Lots of entertainment in my podcasts library

When I was young, the capabilities of your car stereo said a lot about where you stood in the pecking order among the coolest kids in school.
Most of my high school career I drove a ‘78 Camaro, with rally wheels and a stereo you could hear clearly from three blocks away. I loved that car. I loved that stereo, but if I had it today I could pull the stereo out.

Joel McNeece

I don’t listen to the radio hardly at all anymore. When I want music I listen to the large collection of music I have stored on my phone. Most of the time, however, I’m listening to podcasts.

My first experience with podcasts were popular talk radio shows that would condense the entire show into a commercial free podcast you could download for free on your phone. Some would even cut up their show and offer a “best of” podcast.
Podcast then developed into their own form of entertainment, stand-alone productions on almost any subject you can imagine.

The one podcast I listen to every day is “The Daily” from the New York Times. It’s a 20-30 minute show that essentially breaks down the biggest news story of the day with a behind-the -scenes look and then closes with the other top news stories in abbreviated form that you “need to know to start your day,” as host Michael Barbaro says.
Sometimes, because much of the big news can be too repetitive, they veer away from those subjects and do more feature oriented stories. Those days are my favorite.
My absolute favorite podcast is “Revisionist History” by Malcolm Gladwell. It takes a look at the “overlooked and misunderstood.”

I’ve listened to every one of those episodes multiple times awaiting the next season. Two of my favorites are “The Foot Soldier of Birmingham” and “The Lady Vanishes.”
The first tells the story of the famous Civil Rights statue in Birmingham featuring a police dog viciously attacking a young black protester in 1963. The photograph that went around the world and helped lead to great change in society isn’t exactly accurate of what was happening at that moment. Gladwell interviews all involved and reveals some fascinating aspects both good and bad.

I love art and “The Lady Vanishes” tells the story of a painting named “The Roll Call,” which took England by storm in the 19th century. It’s beautifully told and 100 percent true.
Among my many other podcasts I regularly tune in to are Star Talk with Neil DeGrasse Tyson exploring everything about our universe and beyond.
This American Life does fantastic in depth investigative journalism on a variety of subjects relative in today’s world.

Similarly, “Someone Knows Something” revisits unsolved crimes and tells those stories with new interviews from many of those involved. One of their best featured the Dee Moore case in southwest Mississippi.
I should point out I don’t get into a lot of politics with my podcasts. I prefer to be entertained, not frustrated, so I stray away from most that just put out a particular viewpoint. I prefer a “newspaper” approach to my podcasts – an objective telling of the facts that allows you to draw your own conclusions.

I listen to lots of soccer. If that does interest you – my favorites are The 2 Robbies, Men In Blazers, Alexi Lalas’ State of the Union, and The Game is Beautiful.
I listen to some food shows. Both “bon appetit” and “House of Carbs” have some good shows, but they aren’t consistently good.
I recently started listening to some of the “Ted Radio Hour” shows which recap the popular Ted Talks on a variety of subjects.

“How I Built This” is a show hosted by Guy Raz where he interviews people who founded things such as Crate & Barrel, Starbucks, Airbnb, Rolling Stone, Five Guys and even Instagram. They talk about the ups and downs in founding their businesses or inventions and where the inspiration came from.

As someone who loves photography and plays with Instagram somewhat regularly, I found it interesting that the final product was far from their first intention and everything changed with a walk on the beach.