Podcasts have the power to change lives, to open our eyes, and to broaden our thoughts through presenting the stories of people's lives or imaginations. If you haven't been keeping up with the Choctawk this summer, we've been trying to present ways to stay healthy and to enrich your/our lives. I fully believe that podcasts add so much to my day to day routine. Whether I'm on a run, cleaning, cooking, or driving, I have a podcast on to learn about new innovations, hear a great story, or become aware of current events.*
*By recommending these podcasts, the Choctawk is not endorsing all beliefs or views expressed. However, we do believe that hearing stories from others is a valuable experience that can shape our lives, increase our compassion, and expand our knowledge.
Use my suggestions below to find a podcast which interests you and start listening!
Known for the message of "Ideas Worth Spreading," TED invites the innovators, thinkers, and doers of the world to give talks about their area of expertise and their experiences. From artists to scientists to entrepreneurs, the speakers at TED bring a unique perspective to light.
Recommended Episode: The Surprising Habits of Original Things-Adam Grant
Sarah Koenig follows one true story over the course of a season. This podcast is investigative journalism at its finest and will keep you anxiously waiting for Thursday mornings when the next episode will be released.
Seasons 1 and 2 are already available. Be sure to start at Episode 1!
People come together from around the world to share their stories live and without any notes. With only a microphone and room full of strangers, the storyteller lets us in on a piece of their life.
Recommended Episode: Three Chefs and a Meal; Bathtub Sailor
Stuff You Should Know
From genes to makeup to body language, Josh and Chuck discuss "Stuff You Should Know."
Recommended Episode: How the NSA Works; How the Louvre Works; How the March on Washington Works
On the Media
On the Media is a weekly investigation into how the media shapes our world view.
Recommended Episodes: Two Years in the Life of a Saudi Girl; Sad!
Millennial has made me feel better about where I am in my life. Megan Tan, pictured above, lets us into how she's maneuvering life in her 20s, from buying a car to searching for a job. Megan has a lot of the same questions I do, and I've learned from her journey.
Start with Episode 1 to truly become immersed in Megan's story.
The memory Palace
Created by Nate DiMeo, The Memory Palace is a podcast that presents the stories of the past in 30 minutes or less. This podcast is for the history lover.
Recommended Episodes: Episode 4 (Itty Bitty Bombs); Episode 16 (Secret Kitty)
"The Truth makes movies for your ears: short stories that are sometimes dark, sometimes funny, and always intriguing. Each story is different, and usually 10 to 20 minutes long." The first episode I listened was so captivating that I couldn't stop listening.
Recommended Episode: Falling
Overdue is a podcast about all of the books you've been meaning to read.
Find a book you've been meaning to read on their episode list and start listening. (You can also check out our summer reading list).
This is the podcast for the food lover. The Sporkful covers topics from school lunches to eating out in a wheelchair to whether or not a bagel should be toasted. As someone who can spend hours watching Food Network, I can still be productive while obsessing over food.
Recommended Episodes: The Agony and Ecstasy of School Lunch; Listen to Your Chocolate--It Can Tell You How Good It Is
Ask a Clean Person
This podcast is perfect for the person who wonders about how to actually clean/wash things properly or how to unshrink your favorite sweater. Sometimes we all need a little help to be our cleanest, best selves.
Recommended Episode: Episode 28: Unshrink It!
Sampler is for the person who just isn't sold on a particular podcast yet. Brittany Luse, along with a special guest, hosts each week where you'll be able to listen to the best moments from a myriad of podcasts.
New Yorker: The Political Scene
The New Yorker: The Political Scene is a weekly discussion about politics hosted by executive editor Dorothy Wickenden.
Start with the most recent episode to hear about the most recent events.
Bridgetown Church Audio
Located in Portland, OR, Bridgetown is a church for the city of Portland. All of their teaching and sermons are available on their podcast!
Recommended Episode: Any. They're all fantastic.
Go ahead, find the perfect podcast for you. (My favorite is The Moth).
--Mary, podcast listener, TedTalks enthusiast