Podcast On Repeat: Do Go On
Anyone that have ever been my roommate at any point in the last few years can tell you a few constants about me. I'm a loud eater. I can fall asleep suddenly and unexpectedly. I'm always listening to something.
I don't know why, but I've grown to dislike the quiet. I like to have a constant ringing in my ears to fit whatever mood I'm in, whether I'm in the mood to destroy a hard workout or to unwind with a good laugh at the end of a long day.
Lately, I've been listening to a new podcast and couldn't put off telling everyone about it any longer.
From the Do Go On website:
"A fact based comedy podcast. Each week Melbourne comedians Matt Stewart, Jess Perkins and Dave Warneke take it in turns to research a topic and report back to the class."
If I had to describe the podcast in my own words, I would say it's like staying up late one night and falling into the deep, dark work of Wikipedia, where suddenly you're looking up the history of random things like serial killers and penicillin.
Most of the podcasts I listen to are not educational in the traditional sense of the word. Do Go On is no different. I always learn something new and I'm a sucker for all the fun facts that I can now randomly throw into all the conversations I'm not having.
I found the trio through another podcast I listen to, The Weekly Planet. When I heard the general premise of the podcast it sounded a little boring and I admit it took me a few listens to really get on board, but I'm glad I stuck with it.
My favorite episodes so far have been: Burke and Wills (Australian Explorer), Bonnie and Clyde, H.H. Holmes, and The Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster. Some topics I have no interest in at first, so I rely a lot more on the story-telling abilities and jokes of Jess, Matt, and Dave to keep me interested, which they're always able to do.
The topics have such a vast range that I think there's something for everyone, and even just choosing a topic you've never heard of or think you might not have an interest in can lead to a happy surprise. I've probably listened to every episode at least 3 times over at this point. It makes me feel like I'm learning something without having to actually do any research on my own. Plus, it's fun to feel like you're sharing inside jokes with friends (even if they're friends who have no idea you exist).
I'm hoping someday all this random knowledge I'm gaining will be of use. Maybe I'll be on a world-class trivia team and the only thing between us and 10 million dollars is a question on The Great Emu War. I mean, that's the dream, isn't it?
In any case, If you're looking for something new to listen to, give Do Go On a try. Even if they don't get you with the topic, I guarantee they'll make you laugh at some point in the episode.
Let me know if you have a favorite podcast that you just can't stop listening to. I'm looking to expand my podcast library and branch out to something new.