The downside of giving up the commute from Dorchester to Weston is that I don’t listen to as many podcasts as I used to. (Sure, I can — and sometimes do — listen to them at home, but it’s not the same thing as listening when I’m alone in the car, where I’m a captive audience.)
I subscribe to quite a few podcasts, but these are my favorites (in alpha order, with descriptive quotes from and about each):
- Fiat Lex, “a podcast about dictionaries by people who write dictionaries.”
- Freakonomics, a podcast about “the hidden side of everything.”
- Hidden Brain, a podcast that “uses science and storytelling to reveal the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, shape our choices and direct our relationships.” (Yes, too long a description, but it is NPR after all.)
- Innovation Hub, a podcast that “features today’s most creative thinkers — from authors to researchers to business leaders. It explores new avenues in education, science, medicine, transportation, and more. (NPR again.)
- Lexicon Valley, a podcast about “language, from pet peeves, syntax, and etymology to neurolinguistics and the death of languages.”
- Lingthusiasm, “a podcast that’s enthusiastic about linguistics.”
- On the Media, a podcast that “explores how the media ‘sausage’ is made, casts an incisive eye on fluctuations in the marketplace of ideas, and examines threats to the freedom of information and expression in America and abroad.” (NPR again.)
- Pod Save America, “an American progressive political podcast.” The inside scoop!
- Serious Eats/Special Sauce, which “enables food lovers everywhere to eavesdrop on an intimate conversation about food and life.”
- Stay Tuned with Preet, possibly my current #1 favorite, which invites you to “join Preet Bharara, former U.S. Attorney who fought corruption, financial fraud and violent crime, in a series about justice and fairness.”
- The Vocal Fries, a “podcast about linguistic discrimination.”
- Unorthodox, “the world’s leading Jewish podcast.”
- Word Bomb, in which the hosts explore “one explosive word per week.”
Yikes! That’s 13 different shows, and those are only my favorites; there are others I like too. I must have too much time on my hands, to use one of my least favorite expressions.