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The best podcasts for stories that feel like movies for your brain

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Who am I?

I'm an audio journalist myself. My beat/topic that I report on is shame and everything/anyone that is affected by it. I host two interview podcasts: "But We Loved" (a queer history podcast) and "Unshaming" (a podcast about vulnerability). My work can touch on really heavy and dense content, so I find that storytelling is the best way to make it relatable. The best journalism to me is the journalism that reveals something to you while also keeping you captivated. Human stories with suspense and drama and a climax and conclusion are my favorite ways to engage with journalism.

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

But We Loved is a new podcast that showcases the untold stories of queer history through intimate interviews with LGBTQ+ elders, who share their wisdom, their struggle, and — most importantly – their triumph. You'll learn queer history, but through the storytelling you'll feel like you were actually there.

What is my podcast playlist about?

My playlist is about podcast episodes that feel like an escape. They place you in the action but teach you something new.

The podcasts I picked and why

1. But We Loved

Why this podcast?

This is my show. Highly recommended episode: "That One Night At Stonewall." It's about being there on the night of the Stonewall Riots in 1969 that changed everything for the gay community.

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As a gay kid growing up Catholic, in conservative Texas, Jordan Gonsalves knew nothing about queer history. Now, as a journalist, he’s searching for the stories he craved when he was coming of age. Through intimate interviews with LGBTQ+ elders, Jordan uncovers the untold stories of queer history. And in the process, he discovers the role models he always needed and the wisdom they’ve been waiting to pass down.

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2. Shame of Stroke Survival (with Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor)

Why this podcast?

My other show! This will give you a sense of the kind of storytelling I love. This is about a brain scientist observing her own body as she has a stroke that renders her a "child in a woman's body."

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What’s it like recovering from a stroke where you lost everything? Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor shares her journey of how experiencing a near-death brain hemorrhage helped her achieve inner peace. Her new book “Whole Brain Living” describes how we can all achieve connectedness, love, and healing by training our brains.

Get connected with Dr. Jill below.

You can support Unshaming at patreon.com/unshaming. #StayUnshaming with us at instagram.com/unshaming and unshamingpodcast.com.

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05/24/21 • 35 min

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3. Corpse Demon

Why this podcast?

This is the kind of journalism I adore: something that teaches you while entertaining you. It's about why a religious tradition around death wasn't working in the 21st century.

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04/21/23 • 31 min

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Heaven and hell, Judgement Day, monotheism — these ideas all came from one ancient Persian religion: Zoroastrianism. Also: Sky Burials. Zoroastrians put their dead on top of a structure called The Tower of Silence where vultures devour the body in a matter of hours. It’s clean, efficient, eco-friendly. It’s how it’s been for thousands of years.

Until 2006. That’s when a Zoroastrian woman living in Mumbai snuck up into the tower and found bloated, rotting bodies everywhere. The vultures were gone. And not just at the tower — all across the country.

In this episode, we follow the Kenyan bird biologist, Munir Virani, as he gets to the bottom of this. A mystery whose stakes are not just the end of an ancient burial practice, but the health of all the world’s ecosystems.

The answer, in unexpected ways, points back to us.

Special thanks to Daniel Solomon, Peter Wilson, Samik Bindu, Vibhu Prakash, Heather Natola and the Rapture Trust in New Jersey, and Avir’s uncle Hoshang Mulla, who told him about this story over Thanksgiving dinner.

EPISODE CREDITSReported by - Avir Mitrawith help from - Sindhu GnanasambandanProduced by - Sindhu Gnanasambandanwith help from - Pat WaltersOriginal music and sound design contributed by - Jeremy Bloomwith mixing help from - Arianne WackFact-checking by - Diane Kellyand Edited by - Pat Walters

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Follow our show on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook @radiolab, and share your thoughts with us by emailing [email protected].

Leadership support for Radiolab’s science programming is provided by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Science Sandbox, a Simons Foundation Initiative, and the John Templeton Foundation. Foundational support for Radiolab was provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

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04/21/23 • 31 min

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4. The Moth Radio Hour: A Brave Front

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I felt like I was with every single one of these people as they told their stories. The abortion story was moving.

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07/02/19 • 53 min

In this hour, stories of finding inner strength in the face of unimaginable odds. The courage to make life or death choices, stick to one's guns, and not only survive, but thrive. This hour is hosted by Moth Radio Hour Producer, Jay Allison. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

Hosted by: Jay Allison

Storytellers: Les Strayhorn, Michael McNamee, Robin Utz

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07/02/19 • 53 min

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5. How I Built This with Guy Raz

Why this podcast?

Highly recommended episode: "HOORAE: Issa Rae." Media mogul Issa Rae tells us about her very script: a copy of a Moesha episode that she won.

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Guy Raz interviews the world’s best-known entrepreneurs to learn how they built their iconic brands. In each episode, founders reveal deep, intimate moments of doubt and failure, and share insights on their eventual success. How I Built This is a master-class on innovation, creativity, leadership and how to navigate challenges of all kinds.

New episodes on Mondays and Thursdays. Listen to How I Built This on the Wondery App or wherever you listen to your podcasts. You can listen early and ad-free on Wondery+. Join Wondery+ in the Wondery App or on Apple Podcasts. Start your free trial by visiting https://wondery.com/links/how-i-built-this now. Get your How I Built This merch at WonderyShop.com/HowIBuiltThis.

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