I'm so thankful for Serial for a couple of reasons. First, I absolutely loved the podcast and the hours that I spent listening to it (and several podcasts about that podcast). But I'm also thankful that it reminded me of a whole other medium that I rarely explored. There are so many incredible podcasts about pretty much anything you can think of! These are my current favorites:
The 6 Best Podcasts
Judge John Hodgman. Probably the most ridiculous podcast on this list. John Hodgman, also known as the Deranged Millionaire on the Daily Show, hosts a weekly comedic court show where he listens to incredibly petty disputes with his bailiff (who hosts the awesome podcast Bullseye). I think that this is one of the funniest podcasts around.
All Songs Considered. Pretty much the podcast for finding new music. This week: new Death Cab for Cutie!! yaaay!!
Pop Culture Happy Hour. This is my favorite podcast at the moment. The podcast consists of four to five individuals (mostly NPR bloggers) talking about all things pop culture. It is beyond amazing. I especially love when they have on the super fancy NPR hosts (like Audie Cornish) to talk about things like the Hunger Games. If you love pop culture, you've love this podcast.
Star Talk Radio by Neil deGrasse Tyson. Because I'm a nerd, end of story.
The Nerdist. I love everything Chris Hardwick, including @Midnight. The podcast is pretty much Chris and his two friends (Jonah Ray and Matt Mira) talking about nerdy things they enjoy with some A to C list celebrities. It is all kinds of awesome.
Throwing Shade. The podcast is described as “taking a weekly look at all the issues important to ladies and gays… and treating them with much less respect than they deserve.” Yes the the podcast is filled with ridiculous conversations and the occasional plastic bottle of wine, but I also learn quite a bit. Like how I learned this week that Justice for Men and Boys (and the women who love them) is a real political party in the UK and the leader thinks that some women's opposition to being objectified is because they are “hatchet-faced miserable feminists who object to men finding attractive women attractive.” So, umm, that's cool. Anyway, Throwing Shade covers important issues relating to women and the LGBT community while having fun.