Best Storytelling Podcasts

Best Storytelling Podcasts

Do you enjoy being inspired by others? These podcasts are for you.

You’re set. You’re about to hop in a car or onto a bus for a 40-minute commute with a music playlist at the ready. Each song was carefully chosen to fit the playlist’s theme. Even after all the preparation, you might not realize you don’t feel like listening to music until the tenth skipped song.

Podcasts may just be the alternative for you. They are more independent and creative than public radio, so the content you hear is freely given and easily provided.

Even if you’re a college student about to go listen to a two-hour lecture, these wonderful podcasts could be for you. They are inspiring, beautifully made, but most of all, they’re genuine.

1. "The Moth Podcast"

If you want to be moved, entertained, and swept away by live storytelling, "The Moth" will do just that.

This project was launched in 1997, but it wasn’t until 2008 when the podcast began. Each episode plays selective clips of the live shows The Moth hosts. Some are funny, some are sad, but all are real. Each storyteller braves a stage by themselves to share a genuine tale.

Regular episodes are 20-25 minutes long. Radio hour shows are about 55 minutes as are the recordings of The Moth GrandSLAM competitions and showcases. Special guests show up from time to time like Molly Ringwald and Neil Gaiman. Updates are every Tuesday.

Overall, The Moth Podcast is perfect for those long commutes to and from home when music just doesn’t cut it.

2. "Grownups Read Things They Wrote As Kids" (GRTTWaK)

Hilarious, genuine, and nostalgia-inducing. Adults read diaries, poems, and other types of writing from their childhood and teenage years. It’s best not to listen to this in a public space unless you don’t mind strangers being around when you burst out laughing.

You’ll feel thrown back to your own past as the storytellers read embarrassing love letters, immature reasoning to petty problems, and even dark diary entries. With a wide variety of topics from a long timespan, you’re sure to hear a story that resonates with one of yours.

GRTTWaK’s episodes are about 30 minutes long. Updates are 2-3 times per month on an irregular schedule, but episodes are available online through various agencies.

3. "She Does"

An inspiring program that focuses on women working in media and how they got there. Listeners are invited to hear personal stories and creative processes from guest interviews. In the background are complementary song also made by women.

You’ll hear heart-wrenching background stories, quirky quips, and the leaps and bounds women had to take to reach their success.

The program is artfully put together as is the concept. If you are also a woman who wants to work in media but feels stuck, listen to this. The media industry is competitive as it is, but it’s comforting to hear women working together to share success.

"She Does" updates every Wednesday. Short episodes average around 8 to 11 minutes in length. Long episodes are about 35 to 41 minutes.

You can listen and subscribe to this podcast here.

4. "Story Jam Theatre"

"Story Jam Theatre’s" message to listeners is, “To live a life worth telling.” Similar to "The Moth Podcast," this program records live readings from various shows around the Tampa Bay, Florida area. As the program grows, the creators hope to expand its reaches in other areas of the Southeast.

Although not as popular as "The Moth Podcast," its format is very similar. Episodes are short, ranging from 5 to 16 minutes on average. It is currently on hiatus as it prepares for season two to come back later this fall, but all past episodes are available to listen to for free online.

Whether you’re going on a run, enduring a long commute, or doing something else, podcasts are fantastic for passing time when music doesn’t cut it.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.


Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.

I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.

I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.

As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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