Re-discovering podcasts

While I was living in Melbourne I listened to podcasts a lot. Living on my own meant there were a lot of opportunities to tune in. You learn a lot by just listening.

Well, today I caught the bus from North Bondi to the city, my first time on this route. It took over an hour door to door which, at first thought, is too long when it takes 45 minutes with car and train, my normal commute. But I will take the bus again tomorrow.

During the hour I got re-acquainted with my old friends – podcasts Six Pixels of Separation and The Engaging Brand. Both insightful, interesting and lots of food for thought.

And they may just give me some inspiration for this blog that is slowly but surely being revived…

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WNYC Radiolab – one of my favourite podcasts

I must thank my sister for introducing me to WNYC Radiolab podcasts because they are one of my favourite sources of storytelling, education, fresh perspectives and new information. Here is the info from their ‘About’ page:

Radiolab believes your ears are a portal to another world. Where sound illuminates ideas, and the boundaries blur between science, philosophy, and human experience. Big questions are investigated, tinkered with, and encouraged to grow. Bring your curiosity, and we’ll feed it with possibility.

The topics they explore and people they interview is podcast in a way that transports you to another space, an aural space where I find myself totally committed to and undistracted. I listen to them when walking to and from work and when getting around Melbourne on foot which is one of my preferred modes of transport.

WNYC Radiolab incorporates music, sound effects and sounds edits that add immense interest and entertainment to the podcasts.

I can’t name a favourite podcast – they’re all interesting and all about very different topics –  but here are the titles of some I’ve listened to so far:

  • New Normal?
  • Placebo
  • Do I Know You?
  • The Bus Stop
  • Limits
  • Vanishing Words
  • Famous Tumors
  • Deception
  • Strangers in the Mirror

The titles are more of an abstract title for what each podcast explores such as Vanishing Words where a person’s decrease in their use of vocabulary can indicate more serious mental illness; Agatha Christie is presented as a case study for this.

WNYC Radiolab is a wonderful source of knowledge – thank you Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich for presenting some amazing insights. Your tagline says it all really…