While obviously listening to amazing podcasts is a year-round activity, now that fall is here, there are five in particular that I've been loving while walking to work. Grab a cute knitted hat and some earbuds and give these shows a listen.
Fall means nothing if not new TV shows, and Appointment Television is my very favorite podcast dedicated to the small screen. Three Kenyon College grads (Margaret H. Willison, Kathryn VanArendonk, and Andrew Cunningham) revisit old shows, discover new ones, and discuss trends and themes in TV. I especially like their TV book club series, in which they watch the first season of a show like The Americans or The Great British Bake Off, and discuss it book club-style.
Harry Potter and the Sacred Text
Even though many of the books came out in the summer, I associate Harry Potter with the holidays. So, whenever the weather starts to get cooler, I always want to re-read one. Lucky for me, there's a great podcast out there that's under halfway through covering the books series. Harry Potter and the Sacred Text features two hosts, Vanessa Zoltan and Casper ter Kuile, who go through the books chapter by chapter, exploring a different theme every week.
This new podcast is hosted by comedian Cameron Esposito, who interviews a different guest every week on topics like identity, personality, and the shifting cultural matrix around gender, sexuality and civil rights. The very first Queery episode was with Esposito's awesome wife, Rhea Butcher, a fellow comedian (and my fellow Ohioan!). Other great key episodes include interviews with Jill Soloway (Transparent) and Tegan Quin from Tegan & Sara.
A new season means we get a new chance to get organized and more productive. Being Boss is the podcast my brain needs whenever I lack motivation to tackle a huge creative project or organizational overhaul. Creative entrepreneurs and hosts Emily Thompson and Kathleen Shannon are chipper, inspirational, and full of good suggestions for how to get my crap together.
My brain is still geared to an academic calendar despite the fact I graduated from college nearly a decade ago. That said, fall is still a good chance to learn something new, and hilarious American history podcast The Dollop is the most enjoyable way I can think of to do so. Every week, Dave Anthony tells a story to co-host Gareth Reynolds, who doesn't know what the topic is going to be. It's amazing, and you'll crack up listening, regardless of where you are.
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