Avid Fans Of: Podcasts

Avid (adjective) – having or showing a keen interest in or enthusiasm for something. It’s more than just our company’s namesake. Passion for our work and for the things we love is part of our core values. In this recurring series, we’ll share some of the things we’re Avid Fans of with you.

In this latest installment of Avid Fans Of, we’re thrilled to dive into the world of podcasts with members of the Avid Core team. Get ready to uncover a treasure trove of audio delights as our team members reveal their top picks and share the stories behind their podcast passions.

Rossana Gonzalez When it comes to podcasts, I have two favorites that I always turn to: “We’re All Insane” and “No Chaser.”

“We’re All Insane” – This podcast is truly exceptional. With each episode, the host invites a different guest to share their personal journey through a traumatic event. The conversations aim to shed light on these experiences, discussing how individuals navigated through them or found resilience. It’s a profound exploration of human resilience and the power of storytelling.

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“No Chaser” – This podcast is like a cozy conversation among friends, perfect for when I’m getting ready or winding down. Its laid-back atmosphere and occasional special guests create a welcoming space where you can relax and enjoy the banter. It’s the ultimate no-pressure podcast experience, ideal for those who might not consider themselves avid podcast listeners but still crave engaging content.

I highly recommend both podcasts, especially those new to the podcast scene or prefer a more relaxed listening experience. Give them a try – you won’t be disappointed!

Jasmine Buford – “Show Me the Meaning” is my favorite podcast. As a lifelong movie enthusiast, I enjoy dissecting and discussing film plots. “Show Me the Meaning” delves into both mainstream hits like The Dark Knight and cult classics like Fight Club, offering a diverse range of cinematic analysis.

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What sets this podcast apart is its hosts’ backgrounds in philosophy, adding depth and intellectual insight to each episode. From dissecting the score to analyzing themes, cinematography, and script, the podcast provides a comprehensive examination of each film.

One of the reasons I adore this podcast is the diverse and humorous dynamics among the hosts, who often hold differing views on the director’s intentions, embracing the “Death of the Author” philosophy. Perfect for multitasking, I enjoy listening to it while doing chores or doing desk work. Though the podcast sadly concluded in April 2022, its legacy lives on, leaving behind a treasure trove of thought-provoking discussions.

For those seeking similar content, I recommend exploring podcasts like “New Rockstars,” “Deep Dive,” and “Wisecrack.”

Stephanie Mace – “Smartless,” hosted by Hollywood stars Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, and Sean Hayes, is a delightful exploration into the lives and minds of guests from various fields. What sets this podcast apart is the effortless banter and genuine chemistry between the hosts, creating an atmosphere that feels like eavesdropping on a lively conversation among friends.

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“Smartless” stands out for its unique format where one of the hosts invites a surprise guest, unbeknownst to the other two. This element of surprise adds an extra layer of impulsiveness and excitement, keeping listeners engaged and eager to discover who will join the conversation next. Whether seeking entertainment, inspiration, or a good laugh, “Smartless” delivers.

Virginia Arroyo – GirlTrek’s “Black History Bootcamp: The Walking Podcast” was recommended to me by a sister-friend at the beginning of COVID-19. It is a 21-day walking meditation series that reflects and celebrates Black stories.

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The storytelling feels like a conversation between friends, helping gather strength for the road ahead. The stories on this podcast also highlight lessons that can help navigate daily life and uncertain times.