Sometimes when we are trapped at home in an Escher-like screen-time prison of our own making, the world outside can seem distant and scary, full of people we couldn't hope to understand. We are pleased to tell you that there's an antidote to this very modern strain of despair and it's Roam Schooled, a podcast in which Jim Brunberg (formerly producer of Live Wire) and his seven-year-old daughters embark on real-world quests to find stuff out for themselves. Episodes are inspired by the sort of questions that obsess the twins - Why do people believe what they believe? What is the value of risk? What happens when we die? - but these are also the questions that obsess every grown-up alive, and Roam Schooled is as much about trying to connect with the world as an adult as it is the awe of childhood. Their adventures take them across the country and into the lives of different people: from New York to Las Vegas, from Elvis impersonators to Big Foot believers, from planned interviews to encounters with strangers. The hour-long documentaries that result are immersive, and the format is loose, but not baggy; rather, an hour feels generous here, leaving room for leisurely exploration.
This, actually, is our favourite thing in a while. Subscribe for a dose of wonder.
Gateway episodes: Ep 7: Your Days Are Numbered (29 Jun 2016) / Ep 6: How Did I Get Here? (5 May 2016) / Ep 3: Beyond Believing (5 Jan 2016)