Podcast listenership is on the rise, and rightly so. While YouTube and Netflix are taking over the entertainment space, podcasts are gradually becoming the go-to resource for people who want to consume information in an entertaining, on-the-go way.
If you want to start your podcast listening journey, here are five podcasts you should listen to in Summer 2021.
Anything for Selena
‘Anything for Selena’ is a podcast by the reporter Maria Garcia who helps you delve into the life and death of the beloved Mexican-American entertainer Selena Quintanilla, who was shot dead by her manager Yolanda Saldivar. Maria narrates the story driven by her personal connection as she grew up with Selena.
Spectacle: An Unscripted History of Reality TV
There are only two types of TV viewers: those who like reality TV or those who hate it. Irrespective of the group in which you fall, you will probably agree that reality TV is one of the fascinating products of the TV industry. But when did reality TV start, and what is its significance? You’ll get answers to these questions in Spectacle.
Hosted by Mariah Smith, Spectacle gives a fresh perspective on reality TV and its intersection with culture and politics. Whether you are a reality TV fan or hater, Spectacle is a podcast you should watch this summer.
Through the Cracks
‘Through the Cracks’ is a thriller, hosted by Jonquilyn Hill. This podcast investigates the unsolved disappearance of Relisha Rudd, who was declared ‘missing’ 18 days after her disappearance. The podcast raises hard questions regarding the unjust handling of the disappearance, such as who our society looks after and why.
‘Resistance’ is a thought inducing podcast hosted by Saidu Tejan-Thomas Jr. The podcast delves into the emerging voice against racism that had arisen amid the Black Lives Matter movement. The main question Saidu asks through this podcast is: “How will this movement continue and for how long?”
This question led to the idea of ‘Resistance’, which is driven by the first-person experiences of people of color who refused to accept things the way they are. It brings a personal aspect to today’s headlines and news, along with Saidu’s touch of personal history.
The Ezra Klein Show
If you’re looking for something lightweight, informative, and binge-worthy, ‘The Ezra Klein Show’ is an ideal pick for you. Hosted by the Vox co-founder Esra Klein, ‘The Ezra Klein Show’ is a conversational show where he invites leading experts in the world to speak about various topics from business to psychedelics to beyond. If you love the Joe Rogan Experience but are looking for something more intellectual and informative, ‘The Ezra Klein Show’ is the podcast for you.
There are thousands of podcasts available on platforms like Spotify. If you aren’t an avid podcast listener, become one now. There are many benefits of listening to podcasts. Apart from being easy to access and consume, podcasts can go a long way in expanding your knowledge and critical thinking abilities.
So, which podcast is your favourite and why?