I have recently stumbled across a few really good podcasts, which fall under a new category that someone explained to me was now called “dramatic storytelling”. Like Serial. Or any of This American Life.
The first is Caliphate, I think recommended to me here, which is a sort of glancing look at the mess that is/was ISIS.
The second is The Drop Out, which is engrossing – about the rise and fall of Elizabeth Holmes, who founded the BioTech company Theranos. You may remember it being in the news (I don’t). There is a book called Bad Blood, which covers the same subject.
I so enjoyed those that I have been searching for others – but without much luck. My god there are some shit podcasts out there. I don’t really want to listen to the Maddie one for obvious reasons.
Every so often I come across a really brilliant episode of This American Life, such as 419: Petty Tyrant, 317: Unconditional Love, 661: But That’s What Happened – and I have to make do with that.
I am, as I’m sure you are, very fond of Jonathan Van Ness, who is one of the Queer Eye consultants. He has a podcast called “Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness”, which addresses serious subjects, (Trump’s Wall, Toxic Stress, How do you know if your bae is still the one?), in his trademark style of utter shrieking hysteria and calling everything “she”.
It’s a really good concept and almost worth listening to for how he delivers his sponsorship declarations alone: “ADT! She means real protection for Y.O.U., honey…”
But – I occasionally worry that the guests are completely blindsided by Van Ness, who is a pretty rare force of nature, and don’t quite manage to get on board with what the F is going on until some way towards the end of the recording.
Though, his episode with Jameela Jamil, who entirely gets the entire thing, was great – I’m thinking particularly of the fifteen minutes when they both recall separate incidences where they crapped their pants in public. It’s incredibly funny. Look, I never said I was sophisticated.
I have also started listening to The Daily, which covers topical issues, broadcast by The New York Times.
How about you? Which interesting podcasts have you found interesting recently? Feel free to identify particular episodes.