I’ve learned a lot in my first two years of being a real, live employed adult. It’s as if I’ve been enrolled as a full time student in professional development, career advancement, business growth, and email etiquette. But there’s a certain type of intellectual stimulation that I still crave from my college days.
Fortunately for me, podcast production has exploded over the years. They’re one of my favorite forms of entertainment; perfect as a source of passive learning, inspiration, or comedic/emotional relief. If you’ve spent anytime with me IRL, then I’ve probably already recommended a podcast or 10 for you to listen to. If you don’t, now you’re in luck!
Here are my top 10 favorite podcasts to listen to regularly. If you’re an iPhone user, the easiest way to access these is to open your Podcast app, search for the podcast listed below, and subscribe. Join me on the fun!
- TED Radio Hour: This show features clips from past TED talks followed by post-TED speaker interviews, all revolving around a chosen theme– Courage, Beauty, and Quiet, to name a few.
- This American Life: Similar to TED, TAL tells stories based around a common theme, usually with a journalistic spin. Ira Glass is the host, producer, and all around smart & kewl person. Here are some series highlights.
- The Moth: The Moth was my first foray into podcast listening and entertained me on many Austin to Houston to Austin drives throughout college. The Moth features unscripted stories told live by the people that lived them, some will make you LOL and others will make you ugly cry. It’s awesome.
- Radiolab: A podcast that explores various subjects– scientific, journalistic, historical, and emotional. Good for your brain.
- Freakonomics: Hosted by the book’s co-authors, this show takes an economic approach to a variety of life’s riddles. An unexpected favorite of mine, as I never would’ve considered myself as someone who liked thinking in economic terms. The more ya know.
- Stuff You Should Know: Speaking of knowing more, SYSK dives deep into a vast array of subjects to explain, well, how they work.
- Women of the Hour: A mini-series by Lena Dunham. She dives into themes like work, love, our bodies, sex, and friendship.
- Modern Love: A relatively new podcast based off The New York Times’ reader love stories. Celebrities like Dakota Fanning & Judd Apatow read these essays, and then the original author answers a series of interview questions about it.
- Bon Appétit Foodcast: Hosted by the mag’s Editor in Chief, Adam Rapoport, this podcast talks about the latest in restaurants, cooking, wine, and travel. Loved Adam’s recent interview with Gwyn.
- 2 Dope Queens: A true gift for humans who are alive, breathing, and like to laugh. LOL funny hosts Phoebe Robinson (comic writer) and Jessica Williams (Daily Show correspondent) tell their own personal stories related to race, sex, and gender, followed by hilarious routines from various stand up comics and celebrities. This is legit the highlight of my week, every week.
Did I miss anything? What are your faves?