classic literature and academia podcast recs
“a podcast about the books you’ve been meaning to read” this one is really good for if you want the gist of classic and contemporary books that you don’t think you’ll get around to reading, and andrew and craig can both be funny and provide interesting and insightful analysis. this is one of my favorites, i highly recommend!
ologies with alie ward￼
every episode is a different “ology” with ward interviewing an expert in the field. there are so many niche topics covered like bufology (toads) and eschatology (the apocalypse) that you can get such a well rounded, surface level knowledge of countless topics so you’ll always have fun facts or something to discuss. super interesting!
stories of yore and yours
“a weekly short story podcast” every episode is a short story narrated by shawn ennis who just has the best, deepest voice. he also includes background on the author and story, so it’s great to catch up on classic short stories and authors as well as hear contemporary stories that get sent into the podcast. there’s a great variety and engaging storytelling!
odyssey: the podcast
another storytelling podcast, this is jeff wright skillfully recounting the odyssey. he is so funny and knows how to tell the story with amazing nuance. after each episode, he discusses different cultural topics about the story and the greeks of antiquity. i absolutely love how wright narrates, and if you love him too, he has another podcast about the trojan war!
behind the bastards
this is a history podcast that “dives in past the cliffs notes of the worst humans in history and exposes the bizarre realities of their lives.” they cover both well known villains of history and ones you probably haven’t heard of. the hosts cover these topics with a great balance of respect for the victims and hilarious commentary and anecdotes. they also discuss contemporary people sometimes, like the alex jones episodes had me laughing so hard, so i recommend listening to those first!
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