I never used to understand people who can work out without listening to music or a podcast. People would run past me, their ears free of headphones and I’d marvel at how they were able to stop themselves dying of boredom or having some kind existential crises from spending way too much time with their own thoughts. I have never in my life gone for a run without some kind of entertainment. The few times I’ve found myself at the gym without my headphones, I’ve just left without doing my workout. Exercise already sucks, there’s no way I’m doing it if I have to atually be there for it, without any distractions.
Since becoming a parent though, I totally respect the lack of
This doesn’t mean I’ve completely abandoned my love of podcasts though. Every afternoon I take little miss for a walk in the carrier before her dinner. Most afternoons I don’t struggle to get out the door at all – I love going for a walk and she’s utterly mesmerised by the world so she either stares around
One thing I’ve discovered that really helps get me out the door is a bloody good podcast. The kind of podcast that tells a story over several episodes and is so engaging you can’t wait to listen to the next one. Podcasts exactly like Serial. It was really was a game changer
Here are my top 5 Serial-esque podcasts I’ve listened to this year.
This is a fantastic podcast by NPR about the infamous Olympic gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar who got away with sexually abusing hundreds of girls and women for decades in his medical practice. The podcast has interviews with Larry survivors, excerpts from the court case and details how he managed to abuse so many girls and often right in front of their parents.
I’m about a 20-minute walk away from finishing this podcast but I’m already recommending it. Who The Hell Is Hamish? is about a guy called Hamish (der!) who ran a personal Ponzi-scheme and stole millions of dollars off countless people including Aussie fashion designer Lisa Ho. There are interviews with several people who he ripped off, women he was in romantic relationships with and an episode on how he managed to get away with it for so long. Essential listening.
This podcast is about the history of gay conversion therapy in the United States. It’s a fascinating look at how it was marketed, who ran these camps, who went to them and the effect it took on the participants and their families. It’s a precursor to the movie Boy Erased with Nicole Kidman and Russel Crowe, which I can’t wait to watch.
I’ve only just started listening to this but it’s so freaking good. I already listened to the audiobook Bad Blood last year (if you haven’t read/listened to it, get on it!) and this is just more icing on this totally weird cake. Elizabeth Holmes was the first self-made female billionaire when she invented revolutionary blood testing technology… but it was all a lie. A really, really big lie. This podcast details who she managed to lie to her investors and build up a massive business that was based on smoke and mirrors.
This podcast is quite awful to listen to but it’s a fascinating tale about a doctor who claimed to be the best neurosurgeon in Dallas but he frequently botched surgeries leaving his patients severely injured or in the worst cases, dead. It’s a fascinating look at how well Dr Duntsch was protected in an industry that hero worships surgeons without questioning their abilities.