1. "Extinct Hockey" from Surprisingly Awesome
Cardboard," which I almost didn't download because I thought it was going to kill my soul. You can probably skip all of the other Surprisingly Awesome shows and just listen to those two.
2. "Sharon Shockwave" from Our Debut Album
3. "Falling in Love...with Heroin" from Death, Sex, & Money
4.The Elizabeth and Mary story from Strangers (Part I, Part II, and Part III)
5. "Missing Fathers" from Hello From the Magic Tavern
before and I still get quite excited when it shows up in my feed. I'm pretty sure you'd have no idea what the hell was happening if you did actually just listen to this one episode because the brilliance of the show is that what happens in previous episodes is canon to the world in which one of our main characters has landed himself in alternate, fantastical world named Foon. I almost cried with glee with this episode because Aaron Mahnke (of Lore fame) did a brilliant intro to it and I was laughing and pretty soon tears were running down my face because I was laughing so hard. This episode might be a little inside baseball, but the collaboration between Lore and Hello From the Magic Tavern was quite possibly the best thing I heard in my earbuds all year.
6. "The Truth" from In the Dark
7. Rachel Monroe on Longform
Krista Tippett interview was surprisingly interesting, as was the Ellis Jones interview - but this Rachel Monroe interview is one that I find myself thinking about as I'm going to sleep at night. You live in a crappy little town? Make the best of it. You are interested in some random topic that no one else seems to think is important? Write something to make people think it is important. Monroe is my new accessible role model. She's just doing her thing and doing it well and I think I can reasonably emulate that.
8. "Boy in Photo" from Reply All
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9. "Public Works: Rethinking America's Transportation Infrastructure" from 99% Invisible
The Trend Forecast" as an episode rec because I had never heard of WGSN and it was absolutely riveting, but then I realized that my frequent predictions that the end of the United States will come with an attack on our infrastructure really demonstrates that I'm a public works kinda gal.)
10. "Wendell Sayers" from Making Gay History
And if you're interested in other great podcasts, consider The Adventure Zone for a comedic Dungeons and Dragons game (I've never played D&D, but I love TAZ anyway - you have to start at episode 1, though), The Memory Palace for storytelling like no other, Harry Potter and the Sacred Text for a philosophical lifting of your soul, Hello Internet for neurotic dudes talking about neurotic things, Offshore for a mix of history and current events in Hawaii that somehow represents the entire world, Totally Beverages for random talk about drinks and hilarity, and You're the Expert for interesting, knowledgeable scientists chatting with comedians who clearly know nothing.