Back in January (and November! and October!) I shared three of the most irresistible podcasts in my queue. These are the shows that I tune in to the second I see a new upload, no matter where I am. This short list rotates often for me, and today I've got three new ones.
1. FiveThirtyEight Elections. There's been a massive influx of political podcasts in recent months, but this new show from statistician extraordinaire Nate Silver and the FiveThirtyEight team has been my go-to pick for the latest on the 2016 elections. Each Monday, the group discusses the polls, debates, and media coverage surrounding each candidate, and they make their predictions about what'll happen next. It's been especially informative in the days leading up to and following the first primaries. Hours before the Iowa caucus and New Hampshire votes, they told listeners what to expect, and right afterward, they recorded their late-night reactions. I'm so glad the FiveThirtyEight team started this new podcast last month. Nate Silver's forecasts are almost always spot-on, and I'm really looking forward to more science-based political talk from the show in the months ahead.
2. What Should I Read Next?: Book Talk. I mentioned last month that this new podcast from host Anne Bogel has been helping me stick with my goal for the New Year of reading more. Since then, it's become one of my favorite weekly listens. The concept is great -- each Tuesday, Anne sits down with a reading enthusiast who tells her three books they love, one book they hate, what they've been reading lately, and what they'd like to change about their reading life. Then she recommends a few titles based on their answers. She calls it "literary matchmaking." After tuning in each week, I've found myself adding at least one new book to my wish list, and I can tell it's helping me home in on my reading preferences. I'd highly recommend this new podcast to both avid readers and those hoping to do more of it.
3. The Longest Shortest Time. After a four-month hiatus, The Longest Shortest Time -- the parenting show for everyone -- is back! Some of my all-time favorite storytelling has come out of this podcast (including the I've Got News series and The Accidental Gay Parents series) so I was psyched when it returned in January. Since joining the Earwolf network late last year, host Hillary Frank has released six episodes and they've all been fantastic -- especially The Scarlet Letter A, which just dropped yesterday. Pratima Gupta, an OB-GYN who both delivers babies and performs abortions, spoke to Hillary about her career and her experience as a new mother who's undergone a termination of her own in the past. It was such a thoughtful and eye-opening conversation, and I'm feeling very fortunate to have this great podcast back.
So tell me -- which podcasts have you been loving lately? Any of these? I'd love to hear!