Oh man, being asked to pick my top five favorite podcasts is like being asked to pick my favorite child, which is a bad example since I have only one child. Hi, I’m Chuck from Fracture and here are five of my favorite podcasts I can’t get enough of.
How Did This Get Made?
Synopsis (from their site): Have you ever seen a movie so bad that it’s amazing? Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael, and Jason Mantzoukas want to hear about it! We’ll watch it with our funniest friends, and report back to you with the results.
My take: The schadenfreude of the so-bad-it’s-good movie is nothing new, but nobody does a better spit-take on cinema gone awry than hosts Jason, June, and Paul. The studio shows are great, but the show really shines during live recordings, especially if you have an opportunity to be in the audience. Don’t worry if you haven’t seen the movies they’re talking about. There’s plenty of fun in just imagining the scenes from their descriptions.
Listen to their recent live episode about the movie Geostorm right here:
Synopsis (from their site): Lore is an award-winning, critically-acclaimed podcast about true life scary stories. Lore exposes the darker side of history, exploring the creatures, people, and places of our wildest nightmares. Because sometimes the truth is more frightening than fiction.
My take: Man, do I love a good campfire podcast, and host Aaron Mahnke has found the perfect balance of unsettling urban legends and atmospheric chills via original music by Chad Lawson. Stories of the macabre and unexplained to run some chills down your spine before bed.
Listen to the most recent episode of Lore on their website here.
Good Christian Fun
Synopsis (from their site): Good Christian Fun is a comedy podcast delving into the strange upside-down world of Christian pop culture. Hosts Kevin T. Porter and Caroline Ely are your tour guides through the weird and hilarious world of faith-based entertainment. GCF is a show for skeptics and believers alike, all are welcome. Don’t worry, we won’t make you go to church. 😉
My take: You don’t have to have grown up in Christian culture or participate in the faith to have a lot of fun with hosts Kevin and Caroline as they dive into the often confusing world of Christian pop culture. This show takes an irreverent, but lighthearted look at the stories behind some of the most influential Christian media of the 70s to today, but it definitely will find its best audience in 80s and 90s kids like yours truly.
Check out this recent episode covering the recent film, “I Can Only Imagine”:
Synopsis (from their site): The Truth makes movies for your ears: short stories that are sometimes dark, sometimes funny, and always intriguing. Each story is different, and usually 10 to 20 minutes long. We take you to unexpected places using only sound. For best results, use headphones!
My Take: I love a good radio drama, and these little stories genuinely are mini works of art. More like a radio version of The Twilight Zone than The Lone Ranger, the stories often live out bizarre premises or take dark twists. It is beautiful but tough to binge because after a few hours you’ll find yourself questioning your very existence. That’s how immersive these stories are. This podcast is an excellent escape from a dreary commute.
Check out recent episodes of The Truth right here.
Longest Shortest Time
Synopsis (from their site): The parenting show for everyone. Stories about the surprises and absurdities of raising other humans—and being raised by them. The Longest Shortest Time is a bold, daring podcast about parenthood in all of its forms. But you don’t need to be a parent to listen.
My Take: They’re right. I enjoyed this podcast before I was a parent, but through my wife’s pregnancy and the birth of our daughter, this show became so real. Think This American Life, but just stories about families. Another one that can be tough to binge without becoming overwhelmed by feelings, but the fantastic stories and heart of this show keep me coming back episode after episode.
Listen to the Longest Shortest Time here.
While these are the podcasts that are currently tickling my earbuds, there are dozens of shows out there I enjoy and tens of thousands of them out there waiting to be discovered by you. Look for the topics you love and odds are there’s someone talking about them on a podcast. So grab your favorite pair of headphones and turn the mundane parts of your day into opportunities for enlightenment and entertainment.