My Favorite Podcasts.

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Like listening to podcasts?  I think it is a great way to pass the time. I love podcasts.  I listen them in my car, while waiting for a doctors appointment, walking the dog, trying to sleep (I’m an insomniac), and working on my blog.

What podcasts to listen to?  The possibilities are endless.  You look at all the varieties of categories and the breadth of podcasts in each category the possibilities are endless.  What to listen to?  Here are some of my favorite podcasts.  I hope you enjoy!

True Crime Japan. I must admit, I love a mystery. I don’t like gore.  I avoid many crime television shows for that reason.  I don’t like to see people hurt or the evidence of it.  What interests me is why someone disappears.  What is the motivation of someone?  The psychology of it all.  In True Crime Japan, the hosts cover various crimes all commited in the land of the rising sun.  Because Japan’s culture is so unique from that of America’s it’s crimes also take on a different meaning.  Everything from how or why they happen to how they are investigated is unique to the Japanese culture.  I makes me wonder how different things are in say Nigeria, or Chile?  While True Crime Japan does not broadcast a lot it is definately worth subscribing.  Also, their hosts must put a lot of work into research and then translating.  So be patient.  It is worth it to see the unique quirks of a cluture as well as the dark elements not show in the tourist guides.

The Art of Charm. “The Art of Charm” is a broadcast geared towards men.  However, I think the topics they cover apply to both sexes. It is designed to help men improve their social skills thus improving their life. “The Art of Charm” also has a webpage and physical location to ficilitate more learning.  What I love about this podcast is the experts they have in each episode.  You can always go to that person’s website or get their book to learn more.  Past topics include: How to improve memory, how to gain confidence, how to survive a faster furture, and relationship exit stradgey.

The Minimalists.  The minimalists consist of Joshua Fields Milburn and Ryan Nicodemus.  Two childhood friends who starting living the minimalist lifestyle.  They have written books, done a documentary, have a weekly podcast and a blog helping others define and live their own minimalist lifestyle.  I like this broadcast because every week it reminds me to evaluate what I own and if I need it.  You hear questions from other listeners and get and give answers to their particular situation.  So take some time and join the minimalist movement.

Stuff Your Mom Never Told You.  This podcast is a cornucopia of various topics. It’s a great way to spend your time. Topics the podcast has looked into in the past include: The Vegetarian Gender (definition of Vegetarian and Vegan and what gender has to do with it), Women of a Certain Age (about the aging process in women), Is Burlesque the same thing as stripping, and What does a feminist look like.  Podcasts are short and too the point.  A great way to spend your listening time.

Thinking Sideways. Okay, this podcast is my guilty pleasure. I love to listen to this one. This podcast examines everything from crime to cryptozoology, aliens to the atomic bomb and everything in between.  The hosts Devin, Joe, and Steve sit down every week to discuss a new topic.  They try to be skeptical but allow for some crazy theories if they are presented as a solution by others.  The hosts are just ordinary people investigating and learning about extraordinary things in our world.  Past topics have included: McCormack Cypher, The Spanish Flu, Dyatlov Pass, Isdal Woman, The Princes in the Tower, The Wow signal, Maura Murry disappearance, Isabella Art Theft, Lord Lucan and Atlantis.  Interested in the strangeness of the world? Give Thinking Sideways a try.

Unfound.  My final recommendation is the podcast called “Unfound.”  It is a missing persons podcast.  Each episode investigates what happened to a missing person before their disappearance and the investigation afterwards.  The story of the missing person is told by someone with firsthand knowledge of the case such as a relative or friend.  The aim of the podcast is to try and solve the disappearance and keep the disappeared in the spotlight.  I think the host does a good job of presenting the facts while showing those left behind compassion and patience.  He not only presents the disappearance but the personality of the disappeared is also presented.  They (the disappeared) are not just a story but real people which sets this podcast apart from others in the genre.





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