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What are you listening to these days?

The 2020 iHeartRadio Podcast Awards – Backstage Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for iHeartMedia

I was very late to the podcast game, unsure of how listening to people talk about random subjects could hold my attention. Thankfully, I dove in a couple years back and found several that have been my lifeline during the past year.

My wife and I are still taking it easy and staying home until things start to get better. During this time, podcasts have helped keep my brain active and entertained without much variation in my routine. I can easily burn through a few episodes a day while walking my dog (we recently got a husky/malamute mix, and boy has my step count increased) or working around the house. Heck, there are even times when I happily look for things to work on just to get to a new podcast episode.

As someone who is always looking for more podcasts to add to the list, I wanted to get the recommendations from the BSD community and learn what you are listening to at this time. Below are some of my favorites that just may be of interest to you:

Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend - My personal favorite. Conan is a fantastic interviewer, so segments always become insightful conversations with plenty of hilarity mixed-in. As an added bonus, Conan improvises his way through ad copy, making the ads a highlight of the show instead of something you try to skip through. MAGOOSH!

You’re Wrong About - Two journalists discuss various people and subjects that have been wildly misrepresented in the media. A fun, and at times maddening, trip down memory lane that makes you see things in a totally different light.

Rivals: Music’s Greatest Feuds - I just discovered this one and it has quickly become one of my favorites. Two music journalists go into detail about some of music’s most infamous, as well as some lesser-known, feuds in the music industry. I recommend listening in order, as each episode is wildly fascinating even if you don’t know much about the musicians being discussed.

Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums - RS journalists go into great detail into some of the best albums ever created. They discuss the making-of and longstanding impact of the album, and speak to people involved in the project for some fascinating behind-the-scenes stories.

Rolling Stone Music Now - The same group of people mentioned above who discuss a variety of topics from week to week. A conversation among music nerds that you wish you could join.

Endless Thread - Each episode tackles a random mystery posed by redditors. The mystery will keep you on your toes until the end, while learning about topics you likely never would have never even considered.

Reply All - Each episode tackles a tech-related mystery, often going in a surprisingly fascinating direction. You may need to cherry-pick some episodes depending on your tech-savviness, but most should be compelling to a general audience.

How Did This Get Made? - Three actors/comedians discuss some terrible movies. The live episodes are especially fun, and hopefully can resume at some point. Most episodes require a Stitcher Premium subscription, but there are plenty available for free.

Spectacular Failures - A look at companies that ultimately failed after appearing unstoppable, and how they got there.