Sometimes I find that at certain stages of the art-making process — detail work and finishing touches, for example — it can become a little bit like manual labour and my brain gets a bit restless. Happily, I’ve found many a tantalising podcast to keep it happy whilst I perform the purely kinetic aspects of my craft. Here I’ve listed my six favourites in order of partiality.
RadioLab is a show about curiosity.
This American Life — In their own words: “One of our problems from the start has been that when we try to describe This American Life in a sentence or two, it just sounds awful. For instance: each week we choose a theme and put together different kinds of stories on that theme. That doesn’t sound like something we’d want to listen to on the radio, and it’s our show. So usually we just say what we’re not. We’re not a news show or a talk show or a call-in show. We’re not really formatted like other radio shows at all. Instead, we do these stories that are like movies for radio. There are people in dramatic situations. Things happen to them. There are funny moments and emotional moments and—hopefully—moments where the people in the story say interesting, surprising things about it all. It has to be surprising. It has to be fun.”
Risk! is a podcast, where people tell true stories they never thought they’d dare to share. Warning: not for the prudishly inclined!
My Love For You Podcast — Meighan O’Toole of the contemporary art blog ‘My Love for You’ sits down with artists and creative folk.
The Moth is dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling.
Story Collider shares stories about science. Note: rarely about science
Do you have a favourite podcast you listen to whilst in the studio?
Let me know in the comments!