I’m a late bloomer when it comes to podcasting but boy, do I love them! It took me, I’m ashamed to admit, till December 2016, to actually start listening after a friend introduced me to an episode of This American Life. I was hooked brethren!
So podcasts, I have found, are a great way to start your day. I like the fact that unlike regular radio, it’s more selective and somewhat peaceful to listen to. Also, it’s a great way to connect with conversations happening around the world. Over the last couple of years, listenership for podcasts have increased significantly and it’s apparent it’s here to stay. I have quite a number of talk shows I listen to and I am happy to share them with you.
This American Life: This is American Life is probably one of the oldest podcasts in existence and the content quality is exactly why it’s stayed around for so long. If you love great storytelling that’s non-fiction and about real-life stories, you should probably listen to this show. Its approach is journalistic and very far from boring. I have grown quite accustomed to its host, Ira Glass’s voice as well as other great storytellers on the show. This American Life does well in examining situations from all perspectives in the narration that is sometimes funny, sad, matter-of-factly and just downright awesome! It’s a great way to start your day!
Criminal: If you know anything about me, you know I love crime stories and the whodunit plot twisters. So finding Criminal was fantastic. Criminal as described on its website is about stories of people who have done wrong, have been wronged or gotten caught somewhere in the middle. It’s just a thrill to see how the plot develops and also the experiences of the people who are affected by this crime. Of course, this appeals to my darker side so criminal might not appeal to everyone!
Hey Girl: I feel like, in another life, Alex Elle, host of Hey Girl and I could be best friends. For starters, she is a best-selling author whose story resonates with me in a big way. She’s passionate about personal growth and self-care. So Hey, Girl is for young black women who are on one experimental journey or the other. It’s not only motivational to hear young black women all over the world share stories about pursuing dreams and practicing self-care. There are a lot of women who struggle with finding themselves. It’s quite admirable to see the journey a woman’s been on and what a final transformation looks like.
Stuff Mom Never Told You This podcast is hosted by Emelie Aries and Bridget Todd. I love this show because more often than not, these two amazing women end up speaking on issues I am thinking about as well. It’s always an interesting to listen to how Aries and Todd experience the modern culture. You can tell it’s a learning experience for both hosts pulling from the sociocultural differences that have shaped them.
Unfiltered Now if you are into the Ghanaian political scene or into feminism conversations happening around our part of the world. Then you need to know who Nana Ama Asante-Agyeman is. I’ll say she’s a journalist who will not hesitate to tell what’s wrong with the world. Look, there aren’t many women who question the status-quo set for women socio-culturally. She has these insightful conversations on her podcast Unfiltered and has actually inspired me to start mine. More details on that soon!
There are a number of great quality podcasts out there, I’m always on the hunt for great content. So please share if you have any recommendations!