In July of 2015 I posted a list of my favorite podcast to listen to while training, commuting and adventuring. Fast forward to this year, and I wanted to add to it some of the great podcast that I have found or continue listening to. Some of these are gear related podcast, while others are storytelling ones. Either way they have helped me pass the time on long, lonely stretches of training miles and maybe they can do the same for you.
99% Invisible is a podcast that I recently started listening to in the last few months. The show focuses on design and architecture (wait.wait. let me explain) and explains the hidden design behind all sorts of things. A recent favorite of mine was Episode 253 on Manzanar. I had visited the place a few years back while passing through California and it was fascinating to hear about the development of the park. The podcast is typically under 30 minutes so it is great to fit in on short runs or a commute.
"Stuff You Should Know" is a podcast from the "How Stuff Works" network that dives into all sorts of topics. Using a mix of humor, credible sources and tangents; Josh and Chuck provide an entertaining and informative show. The show has hundreds of episodes so it is easy to log some long miles. The podcasts typically last under and hour, and have minimal ads. The best part about listening to this podcast is when Chuck or Josh go off topic for a minute or two before dragging each other back in. The same network that brings this podcast also provides "Brainstuff" which is a short 5-10 minute podcast explaining various topics. Like a condensed version of "Stuff You Should Know".
"Adam Ruins Everything" is a eye opening podcast that sprouted from TruTV's series by the same name. For those of you who haven't heard of it; Adam Conover used a mix of humor and facts (not alternative facts) to debunk things like Funerals, Weddings, or Eyeglasses. The show typically has a expert on that validates the information and the podcast allows Adam to dive deeper with them. The show has only been on for a few years, so the podcast numbers are limited, but the topics are eyeopening and the hour long format allows for a interesting conversation.
A new favorite of mine is the "Science Vs...." podcast hosted by Wendy Zuckerman. The show takes topics like climate change and forensic science and proves or disproves popular theory. Wendy does this by hosting experts to discuss specific studies in a fun and entertaining format. The shows typically last around and hour, but don't binge listen they are only on their second season, so podcast are limited.
Sometimes I am looking for something a little out there, 'fringe' you might say. When I need to satisfy this I turn on "Lore". A podcast about the history of scary places and stories. Some previous shows included topics on Salem, stories about ghost and other creatures of the night. Aaron Mahnke strikes a balance of telling the story and presenting some facts and lets the listened develop an opinion. This one is a stray from the purely based science podcast above, but none the less it is entertaining, just not on those long solo night runs.