It’s been almost a year since I last recommended podcasts that I love, so let’s do this again!
1| Fathoms Deep
As reported elsewhere, I am currently obsessed with the absolutely amazing (four seasons and finished) television show Black Sails. Run by two women who understand how important it is to overanalyze every character, line, and scene, this podcast became so popular with its episode reviews that the hosts were able to interview actors and actresses from the show! If you love Black Sails, this is the podcast for you. If you don’t love Black Sails, WHAT ARE YOU DOING? Go watch it immediately!
2| The Kind Rewind
A husband and wife duo rewatch awesome 90s and 00s television shows, and since their tastes align with mine, I’m recommending it! Each 45-minute(ish) podcast episode covers three television episodes, so the pace is fast and mostly designed to make you say, “Yeah, that WAS awesome!” So far they’ve covered season one of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, season one of Avatar: The Last Airbender, and they just started watching Firefly!
3| Slate’s Dear Prudence
Mallory Ortberg won me over with The Toast, so when I heard she had an advice podcast, I was in. With rotating guests, she answers written-in questions about all sorts of topics while regularly reminding her listeners that we’re nosy for wanting to listen in on other peoples’ dirt. Which is very true, so keep the episodes coming!
4| By the Book
I am about equal parts intrigued by and skeptical of self-help books, and this podcast indulges both impulses with two hosts with very different approaches to the self-help books they read, test, and report on for two weeks. So far I’ve mostly been interested in how they report on the books they didn’t like, though I did fall hard for The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up after they described the joy of a gigantic material purge.
For anyone who is mourning the end of The Road Back to You, never fear! Ian Morgan Cron continues its same format, interviewing someone with a different enneagram type each episode, helping us to learn more about ourselves and others via personality types.