I never listened to podcasts…until Serial. Ugh, so good! As it did for many people, Serial introduced me to the world of podcasts and I have never looked back. That being said, there are a LOT of podcasts and it can be a bit overwhelming. Where to start? First, read fellow contributor Ann’s article on Podcasts 101. You won’t regret it. Then, while you are on her page, read her recommendations. They are great!
Once you have done that, please consider my humble (but awesome) recommendation: The Memory Palace with Nate DiMeo. If history were audible art, it would look exactly like The Memory Palace. Nate paints a beautiful picture of the past during his stories. They are set to music which always complements and never overwhelms the narrative. The best part is that they are usually parts of history long forgotten but super fantastic.
Each podcast ranges anywhere from one minute to twenty. So it can fill all sorts of blank spaces in your day. I usually find myself listening to his shorter podcasts when I am cooling down after a workout. Maybe it’s the way he tells the story but the beauty of it leaves me totally Zen.
The very first Memory Palace I ever listened to was under three minutes. I was amazed. So much so, that I listened to it again and then again…and then made my husband listen to it.
Nate has a gift for bringing beauty and intrigue to seemingly mundane or forgotten aspects of history. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do.
Want a taste? Here is what got me hooked. It’s called “Itty Bitty Bombs.” I linked you to the platinum edition as it has a much better sound than the original podcast, plus he introduces it a bit. Prepare to have your mind blown (pun intended, hahahahaha…hahahah…hahaha…haha…ha…h…ahem).
Nate also has a link to some of his favorites. You can find it here.
Originally published January 18, 2016