Favourite podcasts: Getting through 2020 and beyond

Favourite podcasts: Getting through 2020 and beyond

Daniel Heath Justice

By Amplify Team Date: May 03, 2021 Tags: Podcasting

One of the many things podcasts do well is help us cope with the unpredictability and constant changes that life can throw our way, especially in a year like the one we just had. Looking back at our first year as a network, we asked some of our members to reflect on the podcasts that got them through the global pandemic, revolution-filled year that was 2020 and beyond. In this series, we ask: What podcasts are helping you get through? What podcasts are inspiring you? What are your all-time favorites? 

We hope each post will give you a glimpse into the individual team members that make up The Amplify Network. If you have a podcast that helped you get through 2020, share it with us at @AmplifyPodcasts on Twitter or send us an email, we’d love to hear from you. 

In Favourite Podcasts Post #4, Amplify project manager and supervising producer Stacey Copeland shared a few of her top cross-country road trip picks because “every road trip needs a playlist and there’s nothing better than a good podcast playlist to get you through multiple days of driving during a pandemic.”

Next up in our Favourite Podcasts series, we hear from Amplify co-applicant and podcaster Daniel Heath Justice.

Daniel Heath Justice

In a Zoom conversation with Amplify supervising producer Stacey Copeland about the past year, podcasting, and country music, Daniel Heath Justice shares with us his top podcast recommendations.

Daniel: First off, do I even have to say how much I love Dolly Parton’s America? I’m a huge Dolly fan, but it also came at a good time. There was so much ugliness in the news. Just things we’re feeling particularly grim at the time and that podcast was a really hopeful podcast. It made me a little bit more hopeful. It reminds me what really good journalism can do. I like that they take her seriously and at the same time reflect on a lot of the things that are complicated in American culture right now. 

Next on the list is Media Indigena. I listen to it pretty regularly for first rate critical commentary on Indigenous issues in Canada especially, but also in the US and globally. The show is consistently strong and there’s a lot of laughter too. They’re not afraid of taking on pretty complicated issues. I can’t think of any episodes that haven’t taught me something.

Stacey: I’m also a huge Dolly fan and I’m so glad that Media Indigena is now on our Favourite Podcasts list too! What about podcasts that are inspiring you as an academic podcaster?

Daniel: I’ve recently started listening to Ologies with Alie Ward, which is quite fun. A mix of science and humor. Each episode features a different ‘-ologist’ guest and it was in listening to Ologies that I found a podcast called Completely Arbortrary. The host was a guest on her show, talking all about trees. The host Casey Clapp. He’s an arborist who just loves trees and knows a myriad of things about them, though he hates apple trees. These kinds of deep dives into a single subject are really inspiring my own podcast work. 

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Keep your eyes peeled and your ears tuned in the months to come for more Favorite Podcasts posts from the Amplify Podcast Network.