8 of the Best Podcasts to Liven Up Your Commute
As a podcast junkie, I am almost always looking for new stuff to listen to on my seemingly endless amount of time on the MTA subway system. Here are some of the ones that have been distracting me from having to pay attention during showtime.
1. Lez Hang Out
This is one of my favorite queer podcasts, featuring lesbians Ellie Brigida and Leigh Holmes Foster covering topics on lesbian experiences and all aspects of women loving women. Their most recent episode is a queer breakdown of the movie 10 Things I Hate About You, which is fantastic and an unintentional crossover episode with The Bechdel Cast—a great show to listen to as you are basking in the glow of 20Gayteen,
2. Scream Girls
Callie and Kaitlin are two New York ladies talking about horror movies, and they are delightful. If you like the friendship energy that My Favorite Murder brings, Scream Girls is the great horror movie equivalent. My favorite episodes so far are their recaps of Misery and The Babadook. They also have episodes on Raw and Paranormal Activity.
From the people who brought the awesome Myths and Legends podcast, Fictional adapts public domain works from all over the world of fiction. My favorites so far are the Phillip K. Dick stories The Hanging Stranger and Beyond Lies the Wub, and Kate Chopin’s Desiree’s Baby. Not only are the episodes well made and truly great dramatizations, but they deliver a new way for people to get familiar with some classic stories from literature.
Despite the fact that I’m Team Superman, The Arkham Sessions, by Dr. Andrea Letamendi and Brian Ward, is a really interesting podcast that takes a psychological look at breaking down Batman: The Animated Series. Both Dr. Letamedi and Ward have a really great understanding of the Batman’s mythos, and it’s really interesting to listen to the hosts review the villains of Batman’s rogues’ gallery from a truly thoughtful, psychological perspective. Letamendi especially is quick to point out, “Nah, that’s not how psychology works.” Bless.
They just covered the episode “Mad Love,” which I’m saving to listen to later this week at the gym.
Two lesbian podcasts? You’d better believe it, buddy. Nikki and Erica spend each week breaking down different queer, female-led shows like Wynonna Earp, Legends of Tomorrow, The Bold Type, and others. It’s a great fangirl podcast to listen to, and one of my favs on Wynonna Earp.
Let’s Talk About Myths, Baby! is a Greek and Roman mythology podcast hosted by Liv, a badass who I want to be my best friend, who has degrees in English Literature and Classical Civilizations from Concordia University in Montreal. She goes into telling these stories from a “feminist, millennial kind of way,” which I love, plus she also calls out Athena on her “not like other girls” bullshit.
Right now, she’s doing a breakdown of The Illiad, and it’s so much fun to listen to. If you love Myths and Legends but want something a little less narrative-based, but just as well done, stop here.
As I’ve been relearning Magic: The Gathering and learning how to play Commander (a.k.a. EDH), The Command Zone podcast (and YouTube Channel) has been an awesome resource that I love listening to. It has taught me so much about how to play the game, and the hosts, Jimmy Wong and Josh Lee Kwai, are genuinely fun and engaging leads. They break down “all aspects of gameplay and strategy from table politics, budget builds, to deck building and more.”
Also, Jimmy Wong has been cast in the upcoming live-action Mulan film, which is hella dope. I’m sure he will put all his red mana energy to good use.
It wouldn’t be a roundup unless there was some true crime in there somewhere. This podcast I was introduced to through My Favorite Murder, and it’s about the disappearance and presumed murder of Lyn Dawson 36 years ago. The main suspect in the case is her husband, Chris Dawson, a high school coach who was carrying on an affair with a 16-year-old student, who moved in with him two days after his wife went missing (and has since left him, afraid for her safety).
It’s a fascinating story that is very reminiscent of The Keepers in terms of police negligence and the systematic abuse of teenage girls by educators that was swept under the rug for 30 years, and it’s still playing out in real time.
What are you listening to podcast-wise? Let us know below!
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