Just because something is popular doesn’t mean that it’s good. Or bad. It just means that a lot of people somehow seem to like it.
Strange to think, though, of the many good things that are out there, forever buried because they are not popular. They exist. We just don’t hear about them.
For example, I picked up this hip hop album in a store many years ago:
Mr. Freeze And The Homewreckers – “Cold Wave Of Terror”. I’d never heard of it before, and I haven’t heard of it since. The album isn’t really that good actually. But there’s one track called “Imperial Master”, which it is just awesome. Strange to think even the internet has it buried. Because it was never popular.
With this in mind, I’d like to share some of the podcasts that I like. I like to listen to people talk about things while I’m busy.
- Can He Do That? – this podcast by the Washington Post tries to shed some light on a few of the questions surrounding Trump’s presidency. Like: “How much power does a president have to lead us to nuclear war?” Allison Michaels talks to other reporters about these issues. Very informative.
- CNN Debates – this one doesn’t have that many episodes. But the ones that are there are very informative. Including the disastrous “Family Town Hall”.
- Conflict Zone – produced by Deutsche Welle, this one is actually a video podcast. Tim Sebastian and Michel Friedman take a confrontational approach in interviewing political figures. Sometimes they might come across as rude, and yet sometimes they manage to rattle their guests a little.
- Revisionist History – Malcolm Gladwell picks one seemingly random issue per week and sheds some light on it. Anything from french fries to civil rights protests. High production value. Good interviews.
- The Atlantic Interview – this one is sort of a mixed bag. Jeffrey Goldberg interviews people. Sometimes the outcome is highly informative (Maggie Haberman of the New York Times) and sometimes it sounds like an advertisement block (Richard Plepler of HBO).
- Presidential – another Washington Post podcast. Each US President gets their own individual episode. Can be a bit confusing when you hear about obscure 19th century politics. But especially the episode about Nixon was very interesting.
- The Dollop – Dave Anthony picks a historical topic and reads it to his co-host Gareth Reynolds. They laugh and swear a lot. This one is meant to be funny (and informing), and sometimes it is, but at times the topic is just too obscure to be interesting. The double feature about Donald Trump was gold, though. Pure gold.
- Hardcore History – this must be one of the longest podcasts in the world. Each episode is several hours minimum. Host Dan Carlin reads about historical topics (mostly war), and he goes deeper and deeper into detail. Good if you like history. Sometimes Carlin gets ridiculously annoying, though, especially when you can hear how much he likes to hear himself pronounce words like “warrrrr” and “deattttthhh”.
- Polite Conversations – Eiynah, an ex-Muslim in Canada, invites guests to talk about topics that mostly revolve around religion and politics. The podcast is somewhat low-fi, and sometimes Eiynah’s interview style can seem a bit amateurish, but some of the topics and guests are rather refreshing.
- Majlis – this interview podcast is produced by Radio Free Europe and covers Central Asia. Sometimes the sound quality can vary, depending on the location or the equipment of the guests, but if you are interested in Central Asian politics, then this podcast is a must.
There you go, that was it from me. Any recommendations from you?