Osmosis Via Earbuds

Can you remember story time as a child? Sitting criss-cross apple sauce on the rug at the feet of the teacher, straining to hear every word and see each detailed illustration as the book was carefully moved from side to side for every eye to see?

I think it’s the roots of oral tradition spanning all cultures that cause goosebumps to ripple across your skin when it’s time to listen.

My dad tells tales of listening to the radio with his siblings, tuning in for many different children’s favorites over the years.

Lately as I’ve been spending more time in my car commuting, I’ve (finally) jumped on the bandwagon of podcasts…. I know, I know. I’m only about a decade behind the times. 

I’m drawn to an equal mixture of fiction and non-fiction, science, true crime, history, and mystery. For me, it’s about the delivery – the voice of the storyteller, the way their words flow from phrase to phrase, the rise and fall of their speech pattern; and the music — whether it holds me in suspense effectively or entices me to keep listening.

Storytelling via a podcast, ear buds in, feels much more intimate than reading a blog or article. It’s delivered right into my brain space, absorbed like osmosis, with great ease. And I want to return for more!

Luckily the downloads are endless… have you searched what’s out there lately?

Here’s a few that have been popular at our house. My husband has been devouring podcasts as quickly as I have!

1. Serial

A popular weekly podcast from This American Life and hosted by Sarah Koenig. Season 1 reports on the death of Hae Min Lee in 1999 and the murder conviction of her ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed. Season 2, happening now, is reporting on the story of U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl who was a Taliban prisoner for nearly five years. While the seasons are vastly different, Koenig’s approach to the storytelling is journalistic in nature and very compelling. *Bonus : for those of you who want to continue following the case of Adnan Syad, check out the podcast, Undisclosed.

2. The Message

A science fiction podcast following the weekly reports from Nicky Tomalinwho is covering the decoding of a message from outer space received 70 years ago. This is an 8 episode story that, although a little bit predictable, is highly entertaining.

3. Radiolab

The two-time Peabody winning podcast that focuses on one main idea and investigates that idea through sounds and stories. The description of their podcast says “… the show is designed for listeners who demand skepticism, but appreciate wonder.”

4. Stuff You Missed In History Class

A podcast by HowStuffWorks.com, this show is literally a deep dive into bits of history you didn’t get in school. I’m not as drawn to the quality of storytelling on this podcast, but being a lover of history the topics are often fascinating enough to counteract this.

5. Lore

A bi-weekly podcast by Aaron Mahnke, outlining the history behind the scary stories we all know well. From their podcast description… “Each episode of Lore looks into a uniquely scary tale and uncovers the turret of what’s behind it. Sometimes the truth is more frightening that fiction.” Mahnke is a gifted storyteller.

6. Limetown

A fictional podcast following journalist Lia Haddock as she investigates the disappearance of hundreds of people from a research community called Limetown. Full of mystery and suspense, this one will leave you puzzled and wanting more.


What are some of your favorites? Please share… I need more storytelling in my life!


Molly is the Marketing Manager for Blue Blazes who enjoys knitting with expensive yarn, splashing in puddles at her son’s soccer games, and drinking excessive amounts of peppermint tea.

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