I consider podcasts to be one of my areas of expertise. I’ve been listening to them for over 10 years, and have hosted one for almost as long. I listen to podcasts almost every day, and subscribe to a lot of them – so I’m always adding or subtracting from my active subscriptions.
Here are three recommendations for 2017 – some of these are older and have been around for a while, and others are a little more recent. I’m 99% sure that most of these will NOT show up in your typical Buzzfeed list of “most popular podcasts”.
- The Night Time Podcast – This is a Canadian-produced show based on mysteries and other strange occurrences, mainly in Atlantic Canada, but also stories across the country. Host Jordan Bonaparte has strong focus on The Curse of Oak Island and Emma Fillipoff and gets some good guests for discussion. If you were ever a fan of ABC’s Unsolved Mysteries, you’ll like this one. Can be rough around the edges but Jordan is growing into his hosting duties.
- Harry Potter & The Sacred Text – OK, this one might show up in one of those “top 10 podcast” lists as it’s been gaining a lot of momentum since it launched sometime in 2016. The hosts of this show aim to analyze and discuss the Harry Potter book as they would a religious text. The result is some different view points while reading through the book that I may not have considered before.
- Mission Log: A Roddenberry Star Trek Podcast – This is one that ends up on my lists all the time. The mission statement is simple: the hosts watch each and every episode of Star Trek (including the animated series – they’re on TNG Season 5 right now), and discuss the morals, meanings, and messages presented. You don’t need to watch the episodes alongside – they do a great recap – but I highly recommend it, because I know I’ve missed a lot of things I hadn’t noticed before when watching casually.
I subscribe to many more, but a lot of them are even more niche than the ones I recommended above. If you want some more good ones, ask in the comments!