Sometimes you need a break from listening to all the deep and weighty stuff out there; and you just need to let your ears kick back and relax, stretch out on a hammock. Maybe a healthy dose of silence is in order; or maybe some soothing music.
For myself, I sometimes indulge in a little RadioLab, a professionally produced podcast exploring just about any ol’ subject it deems fascinating. The show is quirky, oddly informative, humorous and well paced.
One of the more recent episodes, to give you a taste, featured a triathlete pooping her pants, a long (and I mean long) distance bicyclist hallucinating due to extreme sleep exhaustion, and an unusual competition where people from all over the world come to see who can remember the most numbers. This particular episode is called “Limits.” But it’s just one of many.
I should add a disclaimer or two. This is a secular production. Not only must one exercise discernment, but you might preview the material before letting your kids hear it. I’d give it a PG-13 rating. It also tries to mess with your head a bit, but not in a psychedelic kind of way. A lot of their shows end by making a semi-creepy, science-fictioney point meant to leave you thinking, “Oh…” or “Hmm…” That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but, well, just listen. You’ll get what I’m saying.
Difficulty: Beginner to Intermediate
Must Listen Factor: It’s enjoyable, easy listening that is both mildly informative and well put together. Scavengers will almost certainly want to give this a look. Teachers might find some good stories to use as well.
The link takes you to RadioLab. You will see past episodes on the right.