Since the start of my grad school experience, a theme that has constantly come up is that of identity. Not only in the classrooms but also within myself. Three areas of my life that are the most important to me at this moment are my spiritual path, connecting with the parts of me that say I’m an artist, and the culture that my family comes from. This past year is when I decided to start finding myself so that I can become the best me that I could be, my true self.
Being single, something I hadn’t experienced in quite a while, this past summer allowed me to focus on myself. I’ve learned a lot about myself and the person that I want to be. On my journey I found the world of podcasts. And OMG, why didn’t anybody ever tell me these things were magical??!!!? Podcasts can teach us a great deal about ourselves and our place or role in society. They can also help us look at things in an entirely new way. Some of my favorite podcasts that have given me a better understanding of myself and the way I think and view things are:
- Guys We Fucked: Hosted by two comedians, Corinne and Krystyna, this podcast focuses on topics relating to sexuality from a feminist perspective.
- The Witch Wave: This podcast is very new, like only has one episode at the time I’m typing this new, but it’s something I’ve been looking for in a podcast since I began listening to them. Pam Grossman, the host and a practicing pagan, speaks about magic, creativity, and culture.
- Latino USA: What I enjoy about this news and culture podcast is that they look at things through the lens of a Latino perspective. Being Mexican, I like that this helps me relate back to my roots.
- On Drugs: Since my freshman year of college I’ve had a fascination with drugs. How they work, what they’re used for, their effect on the human mind, and why most everyone I came into contact with saw them as “bad”. This podcast sheds a light on a deeper conversation about how drugs have shaped society.