Most of the month of January and February I was traveling in Europe as well as a road trip up and down the pacific coast highway in California. I worked along the way photographing amazing families and locations which I plan on sharing more about during the next few weeks. For now, I really want to share with you how I kept sane since while traveling alone. I can honestly say, I have traveled quite a bit in my life but this is the first trip that I fell head over hells for podcasts. So without further ado here are some of my favorite podcast I came across while wandering abroad.
Narrated by Anna Sale and produced by WNYC Studios, Death, Sex, and Money is full of short interviews. I respect Anne Sale so much! I think she is a fantastic narrator and an extremely intelligent interviewer. This podcast is all about asking big questions and dealing with hard choices on topics that make us uncomfortable – death, sex, and money. The podcasts range in length which is also different and really refreshing.
Charles Bryant and Josh Clark cohost this very straight forward podcast. They take subjects like dementia, color, and BASE jumping and give you an overview with as much depth as they can fit into an hour. I appreciate how they try to go as far back on the subject matter as they can and reference early studies and articles that have been popular for that subject. The one con about their podcast is that at times, the hosts can get distracted on a subject. Even with with their tangents, I have learned an immense amount from their research! Side note – This is the podcast that I bring up at dinner —-alllllll the time! Haha!
The Moth is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. This podcast is made up of short 5-minute stories. They record people sharing their true stories all over the U.S. every month.
Ok Boston Friends, here is a tip for you! Once a month, in association with the Moth, a StorySLAM and live recording happens at Laugh Boston. I went last week with a friend and had a wonderful time. It is definitely worth going to see live! I was so impressed with some of the creative storytelling that I walked away from that night so inspired as an artist! I just can not say enough good stuff about it! Go get tickets!
I am sure by now you know but if by the off chance you do not and you have been hiding under a rock, this one is worth your time. It is hosted by Sarah Koenig who is another amazing interviewer. The shows mantra is – “Serial tells one story—a true story—over the course of a season.” Now my bride turned friend, Angela told me about Serial back when I photographed her and Erik’s engagement session. I thought yeah it would be good, then I listened to Season 1 and became hooked. I was enthralled with knowing if Adnan Syed had in fact murdered his girlfriend, Hae Min Lee. And if he did, why did a witness have him placed somewhere else during the time of murder? How is he in prison right now?
Now on Season 2, I am haunted by how erie and heart breaking Bowe Bergdahl story is. I have so many questions about how this U.S. soldier and Taliban prisoner for nearly five years survived. Is he a deserter, a traitor? Should he be punished more for his actions? You will make decisions with each new episode and with each decision you will find in the next episode yourself questioning why he did? No matter how uncomfortable this podcast has made me at times, it is worth your time. It not only highlights the systems we have in place internationally if someone goes missing but also the lack of communication between those agencies and how it affects those who serve our country and travel aboard.
These podcast made traveling so much more enjoyable! Even now, I’m prepping another post on podcasts specifically for creative artists. Till then, please tell me about which ones you love or new ones you just found. If I am missing an awesome podcast, please tell me all about it in the comment section or feel free to email me HERE! I love recommendations!
From one wandering soul to another — Happy listening!