Now that we're squarely in the thick of summer, we're guessing you've got at least one more long train ride (or road trip) ahead of you for squeezing in one last beach vacation or making the family rounds. All hail podcasts: Below, you'll find some of our favorite real estate-related radio plays from around the Internet, whether you're interested in renovation, investment, history, ghosts, or all of the above:
- The Super (This American Life). Re-visit this classic episode all about NYC supers who run the gamut from beloved to terrifying.
- A Financial Adviser Bets the House (Planet Money). In the wake of the housing crash, a financial adviser looks back on how he got sucked into (and burned by) the real estate bubble, and lessons learned for the next time around.
- Park Slope and the Story of Brownstone Brooklyn (The Bowery Boys). Everyone's favorite NYC historian duo spin the yarn of how Park Slope transformed from Revolutionary War battlefield to a struggling formerly-middle-class enclave to the mecca of strollers and $4 million homes it is today.
- Professor Delivers a Crash Course in Real Estate Investing to Detroiters (Fresh Air). Feeling enticed by all those stories of dirt-cheap homes in Detroit? Listen to this before you do anything drastic.
- The Living Room (Love + Radio). A voyeuristic tale of what happens when your across-the-way neighbors leave their curtains open 24/7.
- The Ghost of Rue Jacob (The Moth). If you find your dream apartment, there's always a catch. In this case, it was an in-house haunting.
- Documenting Public Housing, by the People Who Call It Home (The Leonard Lopate Show). If you've ever wanted to know what life is really like in NYC's public housing system, look to photography from its actual residents.
- Repairing, Cleaning, and Refinishing Old Hardwood Floors (The Handy Guys). One for the DIYers out there: home improvement experts The Handy Guys break down exactly how to care for your aging hardwood floors.
- Brooklyn Left Me Broke, But I Came Back (Death, Sex, and Money). Consider this the polar opposite of all those "Goodbye To All That" essays.
- Historian Says Don't 'Sanitize' How Our Government Created Ghettos (Fresh Air). If you want to understand how neighborhoods in New York (and most other major cities) got to be the way they are, this is a crucial place to start.