The Australian harvest has started, and most areas will be in full swing within the next fortnight. There will be some long days and nights ahead of you in the header.
Let's be honest, harvest can get a bit boring. To alleviate that boredom, each of the Mecardo analysts have provided a recommendation of a podcast which they enjoy to help you wile away the hours.
Invisibilia by NPR Radio.
Chosen by Olivia Agar
If there’s ever a podcast to make you think it’s
Invisibilia. Each show explores the invisible forces that shape human behavior. It weaves psych and brain science with unexpected human stories in a way that makes you question your thoughts, actions, impulses and emotions. The topics are diverse; from “How to become Batman”, which follows the story of a blind man that rides a bike, to new social norms, delving into an attempt to change Russia’s cultural aversion to smiling using McDonald’s. Don’t be turned off by thinking you need a philosophy degree to like this podcast, there is nothing dull or snobbish about it. The storytelling sucks you in and spits you out at the end of the hour with a new way of thinking.
The Ricky Gervais Guide to...
Chosen by Matt Dalgleish
If you like the idea of expanding your mind, while also taking time to have a chuckle, then check out this series of audiobooks/podcasts that have been recorded by the team that brought you the UK version of “The Office”- Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, along with their long-suffering sidekick Karl Pilkington (from the TV series “An idiot abroad”).
The “Guide to” series cover a range of topics including Medicine, Natural History, Philosophy, The Human Body, etc. Don’t be scared of it being too highbrow though as much of the content is sprinkled with Ricky and Stephen taking the piss out of Karl. It’s good humoured banter between mates at its best – although perhaps don’t listen to it with the youngsters in earshot as there’s some colourful language used at times.
This American Life
Chosen by Robert Herrmann
This American Life is a free, weekly public podcast, heard by 2.2 million people on more than 500 stations in the USA. Most weeks, it is the most popular podcast in the country, with around 2.5 million people downloading each episode.
The appeal to me is the way the stories are told by the presenters. It has a mix of interview and comment, and leads you in a structured way through the story, pointing out along the way some of the absurd situations that present.
The most recent story I have listened to was titled “Expect delays”.
We all love to travel to different places, but not many of us like the stressful, banal process of the journey. These stories are all about delays—including a town known entirely for its speed trap, with a population of only 175 people it manages to generate over $1.0 million in speeding fines each year. Also in this episode is a story on traffic jams in China, some lasting for three days. The presenter gets into it and explains what everyone does to pass the time stuck in the traffic jam.
If you are interested in the slightly crazy side of America, this podcast will get you in and pass the time either when traveling or sitting on a header.
Chosen by Mily Wilson
This science and technology podcast from BBC delves into the most urgent questions the world is facing, and uses cutting-edge science to explore how we may live our lives in the future
This podcast explains how science can transform our present to develop a better future.
The series covers a wide range of topics including: can humans transmit ideas and information directly to someone else’s brain? Will cities one day become uninhabitable - and will floating cities be the solution to the problem? Should robots have human rights? What does the future of the internet look like?
This podcast is one for expanding your mind over your breakfast.
50 Things That Made the Modern Economy
Chosen by Andrew Whitelaw
Tim Harford, best known as the undercover economist discusses the 50 things which have moulded current society.
The podcasts provide short and sharp insights into the everyday items around us from infant formula to the plough.
The presenter of the show has an innate ability to turn what might be considered a boring subject into an interesting and fascinating topic.
A good example is the insurance industry. Did you know it began with sailors betting in a pub whether a ship would return from a voyage!
A point to note, is that many of the items considered important originated in agriculture.
We hope you enjoy these podcasts. If you have any suggestions on other enjoyable podcasts, let everyone know on the comment box below!
Originally published on 11th November, and republished on the 25th November as part of our Mecardo Insights series.