Podcast Roundup – The Daily, Missing Richard Simmons, and more

Last fall I enjoyed listening to the New York Times’ The Run-Up podcast. It provided an “in-the-newsroom” perspective to last year’s Presidental election. Now the show’s host, Michael Barbaro, has followed that up with a new show, The Daily.

Each morning around 6am, the latest episode hits my podcatcher. The show features interviews with Times staffers reporting on the day’s stories along with interviews of the news makers themselves. It’s a facinating start to my day with a perspective straight from the people reporting the day’s news. Give it a listen, it will make a great addition to your podcast lineup.

Where is Richard Simmons?

Have you been missing Richard Simmons lately? If so (and even if you haven’t), Dan Taberski’s new podcast Missing Richard Simmons is for you.

On February 15, 2014, fitness guru Richard Simmons disappeared. He stopped teaching his regular exercise class at Slimmons, cut off his closest friends, and removed himself from the public eye after decades as one of the most accessible celebrities in the world. Nobody has heard from him – and no one knows why he left. Filmmaker Dan Taberski was a Slimmons regular and a friend of Richard’s. Missing Richard Simmons is Dan’s search for Richard – and the deeper he digs, the stranger it gets.

~ Missing Richard Simmons

Amazon Prime Members: Are you using your free Audible Channels?

There are so many cool perks that come with Amazon Prime that I can’t keep track. One that I’ve started enjoying lately are Audible Channels. Under Audible Channels you’ll find original audio series like Presidents Are People Too! which provides real-life insights into the men who’ve held the office, there are hand-crafted playlists of the day’s news, comedy, talks, and more, and my favorite are the audio books. I’m currently listening to Fighter Pilot, The Memoirs of Legendary Ace Robin Olds.

If you’re an Amazon Prime member and you haven’t taken advantage of this perk yet, just download the Audible app on your mobile device. Then click on the Channels tab.

Welcome to Macintosh Season 3 – Coming Summer 2017

Recently I received a hand-written note, a t-shirt, and some stickers from Mark Bramhill, host of Welcome to Macintosh. Described as “a tiny show about a big fruit company“, Welcome to Macintosh has covered the history of Macworld Magazine, the use of skeuomorphs in Apple software, the Apple rumor mill, and more. If you’re a fan of Apple and you don’t subscribe to the podcast, stop reading this and add it to your podcatcher right now →.

Getting back to that note, t-shirt, and stickers: They were a thank you for backing Welcome to Macintosh: Season 3 on Kickstarter. When I pledged my support, I knew I would be getting the t-shirt, but the note and stickers were a very cool bonus, a perfect example of what I love about a good podcast.

By their nature, podcasts have such a great “indie” feel. Whenever I listen to an episode, it’s not hard for me to imagine the final steps of the host (or perhaps staff) as someone uploads the MP3 and publishes it for distribution. Then it’s “magically” whisked to eager ears everywhere.

In the case of Welcome to Macintosh, you can tell the show is a labor of love for Bramhill. Each episode is well-researched, diligently produced, and masterfully edited. The show is at the top of my favorites, and I can’t wait for Season 3, coming this Summer.

Serial: The Syed family – The Guardian

A look inside the lives of the Syed family: Serial: The Syed family on their pain and the ‘five million detectives trying to work out if Adnan is a psychopath’ – The Guardian

The podcast exploring the case of Adnan Syed, who was convicted of the 1999 murder of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee, has become a global phenomenon. In an exclusive interview, Adnan’s family talk to Jon Ronson about listening to Serial, toxic Reddit threads and how his imprisonment has destroyed their lives. ~ The Guardian

About – Relay FM

Relay FM is an independent podcast network for people who are creative, curious and maybe even a little obsessive — just like its hosts.

With topics ranging from Apple to pens and paper, Relay FM brings together some of the most influential — and unique — voices on the Internet to create powerful content, each and every week. ~ About – Relay FM.

‘Serial’ Podcast Catches Fire – WSJ.com

In the normally low-profile world of podcasting, “Serial” is a certified sensation—a testament to the power of great storytelling. It’s quickly become the most popular podcast in the world, according to Apple, and the fastest to reach 5 million downloads and streams in iTunes history. “Serial” is the top podcast in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Australia, and in the top 10 in Germany, South Africa and India. ~ ‘Serial’ Podcast Catches Fire – WSJ.com