Finding the perfect podcast for you is like finding a needle in a haystack. There are so many choices that I’ve been using my current feelings, wants, and needs as a listener guide.
Here are some of the newest podcasts on my playlist:
Needs: “Terrible, Thanks For Asking”
What I need in the America that includes an Angry Cheeto for President, are stories that get thru the hard times with humor and care. I also had been looking for examples of first person narrative that also includes the host experiences dealing with grief without being a total cryfest. Host, Nora McInerney is able to have really hard discussions about death, illness, and coping that combine her experiences and make it OK to laugh to keep from crying.
Feelings: “The Hilarious World of Depression”
What does depression look like? It’s hard to answer and even harder for me as a high achiever, very functional, social person, that can’t quite pinpoint why it’s so hard to get out of bed some days.
And then I found John Moe and The Hilarious World of Depression!
Comedians and entertainers are often pushing through mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc, all while bringing joy to people daily. The one on one interviews show the resilience that is needed to get through their day and make people happy. For me, the most important takeaway is that: YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
Produced by Larenz Tate and Laurence Fishburne and starring the voices of an impressive array of contemporary Black actors, Bronzeville is everything I’ve been looking for!! In front of the mic and behind the scenes, Bronzeville is for us by us.
As a hugeeeee fan of audio drama and Black history, it tells the story of a flourishing Black community of Chicago and chronicles the lives of local number runners. The acting and sound design is superb while blending a fictional story with accurate historical depictions of Black life in the 1940’s.
In front of the mic and behind the scenes, Bronzeville is for us by us.
INSPIRATION: “The Comet” by W.E.B DuBois
I’m doing a bit of audio art of my own.
On February 28th a live reading of W.E.B DuBois’ short story venture into sci-fi, “The Comet”, will be aired on bondfireradio.com. I produced it because People of Color in fictional audio storytelling is scarce and I wanted to challenge myself by casting, directing, and sound designing the piece. Complete with live readers, our goal is to bring Black voices to life.