Whether traveling for work, for enjoyment or simply because I live in Los Angeles It's no secret that I spend more time on the road than off it. Growing up I was never a big fan of talk radio. In fact I can clearly remember giving my friend Jesse the judgemental side eye in high school, sighing dramatically as an unspoken request to change the channel when I got in the car and NPR was on. But things have changed. Now, I'm quite the fan of podcasts and audio books!
Here are my recent go-to listens:
POD SAVE AMERICA
Real talk: this is my first year involved in politics and I absolutely love these guys. They provide an insider perspective, wish a dash of humor, aiming to activate change (not just talk about it.)
Four former aides to President Obama — Jon Favreau, Dan Pfeiffer, Jon Lovett, and Tommy Vietor — are joined by journalists, politicians, comedians, and activists for a freewheeling conversation about politics, the press and the challenges posed by the Trump presidency.
/ Investigative Journalism
I am addicted and endlessly fascinated by the people in this story. I devoured Serial a while back and was pleasantly surprised to find this series just as interesting, if not more so with all it's twists and turns. It's not as straightforward as Serial, and I love that.
S-Town is a new podcast from Serial and This American Life, hosted by Brian Reed, about a man named John who despises his Alabama town and decides to do something about it. He asks Brian to investigate the son of a wealthy family who's allegedly been bragging that he got away with murder. But when someone else ends up dead, the search for the truth leads to a nasty feud, a hunt for hidden treasure, and an unearthing of the mysteries of one man's life.
/ Radio Drama
I found this and thought, "why not, I'll give it a go" and then promptly binged the entire season. I wasn't sure how I would feel about the Radio Drama genre, but I loved it. I've since tried to find a series as good as Life After, but everything has fallen short. If you have any suggestions, let me know!
From GE Podcast Theater and Panoply, the producers of The Message, comes a new thriller, LifeAfter. The 10 episode series follows Ross, a low level employee at the FBI, who spends his days conversing online with his wife Charlie – who died eight months ago. But the technology behind this digital resurrection leads Ross down a dangerous path that threatens his job, his own life, and maybe even the world. New episodes every Sunday.
++ Got a podcast suggestion? Let me know in the comments! I'd love something new to listen to!