May Podcast Roundup

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We’ve finally been getting some sun here in Vancouver, and although I’d normally be focused on finding some good summer tunes on the patio, I’ve been digging into a few shows I can listen to in quick bursts. Below, you’ll find a few of my favourites I’ve been enjoying this month that are all under thirty minutes. Listen to them on your commute, as you’re getting ready for the beach, or whenever else you have a little time – and let me know what you think!

New and Noteworthy

The Wall Street Journal has just started a new show, The Future of Everything, that investigates different aspects of technology in the future: space exploration, high-tech guns, brain implants, meat production, and urban farming – just to name a few. Five episodes were released on May 18th to start off the season and they really dig in. The first episode introduces a woman with severe epilepsy who receives a brain implant.

The new season of The Bachelorette has begun, which means lots of returning podcasts breaking it down. I’m still checking out Rose Buddies every week for a good-good dose of laughs, but Ben Higgins and Ashley I have recently begun a new radio show/podcast called The Ben and Ashley I Almost Famous Podcast. They’ve both spent a lot of time on TV. Ben started on The Bachelorette before getting his own season of The Bachelor. Ashley was on The Bachelor and has since participated in multiple seasons of Bachelor in Paradise. They answer fan questions, bring on Bachelor Nation guests, and recap the best and worst of each episode.

Regularly Scheduled

The Daily is a New York Times show every weekday morning that investigates a different story or looks at some of the most pressing news. On Friday, May 26 Canada’s assisted death law was shown through the eyes of one man in Victoria, BC. It’s a quick show, only 20-or-so minutes each day, and a great way to pick up some extra news on your commute.

Secrets, Crimes & Audiotape just wrapped up a great 3-piece story called The Defenestrator. A girl and a guy are hooking up, but then her desire for a sperm donor and his need to take care of family get in the way. They’re both holding back some secrets from each other but in the end, will they work it out? It’s a pretty straight-forward story, but what I loved about this one was how easily all the relationships developed. All the characters felt so natural that I was hooked after the first part.

 

What are your favourite podcasts from this month, and what are you excited about for June? Let me know on Twitter @reviewsbylauren!

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