Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Serial Podcast Listener

When we first moved into this house, Mr. Ashley took a stand and said no television in the bedroom. I've always needed noise to fall asleep to and he's always hated it.

It didn't take long for me to find podcasts.

I'm not trying to be an inconsiderate jerk, it just comes naturally. And also, background noise helps me shush my brain, who is a hyperactive traitor. I make my phone very quiet and put it on my nightstand and I'm sure it's still annoying.

I have a new favorite though and I need other people to listen to it so we can discuss it. Mr. Ashley has made it pretty clear he has no interest in catching up and joining me so you have to.

It's Serial and I think This American Life (another favorite) has something to do with it. It's like a true crime docu-series but it's an objective but human reporter interviewing all of the people who were involved in a murder, 25 years later (or something, I don't really do numbers). Each episode is another slice of the story and as it unfolds, you get to know the characters involved as real people. It's really interesting and authentic. The next episode is Thursday and I am waiting so eagerly.

I also love:
Stuff You Missed in History Class
Radio Lab
Oh No Ross and Carrie
The Moth and Risk (two different shows but similar)
Classic Loveline

and embarrassingly:
My Brother, My Brother and Me. Have I mentioned them here before? Probably so, because every time I mention them to anyone, they do something just incredibly ridiculous the next episode that makes me regret it. In theory, it's an advice show but the advice is awful. It's one of the few things that makes me laugh out loud, though, which is even more disruptive for people trying to sleep.

Mysterious Universe. I don't believe in anything they talk about but I like their voices.

A Skeptic's Guide to the Universe. Same as above (and I realize it's pretty weird to have 3 shows about skeptics on my podcast list and try to claim I'm not that into it.)

There are more on my list but, as you can see, I don't have time to listen to any others on a regular basis.

You can skip everything except for Serial, we have to find out what's going to happen. 


Nova said...

I LOVE podcasts. I only discovered them last year but seeing as I am on the bus around 10 hours a week I have been plowing through archives. My favorite so far is Nerdist but I'm almost caught up, I'm in the late 2013s of their episodes now so I'm going to be in the market for a new podcast soon. I'll check out some of the ones on your list! :)

Jesse said...

Thanks you for the recommendation for Serial. I started listening last night and I love it. Can't wait for next week's episode. I really like the journalist and her attempts to be fair and balanced. Also why did Jay tell the story then? Is she going to talk to him?? So interesting.

Aimee C said...

Oh my gosh, I am seriously in love with serial. I can't wait to hear the next episode. It is the most captivating story I'be heard in a long time.

Aimee C said...

So I'm posting on my phone and just submitted a monstrosity of a misspelled/typo filled comment. Sorry. I love Serial, can't wait to hear what happens next. Have you gone to the website and read the letters? I am also a podcast addict. Also love stuff you should know, thrilling adventure hour, Disney story origins.

Rachel said...

Awesome, I will check them out. I have found listening to interesting things makes my workday go by much more quickly (and amazingly, I can usually focus on both)!

Ashley said...

Nova, I found the Nerdist super boring and my friend was on it at the time. Now I feel bad for thinking that...

Jesse, I am dying to know what the hell the deal is with Jay!! Who would make that up? I also like how she will offer her opinion.

Aimee, I like Stuff You Should Know Too, it's on the list of ones I actually download each week, I haven't heard of the others you listed, can't wait to check them out.

Rachel, I am so much better about cleaning now because I can be entertained without having to watch anything, I love it. I also tune in and out while working.

Melanie said...

I sincerely wish I could get into podcasts but ADHD kicks in and I need all my senses firing at once. Maybe someday. But I'm a dummy who allowed television in the bedroom and it's been all downhill since then. Except when I'm watching 'The Walking Dead'. That is straight uphill.

Julie H said...

I'm going to admit I'm not sure how to listen to a podcast.

Caitlin said...

Ricky Gervais did a podcast for a few years that's hilarious. I think they're now audiobooks in the iTunes store...they're called "The Ricky Gervais Guide To..." (there are 10 of those I think) and "The Ricky Gervais Show." HBO made a show out of it that we watch a lot too. :)

Clarissa said...

THANK YOU for the Serial recommendation! I am so hooked and wait impatiently all week for the next one!

Ashley said...

Me too, Clarissa! I'm so conflicted right now, Jays story seems too believable to be fake!