Top five favourite podcasts

When I am not reading, I love listening to podcasts. They are ideal when doing household tasks or making a walk. Just like books, there are a huge amount of podcasts to choose from. If you don’t know where to start, try one of my favourites!

This post was inspired by Top Ten Tuesday. A weekly meme managed by That Artsy Reader Girl. The topic of this week is ‘Audio Freebie’.

1. The Bright Sessions

The Bright Sessions

This podcast reminds me of an audiobook. The main character is Dr. Bright. She is a therapist for the ‘strange and unusual’. All her patients have some kind of supernatural ability. In most episodes we listen to a therapy session with one them. The characters are amazing! It’s so interesting to hear how they struggle with their ability. Later in the podcast, we also learn more about Dr. Bright herself. The cast is diverse with, among others, an asexual character, a bisexual character and one who is discovering his sexual orientation along the way.

I highly recommend this podcast! Start at the beginning if you’re interested. The original story is finished, so you don’t have to wait for new episodes.

2. Stuff You Missed in History Class

Stuff You Missed in History Class

Each time I listen to this podcast, I learn something new. In every episode a lesser known person or event is discussed. The podcast is still running. My favourite episodes include Nefertiti and the Heretic Pharaoh and Roses Through Time.

3. This is Love

This is Love

Every episode of this podcast is a real life love story. It’s about love in its most broad definition: romantic love, love for family and even love between animals. The stories are beautiful and alway cheer me up. I haven’t listened to all of them, but my favourite episode so far is Something Large and Wild.

4. Tea & Jeopardy

Tea and Jeopardy

This podcast is great for book worms! Every episode Emma Newman talks with a writer or an illustrator in her secret tea lair. She asks original questions and the conversations are really funny. I loved to listen to the interview with Seanan McGuire.

5. Happier with Gretchen Rubin

Happier with Gretchen Rubin

In this podcast Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft give tips to become happier. They cover lots of topics, so there is something interesting for everyone. I like how honest the two sisters are in their podcast. They talk about their own life and what advice did or didn’t work for them. One of my favourites is episode 151: Keep a Running List of Your Favourite Things.

What is your favourite podcast? Tell me in the comments!

More podcasts I like

A year ago I did a post about my favourite podcasts. I still really enjoy listening to them. In the meantime I discovered three new podcasts.

The Bright Sessions (link)

The Bright Sessions

This is my favourite podcast at the moment! Every episode is a session in which Dr. Bright talks with one of her patients. The patients all have some kind of supernatural ability. The characters are amazing! It is very interesting to hear about those abilities and how the characters struggle with them sometimes. The podcast also has some LGBTQIA characters: one is asexual and another is still questioning his sexual orientation. By now I listened to almost all episodes, but every two weeks a new episode is released. All the episodes together form a story. So, if you are interested, start at the beginning.

Slow German (link)

Slow German mit Annik Rubens

In a month I am going on vacation to Berlin! As preparation I practice German. I did learn German in high school, but since I never use the language, I forgot a lot. I like Slow German, because the podcast teaches me both the language and interesting facts about the country. In every episode a subject regarding Germany is discussed in slow German. The topics vary from historical persons like Sissi and King Ludwig II to holidays in Germany.  The episodes are short, only 5 to 10 minutes. You can also find the scripts, so you can read along or look up words.

Myths and Legends (link)

Myths and Legends

The host introduces this podcast as “original tales behind legendary stories.” It turns out that the original is often better than the popular tales you know! The podcasts tells the story behind fairy tales, the Knights of the Round Table and other legends. I only listened to a few episodes, but my favourite at the moment is 4-Mulan: A Likely Hero. Mulan was actually not insecure at all! She was trained by her father and so good nobody even questioned her gender.

What are your favourite podcasts? Tell me in the comments!

My top 3 favourite podcasts

A few months ago I discovered the existence of podcasts. Just like books, podcasts can have lots of different subjects. But contrary to books, podcasts can be listened while doing something else. (Technically that is also possible with books, but not always a success…) Podcasts make doing the laundry or other household chores far more amusing! Just install an app (I use Podcast Addict) on your phone or listen via Google Play or iTunes.

For a while I wanted to write a post about podcasts. The Broke and The Bookish happened to do an audio freebie for this Top Ten Tuesday. So the ideal moment to write about my favourite podcasts!

1. Podcastle (link)

podcastle

Every week PodCastle publishes two amazing fantasy stories written by a variety of writers and read by various narrators. I like the fact that lots of different themes and characters are included, main characters can be black or queer and are sometimes even animals. My favourite is Podcastle 413: This is Not a Wardrobe Door. A story inspired by Narnia, written by A. Merc Rustad and read by the full cast.

If you rather listen to science fiction, Escape pod may be more your thing. This is a sister podcast of PodCastle.

2. Clarkesworld (link)

clarkesworld

Actually Clarkesworld is a magazine, but a lot of their science fiction and fantasy stories can also be found in audio form. They have longer stories, some are more than two hours, but most take around half an hour.

The archive is huge, and I have only listened to a few podcasts, but I adored Cat Pictures Please. This is a short story about artificial intelligence with a personality, written by Naomi Kritzer.

3. Happier with Gretchen Rubin (link)

Happier with Gretchen Rubin

In this podcast Gretchen Rubin (she wrote The Happiness Project) and Elizabeth Craft talk about how to be happier. Every week the two sisters discuss a topic that is often identifiable. I like how honest they are in the podcast by showing that they are just humans who make mistakes too. My favourite episode was Podcast 70: What’s the Best Advice You Ever Got?

Next to this longer episodes, Gretchen Rubin starts every week with a small advice. For example I May Not Be the Best, But I’m Probably Not The Worst.