My Favorite Podcasts
I've recently gotten into podcasts and I LOVE them. If you've had a conversation with my anytime in the past year, I've probably mentioned at least one podcast. If you're new to the world of podcasts, you can find these through the podcast app on an iPhone, or through Stitcher or other podcast apps on Android.
Since people have been asking me which podcasts I listen to, here is a list of my favorites, in no particular order (note, I actually subscribe to more than this list, but these are the ones I listen to consistently). I will also update this list on a regular basis, so check back often to see what's new, and please leave a note in the comments if you think one is missing and I'll be sure to check it out!
For people who want to hear the news but can only handle about 10 minutes of news, this podcast is for you. Runs M-F. Hosted by the same people who run NPR's Morning Edition.
I LOVE THIS PODCAST SO MUCH. The hilariously witty panel discusses the latest in pop culture (mostly movies and tv shows but occasionally some music too). This is a good one to pick and choose from, meaning I only listen to the episode if I've seen the item discussed.
My all-time favorite episode is "The Great Halloween Candy Debate" from October 28, 2016. I was listening to this at the gym and I COULDN'T STOP LAUGHING. Seriously, if you need some laughter and lightness in your life, listen to this episode (and the podcast).
If you've ever wondered how your favorite brands got started, this podcast is a great blend of entrepreneurship and major commercial success. They talk to the founders of businesses like 5 Guys, the Virgin Airlines empire, and 5-Hour Energy, as well as creative minds like the guy who created Power Rangers. One of my favs was the episode on Kate Spade from Feb. 6, 2017.
An economics podcast that isn't just for economics nerds. They cover a variety of world economic issues but bring them to life with stories of regular people like you and me. My all-time favorite episodes were "Georgetown, Louisiana" Parts 1 & II from April 21 and 26, 2017. The podcast talks about Georgetown's efforts at reparation for the 272 slaves it sold to pay off the school's debts. But it's also about the genealogy of a small town in Louisiana and how the two are related. Only one word can describe this two-part episode: CHILLS.
A look into the hidden things that motivate us. A fascinating discussion on things we've probably taken for granted and never really considered. Season 3 is their so-called "concept album" in which they discuss how the cultural contexts that define our world impact us more than we might imagine. So far one of my fav episodes this season is "Emotions" Parts I & II, both released on June 1, 2017.
Similar to Invisibilia, but with a more psychological focus on what's going on in the brain. For a fascinating discussion on the psychology behind the hook-up culture, listen to "Episode 61: Just Sex" from February 14, 2017.
There's actually quite a bit of overlap between Pop Culture Happy Hour and Fresh Air. When that happens, I choose PCHH. Host Terry Gross also isn't my favorite (sorry NPR fans). Nevertheless, Fresh Air has some really interesting stuff and has been on the air for 30 years, so it's definitely one to check out. One of my fav episodes is "For NYT Obit Writers, 'Death is Never Solicitous of a Deadline'" from April 27, 2017. Another fascinating one (that's also close to home) is "Mormon Polygamy & Women's Rights" from January 17, 2017 - an interview with Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Laurel Thatcher-Ulrich (also the woman who coined the phrase "well-behaved women rarely make history").
From How Stuff Works:
This is definitely one of my favorite podcasts. The two women who host this podcast are adorable and really fun to listen to. They talk about all sorts of lesser-known historical stories, including why we have white wedding cakes and the real history behind Hercules Mulligan. But one of my all-time favorite episodes is "Butter vs. Margarine" from Aug. 1, 2016. For a fun look at some of the stories you never knew you were missing, check out this awesome podcast.
Stuff You Should Know is the big brother to Stuff You Missed in History Class, and isn't limited to just history. The dynamic duo who host this show discuss the details of everything from the intricate details of maps to election laws to head transplants to magic mushrooms. One of my more favorite episodes is "Some Nutso Fan Theories" from May 4, 2017, where the hosts discuss some of the crazy (or not-so-crazy) theories behind such beloved shows as Saved By The Bell and Twin Peaks.
