Serial was perhaps the original viral podcast. Released in 2014, the first season took the nation by storm and helped to usher in the golden age of podcasting. That first season tells the story of a murdered high student in Baltimore and the boyfriend who was convicted with her murder. The podcast team unwinds the true-crime tale with enthralling detail and pacing.
Author and speaker Donald Miller is an expert on storytelling. His business is dedicated to helping brands find and share their true story. On his podcast, Miller unpacks these principles with a number of well-known guests. This podcast is more firmly rooted in professional development than it is entertainment; but it’s always a worthwhile listen.
Malcolm Gladwell has authored a number of best-selling books on a number of topics. But the overall theme of Gladwell’s writing is changing our perception on something we take for granted. That’s the same basic premise of Revisionist History. Using his journalistic skills, Gladwell digs up things from the past that are forgotten or overlooked. And then he tells a usually fascinating tale about each one.
Are you a fan of stories from history? Do you like hearing all of the details that paint an epic masterpiece of historic narrative? Do you have about six hours to kill? In that case, Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History is for you. Although he may not be a historian, Carlin is certainly a storyteller. He spends a great deal of time and effort setting up the context behind historical conflicts. It takes some patience, but these episodes are worth the time.
Story, Not Story is almost the opposite of Hardcore History. Rather than factually accurate, these stories are made up on the spot. Rather than deadly serious, they’re playfully funny. And rather than being told by one man, this podcast is hosted by a married couple, Craig and Chyna. Also, these episodes are significantly shorter. But both podcasts are worth checking out by the curious storyteller.