Podcasts have truly become the new norm. In fact, there’s a good chance that many of your coworking space community members are secretly listening to one while plugged in to their headphones. They just make sense. So here a few in different categories should you feel like listening to something new.
The Good-Time Podcasts - This is the category for those that just love the radio experience. This is also probably the category that I frequent the most. Not necessarily the heaviest content, and generally easy listening to get you through a work day.
2 Dope Queens
This follows two best gal pas in Brooklyn who host a live comedy show. Each episode features their own banter in addition to 2 or 3 other comedians’ sets. Of note is that they don’t tend to feature many cis white comedians so it’s typically a refreshingly diverse lineup with equally refreshing views of the world.
Okay, this one isn’t necessarily always a good time. Some of the episodes did make me a little teary-eyed but in a good way, I swear. This is a phenomenal one to dip your toe into podcasts. The host, Jonathan Goldstein visits difficult conversations and experiences with people from his past in an attempt to right wrongs. Some experiences are serious, some less so. Genuinely one of my favourite podcasts I’ve ever listened to. The episode Dina is particularly beautiful and I highly recommend it.
Learn Something New Podcasts – Who doesn’t love to learn? I swear I intended for that to read as far less sarcastic. But seriously, we spend so much time passively doing nothing- imagine if you used even half of that time trying to learn about something new?
My Favourite Murder
Anyone else currently infatuated with crime story podcasts? Well if you’re slightly off-kilter like me, you’ll love this one. Karen and Georgia tell each other their favourite tales of murder and listen to hometown tales from fans. Honestly, this should probably go in the ‘good-times’ category but it felt somewhat inappropriate there.
Back to Work
Back to Work is an award-winning talk show with Merlin and Dan that discusses productivity, communication, work, barriers, constraints, tools, and more. This one really helps with that motivation flow and is perfect for a coworking enviroment where you may need just that. Great for listening to when you've reached a brain lull and need to kick it back into high gear.
The Art of Charm
The Art of Charm is where people come to learn from the company’s coaches about to how to master human dynamics, relationships, and becoming your best self. Not only does The Art of Charm help everyday people learn how to become higher performers, better spouses, partners, and coworkers, they dig deep into human behavior, the science behind it, and demystify what we do and why we do it.
Story-Telling Podcasts - This one is an interesting category. There has been quite an emergence of podcasts that are essentially an audiobook, except each episode is a different chapter of the book. Honestly this is probably my absolute favourite category because when it is done well, it’s done well.
Imagine a world where Siri is actually controlled by thousands of individual people who can answer only a specific category of questions. It would essentially be call centres of ‘Siri’. Well this is exactly where our main character, Helen, works. Desperate to escape her hometown, she gets a fancy new job at the company that creates Sandra, but all does not go as planned.
Created by the same folks who made Sandra, Homecoming is a fictional tale that centers on a caseworker at an experimental facility. Through telephone calls, therapy sessions and overhead conversations, you begin to piece together what they’re truly testing at this facility. A griping and short listen that anyone would enjoy.
Happy listening friends.