You know a podcast is making you cleverer when it involves homework. Each episode of ‘Start with This’ (the second brainchild of the creators of ‘Welcome to Night Vale’, a creepy podcast set in an imaginary US town) gives listeners something to consume and something to create: usually a book or TV show in the first instance, and a writing assignment in the second. The object is to help boost your creativity, and the subjects of the episodes are satisfyingly varied, from ‘Present Tense’ to ‘Non-Lovecraftian Horror’.
How lucky are we to live in a magical world filled with podcasts? The medium has come a long way from being a curious portmanteau in a 2004 article in The Guardian, and now they say that you are never more than 10 metres away from a new podcast. We joke, of course, but the best podcasts to listen to in 2022 are a stunning selection of everything from hard science to side-splitting comedy. Heck, sometimes one podcast touches on both ends of that spectrum.
We are living in a podcast world, and that is magical. There are literally a bazillion podcasts out there (okay, not literally, but you get the point), and the best of the best maximize the medium’s potential and then some, incorporating interesting voices, immaculately curated topics and a keen ear for storytelling. True crime, news, fiction, and even podcasts for kids; it is all here. All you need to do is press play.
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