The gist: Psychologia is a new independent show from host and producer Amaia Perta, who's an MS candidate in forensic psychology. Each episode dives into the science behind some facet of human behavior. The first one takes a look at the history and science behind false memories. The second one explores the "satanic panic" that erupted in the late 1900s. And the third one studies the use of hypnosis in our legal system.
What's great: The show is really well-researched (its website includes links to the academic research each episode is based on), and it features the perfect mix of facts and stories that illustrate them. It's also beautifully produced, with great use of music and sound effects. Listening to Psychologia reminds me of episodes from the fantastic podcast Lore. If you're a fan of that show, I think you'll really love this one too.
Where to start: Episodes are right around twenty minutes and are uploaded every two weeks. Three of them have been released so far and they've all been great. The first upload -- Whose Memory Is This, Anyway? -- is the perfect introduction to the show. You'll definitely want to start there.
The gist: Control Z is the new show from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that's all about technology and internet culture. Its hosts are Yasmin Parry and Will Ockenden, and in each episode, they explore modern phenomena like the cloning problem in the app industry or the monetization of viral content on the internet.
What's great: The two hosts have a really fun dynamic together and the stories they tell are fascinating. But beyond that, I really enjoy how they dive into the topic of each episode so completely. For instance, in the first episode, they develop their own clone of a mobile phone game to see how easy it really is. If you like shows about the internet like Reply All, Internet Explorer, and Note to Self, you'll definitely enjoy listening to this new podcast.
Where to start: Episodes of Control Z are short at just around fifteen minutes, and they're released on a weekly basis. Four of them have been uploaded so far and I've really enjoyed each one. Episode three -- Being Blind on the Internet -- is fantastic. I'd recommend starting there if you're interested.
Rest Stop Radio
The gist: Rest Stop Radio is a brand new show from the Advanced Audio class at the University of Montana School of Journalism. Its producers are nine students in the class, and in each episode they interview the folks they meet at rest stops along I-90, the longest interstate in the country. They talk with exhausted travelers who all have something to share, like Donnie (a former drug dealer who's turned his life around), Blake (who has some serious regrets from his marriage), and Benjamin (who recalls a memorable experience in a Wendy's parking lot).
What's great: I can't think of a better place to conduct interviews with total strangers than at an interstate rest stop. Each episode features totally unique voices from around the world, and the show's hosts do an excellent job of letting their stories shine. If you enjoy podcasts like Your Story Here (the interview show that takes place in DC) or Profiles: NYC (the daily podcast from the streets of New York), you'll definitely want to add Rest Stop Radio to your list.
Where to start: Episodes of Rest Stop Radio are around twenty minutes each, and so far two of them have been released. The show's website says it will go on hiatus after the semester ends, but after reading this piece about the podcast, I have high hopes that it'll stick around. If you're interested in checking it out, definitely start with the first episode.