I’ve been pretty much bedridden with different varieties of the hideous flergy for the last month, coughing up nasty goo and generally being icky. I couldn’t even watch TV or play video games because the fevers made it a little difficult for me to pay attention to what was going on onscreen.
Thankfully, I managed to avoid a case of yellow wallpaper madness by entertaining myself with podcasts!
I love podcasts. I learn primarily by hearing stuff and I like having a bit of chatter going on in the background. That being said, I’m very picky about what I listen to and even though my subscribe list is about a mile long, I’ve only stocked it with stuff that I feel is engaging and fun.
I’ve thought long and hard about how to divide my listening list for sharing as some of the shows I listen to cover a plethora of different topics, sometimes even in a single episode! I’ve settled on splitting them by average length per episode. So, without further ado, here’s a list of everything I listen to that’s short and sweet – 15 minutes and under.
The Hidden Almanac with Reverend Mord by Dark Canvas Media
Written by acclaimed children’s book author, Ursula Vernon and brilliantly acted by her husband, Kevin Sonny, The Hidden Almanac is a witty and brilliantly surreal adventure comedy.
Each episode, Reverend Mord shares useful gardening tips, historical events of the day and various advertisements for an alternate universe in which miracles, magic and librarian conspiracies are a daily occurrence. While the good reverend would like nothing more than to devote himself quietly to managing the Hidden Almanac test garden and his thrice weekly radio broadcasts; he is often reluctantly sucked into adventures with his “friend” and colleague, Pastor Drom the Miracle Worker.
At under 5 minutes per episode, The Hidden Almanac is easily the shortest podcast in my list as well as the most frequently updated. It’s pretty much child and AgedP friendly, containing no cursing and very few sexual references, particularly since both Reverend Mord and Pastor Drom have taken vows of abstinence.
This is a series that needs to be listened to from the very beginning. While the earlier episodes suffer from a little bit of early installment weirdness, they’re still worth listening to just for the world building alone. The characters are lovable and become more so the more you get to know them.
That’s the Hidden Almanac. Be safe and stay out of trouble.
Detective by Panoply
At roughly 15 minutes per episode, Detective is a quick and interesting true crime series.
Each season of Detective covers the experiences of homocide detectives from various backgrounds and walks of life, with each episode discussing a different aspect of their career. Unlike most true crime series, Detective steers away from the gruesome and grizzly murder details and instead focuses on the human interest part of how the detectives go about their work.
The series covers a range of topics from motives for murder to the social work that the detectives do in their spare time. I highly recommend the first season, which follows retired Detective Joe Kenda of the Colorado Springs police force. He’s an engaging speaker and has a wonderful matter-of-fact manner that makes me imagine him as the crusty old sheriff in a cowboy film.
Detective is AgedP friendly, but may not necessarily be child friendly. Despite the slightly gruesome topic (murder is never pretty) and the occasional curse word, the series never strays towards being overly foul or gratituous. It’s definitely worth listening to.
EOS 10 by Justin McLachlan
A science fiction dramady podcast, EOS 10’s episodes run anywhere from 10 to 15 minutes each and follows the adventures of a Dr Dalias and Dr Urvidian, a pair of misfit doctors aboard the space station EOS 10. Joining them on their adventures are Jane Johns, their slightly unhinged charge nurse; Levi, the hypochondriac foodcourt dishwasher who claims to be the deposed prince of an entire planet; and Akmazian, Destroyer of Stars.
EOS 10 balances issues like addiction and death with hilarious comedy without cheapening the seriousness of said issues. It’s a fine line to walk, and EOS 10 does it very well. The dialogue is always engaging and the characters are well-rounded, quirky and fascinating. Even though I’ve listened to this series several times over, I’m still discovering new things about the characters and haven’t gotten sick of it yet!
EOS 10 is possibly AgedP friendly, but definitely not child friendly. While the show doesn’t contain any cursing, it does contain a lot of sex, though it is never handled in a puerile manner. That being said, the fourth episode of the series (Up, Up, Up) is primarily comprised of penis jokes and doesn’t ever stop being funny.
If you’re looking for a clever, lighthearted and cheerful podcast, I cannot recommend EOS 10 highly enough.
So, there you have it. These are the three shortest podcasts on my listening list right now. I hope they entertain you as much as they do me!