Some Great Podcasts

Now that I've introduced you to Stitcher Radio, I'd like to tell you about some of the podcasts I like. Every week I look forward to the latest installment of This American Life. Hosted by Ira Glass and produced by WBEZ Chicago, this program always entertains and usually teaches me something as well. Each week they pick a topic and explore it fully, either in many different acts or by devoting the whole show to one story. Some of my favorites have included two babies who were switched at birth and found out about it when they were grown. Turns out they lived in the same town and one of the mothers knew about it from the day she came home from the hospital! Or the expose regarding the Apple plants in China that turned out to be fabricated. And last, but not least, essays from David Sedaris.

Another great program is Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me. Hosted by Peter Sagal and Carl Kassell, this program talks about the week's news in a quiz format. Callers are asked various questions and if they get at least 2 out of 3 correct, then Carl does their message on their voicemail. Each week they have various celebrity panelists, too. It's funny but also very informative.

RadioWest is another of my favorites. Doug Fabrizio hosts this program out of Salt Lake City. Some of the topics might include new films from Sundance to the latest expose on Scientology.

And a small little gem is The Memory Palace. Nate DiMeo hosts this fascinating podcast about history, but these are the stories you will not hear anywhere else. They generally last only a few minutes, but his voice and the way he tells these stories leave you hanging on every word.

Finally, I really like RadioLab. This is a program from WNYC and hosted by Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich. Each week they take a scientific topic and explore it in the most unusual and entertaining ways. Even if you don't like science, you'll love this show.

I hope you enjoy these suggestions. Keep an eye out for my next entry!