Podcast Selections: Moths, Tanks and Lifestreaming

My love for podcasts is undiminished.

When I listen to great new ‘casts I share them here, filtering out the boring bits of the podosphere and leaving you with gems. You can find my previous recommendations all collected at Frozen Truth.

The Moth

I recently discovered The Moth and was gripped by many of the podcasts I listened to. It features short storytelling sessions from fascinating speakers. Some of the notable guests of the larger project, of which the podcast is as aspect, have been Margaret Cho, Neil Gaiman, Ethan Hawke, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Moby, and Suzanne Vega. The series is a showcase of real life stories from people of all walks of life and succedes in bringing many perspecitves under the umbrella of intimate storytelling.

The Moth is dedicated to promoting the art of storytelling. We celebrate the ability of stories to honor the diversity and commonality of human experience, and to satisfy a vital human need for connection. We do so by helping our storytellers to shape their stories and to share them with the community at large. One goal of The Moth is to present the finest storytellers among established and emerging writers, performers and artists; another is to encourage storytelling among populations whose stories often go unheard.

The stories range in length from approximately 5 to 17 minutes. Sometimes funny, occasionally sad, often poignant, we hope you will find the stories memorable and representative of many aspects of human experience. Because the stories are culled from many years worth of archives, the sound quality varies.

Tank Riot

Tank Riot is a feast of a podcast. Each episode features a historic figure, pop culture landmark or topic that is explored with great enthusiasm and insight. A quick glace through the archives shows off just how varied the subjects can be; robber barons, Gilligan’s Island, Mother Teresa, Hanna-Barbera, Joe McCarthy, Post-Apocalypse Cinema, Walt Disney, Ayn Rand, Jim Henson, Mister Rogers, Tron, Devo, Henry Ford, Nikola Tesla, Douglas Adams, Philip K. Dick and Hugo Chávez were all fodder for this ‘cast. Some of the takes on important figures are surprising and shed light on overlooked histories; revealing Mother Teresa’s ugly side was especially audacious. Every episode is a thill, so be sure to subscribe.

Tank Riot is a never dull audio podcast (a.k.a. netcast) that digs deep into the minds of Viktor, Sputnik, and Tor. Recorded in tropical Madison, Wisconsin; each show starts you on a winding audio journey with a destination far from home. So secure your helmet, close the hatch, and by all means turn up the volume.

Kelly Cree and Jessica Mullen

I mentioned Kelly and Jessica’s The Popular Podcast in a previous post, but since then they have both created personal podcasts as part of their lifestreaming activities. Kelly and Jessica share their lives with great honesty and a clear desire to have their experiments bear fruit in their lives and the lives of those who look in through their lifestreams and podcasts. Recently Jessica has been focusing on lifestreaming for learning and design while Kelly has been exploring relationships and experiences.

What is Kelly Cree’s Lifestream? … I am a podcaster, graphic designer, vegan, runner currently living and working in Austin, Texas. My lifestream is the aggregation of all my activity online and off.
My goal is to create meaningful experiences and relationships. Below you will find my video and text blog which focuses on achieving that goal. If you would like to learn more about my everyday life, check out my Comprehensive Lifestream.

I’m a lifestream designer, podcaster, & MFA candidate at UT Austin. This site is about using lifestreaming to learn about yourself and the world, so you can design the life you want. Follow my daily activities here.

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