Ryan and I joke that about 75% of the time I tell him a story, bring up a big new idea, or share a random piece of information, I start my sentence with: “So, I was listening to this podcast …”
Okay, maybe that’s not a joke: It’s just a fact. I definitely love podcasts, and if I’m cooking, cleaning, or running you’re pretty much guaranteed to find me listening to one. Here the top five podcasts I’m loving lately.
Serial was the first podcast I ever listened to, and it’s still my favorite and number one podcast addiction. (I started it last winter to motivate myself to run in the cold — I would only let myself listen to it on my frosty weekend long runs during half marathon training.) Season 1 investigated the 1999 disappearance and death of high school student Hae Min Lee, and the case against her 17-year-old ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, who was arrested for the crime and sentenced to life in prison. Adnan maintains he had nothing to do with Hae’s death.
Season 2 just began and I am hooked again. (The break between seasons led me to discover some of my other favorite mystery-related podcasts, like Missing Maura Murray and Criminal.) Season 2 is totally different from Season 1, but is equally gripping and definitely controversial. It’s the story of Bowe Bergdahl, the soldier who walked off his U.S. Army outpost in Afghanistan and was captured by the Taliban. Some say he’s a deserter who deserves life in prison; others say he suffered enough during his five-year captivity. Bergdahl has been quiet through it all, but in Serial, we finally hear his side of the story: Why he left, and what happened to him.
I shared a few weeks ago how much I love Gretchen Rubin’s book The Happiness Project, and her podcast is a really fun extension of the book. She hosts it with her sister, TV writer Elizabeth Craft, and I love their sisterly dynamic. Gretchen and Elizabeth discuss everything from creativity and exercise to habits for happiness and the Four Tendencies Framework of personalities. It’s an easy-listening podcast that always leaves me thinking.
Work: Being Boss
Being Boss is new to my podcast roster, and it’s all about being a creative entrepreneur, from money and invoicing to personal branding and finding dreamy clients. Every time I finish listening to a Being Boss episode I’m inspired to start a new project, take a fresh look at my work, or invest in self care and growing my business. Episode 2 — What to Do When You’re Freaking Out About Money — is inspiring and reassuring gold for the freelancer, small business owner, or solopreneur.
Food: One Part Podcast
Jessica Murnane’s podcast is about food (plant-based eating, specifically), but it’s so much more than that. She’s had some seriously fantastic guests — Andie Mitchell, Dana Schultz, and Adina Grigore have been a few of my favorites — and her real talk about blogging, branding, and how food affects our bodies is seriously uplifting and thought-provoking. And as a gluten-free vegetarian, her recipes and nutrition advice are on point for my needs.
Last summer I totally binged on just about every back episode of the “EPOP” travel podcast, and I can definitely see why it’s the #1 travel podcast on iTunes. Travis Sherry shares a little about his travels, a lot about travel hacking, and all about traveling the world on your terms — whether you’re a full- or part-time traveler. He’s interviewed a lot of interesting travelers and location independent entrepreneurs, but my favorite episodes are when he’s joined by his wife Heather and they discuss everything from relationships on the road to their favorite meals around the world.
A Couple More Things …
- If you’re new to podcasts, check out Hollywood Housewife’s How to Listen to Podcasts 101.
- If you’re looking to sample episodes from a variety of podcasts, you might be interested in the Atlantic’s 50 Best Podcast Episodes of 2015.
Are you a podcast listener? What are your favorite shows?