I subscribe to a long list of podcasts. Some shows sit in my queue for days or weeks before I listen. Often those shows require a lot of attention or the perfect mood, and usually the wait is totally worth it. Some of those shows happen to be my all-time favorites (like Radiolab, which I enjoy most when there are zero distractions in sight).
But then there are the podcasts that I cannot resist -- I see a new upload and immediately press play. These rotate often for me, and they're usually (but not always!) shows that I'm new to.
At the moment, I've got three...
1. Limetown. This is by far the most haunting and gripping podcast I've come across. That's a strong statement considering that there are only three episodes. But it's really the first fictional thriller that I've listened to, so it's got a head start. Limetown requires quite a bit of my focus, and it probably should be reserved for the times when I can give it that. But no matter where I am, I press play the second I see a new upload... And then I gladly listen to it twice more to catch the details.
2. The Season. I am not a football fan, but somehow, this show has got me hooked. The Season follows Columbia University's varsity football team -- a team that's on a two-year losing streak, has a new coach (the last one was fired), and a new quarterback (the last one quit mid-season). What I love most is that the show's host, Ilya Marritz, is also a football outsider (he covers business news for WNYC), so he doesn't get lost in the trivial details of the game. This show follows the team's season week-by-week, and it has me looking forward to my Thursday evening walks like no other.
3. This American Life. I've been a longtime listener of this show, but ever since they aired the two-part series on desegregation in public schools -- The Problem We All Live With -- in August, I've been obsessed. Both of those episodes were incredibly well done and so, so important, and I've been recommending them to everybody I know. Lately, I've found myself tuning in each Sunday afternoon no matter the topic and no matter the place, and I'm always glad I did.
What do you think? Have you listened to any of these three? Will you? What are the shows you just cannot resist? I'd love to know.