A Collection of our Tribe's Favorite Podcasts

As of January 2022, there are over 2,000,000 podcasts and over 48 million episodes. With statistics like this, it's nearly impossible to narrow it down to the best of the best. Don't fret. We've got you. We have an obsession with not only devouring podcasts and audiobooks, but then subsequently talking about them, and we've curated this collection just for you. A collection we've affectionately named "Listens We Can't Stop Talking About." Enjoy.

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! No Place Like Home follows the wild story behind the biggest heist that ever hit Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Hint: It has to do with some fancy footwear. Hosts Ariel Ramchandani and Seyward Darby bring you into the world of Hollywood memorabilia and the market for lost and stolen art. Plus a crash course in all things Judy Garland, so plan on winning trivia night when she is the category. This 8-part series will beg the question; is there a movie prop you would risk stealing?
When it comes to content about Mt. Everest or K2, we eat it up with a spoon. We all know the feeling of not being able to put down Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air, hanging on every word with an overwhelming need to soak up every detail of a mountain that takes no prisoners. While listening to Against the Odds, K2: The Savage Mountain, we noticed the exact feeling taking over. This 4-part series hosted by Mike Corey and Cassie De Pecol chronicles the tragic run for the K2 Summit in 2008. Seasoned hikers from around the world embarked on a bucket list adventure that is stymied by unpredictable weather, summit fever and bad communication. This tale is told with an all time high intensity. We threw off our buds thinking we can't listen anymore, only to jump right back in after a few deep breaths. K2 is the grave for a staggering one out of four people. So we ask you, would you play those odds?
This week, we talked with our friends over at Truth + Media about their new show - Truth + Tribe with Mike Sarraille, a 20-year military veteran with the US Navy SEALs and member of the U.S. Marine Corps. Can we just say, we really like this Mike guy! His mission is to teach us how to balance achievement and happiness. And isn't that exactly what we're all seeking? He gets to the heart of powerful stories that change lives and the perseverance that breeds positivity through everyday living. Truth + Tribe is a glimpse into military life, how events shape Everyday Warriors as well as the importance of finding your tribe. In the debut episode, Mike is joined by his brother and retired Navy Seal, Dan Luna. It's humbling to listen to these two bada** guys, talk about the events that have shaped who they are today. It puts the challenges in our lives into perspective and really morphs the "don't cry over spilled milk" adage into "how are you going to use that spilled milk to grow and better your life?" After listening to this show, you'll ask yourself - How do I become an everyday warrior and who is my tribe to help me get there?
Chameleon: Season 2 High Rollers is the next jaw dropping podcast you've been waiting for. This 10-part series takes you to the corner of where truth meets stranger- than-fiction. As each episode begins with that familiar theme song, we can't wait to hear where the story will take us. Journalist Trevor Aaronson dives into a crazy tale of money laundering, FBI informants, diet-clinics and revengeful yelp reviews. A story of imposters and con-artists, people who hide in plain sight, hence the name "Chameleon." We're talking about a two-year FBI undercover investigation that went bust. Starting on the East Coast and ending in Vegas, this podcast will leave you asking - who are the good guys?
We've all tried the echinacea infused tea when we feel a sore throat coming on or popped a zinc during the winter months to ward off nasty germs. How can we not? They're sitting right there next to the register at Whole Foods. And what about Vitamin D? Is it the superhero that can squash COVID? The "immune boosting" culture skyrocketed during the pandemic and was all over social with their magic berries and vitamin supplement cocktails. One thing we know is true, we like to FEEL like we're doing something to combat viruses. Host Wendy Zuckerman brings it back to science and answers if there are any truths behind these over-the-counter remedies on this episode Science Vs.
It's nearly impossible for Americans to imagine a TV show with no plot, no characters, no tension. A world where you as a viewer can set the narrative - focusing and feeling what you want. It is something that is raw and not present in this day and age where producers script every minute. Co-hosts Kia Miakka Natisse and Yowei Shaw explore slow tv born in Norway, and it all started with a seven hour train ride. What exactly is slow tv? It's unedited life. REALity tv without the manufactured plot twists, suspenseful music and too many Bachelor roses. Think about breathing in the landscape, the weather, the real life un-drama of spectacular television. Are you on board?
By now, it should be safe to assume that we've all seen the movie, My Octopus Teacher, and fell in love. Well, in our case, we've become obsessed with all things octopi. While driving cross country, Radiolab For Kids - Octomom was top on the list. I know what you're thinking – Radiolab For Kids – take our word for it – it's great for Gen X too! This is a fascinating story of what began as a simple act of motherhood turned heroic feat that has never been equaled by any known species on Earth. Don't believe us? The giant Pacific octopus can have over 50,000 babies at one time, and spends months guarding those eggs, so yeah, heroic indeed.
"Voyeurism is a director's job description. It's an artist's too." - Andy Warhol This 20-minute podcast came recommended by our Curious Mind Tribe member Nicole. This is the story of New Yorker, Diane and her new neighbors in the building across the way. A lack of curtains and really any form of privacy, is the beginning of a very intimate and at the same time, one-sided relationship. This got us thinking - do you have any one-sided relationships? At the end of the podcast, you'll know.
It's no secret that our love for Malcolm Gladwell runs deep. So, it goes without saying that we are BIG fans of his podcast, Revisionist History, where he examines the overlooked and the misunderstood. In a recent episode, Malcolm takes on Waymo -the autonomous driving vehicle backed by Google. With its 40 sensors and over 300-yard range, he puts Waymo to the test with lofty beach balls and unruly runners. We found ourselves reevaluating our confidence in autonomous vehicles and loving the thought of no speeding tickets. Would you Waymo?
A 30-minute podcast reminding us how brilliantly interesting people can be. Hosts Hebah Fisher & Dana Ballout talk with inspiring figures from the Arab world and their journeys to the top. We recently listened to the episode featuring Omar Samra - Adventurer and Entrepreneur. Omar's determination made him the first Egypitan to complete the Seven Summit challenge, one which only about 450 in the world have ever succeeded. Starting out in finance (a parent's dream) and veering to travel and adventure (not so much), Omar found his calling starting Wild Guanabana, a travel company creating life changing journeys for their clients.
We love a podcast series with a tagline "Science for people who give a s**t." The most recent episode we listened to was a chat with uber-smart Dr. Beronda Montgomery. A PhD, writer, researcher, scholar and author of Lessons from Plants. She is just brilliant and has an amazing outlook on life. Her life's work consists of being an expert in all things plants. What really stuck with us was how she compares plants and the decisions they make based on their energy levels, as opposed to how we as humans just go - go - go, thinking we have infinite energy. We may want to be more like a Hydrangea - sit in the shade, make sure we have tons of water and bloom once a year. Dr. Montgomery's ability to relate many of the world issues back to how plants react is so very interesting. Once this podcast wrapped, we went right over to Amazon and bought the book. Because it turns out, what we can learn from plants is a whole heck of a lot.
We talked with our friend Rebecca from House of Pod about their Tribecca Film Festival selection, Guardians of the River. "The audio of this podcast is unlike anything I've ever heard. I love that this show wrestles with deep, important questions of conservation, tourism, ecology, and histories of colonialism. The sound design is rich, the host is brilliant and the story is enriching. To follow this podcast is to be part of a web of relationships with place, animals, humans, plants, history, and the future. What a joy to be part of this project and to share it with others!"