Someone asked me this week what a podcast was (true story) now, to be fair, you may have not come across podcasts yet. If this is so, then I will take full enjoyment into welcoming you into the podcast world. Podcasts are to radio what sky plus is to TV. It is a quick and painless way of extracting exactly what you want from the radio. Fortunately for you, (the new listener) there is an abundance to choose from, I mean there is pretty much a podcast for everything, from knitting to fly-fishing.
However, what I want to write about this week is one podcast I cannot stop downloading. Its called Strangers, and is a storytelling styled podcast with each episode covering true stories of people’s lives and experiences on a certain subject. Now unlike some podcasts, which run along the same theme of real life but choose to broadcast more dramatic and almost explosive stories of people in rare and extreme situations, Strangers is a lot more genuine, by this I mean they cover stories of people’s lives that most shows wouldn’t. An example is the podcast Sexistential featuring Kendra Holliday and covering the subject of her being a sex surrogate. The podcast presenter Lau’s reaction, and honesty on her thoughts and feeling towards Kendra in the podcast is refreshing and the way in which the episode covers both her and Kendra’s opinions on the subject, however controversial to some, makes for interesting and thought provoking listening.
This is exactly what you get with Strangers, honesty, Lau speaks openly about her life and hardships and she uses the podcast to not only enlighten the listener about everyday happiness’s that occur but also to allow those who have been through adversity’s too express themselves.
My most recent listen was of the episode The cruellest Month to summarise it is about the strange lengths we go for love and how sometimes it works out and others it doesn’t.
This podcast is free and is a must for those who feel a bit of a stranger at Uni and need a push.