Ever dream of transporting yourself to magical and mysterious places while doing menial and repetitive tasks of life?
Ok, so maybe not everyone uses podcasts the same way I do, i.e. to keep them amused and entertained while sewing the 55th coin purse at 3am on the 2nd last day before the largest Comic Con in Manitoba...
BUT, they are awesome for anyone who is:
- commuting, road trips,
- working on a simple hobby with their hands and have the capacity to listen to something else with their ears (without chopping their limbs off),
- folks that have vision issues and can't read news articles, or books (yeah, again that's me),
- while cooking up dinner (without cutting fingers off),
- shovelling a billion feet of snow, mowing lawns, performing outdoor chores,
- cleaning, doing laundry, doing indoor chores,
- vacationing at the beach, in your armchair chillaxing,
- wanting to hardcore geek out about a specific topic.
What is a Podcast?
Trust me, some folks just don't know. And I hate to judge, rather, I'd love to inform, so if you already know or listen to podcasts, just kindly scroll ahead to My Podcast Faves.
Podcasts, for those who like or require an actual definition, are digital audio files made available on the Internet for downloading to a computer or mobile device, typically available as a series, new installments of which can be received by subscribers automatically.
Part of the awesomeness is also most are made available for free, or the podcast app one may need to download them or listen to podcasts on your device might already come standard with your phone or are relatively low cost, like $5.99/monthly subscription or family plan service like Google Play.
Now, I super believe in your ability to be a grown-up, or perhaps better yet, a millennial, and start googling the 10 best Podcast apps for your "insert the type of device you have here" and you will certainly find some choices to play them. If your phone doesn't already come equipped with one. Pick one and give it a go! You got this!
If you like how to videos, here's Ira Glass and Mary Ahearn explaining how to listen to a podcast! So easy and adorable as Mary is on the "dark side of 85"!
Of course, at some point, each podcast may ask its dedicated followers to support the show with merch purchases, Patreon memberships or listening to an ad at the start.
As it does take time and funds to create these brilliant works of art, if you are able, you should probably do the world a favour and support the program you love with some cash! So they can keep doing what you (and they) love to do!
My Podcast Faves...
What I want to share with you is a few of the Podcasts that kept me from jamming my fingers into the needle and bleeding into all of my lovely handmade geekery in those wee hours....
I'm going to make a list in no particular order, a note about why I personally like them, and what I have sewn up while listening to them.
You can search them out on your Podcast app of your choosing to give them a try if they sound like a good fit for you!
You guys can thank my collaborator Sarah for getting me hooked onto this podcast presented as a radio show for the fictional town of Night Vale, reporting on the strange events that occur within it. The series was created in 2012 by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor.
Every episode of the podcast includes a piece of music as "the weather," each by a different independently published artist.
In an interview with NPR, Joseph Fink said that he "came up with this idea of a town in that desert where all conspiracy theories were real, and we would just go from there with that understood."
Why my Fave?
- The narrator, Cecil, soothing voice makes all the crazy that goes on in Night Vale even more entertaining. I love bizzare twists and turns, weird humour and no assumptions over how the laws of physics, time or reality work.
- I recommend starting from the beginning and allowing the stories to unfurl. There is no rush, as there are no clocks in Night Vale.
- They do have a cult following now and a wide range of guest stars (Wil Wheaton as sous chef Earl Harlan) join the cast on occasion and have a number of fun returning characters.
- When I want to escape to a place weirder than this one, Night Vale is the place to go.
- I listened to Welcome to Night Vale while putting the finishing touches on my "Love the Tentacle" wall art.
With a tagline of, "Fact is scarier than fiction" you can bet you're going to hear some horrible, true crime events.
While based out of Australia (very pleasant listening), with a host that goes by the name Anonomys, and many of the stories centering around Australia, it also covers some cases in USA, Canada and around the globe.
Why my Fave?
- This show has continued to improve production value and creep out factor with each comprehensively researched story.
- They also work to be respectful of the victims of these tragic cases, usually taking the time to list each person who lost their life. They don't sensationalize the murder or criminal at the centre of the case.
- While you can generally begin anywhere, some may have two parts to continue a case, but you will be warned if this is the case.
- I enjoy listening to this podcast while sewing up purses, not sure why, perhaps I would use it beat up any man trying to steal it or abduct me?
For a real Canadian east coast feel, there is the Night Time Podcast. It is an independent show sharing non - fiction stories from Atlantic Canada.
Topics range from true crime, mysteries, the paranormal, and sometimes the just weird. With local research and interviews with relevant guests, the show strives to provide listeners with a balanced and comprehensive telling of a story and strives to leave you with much to consider.
Why my Fave?
- Jordan is definitely someone who delves deep into local stories and myths.
- He has a simple set-up and gets right into the middle of the projects in the surrounding towns, often meeting folks where they are most comfortable, in the local Timmies!
- Classically Canadian, educational with a twist of the paranormal is how I like my X-Files.
- I very much enjoyed these shows while sewing for hours and it makes me want to plan a trip out to the East coast even more.
- I listened to many, if not all of this podcast in the lead up to Horror Con, and in the sewing of all of my Anatomical Heart purses! He even has special episodes about the movie, My Bloody Valentine, as it was a 1981 Canadian horror movie filmed in Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia. Check out Part One here!
In 2010, a new forum appeared on Reddit.com called "Nosleep" and the concept was a place to post original scary stories about frightening experiences.
Basically, it was a place online to tell scary campfire stories.
A year later, it was growing so rapidly, one member proposed the idea of doing a podcast where some of the top stories would be narrated in audiobook style.
And the people voted yes! So a small group of members worked to put together an episode which was released in 2011, which is how it all started, with David Cummings, assuming the roles as host and producer.
‘The No Sleep Podcast’ is now an award-winning anthology series of original horror stories. David Cummings even hails from Toronto, Canada!
Why my Fave?
- This Podcast didn't grip me for the first few seasons, as you can imagine, the stories and narration were a bit less produced than I expected. But understanding where it all started is amazing, and I did skip ahead to season 4 or 5 and started to enjoy it immensely from then on!
- I highly recommend it for road trips, on dark stormy nights, camping or when you are alone at home. Put those headphones in and creep yourself out!
- I sew numerous items while listening to this one, and most recently would be a Supernatural Arsenal Book Bag, with many demon slaying items to kill anything that dare go bump in the night!
NEW PODCAST ALERT!
This one just came up on my radar last week, as it was their first podcast!
Episode description from FanQuest: In this first episode, Dan is joined by Kyle, Allison, Sarah, Lyndon and Christiana. They talk about why they decided to start this podcast, Sarah goes into more detail about how volunteering for FanQuest is going to work, and everyone weighs in on the CW’s Arrowverse and Riverdale.
Why my fave?
- What do I like more than chocolate, is strangely enough, transparency.
- I know that most event organizations can't just let Schrodinger's cat out of the box to party with the radioactive source and/or poison cause that would get messy, but I do love the intention for openness to share ideas and updates about the highs and lows of Con Life!
- The is also the general geeking out about pop culture things that are taking place in real life, of course! I am looking forward to hearing more from this podcast and wish them luck!
- I'm busy sewing up geekery for this show as it approaches! More coin purses for every geek!
Have you tried Podcasts?
I'd love to know if you love or hate these ones above, or have others you would think I would enjoy!
Share them here in the comments or on the other social media channels!