On my recent twenty-three hour road trip, I had a lot of downtime and the poorest of cell coverage. Luckily, I spent a few hours the day before I left searching for new podcasts to entertain me en route. I found several gems that I can’t wait to share! Whether you’re taking a long road trip or commuting into the city, these three podcasts are sure to make the time fly by - trust me.
As a self-proclaimed history nut, this podcast was by far and away my favorite. Run by Sarah Dowdey and Chakraborty (both editors at HowStuffWorks.com), the women discuss events in history as you’ve never heard them before. Each podcast includes tons of juicy details and, best of all, is peppered with bits of fashion history. There are over 300 episodes available for download, each averaging out at twenty minutes a piece. I highly recommend listening to “Josephine Baker, The Toast of Paris” and “The Amelia Earhart Mystery” episodes first. After that, I just know you’ll be hooked :)
Those who follow the male fashion blogging community have probably heard of Put This On, the popular blog and web series that teaches men about fashion. The show’s host, Jesse Thorn, also runs The Sound of Young America. It began as a radio show while Mr. Thorn was in college and, in 2008, was picked up for syndication by PRI. The Sound of Young America features interviews with intersting people such as Glenn O’Brian and Scott Schumann. Listening to this podcast is an easy way to stay current.
This might be my single-sex education talking, but I love that the BBC devotes an entire hour of programming each day to discussing women’s issues. Though at times it’s not 100% relevant, matters that affect British women are often times matters that we women in the States are facing, as well. If only NPR would add a women’s hour to their programming... sigh.
Other podcasts I enjoy are This American Life, WNYC's Radiolab, The Skirted Roundtable, New Yorker: Fiction, and Slate's Culture Gabfest. I'm on an eternal hunt for a fashion news podcast (think an audible WWD), but to no avail (yet). I'll be sure to keep you updated with future finds! If you have a chance to check out any of above, let me know what you think. As always, feel free to leave your comments below :)