When I’m Not Reading: Podcast Edition

February 20, 2017 Discussion, When I'm Not Reading 18

I think it was back in my “how I listen to audiobooks” post from a while ago that I mentioned using podcasts to help adjust me to audiobooks. They’re a bit easier to get into, require somewhat less focus, and generally each episode is its own shorter story. Since I so specifically mentioned podcasts back then, and I listen to them relatively often, I thought I’d make a quick post about the podcasts that distract me from my books.

It’s not that we’re low on scheduled post numbers, not at all. Hahaha why would you think that?

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Welcome to Nightvale

WTNV was the very first podcast I ever listened to. I started it a few years ago, got 19 episodes in… and then never continued for some unfathomable reason. I think exams happened and I forgot… In any case when I was listening to it I loved it! The basic premise is that it’s a radio show from a fictional world. It’s so strange and weird and funny in that dark sort of way.

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Lore is a podcast one of my friends introduced me to only a few months ago. If you like folklore and myths this podcast is for you! Each episode is only about 20min and delves into the origins of common superstitions and legends from all around the world. Some episodes are very, very creepy.


Sword & Scale

I may not read all that many crime books, but I LOVE watching True Crime documentaries. Sword and Scale is a perfect podcast for true crime fans! I love the way Mike puts together the stories using real police interviews and audio. And if that fails, he’ll be sure to creep you out with some computer voices (like that one child molester episode that made my skin crawl more than the serial killer stuff).


The Dollop

All the other podcasts are dark and creepy, and then there’s the Dollop. This podcast is one of the most hilarious things I’ve ever experienced. It’s a history podcast hosted by a comedy duo. Every episode, comedian Dave Anthony tells a tale from history to his friend, Gary Reynolds, who has absolutely no idea what the story is about and they improv and make jokes and you’ll cry tears of laughter in some, tears of horror in others (some history is so messed up). They mainly focus on American history, but because the Australian fan base is so big (their sense of humour is so Australian) they often do live Australian history dollops when they’re on tour down here.


Do you listen to podcasts?
What podcasts would you recommend to me?

18 Responses to “When I’m Not Reading: Podcast Edition”

    • Bec

      Haha it’s a bit of an adjustment. I think of it like listening to a radio show interview or something. It’s pretty much just people talking about stuff, and highly entertaining.

  1. Tasya

    I also listened for Night Vale and Lore! I have stopped with both of them though, for Night Vale it’s because of exams and I never went back for it, while Lore is because it’s not that creepy for me? :D I mean some of it are creepy but mostly it just makes me think “hmm, interesting” :D
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    • Bec

      Lore isn’t as creepy as I imagined, though every now and then there is a line that makes me shudder. I love learning where so much of our current mytologies and what not came from.

    • Bec

      The Grandma’s Virginity is a hilarious title hahaha. Podcasts are hard to get used to. I often listen to them driving or when cleaning my room and stuff.

  2. ShootingStarsMag

    I keep meaning to try Welcome to Nightvale. A friend of mine loves it and it sounds like something I’d like. I’ve never heard of Sword and Scale, but I MUST check it out. I’m fascinated by true crime. I’m trying to listen to podcasts while I work and it helps pass the time. I’m listening to My Favorite Murder right now and loving it.

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    • Bec

      I haven’t heard of My Favorite Murder but I’ll definitely check it out! I reckon you’ll love Sword and Scale :D

  3. Michelle @ FaerieFits

    Oh wow! I’ve honestly never been terribly into podcasts because I can never decide where to start. I dabbled with Welcome to Nightvale VERY briefly, but it was before I really had the patience to just LISTEN to something, and I’ve been meaning to give it an HONEST try. I’m VERY curious about the others on your list too!
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    • Bec

      I hope you get to give them a good old try soon! Listening can take a while to get used to but they’re great for keeping you entertained during menial tasks.

  4. Julie @ Happily Ever Chapter

    I’ve never actually tried listening to a podcast, but my husband listens to a couple of them. I’m not sure which ones tho. I also have never listened to an audiobook…I know, what am I waiting for, right?! I think I’m nervous that I won’t be able to focus on it like I should. It would probably help me out a lot because I could listen to it while doing housework, or working on my paintings. Maybe I’ll give it a try with a book I already know and love like Pride & Prejudice first.
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    • Bec

      Lore sounds like a fantastic fit for you! It’s really interesting seeing how they all came about to become the stories we know today.

  5. Cyn @ Book Munchies

    I love listening to podcasts! I’m a terrible audiobook listener unless it’s biographies. But I do agree that podcast would make a great transition tool. Ooh The Dollop sounds fun!
    I’m currently listening to one call “My Dad Wrote a Porno” which sounds kind of bad but it’s absolutely hilarious! I also love listening to the Book Riot podcast for bookish news.
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    • Bec

      That does sound hilarious!!

      I only recently learnt of the Book Riot podcast. I might start listening to it because I am falling behind on bookish news.

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