It’s like the second wave of radio as podcasts become a more and more crucial part of the entertainment sphere. With a plethora of content spewing out to the masses it can be hard for some of us who are just beginning to dip our toes into the pool of audio goodies. With so much available at our fingertips, where do we start?
Personally, I’ve always been a fan of podcasts as a medium. Since coming to Argentina I initially found myself at a crossroads wanting to dive straight into some of the more obscure offerings but finding myself in a perpetual loop of the same content.
Here’s a list of some of my discoveries so you can maybe find your way through the jungle of Spotify, Itunes, and all the various streaming platforms. Here’s hoping something tickles your fancy or expands your mind just like our very own Emily Ann who explores the use of ahre and chan here. This compilation is especially good for those of you who are still virgins to the medium and want to find out what it’s all about!
es un crimen
This female-led crime & murder podcast hosted by Angeles Bernardez and Anabella Guimarey will take you down the rabbit hole of dark depravity in their generally hour-long episodes.
The thing that sets es un crimen apart from other podcasts is that their subject matter directly connects to Argentina or the events themself involve an Argentine national. Although not for the faint of heart, you’ll find yourself deeply engrossed in not only their style of story-telling, but also the individuals who they discuss. They’ve talked about so many criminals I’d never heard of.
The series also has occasional specials in which an episode focuses on another part of Latin America. So if you’re fascinated by the less savory characters that roam this earth, I’d highly recommend giving this a listen.
Nos Quemaron Por Brujas
Nos Quemaron Por Brujas is a feminist radio program that was airing regularly on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9 to 10 in the morning on Radio Presente. This station was the first of its kind to broadcast from a former clandestine center for detention, torture, and extermination in Argentina.
The program promotes positive images of women, lesbians, transvestites, and trans in the media, addressing issues related to the feminist agenda and claiming the human rights of women and the LGBTQ+ community.
Since 2012 they’ve been championing this form of communication and were nominated for the 2016 Lola Mora Award.
Esto Pasó Posta
If you’re wanting to learn about the big stories of the day in a short 10-minute slot then Esto Pasó Posta is just for you. This podcast provides small doses of some of those more complex issues broken down into an easy to digest morning listen.
The host Martina Soto Pose’s engaging voice guides you through the conversation while slick production makes even some of the more painfully boring topics a feast for the ears. This weekday podcast is an especially great tool for those who are wanting to learn more about Argentinian social and political topics without being bogged down by complicated jargon.
Historias de nuestra historia
Argentine history discussed in the present is how this weekly Radio Nacional Argentina program is described to its new listeners.
This factoid history heaven has host Felipe Pigna giving hot takes by challenging the existing narratives and featuring interesting guests who provide greater context to some of the most notable events, individuals, and movements that changed Argentina as a country. For someone (like myself) who enjoys pulling out the odd bit of trivia during a mid-party kitchen conversation, it’s nice to learn about the country you call home.
I admit it’s not for everyone, but if you’re looking for a well-researched podcast that covers a range of topics and boosts your worldly knowledge this is definitely the perfect accompaniment for a nice leisurely Sunday with a glass of wine.
MEJOR QUE EL SEXO
Talking about taboos always makes for an interesting listening experience and the Mejor Que El Sexo podcast is no exception. Eduardo, Paula and Marcos have created a platform from which they have been able to speak openly, honestly, and truly independently about how we relate to each other when it comes to the subject of sex.
They engage with a range of interesting people who help provoke answers to the big and small questions that arise around love, sex, identity, and gender.
Although this might be an awkward listen in the family home with mum sitting nearby, I can guarantee that this podcast will educate you in many ways about this rarely discussed topic in mainstream media. It’s not for the prudish at heart.
And if after all these podcasts your ears still have an appetite for audio, be sure to check out our latest picks for our July Monthly Music Roundup where we give you the best picks from our latest music releases of the month.