In the coming months, many people will be hitting the road or taking to the air to join family and friends for the holidays. Although there will be plenty of excitement at the thought of spending quality time with the ones we love, getting from point A to point B can be an arduous task. To help you pass the time in between the miles you might be traveling this holiday season, here are a few storytelling podcasts to listen to.
Hosts Ed Ayers, Brian Balogh, Joanne Freeman and Nathan Connolly use current events in America to dive into the past. All three are noted U.S. historians and provide listeners with different perspectives on various themes and subjects. Each episode also features questions from listeners and the production team. Recent episodes include: "Border Patrols," "The War To End All Wars" and "To Be A Citizen?"
Find it: https://www.backstoryradio.org/
The Truth podcast features original fiction stories that range from the dark to the funny to the intriguing. Each episode features compelling narration and sound effects to make movies for a listener’s ears. The Truth includes many writers, directors and performers to bring each 10- to 20-minute story to life. Audiences are encouraged to listen with headphones to get the full experience. Recent episodes include: "The Saint of Machine," Wonderland, U.S.A." and "Fish Girl."
Find it: http://www.thetruthpodcast.com/
Using music, the Snap Judgment podcast features real stories with a beat. Each episode features a story of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances, while the music helps tell the story by adding drama. Snap Judgment is hosted by Glynn Washington. Recent episodes include: "Override," "Love Lessons" and "Unthinkable."
Find it: https://apple.co/2D8fTja
Meeting total strangers can be a scary thought, but Peabody-award winner and host Lea Thau shows how meaningful relationships can happen through meeting strangers. Thau connects listeners with people you have never met by listening to their stories. Each episode features stories about the connections we make, the heartbreaks we suffer and the kindness we encounter. Past episodes include: "Hi," "Isn’t It Nice" and "Do You Like My Little Lie?"
Find it: https://apple.co/1Is1Th5