My friend L was the most excited when I told her I finally got into podcasts back in the day. I’m sure you can imagine her disappointment, then, when earlier this summer she asked me what new ones I discovered and all I came up with was, “Uh, I kind of stopped listening to them…?”
But a few weeks ago, when I got bored of my Spotify playlists and wanted something to listen to while commuting to work, I fired up the podcast app on my phone. I updated my subscriptions and added a bunch of new ones, and then I got to listening. I fell in love with a lot of new-to-me podcasts, and I’m very excited to listen to new episodes from them each week!
Bad with Money
The newest podcast on this list, Bad with Money is by Gaby Dunn of general internet fame. Gaby talks about money in a way that few other people do. It’s the source of her perpetual existential crisis and makes her freak out, cry, and do wildly inappropriate things — to name a few. I’m fascinated by personal finance talk, and Gaby addresses it in a way where it’s clear that hey, not all of us have an idea of what we’re doing with money.
Laura Jane Williams is, hands down, my favorite writer on the internet. She launched her first book, a memoir titled Becoming: Sex, Second Chances, and Figuring Out Who the Hell I Am earlier this year and created the Becoming podcast as part of the book launch. She interviews guests about their “becoming,” and while I’m unsure as to why the podcast episodes seem to have halted five episodes into the 12 episode season, I’m hopeful the rest of the episodes will air soon.
Budgets & Cents
My friend Cait is the co-host of Budgets & Cents, so I knew I’d love it from the beginning. Cait and her co-host, Carrie, firmly believe that if you change your money, you can change your life. The first season is about personal finances, and the second one is about being your own boss. While I could relate to the first season far more than I could the second one, I still enjoyed it and can’t wait to see what the third season brings.
Ctrl Alt Delete
Ctrl Alt Delete is hosted by Emma Gannon, who wrote a book with the same title. She interviews people who do cool things on the internet. Seeing as I’m much more likely to listen to a podcast if I already have some familiarity with the interviewee, this podcast is my JAM. Emma’s interview questions focus on how the internet and social media changed their lives forever, and what lessons they learned along the way.
I Feel Better
Billed as a weekly pop culture podcast by four internet friends, I Feel Better has quickly become a favorite of mine. Ashley, Nicole, AshleyD, and Linda are girls I’ve known through various blogging and vlogging projects in the past. Listening to these girls talk about pop culture and share what made them feel better each week is like catching up with a group of friends, and I always, well, feel better after listening to an episode. Love it!
Billed as the podcast that teaches you how to maneuver your 20s, I was intrigued by the premise of Millennial. The first season is a serialized podcast with host Megan Tan narrating her own experience navigating her 20s in real life. It reminded me of the podcast equivalent of daily vlogs that are popular on YouTube, but far more thought provoking. Megan doesn’t have all the answers, but show me a twentysoething that does and I’ll show you a liar. The second season consists of Megan interviewing others in their 20s and sharing their stories.
Real Talk Radio
Nicole’s Real Talk Radio follows maybe the most unorthodox podcast format I’ve come across. Each season is eight episodes, with an episode averaging about two hours in length. An entire season drops at once, Netflix-style. The podcast description is a little woo-woo for me (“refreshingly honest conversations about the wonderful mess of being human”) but Nicole’s got some great guests and the episodes are definitely worth a listen. My attention span holds throughout the duration of each episode because the content is that good.