I’ve never considered listening to the radio as nostalgic. It’s really the equivalent to watching TV. When you want something specific, you’re enjoying something that you like. When you don’t have anything in mind, you just keep searching until you find something that seems interesting to you. Even if it just ends up being background noise, it’s better than being surrounded in cold, dead silence. I already know I’m going to be dying. I don’t need a constant reminder of my impending death.
Like with everything, technology has taken over the radio and nearly everyone is relying on streaming for their audio needs. Granted, it’s not a huge lose when it comes to the radio because, honestly, people only listen to the radio in the car. They don’t hover around a clock radio they bought in 2002, nor do they sit in their car in their driveway rocking to Coldplay.
Most of you might be surprised that I discovered podcasts in 2008. Yes, 2008. I know. I know. It’s quite early compared to what you would think. The first podcast I listened to was Will Write for Wine. It centers around two authors who talk about, you guessed it, writing and wine. Mainly focusing on helping writers improve their craft, it is filled with humorous moments and giant water slides. Yeah… giant water slides. The weekly podcast officially ended in 2009, with a small handful of podcasts released shortly after. After a six-year hiatus, yes, six years, they recently uploaded an episode. And, surprise, giant waterslides came up again. I know. I have an interesting taste in podcasts.
I haven’t listened to as many podcasts as I would want, but there are a few that I’ve enjoyed for years. Yes. Call me a creature of habit. Just don’t call me David Hasselhoff.
Alison Rosen is Your New Best Friend
Alison Rosen, former co-host of the Adam Carolla Show, gives us an intimate spotlight on both her life and others in two versions: a one-on-one interview and talking with her husband and group of close friends.
Other People on the Show: Daniel Quantz (Alison’s Husband), Jenna Kim Jones (Comedian), Allan Moss (Jenna’s Husband), Greg Heller (TV Producer), and Jeff Fox (Podcast Producer)
Topics Often Talked About (as of September 2016): Alison’s infertility issues and upcoming pregnancy, Jenna and Al’s daughter Sam and parenthood in general, Stranger Things, Food and snacks of all kinds, Mormonism
I am not a big fan of one-on-one interviews, so I’m going to focus on the version of the show that I often listen to, which is Alison gathering her husband and close friends around her dining room table to talk about seemingly random topics. With so many people, it seems as if you’re interrupting a private conversation among a group of friends. In each episode, there are a variety of emotions and tones. You’ll get tears. You’ll get laughs. You’ll get silent and not-so-silent judgment. Most importantly, you’ll get subtle sarcasm. How fitting for me.
Food writers Molly Wizenberg and Matthew Amster-Burton talk about a different food topic each week while going on comedic tangents.
Topics Often Talked About (as of September 2016): Molly’s fondness for France, Matthew’s fondness for Japan, Matthew’s mother, Various random people from Molly’s past and present
While it’s a food and cooking podcast, let’s be honest. It’s a comedy podcast first, and a food/cooking podcast second. Filled with ridiculously humorous and candid moments, Molly and Matthew talk about anything and everything while staying on topic. Honestly, if you want to know about France, Japan or Oklahoma, this is the podcast for you.
Educational YouTubers Brady Haran and CGP Grey talk about various topics through two vastly different viewpoints
Topics Often Talked About (as of September 2016): Flags, Plane Crashes, Mountains, Movies, Brady’s tendency to collecting everything, Grey’s tendency to collecting nothing
What do you get when you put an extroverted, slightly unorganized collector of everything with an extremely introverted, robotic-like, minimalist in the same room? The world is afraid to know. Thankfully, in most of the episodes Brady and Grey do the podcast in separate cities. With a focus on technology and other educational topics, the two opposites share their thoughts and often engage in friendly banter. Essentially, this is what you get from a podcast done by an old married couple. That’s not a bad thing though.