This one I tend to pick and choose because it's got a very liberal persuasion and I don't always agree with the hosts. Nevertheless, everything in their podcast is tailored to women and they aren't afraid to discuss the issues and questions facing women today. Their recent episode "Women and Pyramid Schemes" from May 31, 2017, was actually pretty awesome.
Other Cool Podcasts:
This might be MY FAVORITE PODCAST of all time. I was SO EXCITED to hear that Presidential was coming back for a second season. The podcast, put on by The Washington Post, spent one episode each week detailing the life and presidency of each of the U.S. Presidents leading up to the 2016 election. I have never been more inspired by a podcast in my life. Presidential taught me about the history of the country through the eyes of the men (and their wives) who led it. I learned some truly fascinating details, like the fact that James A. Garfield (my current favorite president) was completely brilliant, Andrew Johnson (Lincoln's VP) didn't know how to read and had to be tutored by his wife, or that Nixon was basically a narcissist and terrified that people were out to get him.
Since Garfield is my favorite, check out the James A. Garfield episode and tell me if you're not a converted Garfield fan too.
For a slightly more academic, yet still fascinating economics podcast, check out Freakonomics, where they discuss "the economics of everything." Some of my favorite episodes include the following:
There is no legend like Ira Glass. I don't even think I need to say anything about this one. This American Life has been around forever and it's just a fixture in the radio community. By far my favorite episode was 508: Superpowers 2013. In fact, this is the podcast episode that got me interested in podcasts, so perhaps I should be thanking them on bended knee for introducing me to my new obsession.
Although this predominantly a podcast about how to help men be smoother in their dating and professional lives, I find some useful tidbits in here for women as well (in addition to just finding it highly entertaining). One I found particularly insightful was Episode 405: What Spies Teach Us About Reading People with former Canadian spy Adam Nesrallah.
If you're a West Wing fan, check out this podcast by Joshua Malina, who plays Will Bailey on the show, and Hrishikesh Hirway. No need to list a favorite here - they go episode by episode and interview cast members, producers, and real-life politicians on whose stories the show was based. For any die-hard fan, this is a must.
This one is near and dear to my heart because it's about InSITE Fellows, a fellowship for entrepreneurial graduate students around the country who spend their time doing consulting projects for local startups. I was part of this fellowship while at Georgetown and know many of the people interviewed in this series (I believe there might even be an upcoming episode with yours truly, so it's also a bit of shameless promotion). If you are interested in checking out the next generation of amazing entrepreneurs, check out this podcast.
There aren't a ton of podcasts for and about Mormons, so this one kind of gets that spot by default. The co-hosts talk about what's happening in the world of Mormons with a newsy approach. They're fun, well-informed, and occasionally irreverent. They have two other podcasts as well - Sunday School Bonanza and Third Hour Power. I can't give any recommendations on these cause I haven't checked them out, but if you do, let me know what you think! TWIM may not be for everyone, but if you're interested in hearing about what's going on in the world of Mormonism, check them out.
Podcasts About Writing/Blogging:
As someone who went from 0 to 60 with blogging, I have relied heavily on Darren Rowse's Problogger podcast. He does a great job of breaking blogging down into bite-sized tasks that any blogger can use, whether you're looking to monetize your blog or just write better content. Plus, he's Australian, so he's got a great accent. :) If you're into photography, Darren also owns and runs Digital Photography School, a blog teaching people how to take better photos.
The Portfolio Life is less about writing and more about finding ways to succeed at your "art", whatever that may be. They cover everything from self-publishing and book deal secrets to good life habits that help make you more creative. For example, check out Episode 147: Spike Your Creativity by Sleeping Smarter or Episode 140: Stop Starving and Start Making a Living From Your Art.
This podcast was a great intro for new bloggers like me. The host talks about basic blogging as well as how to monetize your blog. Unfortunately, there aren't any new episodes being created at this time, but it's still a treasure trove of useful information if you're looking to amp up your blogging game.
Do you also share a love of these podcasts? What other podcasts do you love that I haven't included? Let me know in the comments below and I'll be sure to check them out! Also, remember to check back frequently to see what new podcasts have been added to the list!