Sunday, January 8, 2017

Day5: Radio hour

I started writing this post last night but was too exhausted. It was one cruel Friday. I was loaded with work and just dozed off in no time. I opened my blogger to write today and realized that this post never got published. 

Last year I discovered a different world of podcasts. I have been addicted since then. There is always something or the other playing in the background. The days when I am loaded with work I take my phone to the lounge and listen/ browse through my favorite podcasts to relax for a few minutes. I listen to podcasts every now and then. It is fun. I listen to quite a bit and I really wanted to share a few favorites here.

1. This American Life - I love this from the bottom of my heart. It is an old weekly radio program which is available as podcast. The whole show has a theme and which are explored a little by little in each segment. The stories are real mostly but sometimes there are memoirs and essays too. 
I love the show. It makes me feel that I am ingrained in American culture. Ira Glass has magic in his monotonous and slightly nasal voice. The stories are slightly offbeat and have a tendency to take you through a real emotional rollercoaster.  Some episodes are stronger than others like - This or This 

Needless to say that I love Mondays and I look forward to Mondays. On Mondays, the new podcast of This American Life is available for download.

2. Betty in the Sky with a Suitcase- It is easily my favorite travel show. It is about airline travel by real life Pan AM flight attendant Betty, who shares funny stories from pilots, passengers, crew, fellow flight attendants and everything in between. I really like the songs that are played sometimes during the episodes. The stories are quite refreshing and humorous. I enjoy her stories. They are just every day airport/ flight stories. They are mainly incidents that we experience and talk about when we travel. It is a breath of fresh air

3. Revisionist History by Malcolm Gladwell - Where do I even begin with this one? It is fairly new in the podcast world. He does what he is good at - He takes an idea and then reinterprets it. If you liked his book - The tipping point, the chances are that you will like this one

4. Game of Thrones -  This shouldn't really be surprising, right? I love their show. They pick one episode and then dissect events, dialogues, characters, possible outcomes etc..
It is my fantasy hour. I love GoT talk and their analysis. They even discuss the book chapters. With so many interweaving storylines there is always too much to discuss. 

5. New Yorker Fiction - Great and accomplished writers read their favorite stories by other writers. Isn't that cool? I never thought that I would be the one to like audiobooks but I am getting the hang of it. It is my own Lala land where I just lose myself. It is amazing how one writer owns someone else's work and then presents it with full conviction. Isn't that something?

There are many more that I listen to and I guess I should do a pat-2 post for them.
Let me know if you decide to give these a shot.


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