Though we still might produce a list of our favorite films of 2015, I thought it might be fun to switch it up a bit and offer this rundown of my favorite podcasts from this past year.
If you haven't noticed, we're living in a "golden age of content," from television to film to music and beyond, everything is looking and sounding better than ever before...and the same goes for podcasts. In fact, every now and then I find myself skipping some form of visual entertainment in favor of an episode from one of the podcasts on the following list (which is presented in alphabetical order).
1. Astonishing Legends // Co-hosts Scott Philbrook and Forrest Burgess take deep dives into crazy stories and legendary tales from around the world. Fun, funny, and always interesting.
2. I Was There Too // Host Matt Gurley interviews day actors, bit players, and supporting cast members who were on set for some of the most iconic, wild, and/or memorable movie moments of the last 40 years. A must-listen for movie geeks.
3. Jim Harold's Campfire - True Ghost Stories // Ghost stories and other supernatural tales as recounted by the people who experienced them first-hand. Occasionally uneven and often chill-inducing, especially in the wee hours. Hosted by the affable Jim Harold.
4. Lore // Host (and author) Aaron Mahnke "looks into a uniquely scary tale and uncovers the truth behind it." Atmospheric, creepy, and well-produced.
5. The Next Picture Show // Following the demise of film site The Dissolve, the editorial team of Scott Tobias, Keith Phipps, Tasha Robinson, and Rachel Handler got together to host this unique weekly discussion of a classic movie that has "shaped their take" on a current release. Heady and erudite enough for film lovers, while still accessible for the casual fan.
6. Question of the Day // Entrepreneur James Altucher and Freakonomics co-author Stephen Dubner co-host this rollicking "question and answer"-style discussion. Wry, informative, and full of eye-opening insights on the daily.
7. Startup Podcast // "A podcast series about what it’s really like to get a business off the ground." Hosted by Gimlet Media co-founder Alex Blumberg. Near real-time case study on the ups and downs of launching (and running) a media business.
8. Tanis // Serialized docu-drama from the team at Pacific Northwest Stories that touches on all sorts of occult (and PNW) esoterica as host Nic Silver attempts to unravel the mystery of Tanis...
9. The Tim Ferris Show // Tim Ferris, author of The Four-Hour Work Week, talks to a far-ranging spectrum of guests about their successes, setbacks, and tips. I got hooked after listening to Tim's conversation about creativity with record producer Rick Rubin while both were sitting in a sauna.
10. You Must Remember This // Karina Longworth hosts this "storytelling podcast about the secret and/or forgotten histories of Hollywood’s first century." I'm actually listening to this podcast right now as I type this. Exhaustively researched look at the underbelly of old Hollywood.