Actress Gillian Jacobs is a total podcast nerd. She even listens in the shower.

Actress Gillian Jacobs is a total podcast nerd. She even listens in the shower.

Hey, pals!

A few months ago, the good women of 2 Dope Queens hosted a live show in Washington, D.C. Lots of their famous pals joined them, including actress Gillian Jacobs, star of the TV sitcom Community and the Netflix show, Love. Onstage with the Queens, Jacobs admitted to a deep and abiding love for podcasts. Specifically true crime podcasts, starting naturally with Serial.

After that, we knew we needed to get Jacobs on the horn to probe her love of digital audio. Turns out, she’s a bit of an obsessive. She listens in the car when she’s driving around L.A., she listens at home when she’s doing chores and she also listens when she’s in the shower. Not my preferred venue, but hey, to each her own.

Jacobs’ list of podcast faves is long. So long. But we’ll abridge it for you. Gillian Jacobs’ top podcast picks are:

About her eclectic tastes, Jacobs says “I listen to all kinds of podcasts. There’s one for every mood.”

Tell Me More Shows To Check Out!

  • Seltzer Death Match — If you love carbonated water, then this is the show for you. Rachel Ward and Travis Larchuk, both veteran radio producers, turn their talents to the bubbly beverage in a March Madness-style showdown of seltzer. #lacroix
  • Containers  Speaking of water, the topic of global shipping might not shoot you out of bed in the morning. That is, until you hear this audio documentary from journalist Alexis Madrigal and realize that shipping containers are the underpinning of your entire existence: almost every single thing you buy has made its way to you on a cargo ship laden with containers. Both the history and the impact of this industry is hard to ignore.
  • The Competition — One of the most prestigious piano competition in the world happens every four years in Fort Worth, Texas. The Van Cliburn is an event that makes or breaks classical piano careers and the competitors train for years to make it. James Kim’s podcast follows some of the pianists trying to make it into this year’s competition.

Call Me!

Do you have a podcast recommendation you’d like to share with us? We want to hear it! Give us a jingle on the Pod Line at 202-885-POD1 and leave a message. Then we’ll put you on the radio and you’ll win all the awards.

Thanks for reading, pals! ‘Til next time…keep listening, America.

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