Listening Chronicles #6
Listening Chronicles is a series where I document the podcasts I listen to and those I would recommend.
I'll be honest, this week has been one of low podcast listening. I was distracted and couldn't really focus on consuming podcasts. Let's just call it one of those low energy weeks.
I have instead been reading a couple of great football Manga series called Giant Killing and Ao Ashi. When I make some time, I'll write about sports manga on this blog.
Nonetheless, I do have a few episodes which I think you should listen to over the course of the coming week, and some great reader suggestions!
Podcasts This Week
You Started It by Daniel Fernandes | IPL 2020 and Cost of Being an Artist with Danish Sait
I've been a big fan of Daniel Fernandes' stand up. His was the first live comedy show I ever watched, and I've pretty much seen all of his other specials live as well. He also has a podcast called You Started It, while I don't listen to all of these episodes- there are some which are hard-hitting, honest and deep.
This conversation with Danish Sait was all of that. I've been listening to Danish Sait on the radio for years, and in this conversation, you learn a lot about his creative process, how he handles the fame and what his journey has been like till now.
It's a lot of fun, and you should definitely check it out !
99% Invisible | Where Do We Go From Here?
"Over many decades, this bathroom-related anxiety has been a reality for lots of different kinds of people, not just trans people. Because ever since their invention, public bathrooms have been sites of conflict about who’s included in public life, and who’s excluded."
This episode by 99% Invisible is essentially a history of the public bathroom. How it became segregated, what are the flaws in the existing design and how they can be corrected?
It's a fascinating episode. It forced me to think about how easy it has been for me to access public bathrooms and how hard it might have been for others.
On Being Project | Kevin Kelly - The Universe is a Question
If I am being honest regardless of whatever harms technology has caused, I still believe that we can't go back to a world without it or with reduced access to it. We have to learn how to live with the rapid change and this conversation with Kevin Kelly sheds light on just how that might be possible.
Kevin was the founding editor of WIRED and is an original thinker on shaping the character and spiritual meaning of technology. In this episode, he talks about how the Amish determine the value of technology, where our world is going and why he still has hope about our tech-driven world.
I had asked people for what podcasts people have been listening to in the last week or so, and here are some of them. And, I have aptly named this section Reader's Cast. I think it's better than Readers' Suggestions.
Death, Lies & Cyanide | Recommended by Neha
Neha is a true crime geek. She listens to a lot of horrifying and fascinating tales of human crime. And, I've received some great suggestions from her. This particular podcast looks into the story of how and why a 47-year-old woman killed her family members over a 14 year period (as is alleged - the case is still making its way through courts).
There aren't too many well-produced narration style true crime podcasts in India. These are only 20-minute episodes. Don't think you should miss out on this.
Cautionary Tales | Recommended by Ipsiata
This podcast brings to you a deep dive into some errors and mistakes that people made in the past. Tim Harford, for example, walks us through how the British stopped all research into warfare with tanks and 2 decades after that decision, Hitler's tanks adopted the strategy of Blitzkrieg, wreaking havoc on the world.
It's an experience of storytelling, and definitely worth a listen if you're a history buff. Another great history podcast suggested by Ipsiata is Revisionist History (it's an amazing series, much has already been written about it, give it a listen)
As usual, most of these podcasts are available on Spotify and other platforms. A big thanks to Neha and Ipsiata for some great suggestions !
If you liked reading this small post, do share it with other people you know who might find these podcasts interesting.
What podcasts have you been listening to? Write to me and I am always looking for different podcasts to check out.
Until the next edition, Happy Listening !