1. Revisionist History
If any of you have had the opportunity to read any of the books of Malcolm Gladwell —Almost all published, by the way, in Taurus– You will understand what I will tell you now: that reading Gladwell is like navigating an inhospitable river and leaving, not only safe from such a journey, but much better, loaded with tools to combat any other catastrophe, however threatening it may be. Éric Vuillard said in his colossal The order of the day that he never falls twice into the same abyss, “but he always falls the same way, with a mixture of ridicule and dread”. What Gladwell proposes in this podcast it is to pay tribute to that “sensible goddess” (again in Vuillard’s words) called history, revising it in such a way that when we fall back into the abyss we do it with more dignity and with a hint of bravery. Gladwell’s is no lesser goal, and yet he succeeds quite naturally. He, who has been named one of the magazine’s one hundred most influential people Time and one of the main global thinkers of foreign policy, he examines in detail the corners where nobody looks to explain how time changes, illuminating the world around us, in constant transformation. As Gladwell explains in the introduction to her episodes: “Every week I will take you back to the past to examine something – an event, a person, an idea – that I think has been overlooked and misunderstood.” His motto is also revealing. : “Because sometimes the past deserves a second chance.” The most powerful thing about East podcast it is based on its enveloping narration, which is structured in an always identical structure and, on the contrary, fosters completely different episodes: Gladwell points out that event, person or idea from the past about which he wants to reflect; He comments on the context, the ideas and the thinkers who approached this same issue and, finally, in a kind of epiphany, connects that fact from the past with something from our present. And there is always amazement and fascination in the way he connects ideas and brings lighting to the listener. They have 40 episodes available – four seasons of ten episodes each – but I recommend three stories to start: McDonald’s Broke My Heart, or why Americans stopped eating the world’s best potato chips in 1990 when they changed recipes; Analysis, Parapraxis, Elvis or why the rock king he was unable to understand or touch one of his greatest successes upon returning from military service; The Standard Case or how it is possible to use the moral reasoning of Saint Ignatius half a millennium ago in a sport like baseball.
2. Trenches of pop culture
Publishing houses are constantly evolving and their proposals, many times, go beyond the mere publication of books. In Consonni they know it well and have created a podcast Fantastic that deals with topics that others do little about. Pop culture trenches It tries to make us think about diverse and exciting subjects of our contemporaneity: television as a state of consciousness, the war of the clones, where high culture was, the fall of the principle of authority in the awarding of prizes, the image of the self in the figure from instagramers Y youtubers, the museum like blockbuster or the world as a theme park are just some of them. This publishing house with an independent cultural space in the Bilbao neighborhood of San Francisco has been making us think since 1996. As they themselves say, “we aspire to affect the world we inhabit and be affected by it.” Elisa McCausland and Diego Salgado are the hosts of this podcast conversational that, from readings almost always related to its wonderful editorial catalog (make as soon as possible with Sad by design, by Geert Lovink, an extraordinary essay that asks about the technological sadness predetermined for the billions of people connected to the Internet), will awaken the great ones to learn from those who listen to it.
3. 99% Invisible
This is one of the podcasts most famous in the United States and, without a doubt, one with which the listener will learn to think about objects, matters and situations in which he never thought he would. 99% invisible is a podcast on design and architecture and, in the words of its host, Roman mars, about “all the things that have been designed by people who really take a long time to create and yet no one is likely to notice.” It all started when Mars had the idea to make short sound columns – in just a minute – on a building in San Francisco to put it on the morning program of the radio where he worked. Little by little he expanded his idea until he came to the final concept of why we design what we design. So that 99% invisible tell all kinds of human stories through the lens of design. And in this sense, sound design is essential to understand the success of this podcast. “I want to sound like a voice in your head, not like a voice from the radio,” Mars said in an interview with Recode Media. Listening to this podcast the listener will understand how it is possible to do the impossible, that is, to build a Show audio on design when you remove the visual aesthetic and you are left with only the story behind it. The website of 99% invisible It is another of the great findings because you can search any episode based on eight major themes: architecture, cities, sounds, technology, infrastructure, objects, visuals and history. I especially recommend the episode Sound and Health: Hospitals, in which Mars talks to Joel Beckerman, a sound designer and composer whose main concern is noise in hospital settings and how this affects patients and doctors: uproar of people talking, metal cars rolling down hallways, room alarms or heart monitors. Few alarms are productive, that is, they alert people to real problems or convey understandable and useful information. Even so, they saturate the soundscape of the hospital. Yoko Sen, another musician who investigates soundscapes in hospitals says that this noisy environment could cause more anxiety, fear and stress in patients and visitors. The solution to this is something they call “data sonification”, that is, the creation of idealized soundscapes to replace current noise.
