I know that I’m late to the game, but in the past year I’ve gotten really into podcasts. Since I have an iPhone, I am easily able to download a wide variety of podcasts right on my phone. I listen to them while I cook, when I go to the gym, and during my drive to and from work.
I love that podcasts offer an option for every interest. They are one of the few remaining forms of entertainment that doesn’t require using your eyes (kinda hard to watch TV while driving). And, last but certainly not least, podcasts are an extremely frugal form of entertainment. All of the podcasts that I listen to are completely free (well, you need the internet and some device to listen on, but who doesn’t have that already?).
Today I’ll share a few of my favorite podcasts, some of which help me save money even beyond providing free entertainment!
This American Life
This American Life (TAL) might be the original podcast. It broadcasts an hour-long episode each week. Each episode is based around a common theme and shares 3 or 4 “acts,” which are true stories relating to that theme. I like that the stories on TAL aren’t the kind of thing you would hear about elsewhere. I also appreciate that TAL often uses excerpts from other podcasts. Through this, I have been introduced to several of my other favorite podcasts.
Serial and Undisclosed
Unlike TAL, which tells different stories each week, Serial (from the creators of TAL) follows a single story throughout each season. The first (and so far only) season covered the murder of high school student Hae Min Lee in 1999, for which her ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed is currently in jail. The podcast attempts to uncover additional information about the case to determine what really happened and who really murdered Hae. The story is told in an extremely compelling manner, leaving you waiting with baited breath for each new weekly episode. Two more seasons of the series are expected, although to my knowledge the topics have not yet been released.
If you loved Serial, you can also check out Undisclosed, a spinoff that revisits the case against Adnan Syed in great detail from a legal perspective.
Invisibilia is an NPR podcast that “explores the intangible forces that shape human behavior – things like ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions.” It discusses very ephemeral topics, such as the role that categorization plays in our lives, or what it is like to live with a physical inability to feel fear. I really enjoy the mix of scientific and anecdotal information and the way the authors come at questions from so many angles.
Mo’Money Mo’Houses is by far the youngest podcast that I listen to. I’ve been following Jessica’s blog for years now and I was excited when she announced that she was adding a podcast to the mix. Each episode is an interview on a topic related to personal finance, ranging from frugal travel to investing. I’ve picked up a few financial tips from Jessica’s guests and I’m looking forward to her future episodes.
What are your favorite podcasts (or other forms of free entertainment)?