I’ve always said things like “I can’t get into podcasts.” Or “podcasts just aren’t for me.” Or even “It doesn’t matter what podcast I listen to or how I listen to it, I just can’t seem to pay attention.”
(These statements have been well documented on Twitter. Because, you know, nothing like committing yourself to a stance forever and ever on the internet.)
Then I discovered Serial.
Around the same time, I reignited my love for knitting.
And then I discovered that listening to podcasts while knitting was the perfect combination. In fact, it quickly became one of my favorite ever activities.
Two scarves and a quickly growing list of podcast subscriptions later, I’m pretty sure I “get it” now when it comes to podcasts. I find myself knitting for longer amounts of time so I can listen to more episodes, and now that Serial is back, I am WAY excited for Thursday to come around each week. I’m even wondering how long my current stash of yarn will hold out given my newfound podcast love… and how many scarves a girl can make for herself to wear 😉
Obviously, I love Serial (who doesn’t?) but I also listen to some other podcasts, too. I’m still a newbie to the world of podcasts so most of the ones I listen to are pretty popular and/or well-known ones. If you have a podcast to recommend to me, please let me know. I found most of these through other bloggers’ favorite podcast posts, so I trust that you all have some good podcast listening taste!
I feel like this one needs no introduction, but here goes: Serial is hosted by journalist Sarah Koenig who tells one true story over the course of a season. Each episode, Koenig discusses the “plot” of the story and talks with key players. Because it’s in a serialized format, the episode order is important as each episode builds on stuff learned in previous ones. The current season focuses on the current news story of Bowe Berghdal and the circumstances surrounding his army desertion and capture by the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Cait tweeted about being interviewed by Faroosh Torabi on So Money, which was how I discovered this one! This is a daily podcast that focuses on candid conversations about money. Each weekday, Torabi interviews a prominent guest and talks about financial philosophies, failures, mindsets, habits, successes, goals… basically, anything to do about one’s approach to money and finances! On weekends, Torabi hosts “Ask Farnoosh” where she answers listener submitted questions about her own experiences with money.
The Lively Show
Every blogger I know raves about The Lively Show! Hosted by blogger Jess Lively, the podcast aims to add a little extra intention to the everyday. Jess does her homework and asks really good, insightful questions, and it’s a testament to her skills as an interviewer as to how conversational each episode sounds. She interviews a ton of really awesome people too, which is a bonus.
Picking up where the advice column left off, Dear Sugar is a podcast hosted by the Sugars themselves, Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond. I truly don’t think there are people in this world that are more genuine than Strayed and Almond. No matter what the topic is, they answer each question with such a radical empathy (there’s too little of that in today’s world!) that makes this podcast a joy to listen to.
Hosted by SuChin Pak, Open Account talks about money and the ways it thrills, excites, terrifies, motivates, binds, and frees us. It’s a candid conversation about money and the relationship we have with it, and how backgrounds affect how people, well, money. I’ve listened to all the episodes (it’s a new one, so there aren’t as many as the others on this list!) and have loved each one.
Death, Sex & Money
Death, Sex & Money focuses on the stuff that we don’t talk about. Death, sex and money are included in that list, of course, but so are other big questions and hard choices that we either can’t or won’t talk about. One of the things I like most about this podcast is how big a role listeners play in the show, as episodes almost always feature voice memos or letters listeners submitted in response to an episode or a call for submissions.
Stuff You Missed in History Class
Have you ever despaired at coming across a new-to-you subject that you never learned about in school? Because this happens to me all the time, and I was a kid who always paid attention in school because I loved learning. If so, Stuff You Missed in History Class is for you. The world is a fascinating place, and its history is rich (and surprisingly quirky at times!) so there’s never a dull topic explored.
This American Life
This American Life is another podcast I feel like needs no introduction, but I do enjoy listening to it so I’m writing about it anyway! This is a weekly radio show that focuses on a certain theme for each episode, and focuses on several stories relating to that theme. There are a ton of episodes on a lot of topics so it’s kind of hard to sum up, but it’s a very well done podcast (well, radio show). Just about anyone can find an episode This American Life has done on a subject that they want to listen to.
NPR Planet Money
Unlike the other money related podcasts I listen to that focus more on personal relationships with money, NPR Planet Money is about how the world does money. Specifically, the economy. Yes, I know that sounds boring (trust me, I very nearly bombed econ in college) but this podcast does an awesome job of explaining the economics relating to global events and occurrences in an easy to understand way. After tuning into this podcast regularly, I have a much firmer grasp of what’s going on in the world every time the news starts to talk about the Eurozone or currency manipulation or raising interest rates — and that’s something I never thought I’d say.
What are some of your favorite podcasts? Do you have any to recommend?