Best non-fiction storytelling

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Creation Date May 28th, 2020
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The best podcasts that use storytelling for non-fiction (some of these often mix storytelling episodes with interviews, or blur the lines between fiction and non-fiction)
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    Out There is a podcast that explores big questions through intimate stories in the great outdoors.
  2. These are the stories of impossible encounters with impossible creatures in the wildest corners of North America. A wolf man with bat wings thirty feet across. An enormous eel in America’s most popular lake. A frog half the size of a man. Something terrible that howls in the Ozark nights. We’ll travel the country, sit around campfires and talk about that thing that ran across the trail in the middle of the night, just beyond the beam of your flashlight. Come closer to the fire. Let’s hear the next legend.
  3. Explore the spectrum of adventure sports and outdoor living, through narratives and interviews from people living with epilepsy. From long-distance hikes in Europe to skiing in snowstorms, the storytelling episodes will share life-changing journeys and the smaller moments spent between seizures. The ‘chats’ with guests dive into the deeper stuff, the hidden aspects of taking on adventures with epilepsy - from carrying medication in a backpack, to assessing seizure risks in the wilderness and recognising limitations. Learn about epilepsy, then start planning your adventure.
  4. What’s the relationship between nature and the brain? Join me, Sarah Allely, as I discover how nature helped me recover from a brain injury.    When a mild traumatic brain injury left me unable to read, write or watch TV,  I discovered my path to recovery was through nature.   This podcast follows my journey of recovery, and my quest to find out why. What’s the science behind my experience? Many academics acknowledge nature’s health benefits, and scientists are yet to pinpoint exactly what it is that heals. This series returns to the forests and coastlines to immerse you in the sounds of nature that improved my focus and concentration, relieved my headaches and lifted my depression and anxiety.
  5. A weekly podcast that invites you to walk a mile in the shoes of a stranger and listen to their story. Nominated 'Best New Podcast' at the 2019 British Podcast Awards! All stories and shoes are part of Empathy Museum’s ‘A Mile in My Shoes’ project – an interactive shoe shop which tours internationally. This podcast is best experienced while walking! Please be aware that some stories are more appropriate for adult listeners. Produced by Loftus Media.
  6. Join hosts Jenny and Annie as they unravel the rich tapestry of Scotland’s culture, nature and heritage. Prepared to climb into caves, cairns and chaos, Jenny and Annie travel around Scotland and investigate how stories of the past can help us make sense of modern life.
  7. The award-winning and critically-acclaimed podcast from George the Poet delivers a fresh take on inner city life through a mix of storytelling, music and fiction.
  8. Outliers is an historic fiction podcast that explores how big events filter down and are viewed and shaped by the people in the shadows. Themes of otherness, change, gender and the meaning of power are explored through the eyes of characters who have not traditionally held the historic limelight. Enjoy this anthology of stories from award-winning contemporary writers as they reveal the people hiding in the shadows of real events, at some of the greatest palaces ever built. Historic Royal Palaces, in association with Rusty Quill present: Outliers - Stories from the edge of history.

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