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5 podcasts for 5 stages of isolation

A slight adjustment before a former high school orchestra musician plays a tune, a full decade since their last performance.


2020 has been a weird year, to say the least. One of those weird things you may have noticed is the behaviour of your friends and family.

Upon realising they have zero hobbies outside of drinking beers they have decided to take action, often with mixed results. Some may have admirably stretched their creative muscles and decided to pick up painting, while others who prefer to lean into the existential dread, decided to bake bread.

In an effort to encourage this behaviour, we’ve curated a special list of 5 podcasts you can listen to during the 5 different stages of isolation.

"I’m going to binge every episode of television, ever."

Podcast: An Oral History Of The Office.

Lockdown 1.0 allowed us to indulge our inner hermit and watch every single piece of content we wanted. We felt a slight tinge of sadness when we finished a good series, a feeling that quickly faded one click later as a new series began. In lockdown 2.0 we load up Brooklyn 99 for the 99th time or we discuss how the quality of The Office really drops off after Michael leaves, knowing full well everyone agrees.

Brian Baumgartner (Kevin Malone) hosts this series on how the U.S. adaptation of The Office came to be and gives you a greater appreciation for the series making another watch through an essential service. New episodes are still being released with the full slate expected to be 12 in total.

"I’m going to redesign my house, brick by brick.

Podcast: 99% Invisible

Home improvement has been a safe haven of control over our lives to the point that we all understand the merit of a throw blanket if it ties the couch, the carpet, and the ottoman together.

99% Invisible is all about good design of not just the interior, but of the world around us. The most recent episode is a re-broadcast of how the United States Postal Service Built America, and after listening, it’s hard to argue against it. Just this morning I pre-ordered their new book on audible just so I could get the collectable coin that comes with it. Why? Because I have nothing else to spend my money on.

"I’m going to learn to play an instrument."

Podcast: Song Exploder

There are two kinds of people in lockdown, those who consider buying a set of 5 harmonicas in different keys at 2 am, and those who know better. Neighbours worldwide have been graced with old-loves alive again as the dust is blown off the French Horn you played in high school, only to realise you've missed a few rehearsals. Good thing you've got all the time in the world. "How wonderful!" the neighbour's cry.

Song Exploder hosted by Hrishikesh Hirway, who along with the musicians that made them, picks apart hit songs bit by bit into how they came to be. It's a terrific source of creative inspiration and an even better way to find new songs/artists you wish you had found sooner.

"I’m going to do puzzles, that’s my thing now."

Podcast: Wind of Change.

It’s the middle of the night, you get out of bed to get a glass of water *CRUNCH* the weight of your whole body has crushed another puzzle box. What started out as fun for the whole family, has turned into a constant reminder of not being able to finish what you started.

Journalist Patrick Radden Keefe heard a rumour. Wind of Change by The Scorpians, one of the best selling songs of all-time and anthem for the Post-Cold War revolution, wasn’t written by The Scorpians. It was written by the CIA. Be inspired by dogged journalist Patrick Keefe and his journey to piece the puzzle together and find the truth. Undoubtedly one of the top podcasts of 2020.

"I’m going to drink all the wine."

Podcast: Billionaire Boys Club

It’s a bit treat your self, it’s a bit psychology, it’s a bit fantasy. The reality of the situation is that tensions are high in an isolation household. You never realised how loudly your housemate blinks their eyes. Small things that didn’t annoy you at first are now things that make you consider being the subject of a True Crime series. You want to understand what kind of sick individual leaves the toilet seat up time and time again.

Billionaire Boy Club is set in 1980s Los Angeles and follows the charismatic leader of the group Joe Hunt. There’s everything from kidnapping to plots of revenge, and it goes excellently with a swirling glass of red.


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