4. Ultraviolet Catastrophe
Winners of the National Wave Award in 2017, this podcast of scientific dissemination – which has the support of the chair of scientific culture at the University of the Basque Country and the Euskampus Foundation – is one of the most listened to in our country. The culprits are Antonio Martínez Ron, Javi Álvarez and and Javier PeláezThree lovers of music and radio who are able to explain the most complex issues with a scientist and an enviable sense of humor, while playing with radio genres, immersive sound textures and original music designed specifically for each episode. The jury of the Ondas Awards highlighted in its ruling that “volcanoes and earthquakes, asteroids or climate change are matters of the first magnitude that are rigorously addressed but with the help of radio tools such as humor and fiction.” Ultraviolet catastrophe It was born in early 2014 with a very simple objective: to install the listener in an adventure, so that he felt that he was traveling from one place to another while learning, that is, to turn him into an explorer. Ultraviolet catastrophe This is the name given by 19th century physicists to a problem they had with the energy predicted by the equations in the more energetic ranges of light. The choice of themes and experts is essential to explain their success: asteroids, vulcans, black holes, underworlds, Leviathan, elephancy, hypnosis or Sidereus are just some of these themes. The new season premieres this spring on Podium Podcast, so there is time to catch up on your previous 24 episodes.
5. The Heart
What if we think and learn about love and sex? No one does it like Kaitlin Prest and his team in The Heart, a podcast who was born in 2007 and whose challenge was to share stories about love, gender, sexuality and identity through a feminine and queer. A podcast “As visceral and full of life as the organ that bears his name”, according to Prest, is an interview with AnOther. The heart It has its genesis on Audio Smut, a radio art program they did on Canadian community radio CKUT. Prest and the rest of his teammates – Mitra Kaboli, Phoebe Wang, Rider Alsop, Samara Breger, Sharon Mashihi, and Jen Ng – decided on audio out of necessity: theater, film, and the visual arts were too expensive. So they had two basic and fairly cheap tools: the recorder and their minds. In every episode of The heart the listener will be able to perceive the true challenge of the artists behind this show: to represent life only with sound. “People always talk about the intimacy of audio, especially with the podcasting: it’s just me talking to my microphone, talking to an individual. I’m in your ears, I’m in your mind, “said Prest in that interview. And, certainly, the precision and emotion of his voice, of his language, the sincere narration, the exposition of his life reading, for example, excerpts from his personal diary, the absolutely real description of their sexual encounters make of The heart a podcast only. As a review stated in The Guardian, “A moving and proustiano audio”.
6. Cabinet of Curiosities
Nuria Perez She is a great storyteller. Her warm, close and serene voice helps to better communicate the most forgotten stories of the great history. In episode zero, Nuria explains how in July 1638 a German law student on a visit to London found inside a most common house the Cabinet of Curiosities of John Tradescant, the gardener of the first Earl of Salisbury who would become Secretary of State in the reign of Elizabeth I. All sorts of fascinating objects were found in that room: whale ribs, foreign plants, a salamander, a chameleon, a flying squirrel, rhinoceros horns, an instrument used by the Jews for circumcision, pipes from the East Indies … These cabinets were spaces where nobles and bourgeois of the XVI, XVII and XVIII centuries collected all kinds of objects; the protomuseums that we now know. So the name of the podcast It is magnificently chosen, because what Nuria Pérez does in each episode is precisely that: show places, objects, events that have gone unnoticed. If I had to find a worthy successor in our language from Malcolm Gladwell, Nuria would undoubtedly be the chosen one.
