Back in November (and October!), I shared three of the most irresistible podcasts in my queue. These are the shows that get played the second a new upload appears, even if I'm at the grocery store or in the middle of another episode. This list rotates often for me, and today I've got three new ones.
1. HumaNature. This show from Wyoming Public Media has been around since mid-August, but it's a recent discovery for me. Its host, Caroline Ballard -- a transplant to the mountain west -- tells some really incredible stories about humans in nature. Episode one hooked me with a fascinating and funny interview from a former whitewater rafting guide whose crew would recruit Racing Homer Pigeons to transport camera film from the rapids to the darkroom. Episode two tells the inspiring story of Debbie Salamone, a shark attack survivor turned conservationist. And episode three, When a Search and Rescue Becomes a Search for Something Else, was one of the most moving podcast episodes I've ever heard. The show's latest episode just dropped yesterday -- yes, I took an unexpectedly early lunch break to give it a listen, and yes, it was worth it.
2. Phenomena. I wrote about Phenomena back in December when I first came across it, and I'm still loving every minute. Host Monica McCrea is a sociology student who's fascinated by the social patterns she experiences as a twenty-year-old, and she breaks them down to their core as social constructs. Her episodes are always interesting, have great sound quality, and are mixed with beautiful music. You can tell each one is crafted really carefully -- they don't sound like they were made by a busy college student. The recent uploads, including one episode about the infamous "walk of shame" and one about the self care craze and it's capitalistic roots, have been so good. And Monica's newest episode, Love Is..., was my favorite yet. Needless to say, I'm really looking forward to what's next from Phenomena.
3. Presidential. Presidential is a new podcast from The Washington Post -- it's only two episodes in -- and it's got me excited like no other history podcast has before. The concept is brilliant: each Sunday for the next forty-two weeks, host Lillian Cunningham (along with Pulitzer-prize winning historians) will chronologically explore the lives and legacies of the U.S. presidents. Episode one -- last week's standout pick! -- featured George Washington, and episode two examined the life of John Adams. The final episode, which is set to drop right after the November elections, will highlight the brand new president-elect. I've already learned some really fascinating bits about our first presidents. Did you know George Washington was sort of a gold-digger? Or that John Adams was the only Founding Father who -- out of principle -- did not own slaves? I've been telling everyone I know about this new show and as a Thomas Jefferson fan, I'm really excited about this weekend's upload.
So tell me -- what are the podcasts you can't resist? Any of these? I'd love to know!