I’m sure plenty of people have told you to ‘get into podcasts’ by now, but listening to podcasts is more akin to reading a book compared to more passive forms of media consumption like listening to music or watching YouTube videos. The podcast world is overcrowded right now and finding interesting content that’ll get you hooked is tough amongst all the junk. Twenty Thousand Hertz is the kind of eye-opening, perspective-changing, and highly entertaining podcast that will get you hooked. With many shows, listeners can find comfort in consistency, and pass from week to week with little deviation from the formula that grabbed them in the first place.
History shows will always be about history, audio dramas allow your minds to wander, and hour-long talk shows can even stand in for real-life friends. With Twenty Thousand Hertz, the only formula that exists is stories of the world’s most interesting sounds. Hosted by Dallas Taylor, Twenty Thousand Hertz blends together fascinating stories from scientists, artists, and everyday people in an incredibly effective way that helps deepen our appreciation of the world around us. The team draws attention to the many ways our everyday soundscape affects us, we affect it, and how these interactions shape the human experience in unexpected ways. The show sounds amazing. The levels are spot on, the effects always add to the episodes, and the music is absolutely perfect. Twenty Thousand Hertz is an audio treat that is only enhanced by the quality of its content. The Game of Thrones episode (#67) is an excellent starting point that is fascinating, heartbreaking, unexpected, and might help you reconnect with a show whose finale left a rather bitter taste in most people’s mouths. Taylor hits the nail on the head every time, as the episodes always make you look at the world a little differently. I don’t often listen to individual podcast episodes more than once but the sixth episode of Twenty Thousand Hertz is one I have listened to time and time again. It is a truly special episode that narrows in on something, which may not matter to everyone but hit me like a ton of bricks. “From Analog to Digital” (#06) is one of the best podcasts. It is nostalgic, informational, and even a history lesson. The episode, much like the podcast as a whole, explores change. This time it dives into the transition from tapes and vinyl to CD’s and MP3s and the narrative explores a lot of what gets lost through evolution.