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Podcasts: The New Form of Entertainment

By Rikki Yanez
Assistant Blog Content Contributor

Since technology has rapidly advanced and we are no longer having to rent movies or TV shows at the nearest Blockbuster, binging shows on streaming platforms such Netflix or Hulu has become one of the most popular forms of entertainment. However, no one really talks about the other forms of entertainment such as podcast. I recently discovered on Spotify all the diverse types of genres and topics there are, which probably don’t get the attention they deserve. I find that listening to podcast that involve storytelling are far  better to me than sitting for hours binging any latest series. One of the biggest perks to me about podcasts is that the listeners can do multiple things while still being entertained. When I ventured out into the world of podcast I discovered a couple that I thought I could share with people that are also looking for some change in entertainment.

Side note: I am a big fan of ghost stories, true crimes, history and myths which is what these next two podcast consist of. So, if that’s something you aren’t much of a fan of that’s okay. However, I do encourage those out there to give podcasts a listen. I’m sure there’s one out there that will reel you in.

Lore:

Lore Podcast list of episodes three, four, and five.

Lore is a podcast that’s hosted by Aaron Mahnke. In this podcast he explores creatures, people, places, and the darker side of history. Most people consider creatures like “trolls” make believe, however in Mahnke’s podcast he talks about people’s experiences with such creatures. “Truth is more frightening than fiction,” is what Mahnke’s podcast moto is. I really enjoy listening to Lore because the storytelling is very descriptive and well put together. Mahnke’s way of describing the places, people, and creatures is what keeps me intrigued in the topics he talks about and the way he describes it really does make me question if such things exist in this world. Another thing that I like is how the audio for this podcast works perfectly with the stories he tells. This podcast is definitely not a bore! I think listening to Lore makes you more aware of the folklore stories or as Mahnke would put it “non-fiction stories,” but you can be the judge or that.

And That’s Why We Drink:

For starters, this podcast isn’t for everyone especially if you are not a fan of horror or thriller stories that leaves you feeling paranoid for the rest of the day. And That’s Why We Drink is a paranormal and true crime podcast that is hosted by Christine Schiefer, Em Schulz, and their boxed wine. They also have special episodes where they read their listeners ghost, conspiracy, witches, and alien stories. The listeners’ stories are some of my favorite episodes since they are stories that aren’t known world wide. I’m a fan of all things in the horror and thriller genre, so listening to this podcast reminds me of listening to an audiobook, but with commentary by the hosts and their opinions about those events. It is very descriptive, which is good for a storytelling podcast. Another good thing that I like about this podcast are the personalities of the hosts, since they bring a lot of their own experiences in their episodes or they also compare the past to modern day in the true crime stories. This podcast is fairly new so there is room for improvement, however it’s still entertaining to listen to.

Like I said before there is a wide variety of podcast out there that can fit almost all interest. To me podcasts are a form of entertainment for when you are too busy to actually focus on an TV show or movie. You are able to take it anywhere with you whether you cooking, cleaning, working out, walking to class or taking a road trip. This form of entertainment is beneficial to people since it teaches you how to listen to the details rather than watching it visually and it helps improve your listening senses, as well as your ability to multitask. So, go ahead and dive into the world of podcast and find one that interest you!

Featured image by Rikki Yanez.

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