by Marrion Ball
Last April, we brought you reviews of our favorite podcasts of many different genres and styles. (Check out the previous article here). As the creation and discovery of new podcasts never cease, however, I now bring you a second installment of podcast recommendations.
Description: “Gravy shares stories of the changing American South through the foods we eat. Gravy showcases a South that is constantly evolving, accommodating new immigrants, adopting new traditions, and lovingly maintaining old ones. It uses food as a means to explore all of that, to dig into lesser-known corners of the region, complicate stereotypes, document new dynamics, and give voice to the unsung folk who grow, cook, and serve our daily meals.”
- Southern Foodways Alliance
My take: Gravy by the Southern Foodways Alliance is a deep and explorative dive into minority southern cultures through food. Touching on fascinating cultural and political issues, it’s like if NPR ran the Food Network.
Description: “John Green reviews facets of the human-centered planet on a five-star scale.”
- WNYC Studios
My take: Anthropocene is a witty, funny, and somehow emotional look at random things.
Description: “ars PARADOXICA is a love letter to physics, fiction, and the future. It's a disorienting journey through spacetime and the Cold War. It's a tome of secret history you stumbled across in a library in the dead of night.” - The Whisperforge
My take: ars PARADOXICA is an excellent fiction podcast. It is one of my favourites due to its being well-written with believable characters. And it ended recently, so it's extremely bingeable.
Description: “WOLF 359 is a radio drama in the tradition of Golden Age of Radio shows. Set on board the U.S.S. Hephaestus space station, the dysfunctional crew deals with daily life-or-death emergencies, while searching for signs of alien life and discovering there might be more to their mission than they thought. Tune into your home away from home... seven and a half light years away from Earth.” - Wolf 359 Writers
My take: WOLF 359 is sadder and a little more mature than ars PARADOXICA, but it keeps the same momentum through all 4 of its seasons. Like ars PARADOXICA, it ended recently and is extremely bingeable.
Description: “The number one podcast for those involved or just interested in the production of beef animals and dairy herds.” - The Beef and Dairy Network
My take: The Beef and Dairy Network Podcast is hilarious and surprisingly immersive.
Description: “Scott & Forrest have been called the 'Click and Clack of esoterica' by their listeners. Their mission is to take a look at legendary strange and unusual events from throughout history and interview people who've had close encounters with the unexplained. They strive to bring you everything that's entertaining about those stories and remind you that it's ok to laugh at scary stories and respectfully, even the people that tell them.”
- Astonishing Legends
My take: If you like cryptids, urban legends, or conspiracy theories, this is the podcast for you. One word of caution, however: though extremely entertaining, it is also extremely long.