Many of us enjoy podcasts, they give us something to listen to, something to think about, and a way to pass the time. Enriching our understanding of humanity and the universe is always a pleasure, only it depends on what avenues we prefer as to what we like to do with this pleasure. There is something for everybody in this wide world, so much so that it can sometimes be difficult to find the value in the labyrinth. I prefer podcasts that have a certain degree of maturity about them. I'm not a fan of shouty people or people who think they're somehow better than others. Some of us enjoy listening to these sorts just so they can laugh at this ridiculous ego on the airwaves. I know I've done it. I feel though that these kind of things can do more harm than good. Some of us are vulnerable and if left to the big wide world, can become polluted with all kinds of negativity.
When I listen to a podcast it's because there's an element of thinking involved. There's a sense of proper media about it, and a calmness in the delivery that doesn't put me off. We want passion to a point, of course, unemotional and non-involved reporting can fail to deliver vital non-verbal information however when too much energy is put into ideas it can be difficult for an audience to be discerning about them. We have a bigger footprint when we go heavy on a subject. Is open and reaching better than heavy and deep, most of the time, I think it is.
Here is a list of podcasts that I enjoy and would recommend anyone to try.
1. Dharmic Evolution
Featuring artists and enlightened thinking, Dharmic Evolution offers half an hour slots of high quality independent media. It's presented with enthusiasm and with a catchy professional tone. The subjects cover many areas, there are freedom of thought style bulletins plus artist, author, and musician spotlights. These inspirational characters stand to encourage us to feel good about our own creativity.
2. Mysterious Universe
Tongue-in-cheek or deadly serious? You decide. These guys research deep into the world of unexplained and paranormal phenomena. By taking a look at recently published books and articles, Mysterious Universe explores an X-Files array of creepy and crazy stories told by well meaning and totally convinced individuals. It's really fun and a wonderful source of imaginative ideas.
3. BBC Radio 3 Documentary
Taking a look at art and culture from a large spectrum of international perspectives, professionals and celebrity thinkers alike muse and peruse on various matters of humanitarian interest. Rich with unique lines of thought and alternating perspectives, and a thoroughly non-judgemental attitude towards the majority of subject matter, the podcast completes full and clear investigations into popular and intellectual matters.
4. The Classic Tales Podcast
The Classic Tales Podcast is a wealth of older literature reread for us all by a professional narrator. Each week a generous flurry of pages are read to us, and full books one by one are put into action. If you don't like the one currently being read? That's okay, just visit the archive and check out the rest. It's a high quality service that can't be ignored.
5. BBC 5 Live Science
Another BBC podcast, this time we get a mixture of Australian nearly-know-it-all Dr Karl and The Naked Scientists from another well-worth-it podcast. In both instances, popular and new science are talked about in public and in a language style that fits the majority of us. When they have big words and big concepts, extra care is taken to explain it. I would say that even a child could enjoy this quite easily. There's nothing wrong with trying them.
6. History Extra
If you enjoy history then History Extra is for you. Each week new books and uncovered ideas are brought to us in well read articles. The subjects are nearly always interesting and they're covered well for the time given. We're given not just a run-down of dates and facts, but the journalists are really able to paint a human picture of the times in question, allowing us to imagine being involved somehow even if a fly on the wall.
That is enough for now! Hopefully you'll get hours of listening pleasure from these podcasts, there's more than enough out there to last a lifetime and this is just a mere fraction. Only by drawing attention to the quality can we sift through the uninspiring and red-herring other options that hide. Alternative Fruit would love to hear about your favourites so please do write in or comment with your podcast recommendations. And of course, when a free web service that you enjoy asks for your support, it's part of the social contract to do so if you can.
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