Winter debuts worth sharing
Battle Scars is a new podcast from Panoply about veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. It's hosted by comedian, musician and U.S. military veteran Thom Tran. Tran is the heart and soul of this show. His military experience allows him to connect and relate to his guests in a way that gets them to open up about their time in the military (which in many cases...can't be easy). Their responses are candid, often heart wrenching...and surprisingly funny. That's where Tran's comedy experience really comes into play. The result is something so raw and real. There's something incredibly refreshing about listening to something that both captures an experience few of us will understand, while also reflecting the extreme ups and downs of being a human in an intense situation. For that reason I think this podcast, which might seem niche, is something that will appeal to everyone. That's why it's my podcast pick of the week.
- Kate Evans, Producer, Podcast Playlist.
Podcasts featured this week:
- Endless Thread - When thirteen-year-old Shane told his religious mother he was gay, she stopped speaking to him. Then a strange twist: his sister was charged with the murder of her mother-in-law. This is a preview episode. Click here to listen to the full episode.
- Heavyweight - Four years ago, Jesse was hit by a car and nearly died. Now he wants to find the driver. And thank him. Click here to listen to the full episode.
- Battle Scars - JR Martinez was trapped in a burning vehicle for five long minutes. Coming back from Iraq, he had to come to terms with the scarred face that now looks back at him in the mirror. Click here to listen to the full episode.
- Dexter Guff is Smarter Than You (And You Can Be Too) - Thought-leaders build careers out of TED Talks, inspirational quotes, and branded products. Dexter Guff is a big player in that space, teaching his listeners how to crush it every day. But Dexter Guff is not a real guy. His podcast, Dexter Guff Is Smarter Than You, is a satirical show starring actor Peter Oldring. Click here to listen to the full episode.
- Interesting People Reading Poetry - In this episode, musician Gaelynn Lea reads a favourite poem by E. E. Cummings and discusses the importance of acknowledging the duality of light and darkness in the world. Click here to listen to the full episode.
- My Neighbors Are Dead Podcast - Join host Adam Peacock as he talks to actors in character, playing the lesser known roles from your favourite horror films. Each week is an all new, fully improvised journey into the unknown featuring friends and luminaries from the worlds of comedy, horror, and beyond. Click here to listen to the full episode.