ZINC Celebrates International Podcast Day

Looking ahead to September 30th, ZINC wants the world to join us along on our journey to celebrate International Podcast Day- a day to remind us to sit back, tune in and listen to some of the really good content that’s out there. But with close to 700,000 podcasts to choose from— how does one go about finding the best podcasts to suit our own unique tastes? Whether you listen to podcasts for entertainment, for learning, or a little bit of both, the crew at ZINC has rounded up a few of their top podcasts to help you discover what just might be your next favourite. Enjoy!

Telling our Twisted Histories

This is a great CBC podcast hosted by Kanieht: iio Horn who politely asks listeners to “please leave stereotypes at the door” to learn more about decolonizing language. With podcast titles such as Reconciliation, God, Bannock and Pocahontas there is plenty of interesting content to help listeners gain a new way of thinking.

Fun fact: There is also a French-version of this podcast called Laissez-nous raconteur : L’histoire crochie which was released by Radio-Canada in 2020.  

The Moth

A classic if you love a well-told true story, The Moth Podcast is a long-living popular live storytelling podcast. If you love this style of podcast there are plenty of great episodes to binge on, with content going back to 1997. Here is some stand out episodes:

  • Jesse Owens, Michael Phelps and Me, Charles Upshaw 
  • Life Flight by Kimberly Reed
  • Radical Honesty by Starlee Kine
  • Leaving Bagdad by Abbas Moussa

Fun fact: The moth also has an Emmy award-winning radio hour to check out.

99% Invisible

A design and history podcast that touches a myriad of subjects including architecture, cities, and technology- just to name a few. Here are some of 99% Invisible’s top episodes to try:

  • Episode 265: The Pool, and the Stream
  • Episode 324: Billboard Boys: The Greatest Radio Contest of all time 
  • Episode 114: Ten Thousand years

Fun fact: The term 99 % Invisible is from a quote from US architect Buckminster Fuller, “Ninety-nine percent of who you are is invisible and untouchable.”

Nothing Much Happens

Feeling restless at night? Tune in to Nothing Much Happens found in the category of Health & Fitness. Kathryn Nicolai, a yoga and meditation teacher, reads bedtime stories for grown-ups in a calm and soothing voice. Each story is told twice to let the details stay with you if you wake up at night. With close to 100 episodes to choose from with names like Toast and Marmalade, The Tulip Farm and Housewarming; these gentle stories (where—as you guessed it—nothing much happens) are created to relax even the most anxious minds.

Fun fact: you can purchase the illustrated book Nothing Much Happens: Calming Stories to Soothe Your Mind and Help You Sleep.

Other Great Treats

And last but not least here are some popular book podcasts to explore:

With podcasts growing at a rate of 10% per year- there’s more wonderful, thought-provoking content out there than we can possibly get to! Hope this list helps you find something you love too.

What do you ZINC? Send us a note at info@zincstrategies.com if you have any fabulous podcast suggestions for us.