Sally, who gets to see and hear most things first (apparently she was the first person in Ireland to see The Wire… seriously) introduced these two podcasts to the studio some time ago. They have managed to restore our faith in the US of A.
This American Life is a weekly public radio show broadcast, there’s a theme to each episode, and a variety of stories on that theme. It’s mostly true stories of everyday people, though not always. There’s lots more to the show, but it’s sort of hard to describe.
On a somewhat similar note Radiolab from WNYC New York Public Radio believes your ears are a portal to another world — big questions are investigated, tinkered with, and encouraged to grow. The image above is from a fundraising t-shirt for Radiolab by Chop Shop — get one here.