Why Is That? – Podcast Review

In this Episode I talked about my experience with the podcast: Why Is That? The podcast has a lot to offer when it comes to telling us why the world is the way it is one episode and small topic at a time.

PodApplaud- Why Is That?  

Welcome to PodApplaud, the Monday through Friday podcast that aims to enable your Podcast habit. I’m your host Seb, and today we are going to take a look at the podcast: Why Is That?

Why Is That is a history podcast that examines the origins of basically anything you might find yourself asking why is that a thing, why is that an idea or why is that… well whatever. There are currently 30 episodes, one of which is an intro episode, that usually end up being about half an hour long. If you get caught up on the backlog you can expect a new episode every two weeks.

Every notice that we are always asking, why is that and not, how is that? Cue the sad music. Anyway, I like Why Is That because our host Travis just pumps well researched information straight into our brainspace. There are not really an bells or whistles, perhaps a sound cue here or there, but otherwise this is a brain builder in which the entertainment comes from learning more about something interesting or learning something entirely new.  The delivery is flat and smooth, I’m not exactly sure how Travis does it, I feel like if you gave me or many others the same script you would not get a podcast nearly as intriguing. Somehow though Travis really captures the attention across a wide swath of subject matter, an encompassing telling of Hawaii’s history, the origin stories of chopsticks, where the word ‘dude’ came from, and exactly why the middle finger become our offender of choice. All these topics and more find themselves presented in the Why Is That podcast. The podcast feels very much like one of those snarky educational Youtube videos that lean heavily on erratic animation to hold the attention of a society that has become more and more distanced from good ol’ book-learning. Obviously as a podcast this lacks the animation, Travis also ditches the tongue-in-cheek attitude, in favor of more scholastic approach. Yet, I still feel like there is a similarity in tone or structure that I have trouble putting my finger on.

This will be another podcast for me in which episodes that cover topics that I want to learn about I will download and binge instantly. While episodes that don’t capture my attention I will be unlikely to touch. It must be said that the topics are a veritable mixed bag and a large portion of them intrigue me. When I do finish an episode I’m very satisfied. By limiting the focus to a single idea or examination of origin the show manages to be incredibly thorough with just a half hour of runtime. Travis also often points you in a specific direction to find more information if you do have that yearning for even more depth. Really solid show that gets historical and informative without feeling to dry or stuffy.    

Ok so here on PodApplaud I rate shows on a 1-5 scale, 1 is silence, 2 is a slow clap, 3 is applause, 4 is a round of applause, and 5 of course is a standing ovation! I’d give Why Is That a ⅘, there is a lacking for that special quality that makes you crave listening to every single episode, but the show remains rock solid. I will continue listening beyond this review to any episode covering an intriguing topic. This podcast is for you if you crave learning, if you prefer the company of people who you can learn from your time will be well spent with Travis and his show.

So that’s been the show for today I hope you found it valuable If you wish to reach out to me you can find me on twitter @podapplaud or send an email to podapplaud@gmail.com Thank you for listening, and please tune in again.