What I’m Streaming: Podcasts
If you’re like me, then you’re a fan of podcasts. However, since everyone and their grandma has one, what should you be checking out? Well, here are my recommendations for what to listen to whether you’re driving, working out, or just need something to fill your earholes.
Conan O’Brien has spent the past few decades interviewing musicians, comedians, and actors. However, he has yet to make any long lasting connections with his guests. Arguably, his only true friends are his coworkers. So, Conan has ventured into the world of podcasts in order to find true companionship. In Conan O’ Brien Needs a Friend, each week Conan will interview one of his acquaintances to see if he can build a long-lasting friendship with them. The first episode was just released where Conan meets up with Will Ferrell, and the two bond over a mutual admiration of each other’s work. It’s a fantastic listen to see these men “geek out” and obsess over each other—an honest portrayal that even celebrities can be fans. Plus, this is a rarely seen side of Conan who is known for parodying late night television by playing a self-centered and pretentious host who cares more about his ego than the show around him. I’m not sure if Conan found a life long buddy in Ferrell, but they definitely respect each other and that’s reason enough to give it a listen.
Yes, I’m a fan of the McElroy brothers’ brand of shows. Yet, here is one that does sometimes fall under the radar since there is only one episode released a year. Yes…that’s correct—just a single episode released every year, but that’s the point. In Til Death Do Us Blart, the McElroy brothers, alongside Tim Batt and Guy Montgomery of The Worst Idea of All Time, break down and discuss the film Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, and they will do so till the linear end of time. This is the forth episode of the podcast (released every Thanksgiving Day), and man do these boys hate Paul Blart. This is the first episode in which the weight of their eternal undertaking has demoralized the group. Also, the first episode highlights some truly amazing extras and side characters. However, that’s not redemption enough for Griffin McElroy who proclaims at the end, “Don’t watch the movie,” and thankfully you don’t have to, but do give the podcast a listen.
An oldie but a goodie, especially since the TV show version just premiered on Bravo this past week. Released a year ago, Dirty John is an investigative journalism podcast that is hosted by Christopher Goffard and created by Wondery and the Los Angeles Times. The story follows Debra Newell, a successful interior designer, and her new relationship with John Meehan. John checked all of Debra’s boxes; he’s kind and caring, a humanitarian, and handsome to boot. She fell for him instantly. Yet, her family does not like John and thinks she’s being naive. Over time, her family is proven right as Debra comes to realize that John is not the man she thought she knew. A bingeable podcast with lots of twists and turns, and a peek inside how someone can be manipulated in love.
On a much lighter note, This is Love just premiered its second season and will tug at your heartstrings. The partner podcast to Criminal, This is Love tells stories of “how to be alone, how to live forever, how to wait, how to worry, and yes, how to love.” If you’re just hopping on board, I would recommend listening to Episode 4: “Eight Thousand Miles” first. It’s a story about a restaurant and family. Then, give Episode 8: “Message in a Bottle” a listen. I don’t want to say much about the second episode, but let’s just say these two episodes partner well together. Trust me, you’ll feel the love once its done.
Finally, the podcast 99% Invisible is a podcast about architecture and design hosted by Roman Mars, and Episode 330: “Raccoon Resistance” just released. In 2016, the city of Toronto Canada unveiled its new “raccoon resistant” compost bins. Many praised the bins for their design, while others worried about their impact. Would these bins be successful in the “war on raccoons?” Journalist Amy Dempsey investigates, and makes some surprising discoveries along the way.
That’s all for this week, folks. As always…try out a new podcast!