Egg yolks. Loneliness. Clowns. Running out of time. Failure. These are just some of the fears presented on WNYC Studios’ short, sometimes sweet, and thought-provoking episodes of “10 Things That Scare Me” – a place where everyday people recorded their biggest fears alone in a room. Guests of all ages shared how they’re driven by fears that shape their lives, the choices they make, and what keeps them awake at night.
“10 Things That Scare Me” was this week’s Bite-Sized Pod pick on Podsauce. Since 2018, this series has released over 120 episodes less than 15 minutes a pop that can be streamed in any particular order, however new episodes stopped being produced in 2020 (still worth the listen).
Dax listened to the episode where a lady shared her fear that her cat could run out the door, lick antifreeze, and die. Other episodes shared fears of getting kidnapped and failing a test. Some episodes are super relatable as you’re hearing what runs through other people’s minds. Host Alesha shared some of her fears including spiders and porta-potties. Dax is petrified of slicing his hand in a cheese grater.
On “10 Things That Scare Me,” you might recognize some guests. Author and podcaster Hank Green joined an episode to rattle off his list. In his years of being an active internet explorer, Hank is afraid he said something dumb people are going to find and take issue with. Hank fears that forest fires will force him to move from Montana, and he’s also afraid of other people’s fears.
Musician, composer, and “Song Exploder” creator Hrishikesh Hirway joined an episode to share his fears around his life’s path. One of his major fears is being homeless. And he’s worried there’s a chance the people he loves do not feel the same way about him. He’s concerned there isn’t a right or wrong answer to questions and shared a memory from working in the fast food industry when he used to mix all the flavors together for “suicide soda.”
Whether the fears are rational or irrational, each episode is an honest and heartfelt look into people’s thoughts and lived experiences. Fear is a uniting force, and “10 Things That Scare Me” is a reminder that your fears are valid.