NAG’s quarantine and chill guide – the podcast edition

How was the weekend? How’s lockdown? If the answer to the first was “not long enough” and the answer to the second is “please, I have watched everything on Netflix twice, give me a break!”, do not despair! For I return from foraging on the internet for things worthy of your attention. This time we’re giving our eyes a rest and giving our ears the loving they deserve. That’s right, the topic is podcasts (part one of… who knows?).

ARS PARADOXICA

Synopsis: When an experiment in a time much like our own goes horribly awry, Dr. Sally Grissom finds herself stranded in the past and entrenched in the activities of a clandestine branch of the US government. Grissom and her team quickly learn that there’s no safety net when toying with the  fundamental logic of the universe.

The fact that I didn’t immediately start humming the Doctor Who theme song stands as a testament to ars PARADOXICA’s unique voice. This podcast starts just slow enough that you get your mind around the scenario and characters, then it moves at irregular intervals of breakneck pace interspersed with comforting lulls.

Holding a coherent story about time travel together is not joke, but the cast manages it admirably. You’ll sometimes be confused but that’s alright because you’re meant to. This is a fun, completed podcast for the sci-fi enthusiast who misses Fringe – even the parts where it got weird.

HUNT THE TRUTH

Synopsis: Benjamin Giraud investigates the story behind the Master Chief, humanity’s greatest and most mysterious hero. As inconsistencies in the story emerge, Ben is faced with toeing the government line or cutting rank and breaking the conspiracy wide open.

The consensus around HUNT the TRUTH is, of course that the podcast raised us up, so we could stand on mountains, but the game it was made for dashed our hopes like so many shards of crystal. Having never played the game, I cannot attest to that, but I can say that the podcast was well worth listening to. The two-season podcast is meant to be listened to sequentially. Given, however, that was because of the game, which we apparently don’t like – why don’t you just live a life of anarchy.

MYTHS AND LEGENDS

Synopsis: This show brings you folklore that has shaped our world. Some are incredibly popular stories you think you know, but with surprising origins. Others are stories that might be new to you, but are definitely worth a listen. These are stories of magic, kings, vikings, dragons, knights, princesses, and wizards from a time when the world beyond the map was a dangerous, wonderful, and terrifying place.

If you ever wondered what a snarky retelling of, say, Arthurian legends, would sound like, you’ll feel right at home with this podcast. Narrator Jason Weiser delivers the myths you know and love, those you don’t know and will grow to love, and even some legends and fairytales because why not? This on-going podcast has weekly installments of between 30 and 50 minutes each which serve as the perfect backdrop to the lunch hour you should be taking but have been working through because you’re working from home.

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