Podcasts: Some Cream City Hostel Staff Favorites

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March 7, 2020

Podcasts are great way to make time stuck inside easier, listen in while you work around the house cleaning, organizing, relaxing, or planning a future trip (with a stop at the Cream City Hostel, of course).

There's a great resource here in the Badger State called the Wisconsin Podcast Association, which hosts an annual Wisconsin Podcast Festival (scheduled for September 19 & 20) as well as future social meetups and workshops around the state. Connect with them online-- the group is geared toward anyone interested-- podcast fans, those just getting started on the creation process, or those who already have a show rolling. It's a good time to make connections and start recording at home. For more info on the Wisconsin Podcast Association visit their website: wisconsinpodcast.com

If you're looking for some podcast recommendations, we rounded up some of the Cream City Hostel staff's favorites.


 Hostel Road Show: This is a podcast that features hostels all over the United States. James Black and Bobby started this podcast to increase awareness of hostels in the United States and not only for hostel staff- really shows how the hostel industry is unique and brings an international community together.

Freakonomics: I've been listening to this podcast for years. I enjoy how approachable they make the topic of economics and bringing perspectives of looking at the world in a new way.

 How I Built This: As a business owner- I love hearing the success and challenges of how others have built up their businesses. A very personable podcast that explores the business owners' thoughts from the beginning to the end. One of my favorites is the startup of Lonely Planet and how they got started.


See you on the Other Side: This podcast is based out of Madison and is dedicated to all things paranormal or just strange. Hosts Mike and Wendy are also in a band together called Sunspot, so they often write a song for each episode based on the subject matter. I've been a guest on the show a few times and it's always hella fun. It's "Southwest by Southwest meets Coast-to-Coast AM." Also recommended: local comedy podcast Off the Rails with Tom and Mark.

Revisionist History: Hosted by Malcolm Gladwell, this is his "journey through the overlooked and misunderstood." This podcast is always incredibly interesting, with a masterful story structure.

Disgraceland: Like all good podcasts I forgot how I stumbled on this one. It's a true crime podcast that tells some pretty crazy stories of drugs, murder, and rock n' roll about everyone from Jerry Lee Lewis to Madonna to Slick Rick.


Radiolab: I love the dynamic between the hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich. The stories are always interesting and engaging. It's a nice familiar show that I can access for a good story and to learn more about the world around me.
Invisibilia: The blending of science and storytelling really gets me in this podcast. I feel like I'm always learning something new from their stories and thinking about things in my own life in new ways. They go into a lot of psychological research and it's endless interesting.
Reveal: Investigative Journalism at its finest. I enjoy the deep dives into news topics that affect us more than we actually realize. This podcast helps me feel like I'm keeping up with the world around me and understanding it a deeper way.
Dolly Parton's America: Radiolab featured the first episode of this podcast and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. I can't say I've ever been a huge fan of Dolly, but they go in-depth into the "Dolly Effect" and what it is about her that attracts people from all walks of life. They cover so much ground with this podcast, it completely captivated me. I highly recommend it!

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