Podcasts are a great way to escape from the outside world and to help you relax. I feel the same way about music, as it can help me concentrate on my current book. During the lockdown, I got into listening to podcasts and I found a few that I love. I decided that my first official post will be a list of podcasts that got me through lockdown and my opinion on them.
Podcasts come in different formats and they are all special in their own way. There are few types of podcasts that I love to listen to, but I am really ones where people just talk about random things that excite them, or whatever will excite us.
I have been a fan of Smosh for many years now and back in early 2019, they announced they were creating a podcast. In their podcast named SMOSHCAST, they would talk about current events and anything else that would excite us. I remember listening to the first podcast and afterwards, I was hooked. Ever since then I have listened to them and they have always made me look forward to the next one. Episodes of Smosh’s podcasts are released every Wednesday on Spotify, iTunes and a few other podcast supporting apps. Full video versions of each episode are released on YouTube the following Friday.
At the start of the lockdown, my sleeping patterns became messed up and have sadly stayed that way. A good tip to have a good nights sleep is to turn off all electronic devices 30 mins before bed and pick up a book instead. One night I woke up at 4:30 am and couldn’t get back to sleep. I really should’ve followed my advice that night and not have turned on my phone, but I picked up my book and tried to read it but it didn’t work. I put the book down and decided to look on Spotify for new podcasts. That is when I found it: The Two Princes.
The Two Princes is a LGBT scripted podcast from Gimlet Media, created by Kevin Christopher Snipes and directed by Mimi O’Donnell. Starring the voices of Noah Galvin, Ari’el Stachel, Christine Baranski, and many more, deliver very exciting performances. The story focuses on Prince Rupert (Noah Galvin), on a quest to break a curse that is destroying his kingdom. Along the way he meets Amir, a rival prince who is also on a quest to save his own realm. They both join forces but the two princes discover that the hardest thing they must do is follow their hearts.
In Season 2, Rupert and Amir are getting ready to get married and settle down. A powerful sorceress named Malkia invades their kingdom, the day before the wedding. The two princes must go on another quest collect magical items that will help them defeat her.
With the positive message and the LGBT fairy tale ending, it is no surprise that this podcast is being turned into an animated special.
There are other podcasts that I like to listen to, but I am sure there are many other memorable podcasts that I have yet to discover. In the meantime, I will continue to enjoy the ones I listen to and hopefully find new ones.