Tales with an Imag­ined twist

Sunday Star-Times - - Escape Entertainment - Katy Atkin [email protected]

If you’re drag­ging your­self through the last few weeks of work, a great way to escape early could be div­ing head first into some­one else’s life via a great pod.

This is the premise of Imag­ined Life. Each episode ex­plores the life of a well-known per­son be­fore they be­came fa­mous.

The twist is that you don’t know who the sub­ject is un­til the end.

This pod re­minds me of a ‘‘Who Am I?’’ quiz, where you get clues to the per­son’s iden­tity along the way.

If it’s an oth­er­worldly escape you seek, then imag­ine what it would be like to live on Mars for a year.

The Habi­tat pod­cast fol­lows six vol­un­teers picked to live as as­tro­nauts for a year as part of a Nasa-funded re­search pro­gramme.

In a plas­tic dome the size of half a ten­nis court, ev­ery­thing is set up to sim­u­late a Mars ex­pe­ri­ence, in­clud­ing emails that take 20 min­utes to send and dried food stocks that can last a year.

The series ex­plores the per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences of the group – how they cope, sto­ries of ro­mance, and sto­ries of blocked toi­lets.

It’s fas­ci­nat­ing, and wor­thy of a binge.

Closer to home, if it’s com­edy es­capism you pre­fer, then look no fur­ther than The Agenda by the hi­lar­i­ous peo­ple who make up the Alternative Com­men­tary Col­lec­tive.

It’s sports news com­bined with in­nu­endo and a healthy dose of laughs.

I have been en­joy­ing tit­ter­ing along with these guys on my sum­mer morn­ing com­mute. Well played.

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