Over the past couple months, I’ve been getting reaaaalllly into podcasts. So today I thought I should share a few of my favorites! I know I know, I am so late to the party! But once I started, I got HOOKED. I should note that I don’t really do the fiction podcasts. I totally get the appeal but honestly, I read so much fiction and watch so much TV that I prefer to keep podcasts to something I can learn something new from. For me, books + TV = mindless unplugging… Podcasts = learning. So I keep hearing great things about Dirty John and so many others, but I’d rather read a book. Here are the podcasts that I love most! (Would love your recommendations in the comments!)
Pod Save America is probably my #1 right now. I never miss an episode and I just love these guys. What I love is how easily they break down current events (really helpful for someone like me who wants to know what is going on but maybe needs a little more explanation). It’s run by ex-Obama staffers (who worked with Alyssa Mastromonaco who wrote Who Thought This Was a Good Idea which I LOVED and reviewed in this month’s reading list). It honestly just feels like three guys getting together to chat politics and the news… and have fun doing it. Whenever I listen, I feel like I’m connecting with 3 of my good friends… even their ads are interesting/funny! The episodes are a little longer so I will usually split them up or wait til I have a big project to do to listen… but I literally never miss an ep!
The Daily, from the New York Times, is a simple way to get the news in 20 minutes. I like to listen to this one first thing in the morning as I get ready and eat my breakfast.
How I Built This is another favorite because super interesting – they interview founders of big companies to find out how they built that, and all of the interesting story telling that comes in between. The one with the Instagram founders was fascinating. If you are into business and seeing the behind the scenes of how bigger companies got built, you will love it!
Reply All is for the tech set. I find it to be so, so interesting. Their episode about whether Apple is spying on us via our iPhones was crazy and so interesting. This is another one where I try not to miss any episodes as it’s so interesting!
Ted Talks Daily is amazing (obviously, all Ted Talks are great) and I like that they are on the shorter side so you can get your daily dose of inspiration and business acumen while you are out running errands, etc!
Fat Mascara is for my fellow beauty junkies – it’s hosted by two beauty editors (Jessica Matlin and Jennifer Goldstein). Every episode is an in depth look at product and people within the beauty industry. I find myself learning something new and cool with every episode. They interview the biggest names in beauty and tackle important issues like why your hairbrush gets so dirty and the only real way to get rid of stretch marks. 😉
U Up, from Betches, is my lightweight podcast. It’s all about dating in the modern/digital world, and it’s highly entertaining and also good for those of us who are challenged with online dating.
The Way I Heard It, with Mike Rowe, is a fun take on story telling and past events. Each episode represents a different take on people and events that we thought we knew. It’s short and fun to follow (a lot of podcasts are just SO long)! If you are a naturally curious person who likes hearing the other side to the story, you’ll enjoy this one immensely.
Being Boss is a great podcast for creative entrepreneurs, targeted specifically toward women. Overall, I do really love it (the episode on self-doubt and imposter sydrome was fantastic) They also have great mini-sodes (what they are reading, for example). That being said, it gets a bit cutesy at times. I think one of the episodes was an interview where the person said, “I’m XX and I like grilled cheese and being a Girl Boss” or something of that nature and I had to put something else on. (The cutesy/girlboss, mompreneur, etc. stuff has got to go!) So I don’t listen to all of them, but there have been some really really great episodes – I’d highly recommend the one with Tanya Geisler that I linked to above.
Pop Culture Happy Hour is a fun break from my day. I am always trying to stay up on the latest books, movies, TV shows, etc. and this is an easy way to do it. They’ll get into deep conversations about my favorite things (Bladerunner 49, This is Us, etc) so I either end up a) learning about something I need to see/do/watch, or b) hearing a different opinion of something I’ve already seen (their thoughts on This is Us were pretty good!)
What are your favorite podcasts! I’d love for you to share them in the comments.