So, I’m going to do something a bit different for a Tuesday. I suppose it could be in the realm of Teaser Tuesday, but not quite. It’s more like a review and or a “you should totally be doing this and if you’re not, start right this moment!” sort of thing.
I posted a few weeks ago about listening to an audio book via Audible. Well, the reason I knew anything about it was because I sort of got caught up in the whole Podcast thing a few years ago when the first season of Serial was released. (If you haven’t heard about it, you should totally check it out…)
I didn’t look into Audible back then because I had plenty of time to read (I was taking the train to work) and it didn’t interest me beyond that one thing. I listened to the first season of Serial and then didn’t listen to another Podcast. It wasn’t until I found the second season of Serial (and finished it in two days) that I started realizing how much I loved it. I loved listening to it in my car while driving; I loved listening to it while I was crocheting; as it turns out, I just loved listening to it and I was sad when it was over.
So, I downloaded Audible and have finished an entire book and can’t wait to start another one. But in the interim, I decided to try another Podcast. It’s called This American Life and I believe the same people who produce it produce Serial.
I listened to my first episode yesterday and I was blown away. Perhaps I just share the same values and the same way of thinking as these people, but I found myself loving how they presented the material and thinking that everyone should be talking about these things in just this way.
After feeling bombarded by news, politics and pretty awful things in the media, it was a refreshing change. It’s not like I’m hiding behind stories and not wanting to talk about things that matter, because I do; but I’d prefer to do it in a way that doesn’t have fear pressed into every sentence. We need to have real conversations about real things and I don’t believe the media does that. They are, after all, out to get more viewers. That is their focus, far more than relating news in a neutral way. (At least, that’s my opinion)
So, I’m going to do my own plug and say that if you like Podcasts, you should totally check out Serial if you want an ongoing story for a set amount of episodes. But you should check out This American Life if you want real talk about real things and real people. The episode I listened to yesterday was Birds and Bees, discussing how to talk to children about big, complicated things. Simply brilliant!
And today I started listening to Tell Me I’m Fat. I haven’t finished this one, but it hasn’t disappointed so far.
Audible is a pay by month service but the Podcasts are free. I believe you should already have an app on your phone, so all you need to do is subscribe to them, download the episodes and start listening. Easy-peasy and so completely worth it!