7. 7 Deadly Sins
This is a podcast to think about goodness and badness. Stephen John Fry is a British writer, actor, director, and comedian. Author, among others, of Mythos, a book published by Anagrama that narrates the Greek myths as an exciting fantastic novel. Fry is known for his cynicism, his peculiar style of humor. British, its political implications and its fanaticism for digital technology. In this new podcast, Fry explains human life through the seven deadly sins to ask himself what are the obstacles to our satisfaction and happiness. For Fry, sin, transgression and error with these impediments. The actor is revealed to be a fascinating narrator on audio as well. Don’t expect this podcast Somewhat aseptic, Fry is constantly giving his opinion on modern culture and political polarization to finish off a very visual metaphor: sins are those “banana skins” that make us slip and fall. By the way 7 Deadly Sins is a podcast Perfect for perfecting our English, since Fry has a perfect diction and a voice that goes through all possible nuances: from the game, to the threat, to excitement and laziness. In each episode you will find references to philosophers, classic literary works and modern phenomena. A kind of sound rehearsal is what Fry builds, yes, with a somewhat baroque style, heir to his books, but always effective: how to link pride to Oscar Wilde to later pass on to Instagram followers? Listen 7 Deadly Sins and they will know.
8. The Memory Palace
This is a podcast storytelling created by Nate DiMeo, a contemporary artist, in 2008. He was a finalist for a Peabody Prize in 2016. These are short biweekly episodes (8, 10, 12 minutes) that cover passages of history but with an esoteric and dreamlike touch. Something like “sound bullets”. One of the most interesting things about this podcast, unlike the others we recommend today, it has to do with the absence of descriptions. That is to say, DiMeo wants the listener to choose a random episode and deliver himself to it without knowing much more. In its Web page You can find the host and audience favorites. Among them is the one dedicated to the Dreamland amusement park in Coney Island, which burned down in 1911. There is some affectation in DiMeo’s voice, as one of those poetic declaimers, but soon one gets used to a certain vocal imposture. In fact, he does shows live, interpreting stories from The Memory Palace with music, images, animation and other tools. He has performed throughout the United States, Canada, as well as in England, Ireland or Australia. Their showsOf course, they always sell out. Finally, I recommend starting at the beginning, that is, by the origins: Origin Stories It is the episode in which he describes his grandfather’s old house and nightclub; an episode that exemplifies the narrative wonder that DiMeo possesses.
East podcast produced by Yes We Cast he approaches the limits of science and technology to learn what the future of the universe and humanity itself will be like. There are episodes dedicated to topics such as cryptocurrencies, the food of the future, flying cars, artificial intelligence, cryogenics, man-machine, electronic citizenship or time travel are just some of them. East podcast conversational led by Sergio Cordero, Fran Izuzquiza and Alberto Espinosa it takes the greatest experts in each subject to think about a future that, seeing what is happening today, remains impossible to decipher. However, it is better to have tools with which to analyze it. Mindfacts is one of them. The idea of living in a pure simulation gives vertigo but better if we think about that possibility. Mindfacts it is an antidote to ignorance of what is to come.
10. Patient Zero
A podcast from New Hampshire Public Radio that explores one of the most enigmatic epidemics of the 21st century: Lyme disease. As its authors propose, one believes that when you are fighting a cold or flu, it is easy to imagine that the battle is fought only within the limits of your body. But to spread, today we know it well from Covid-19, pathogens depend on almost every aspect of our shared societies. Food and drink, social customs, our proximity to animals, urban design, income inequality – the science of epidemiology connects them all. Patient Zero Research precisely on epidemiology before the Coronavirus came into our lives. East podcast It really unfolds a story about the uncertainty that has settled in the world and what we can do about it. This seven-episode story begins with meeting Lyme disease patient zero, a Connecticut woman named Polly Murray. But podcast it extends its ambition and it can be heard as a wonderful informative summary of what epidemiology is: how does the disease move in society? Who gets infected? And how does an epidemic stop? They say in the podcast that “epidemiologists are, above all, researchers, like a Sherlock Holmes doctor. But one of the great things that differentiates epidemiology from detective work is scale (…) If identifying a disease is similar to catching a criminal, then epidemiologists are studying crime in general because an outbreak can bring a person to their knees. city”. These days we know that they can turn the whole world upside down as we know it. Patient Zero is a podcast It is essential to think about what is happening to us and why, when everything happens, we must support science as the only way to save ourselves from uncertainty.