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The best podcasts for indie storytelling

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Who am I?

Melvin E. Edwards has written 2 award-winning books tracing generations of his Texas family back to the Republic of Texas. I'm a writer, historian, and genealogist who loves to find the stories behind the data entries. Finding an entry in a census record is important, but it's not nearly as important as the information of those lives between the 10-year recording keeping. That's where I love to dig! I am a writer and have been a storyteller for my entire career. Taking that format and translating it into an auditory medium seemed like the next logical step for me.

My Show

What is my podcast about and/or how does it relate to the playlist topic you chose?

Are you someone who finds comfort in the contours of a well-woven story? Do you revel in the anticipation of "what happens next" or simply appreciate the essence of human experience distilled into captivating tales? If you've nodded, then "Real Life and Other Fantasies" is perfectly concocted audio-delicacy for you. It's for dreamers who admire the daring dance between the every day and the extraordinary. It's for realists who hunger for discerning the extraordinary within the everyday. With tales touching various facets of life, it's a fascinating call to story enthusiasts, aspiring writers, or just the average Joe seeking an audio oyster to escape into. Carry yourself to Goodpods.com and give it a whirl - because who knows? You may just find your own reflection in these versatile vignettes. Hosted by award-winning author and journalist Melvin E. Edwards, whose goal is world domination - two listening ears at a time. Show notes and sponsor links are all available at www.podcastreallife.com.

What is my podcast playlist about?

I follow fellow storytellers. Not every story is a "Once upon a time." Some stories begin as simply as being open and honest and allowing the story to take whatever shape it naturally takes.

The podcasts I picked and why

1. Stories from Real Life: A Podcast for Real People

Why this podcast?

I'm sharing my podcast first because I know the content is clean and able to be shared with anyone of any age. I feature great guest and I ask thought-provoking questions that forces them to elaborate on everyday or extraordinary topics.

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Award-winning journalist and author Melvin E. Edwards interviews one fascinating guest per episode and helps navigate that storyteller beyond the "what" and digs to the "why" and the "how." Everyone has their stories to tell, so you'll probably see yourself in some of these tales. Shared experiences make us a community. A podcast by great storytellers for those who enjoy listening to great stories. Guest introductions are done by Jon Williams. The original theme song is performed by Bombay Beach Revival; Show notes and sponsor links are all available at www.podcastreallife.com.

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2. Meredith for Real: the curious introvert

Why this podcast?

Less canceling. More curiosity. Each episode explores the questions people think, but don't ask, due to cultural hypnosis or being taboo. The mission here is to inspire curiosity by exploring nuance & breaking free from the bubble of the algorithm.

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Less canceling. More curiosity. Each episode explores the questions people think, but don't ask, due to cultural hypnosis or being taboo. The mission here is to inspire curiosity by exploring nuance & breaking free from the bubble of the algorithm.
Each conversation is wildly different than the last, so bring your ADD & your earbuds & have a look around!
You'll hear subjects like mental health, health & wellness, biohacking, adult friendship, finances, science & technology, true stories, cults, sex & relationships, introversion, psychedelics & ADHD.
Not sure where to start? Try episode 86 with the accidental swingers or 94 with the Irish Catholic comedian who converted to Orthodox Judaism.

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3. American Scandal

Why this podcast?

Every scandal begins with a lie. But the truth will come out. And then comes the fallout and the outrage. Scandals have shaped America since its founding. From business and politics to sports and society, we look on aghast as corruption, deceit and ambition bring down heroes and celebrities, politicians and moguls.

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Every scandal begins with a lie. But the truth will come out. And then comes the fallout and the outrage.

Scandals have shaped America since its founding. From business and politics to sports and society, we look on aghast as corruption, deceit and ambition bring down heroes and celebrities, politicians and moguls. And when the dust finally settles, we’re left to wonder: how did this happen? Where did they trip up, and who is to blame? From the creators of American History Tellers, Business Wars and Tides of History comes American Scandal, where we take you deep into the heart of America’s dark side to look at what drives someone to break the rules and what happens when they’re caught. Hosted by Lindsay Graham.

Listen to American Scandal on the Wondery App or wherever you get your podcasts. Experience all episodes ad-free and be the first to binge the newest season. Unlock exclusive early access by joining Wondery+ in the Wondery App or on Apple Podcasts. Start your free trial today by visiting wondery.com/links/american-scandal/ now.

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4. What Was That Like - a storytelling podcast with amazing stories from real people

Why this podcast?

A storytelling podcast, with first-hand amazing stories. Each story teller tells their own personal true story, with all the details of what happened. Animal attacks, plane crashes, mass shootings, and more – you'll hear what happened directly from the person who experienced it.

A storytelling podcast, with first-hand amazing stories presented by Scott Johnson and Meredith Hackwith Edwards. Each storyteller tells their own personal true story, with all the details of what happened. Animal attacks, plane crashes, mass shootings, and more – you'll hear what happened directly from the person who experienced it, and the inspirational outcome of how they came out on the other side.

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5. The Science of Happiness

Why this podcast?

Learn research-tested strategies for a happier, more meaningful life, drawing on the science of compassion, gratitude, mindfulness, and awe. Hosted by award-winning psychologist Dacher Keltner. Co-produced by PRX and UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center.

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Learn research-tested strategies for a happier, more meaningful life, drawing on the science of compassion, gratitude, mindfulness, and awe. Hosted by award-winning psychologist Dacher Keltner. Co-produced by PRX and UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center.

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