In which I list some of my favourite podcasts and reveal the last of my dark secrets. The aura of mystery is gone. It’s over.
I haven’t been doing weekly updates because I’ve been busy and down with bronchitis and honestly, the time I usually would spend reading has been mostly spent listening to podcasts and watching the “Secrets of” Documentaries on Netflix with my brother. So there hasn’t been that much activity to update you on.
So…I thought maybe today I would talk about some of my favourite podcasts, since podcast-listening (just gonna make a new verb there…) is one of my lesser-known hobbies that I greatly enjoy. And since that’s the bulk of what I’ve been up to, that should do in lieu of update.
I listen to podcasts on Google Play Music when I’m at home (since I have my old tablet mounted on my wall for playing music and podcasts), and at work I use the NPR One app on my iPod.
The following list isn’t really in any particular order.
1. Stuff You Missed In History Class
I love this podcast SO MUCH. It’s extremely entertaining and informative, it covers a broad range of topics, has often spurred me to do additional research, and…yeah. It’s just really great. Episodes are nice and long, about half an hour more or less (although the early episodes are disappointingly short.) I’ve skipped around a lot since discovering the podcast, just listening to episodes that intrigued me.
Their episodes come out Tuesdays and Thursdays, and Google Play Music notifies me about them.
Honestly, if you love history I cannot recommend them enough. And even if you’re not that into history in general, but you’re into authors (which, I mean, you probably are, if you’re hanging around a literary analysis blog), you should totally check them out, because they’ve done a lot of very interesting podcasts about some famous writers that you’re probably a fan of. Right now, I’m listening to one about Louisa May Alcott. (Well, not right now right now, because I paused it to write this post.)
2. Sawbones: A Marital Tour of Misguided Medicine
I discovered this one because they mentioned it enough times in Stuff You Missed in History Class that I finally had to go check it out. It’s got two of my favourite subjects: history and medicine. And it’s often very disgusting in a way that I find entertaining. Because I’m weird.
So the reason for the “marital” in the name is that the hosts are Dr. Sydnee McElroy and her husband Justin McElroy. They talk about medical history and basically all the crazy things that people used to do to try to cure diseases, and then they usually give a brief note about what is done today. I started listening to this one haphazardly the way that I listen to Stuff You Missed in History Class, but then I switched to listening more or less from the beginning of the show.
It seems like the episodes don’t come out on a particular day, and they post one a week.
Edit: I don’t know why I said it seems like they don’t come out on a particular day, when, right there at the top of the website, it says episodes air on Fridays, and every single Friday, while I’m at work, I get a new episode notification.
3. Hidden Brain
I haven’t been listening to this one quite as much lately because for a while they were hardly doing new episodes and then I got into the other podcasts I just mentioned. But it looks like they have done a lot of new ones recently, so I should definitely get caught up! I like the content they do; it’s just sort of a look at human behaviour. Each episode takes a little science and a lot of human stories and weaves them together to delve into a topic. They’ve discussed some very interesting things that way.
That’s really all I can say about this one because I feel like I’m so out of the loop on it!
Same story with this one, really: a while back I discovered it, went back into their archives and listened to every episode that was interesting to me, and then I got caught up to the season break and kind of forgot about it. But again, they’ve got some new episodes, so I should get caught up. (So much to listen to, so little time… Reminds me of my TBR…)
So this one is in a way similar to Hidden Brain in that it takes some scientific research and then applies it to narratives about real people. But this one is specifically focused on all of the invisible forces (as they list it, “ideas, beliefs, assumptions, and emotions”) that shape our behaviour. To be honest with you, that side of psychology has always freaked me out a lot. My most cherished illusion is that I am an entirely autonomous creature, and I simultaneously love and hate to be reminded of the many ways in which that is often an illusion.
To be honest with you again, I used to listen to this one while playing Subway Surfer every night before bed, back when I had a serious addiction to that.
1. The 21st century creates new questions every day…
In writing this post, I had to look up whether the title of a podcast should be in quotes or italicised. If you’re wondering, it should be italicised.
2. I came across a new podcast while poking about Google Play Music today, but it couldn’t make my list for a couple of reasons.
It’s called The Curbsiders Internal Medicine Podcast, and I listened to an engrossing episode called “Vertigo and Dizziness: How to Treat, Who to Send Home, and Who Might Have a Stroke.” They made an intriguing point, regarding the sixth sense being the vestibular sense (which I know I’ve heard before), and how that relates to the difficulty people have describing dizziness symptoms.
They said that the reason it went unrecognised as a sense for so long is because it’s really designed not to be noticed. The only time you’re aware of it is when you’ve become dizzy and are experiencing something outside the norm. I remember being a child and being fascinated by the way the world would seem to spin after I had spun around too many times, and even though it actually was spinning, I still couldn’t actually feel it spinning, it just seemed like I could. I think that’s the first time I really recognised how my individual perception wasn’t reality for everyone else. But! Off topic.
Back to the podcast thing. They said that because it’s not something like sight where we’re very aware of it all the time, we lack the same richness of language to describe dizziness that we have with visual symptoms. And then they talked about how vertigo can mean different things to different people, and how half of patients with heart problems who should be experiencing presyncope would describe that as vertigo…Anyway, it was all very interesting, especially because I’ve had some personal history with some of the things they discussed. But I’m not including it on my list for the following reasons:
- I’ve only ever listened to one episode thus far.
- The target audience is medical providers, and I am not a medical provider, and, in fact, have no medical background at all. The whole time I was listening, I was simultaneously like, “This is fascinating!” and also couldn’t shake the feeling that I was definitely violating some ancient agreed-upon code that non-medical-providers shalt not take in information intended for medical providers.
- I don’t want to be one of those weirdos who has no background in medicine and yet listens to medical podcasts. Am I one of those weirdos?????!!!!!
Anyway, I didn’t want to tell you guys about this, but I did. Now you know all my secrets. That aura of mystery that I tried so hard to maintain is gone. It starts with all those tags asking you to list facts about yourself, and next thing you know, you’re spilling your dark podcast trespasses. #ThingsTheyDontTellYouWhenYouStartBlogging
And Truly Finally,
If you have any podcast recommendations, please tell me! Even though I have tons of stuff to listen to, I’d be happy to find more podcasts to enjoy. Also, do you listen to any of these podcasts? Lastly, what interest, if any, would there be in an (Over)Analysing Literature Podcast? (I’m not saying that’s gonna happen or anything, just curious.)
Have a lovely day!