For reference, a list of podcasts about language: linguistics, etymology, word nerd fun, etc. All are either active or have a significant archive to enjoy. Some are considerably more technical than others. So it goes. I welcome suggestions for more.
Video and other media series:
I want to write something about S-Town, the 7-episode real-life story podcast, because it gave me all the feels and then some. But I don’t have time nor my thoughts in any semblance of order. I will say I think everyone should listen to it even if you don’t listen to podcasts (just think of this is a short, rich audio book) or like S-Town’s production roots (Serial and This American Life) because this show truly does its own thing. Starlee Kine’s (creator of the much-loved Mystery Show and one of the story editors) tiny handprints can happily be found all over this production. Were I in charge, I would have marketed the Starlee Kine connection more!
While listening I felt a bit let down by the last two episodes…but after letting my subconscious chew on it for a while I feel just the opposite, that those two episodes are crucial to the story—and the show—as a whole.
Absolutely required listening.
In 2015, French journalist Raphael Krafft was covering the stories of refugees at—and being turned away from—the Italian border. Then he abandoned “objectivity” and decided to help a family cross the border. This is his story and, more importantly, theirs.
The play (►) icons link to single episodes I think represent a show well.
I’m a member of Team Speed, meaning I listen to most podcasts at 1.5-1.75x using Overcast’s smart and pitch-aware features. I offer no apologies.
Unless noted otherwise, these are worth going back and listening to if you missed them.
Some removed since my last update; some that I started and stopped since then.
New and of general interest since my last update.
Hard to believe it’s been 25 years since Nirvana released “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” I still remember—and hopefully will never reach the point that I can forget—the moment I first heard it (which was a month or so before this official release and not long after my daughter was born). Different, difficult, better times.