Productive Coloring: 6 Podcasts to Listen to While You Color
The calm creative’s podcast guide to coloring.
We’ve assembled our favorite podcasts for multi-tasking colorists looking to go the extra mile. Note that this curated list is carefully chosen to do what coloring does, which is get your mind off of worrying and onto relaxing!
We asked fellow colorists to curate this podcast selection, which is then vetted for powerful storytelling. So get cozy, unpack your coloring tools and be transported to another world, visually and aurally.
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1. Desert Island Discs
The heartwarming podcast turning guests into castaways, inquiring about their favorite music and book to be marooned with on an island. The islanders’ preferred luxuries and anecdotes behind their choices paint a wholesome portrait of a person you'll come to know in three-dimensions. Entertaining and intimate, we suggest getting lost in the Lake District with sheep farmer James Rebanks, or be cast away with Yoko Ono's story on the power of love and meeting John Lennon in 1968.
2. Radio Lab
The podcast for listeners who demand skepticism, but appreciate wonder. Think investigative stories, brilliantly produced so that information sounds like music and science and culture collide. Listen to oddities, prompting subjects like strange things that emerge when things happen again and again in a loop, or what it means to make amends in today's sea of sorry-not-sorry's and empty apologies.
3. Grounded with Louis Theroux
The famed British documentarian Louis Theroux known for uncovering marginal subcultures uses the lockdown to track down high-profile people he's been longing to talk to, from all walks of life and on both sides of the Atlantic. Louis has a way with interviewing candidly and intimately for hours of enlightenment and entertainment with folks like Helena Bonham Carter to Irish actor and comedian Chris O'Dowd.
Another scientific suggestion: unseeable forces control human behavior and shape our ideas, beliefs, and assumptions. Invisibilia, which is Latin for "invisible things," fuses narrative storytelling with science that will make you see your own life differently. Color and learn a new fact or two, like "what happens when you treat AI with unconditional love" or "what is the end of empathy".
5. WTF With Marc Maron
An option for those looking to keep the mood light and humorous, this is another interview-style podcast but with a comedic twist: comedian Marc Maron offers laughs with guests from former US President Barack Obama to Jim Carrey and John Legend.
6. School of Life
While not a podcast per se, you could technically put these videos into a playlist, dim your screen and let the audio play in the background as you color. The School of Life is too good not to include here: it's a channel devoted to helping people lead calmer and more resilient lives by sharing ideas on how to understand ourselves better, improve relationships, take stock of our careers and deepen our social connections. Find serenity and self-growth on topics like "how to tell if you're an introvert" or "how romantic attractions work".
There you have it, our first podcast guide to coloring. What did you think about this selection? Are we missing any incredible podcasts here that you'd like to share with the global community of calm creatives? Let us know below, and we'll add it to the next series!