I spend a good portion of my day listening to podcasts via the app PodCruncher, using the bluetooth device that T1 calls my “birfday present.” My favorite podcast of all time is This American Life. Each time TAL issues a new episode I put off listening to it until I know it’s an opportunity to really savor what Ira Glass is presenting that week. Another podcast consistently releasing excellent episodes is Planet Money. Recently Alex Blumberg, former producer of This American Life and co-founder of Planet Money, launched a new podcast about his attempts to start a business that will produce multiple narrative-driven podcasts on a variety of subjects. (Where’s the Kickstarter campaign? I want to be funding this yesterday.)
The first two episodes were good, good enough for me to save them on my phone so I can have That Husband listen to them the next time we drive somewhere together. The StartUp podcast has so far been sharp and engaging, but the third episode in particular was absolutely riveting. The kind of content that makes you sit in your car in the garage after arriving home, long enough that the lights turn off, because you can’t bring yourself to do anything other than drink in what you’re hearing. In the third episode two business partners share their personal reactions to deciding on the equity split for their company and the sort of authenticity and vulnerability they are putting out there is hard to find elsewhere in world of business-focused content. I really admire the way Alex Blumberg lays it bare without oversharing. That’s something I’m working to figure out as well.
Any podcasts you love that you think I should be listening to? I have subscribed to over 50 but I’m always searching for the next great producer of audio content that I can’t get enough of. If there are other podcastphiles out there who would like to see this “podcasts you should be listening to” type post become a regular feature let me know!