Podcast Pick: 'Imagined Life' Puts You in the Shoes of Well-known Figures

A pair of white headphones rest on a laptop.
It’s time to take a walk in someone else’s shoes.

Podcast: Imagined Life
Avg. Episode Length: 40-50min
Content Warnings: Varies by episode; host includes their own content warnings after the episode intro

Think of this podcast as the history of people you think you know. Written in second person, Imagined Life paints an intimate picture of the lives of well-known figures (inventors, writers, performers and icons) by placing you in their shoes. After a short preview and introduction, the podcast launches into the story, placing you in the starring role without providing a nametag. It becomes a fun game to see if you can guess who the person being profiled is before the big reveal at the end of the episode. Some stories are dark, some inspiring—like life, many have twists and turns—but all stories give a more human face to people you may see in the news or on the big screen. You might find out you’re closer to celebrity than you imagined!

Where to start?: Because episode titles are intentionally ambiguous, you won’t be able to pick by the person, so I recommend just starting at the beginning.