10 Popular Podcasts to Listen on Your Lucid Audio Hearbands™

April 29, 2018 HLT Family, Headphones, Social, Uncategorized 0 Comments

Called the “new radio,” podcasts’ popularity in recent years is surging. Many contribute the rise to its accessibility, mobility, and the demand for digital media content. Many popular podcasts have replaced tv watching and radio listening to one’s sources for news, politics, entertainment, to name a few.

If you are one of the 44% of the US population already listening to podcasts, you will agree there is a vast universe of available. To date, there are 500,000 (and counting) podcasts in more than 100 languages available. With these numbers growing daily, streamlining your options could become overwhelming. Whether you are a digital audio aficionado or a newcomer there is certainly a podcast that will suit your interests and current mood.

Because podcasts are portable and user-friendly, listening on-the-go with your Lucid Audio Hearbands has become even more convenient. Ahead are 10 popular podcasts (in no particular order) you should be listening to on your Hearbands!

1. SERIAL: SEASON 1

Downloaded more than 175 million times (a world record), Serial sets the bar high for its compelling mix of investigative journalism, first-person narrative, and dramatic storytelling. Season 1, dives into the powerful and deeply compelling story of Hae Min Lee. A Korean-American high school senior in Baltimore County, Maryland, Hae Min, disappeared in January 1999. Adnan Masud Syed, her ex-boyfriend, was convicted and given a life sentence plus 30 years. Without giving any spoilers the Serial podcast popularity has assisted in changing the course of the case. No doubt, will you find yourself mentally invested and keeping afloat on current developments. As hard as it may be, we highly recommend not researching the internet until you have completed the series.

2. RADIOLAB

A show about curiosity where sound illuminates ideas, and the boundaries blur between science, philosophy, and human experience. Each episode of Radiolab inspires imagination and curiosity. It attempts to approach broad, difficult topics such as “time” and “morality” in a light-hearted manner. In 2007 National Academies Communication Award “for their imaginative use of radio to make science accessible to broad audiences.”

3. WAKING UP

Neuroscientist and philosopher, Sam Harris, explores some of the most important questions about the human mind, society, and current events. Sam Harris, a best-selling author, discusses thought-provoking conversations with physicists, philosophers, psychologists, filmmakers, former cult members, Navy SEALs, and many fascinating people. Regularly ranked among the top podcast lists worldwide, Waking Up has been selected as one of “iTunes Best.” And won a Webby Award for best podcast in the Science & Education category.

4. CASEFILE

If true crime interests you, then Casefiles will certainly stand out as a top choice. This is the mecca of true crime murder mystery with over 100 cases to date. The series deals with solved or cold criminal cases, often related to well-known murders and serial crimes. Most of the cases relate to Australian cases but regularly feature cases around the world.

5. THE DAILY

Trying to disrupt the concept of news, The New York Time’s is reinventing what and how the news should sound. Hosted by star reporter-turned-podcaster, Michael Barbaro, The Daily takes the biggest stories of our time and condenses them down to twenty-minute vignettes and delivers a new story five days a week. Many describe it as paving the way for a new era of journalism and continues to grow in popularity making it a regular on the top Most-Listened lists. Listeners can sign up to receive text message updates on discussed episodes offering further context.

6. UP & VANISHED

Season 1 explores the 2005 disappearance of beauty queen and high school teacher Tara Grinstead in small town Ocilla, Georgia. The Tara Grinstead missing investigation was the largest case file in the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s history, with no arrests in 11 years. The podcast quickly drew attention nationwide. As difficult as it may be, try not to research before listening. Without giving away the jaw-dropping details, you will learn how this little unknown podcast literally became responsible for solving this 12-year cold case.

7. SERIAL: SEASON 2

Yes, you are seeing this correctly. The Serial podcast is on our list again. In Season 2, the producers get away from true-crime and dive into a current and ongoing high stakes news-and-issues story. US Army Sergeant, Bowe Bergdahl, was captured in Afghanistan and held for five years by Taliban forces, was released in a prisoner swap for five Taliban held at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. The release was originally hailed good news in a long, costly, and increasingly unpopular war. Listerners learn this complicated story is much more than a prisoner-of-war tale.

8. BEAUTIFUL/ANONYMOUS

1 phone call. 1 hour. Anonymous. Nothing is off Limits. Every week host, comedian Chris Gethard (Time Out’s “10 best comedians of 2015”,) opens the phone line to one anonymous caller, for one hour, and no matter how the conversation unfolds, he can not hang up first. From shocking confessions and family secrets to philosophical discussions, Beautiful/Anonymous is a no holds barred masterpiece.

9. THIS IS ACTUALLY HAPPENING

What if you had to relearn who you are?, What if your past was an unsolved mystery?, or What if you lost your sense of smell? With over 100 interviews, each episode explores and probes into people’s extraordinary, life-altering events through first-person storytelling. Listeners are taken into the raw interior of many human experiences. 

10. TED TALKS

Want to be able to listen to TED Talks on-the-go without having to watch the video? Every weekday, this feed brings you the latest TED talks into audio format. Hear thought-provoking ideas on every subject imaginable. From artificial intelligence to zoology, and everything in between, TED Talks gives the world’s leading thinkers and doers a platform to share and spread ideas. Each talk is in the form of short powerful talks with the agenda of making great ideas accessible and spark conversation.  

 

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