
  7. The Document: “The Document is a new kind of mash-up between documentaries and radio. It goes beyond clips and interviews, mining great stories from the raw footage of documentaries present, past and in-progress.” (KCRW)
  8. Are We There Yet?: “Parenthood has always been exciting, rewarding and just a little terrifying, but in 2017 the challenges have changed. The intricacies of the Internet, social media and an increasingly fast-paced life can make parenting a stressful business. Are We There Yet? examines some of the pressing issues parents face today, contrasted with historical audio.” (Radio National)
  9. It’s Not a Race: “Race, racism, identity, culture, difference — let’s talk it out. It’s Not A Race, with host Beverley Wang, is the ABC podcast Australia needs right now.” (Radio National)
  10. Oh No Ross and Carrie: “Welcome to Oh No, Ross and Carrie!, the show where we don’t just report on spirituality, fringe science and the paranormal (from a scientific, evidence-based standpoint), but dive right in by joining religions, attending spiritual events, undergoing “alternative” treatments, partaking in paranormal investigations, and more. At Oh No, Ross and Carrie!, we show up, so you don’t have to.Each episode of our show deals with an investigation of a religion, fringe group, or fringe science practice. Join us as we ask tough questions, explore the nature of belief, and always find the humor in life’s biggest mysteries.” (independent)
  11. What Trump Can Teach Us About Con Law: “Professor Elizabeth Joh teaches Intro to Constitutional Law and most of the time this is a pretty straight forward job. But with Trump in office, everything has changed. Five minutes before class Professor Joh checks Twitter to find out what the 45th President has said and how it jibes with 200 years of the judicial branch interpreting and ruling on the Constitution. Hosted by acclaimed podcaster Roman Mars (99% Invisible, co-founder Radiotopia), this show is a weekly, fun, casual Con Law 101 class that uses the tumultuous and erratic activities of the executive branch under Trump to teach us all about the US Constitution.” Side note: I really dislike that you can’t link to individual episodes via the show’s website (it has an embedded player). (Roman Mars personal production)
  12. Constitutional: “With the writing of the Constitution in 1787, the framers set out a young nation’s highest ideals. And ever since, we’ve been fighting over it — what is in it and what was left out. At the heart of these arguments is the story of America. As a follow-up to the popular Washington Post podcast “Presidential,” reporter Lillian Cunningham returns with this series exploring the Constitution and the people who framed and reframed it — revolutionaries, abolitionists, suffragists, teetotalers, protesters, justices, presidents – in the ongoing struggle to form a more perfect union across a vast and diverse land.” (Washington Post)
  13. The Shift Podcast: True and twisted tales from an ambulance crew. (independent)
  14. She’s in Russia: “Since late 2013, the US and Russia have been engaged in a state of tension and information warfare, sometimes referred to as Cold War II. The recent US-based intrigue and investigation into the relationship between Putin, Trump and hacking has increased tensions to a fever pitch, most notably in the politics and media of the American Left. Cold War II represents and encourages some of humanity’s very worst tendencies – towards xenophobia, ignorance, falsity. On this podcast two best friends — one in St. Petersburg and the other in Brooklyn — call each other and talk about US-Russian politics and/or culture in an attempt to push back against the caricature and sensationalism that dominate the current discussion in mainstream Politics and Media.” (independent)
  15. The Same 24 Hours: “We all have 24 hours in our day. What we DO in those 24 hours, is what sets us up for our full potential, our happiness, and our greatest life.” Thanks to my local friend Mindy for the suggestion as we train for a sprint tri together! (independent)
  16. Levar Burton Reads: “Lose yourself in a great story with LeVar Burton Reads. In each episode, host LeVar Burton (Reading Rainbow, Star Trek, Roots) hand-picks a different piece of short fiction, and reads it to you.” (Midroll Media)
  17. The Nod: “In The Nod, a new podcast from Gimlet Media, co-hosts Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings gleefully explore all the beautiful, complicated dimensions of Black life.” (Gimlet)
  18. House of Carbs: “Noted food enthusiast Joe House, of the Ringer universe and international eating acclaim, is joined by fine diners, fast foodies, and dilettantes of delivery to devour the latest additions to the food universe’s menu. The backgrounds of guests on House of Carbs will be as varied as the palates of The Donald and Anthony Bourdain, i.e., celebrity chefs, TV and print food media members, restaurant reviewers, and celebrities/athletes with a known interest in food.” (The Ringer)
  19. A Piece of Work with Abbi Jacobson: “From listener-supported WNYC Studios and MoMA, A Piece of Work is everything you want to know about modern and contemporary art but were afraid to ask. A bicycle wheel attached to a stool; a giant canvas splattered with paint; dozens of soup cans: for many museum visitors, encountering these works and others prompts a ton of questions. Hosted by Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson, this 10-episode podcast explores everything from Pop art to performance in lively conversations with curators, artists, and Abbi’s friends, including Hannibal Buress, Tavi Gevinson, RuPaul, and Questlove.” (WNYC)
  20. The Ends: “The Ends is a podcast about symphonies of historic tragedy.” (independent)
  21. Regrets of the Dying: “Regrets of the Dying is a podcast about life, death and regrets, with each of the 8 episodes featuring a different person’s story: A man on death row; an award-winning photo journalist; a young woman who knows she’ll live a shortened life; a mother who helped her son commit suicide. We bring to life the blog of a 32-year-old mother of 2 as she fought stage 4 bowel cancer; hear the reflections of a navy hospital chaplain; and why a 48-year-old journalist with terminal cancer has no regrets.” (independent)
  22. Daughter: “Hi, I’m Bhan and I’m an independent podcast producer who is passionate about sharing the stories of marginalized groups. Daughter, is a series that is dedicated to sharing the untold stories of my mother. A South Sudanese woman who was unfortunately forced to become a child bride, a prisoner, and a refugee all before she turned 21 years old. The story of my mother and I is one that uniquely situates the mother-daughter dynamic against the backdrop of our social positions while at the same time highlights the importance of voice and representation in our collective history. This project is my attempt at adding my mother, and the stories of so many, into the chronicles of history where they belong. But it’s also a project that highlights the dynamic of two different cultures colliding as a result of the mother-daughter relationship.” (independent)
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