Happy new year! Here are some of my favorite episodes through the end of 2015. Given my love for podcasts, my new year's resolution for 2016 is to start my own podcast. In 2016, I hope to see more innovation in podcast apps. I currently use Overcast, which I LOVE, but there's still many features I'd like to see in the future such as interactive/improved show notes and better podcast discovery.
The Tim Ferriss Podcast: Jamie Foxx
This was an amazing episode, mostly because Jamie Foxx was given free reign to tell story after story without interruption. On one hand, Tim really doesn't say anything and that's kind of odd since most of his episodes are driven by his line of questioning, but I think it takes a good interviewer to know when to shut up and just let the guest talk, especially when it's one as multi-talented as Jamie Foxx. I think this is as one of the best podcasts episodes in all of 2015.
Serial: Season 2
Yes, it's back. This time, Sarah Koenig and her team look into the return of Bowe Bergdahl, a U.S. soldier held prisoner by the Taliban for 5 years. To be honest, I am not enjoying this season as much as the first one, but I was pretty impressed when Koenig busted out interviews with actual Taliban members involved in this story.
99% Invisible #181: Milk Carton Kids
Interesting backstory of how missing children pictures were posted on milk cartons in the U.S. I personally have never seen any, but it turns out it's also because it was only in practice for a few years.
Planet Money #672: Bagging a Birkin
Apparently the world is divided into those who have a Birkin bag from Hermes (~$60k) and the rest of us peasants. Some parts of this story are obvious - why is it always "out of stock" - but other parts like the backstory of the origins of the bag are quite interesting. Certainly worth a listen.
Hello Internet #54: Star Wars Christmas Special
Spoiler episode discussing the latest Star Wars movie. I agree with a lot of what they say about the movie, except their views on Kylo Ren. I found Kylo Ren to be really whiney and too emo-teenager for my tastes.