Arts & Entertainment Editor
As we approach the end of the year, five podcasts stand out above the rest. Here are the top five of the year.
“Serial,” created by the brains behind “This American Life,” intends to follow the true story of a unique character each season. Host Sarah Koenig never entirely knows where the story will lead her, making each coming episode more intriguing and full of suspense. The first season followed the investigation of the 1999 murder of Baltimore teenager Hae Min Lee, seeking more information about Adnan Syed, who was convicted of her death. This podcast will keep you on the edge of your seat for all 12 episodes. Season two of Serial is expected later this year and the subject has not been confirmed.
2. “WTF with Marc Maron”
“WTF with Marc Maron” is hosted by stand-up comic Marc Maron who launched the show in 2009. Self-described as a mix of Iggy Pop and Woody Allen, Maron’s podcast delivers interviews that are dark, funny and brutally honest. Most shows take place in his garage, which has hosted icons such as Robin Williams, Louis C.K. and President Barack Obama. Maron has the great ability of reaching inside the depths of these personalities and relating to them on another level. If you are looking to learn more about people in the entertainment industry and not just that surface-level B.S., WTF is definitely a great podcast to add to your list.
3. “Death, Sex & Money”
I discovered this podcast over the summer and have not been disappointed yet. Each episode, host Anna Sale prepares the listener to discuss themes that are always left out of our daily conversations. Whether it be about family secrets or the most scandalous of occupations, Sale is not afraid to address the nitty-gritty details of the things that always keep us wondering. This series, released every other Wednesday, always leaves me wanting more. If you have an interest in personal stories about everyday people or celebrities with an interesting past, “Death, Sex & Money” is worth a listen.
If you’re a frequent podcast-listener, it’s likely you’re familiar with “Radiolab.” This show is famous for combining music and storytelling. Hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich discuss the most profound of concepts and the unexplainable. Abumrad’s friendly tone, along with commentary by Krulwich, makes these ideas a little less intimidating and easier to grasp. If you’re up to learning some obscure facts just for the hell of it, Radiolab will not disappoint.
5. “TED Radio Hour”
I’m almost positive there’s not one person at Goucher who doesn’t appreciate a good TED Talk every once in a while. On “TED Radio Hour,” Guy Raz expands upon ideas presented in TED Talks with in-studio interviews and complementary stories. This NPR series provides a more in-depth understanding of speakers’ thoughts and ideas and applies these concepts to everyday life. If you’ve ever been inspired by at least one TED Talk in your life, than you’re guaranteed to love this podcast.