The best documentaries, podcasts and books of 2016

By Vehr Communications
December 19th, 2016

Winter is coming.

And this is great news for anyone looking to start 2017 as a culturally-relevant, well-informed human being.Vehr Communications_Best of 2016

What do I mean? Take advantage of the cold winter months by staying indoors and cuddling up with an educational, informative or plain entertaining documentary, podcast or book. I’ve compiled the best of the best below.

Thrillist recently shared a list of 2016’s best documentaries and chilly winter nights are the perfect time to catch up on the ones you missed. Here are a few I’ve added to my Netflix and Amazon queue:

  • My Beautiful Broken Brain directed by Sophie Robinson with Lotje Sodderland
  • Tickled directed by David Farrier and Dylan Reeve
  • Dark Horse directed by Louise Osmond
  • Gleason directed by Clay Tweel
  • Under the Sun directed by Vitaly Mansky

Check out the full list here.

If you have too much to do before the holidays (i.e. shopping, cooking, baking, wrapping, etc.), maybe a podcast is more your style. Ya know, so you can still learn something new without dropping everything.

The New York Times put together this list of 2016’s best podcasts. They even split them up among comedy, personal lives, society, true crime and fiction so you can pick your own poison. Here are a few that sound interesting to me:

  • Who? Weekly hosted by Bobby Finger and Lindsey Weber
  • Code Switch hosted by NPR journalists Gene Demby and Shereen Marisol Meraji
  • In the Dark hosted by Madeleine Baran, a reporter for American Public Media

Check out the full list here.

Finally, if you would prefer to drop off the face of the earth while you’re taking your last few vacation days, you can turn off your phone, computer and TV and opt for a good ol’ fashioned book instead. Although I suppose in this disconnected world, Kindles may be allowed as a special exception.

Here are a few choices from Refinery29’s best books of 2016:

  • Faithful by Alice Hoffman
  • Memoirs of a Polar Bear by Yoko Tawada
  • Swing Time by Zadie Smith
  • The Wangs vs. the World by Jade Chang
  • The Mothers by Brit Bennett
  • The Art of Waiting by Belle Boggs
  • Homecoming by Yaa Gyasi

But there are like 100 books on this list, so please check out the full list here.

How will you be spending your last few days of 2016? Share your favorite books, podcasts or documentaries from this year with us on Facebook or Twitter.

By | 2017-03-12T18:22:57+00:00 December 19th, 2016|Marketing Communications, Social Media, Uncategorized, Vr3|Comments Off on The best documentaries, podcasts and books of 2016

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