I L-O-V-E reading. I could read all day long and late into the night if life permitted. Unfortunately, there are times when reading isn’t an option, like while driving, lifting weights, or working.
That’s where podcasts come in–Hallelujah!
I first got into podcasts last year, and I made a post about my favorites at the time. Everything on that list is still pumping through my ears regularly, but I’ve added some new go-tos.
Keep reading to see what I’m listening to now, and what you need to add to your list! PS: If you have suggestions, drop them in the comments below!
Crime Junkie: If you want a podcast that’s short enough for your morning/evening commute, doesn’t waste time with niceties, and keeps you on your toes the entire time–Crime Junkie is the one for you. The hosts are incredibly knowledgable and delectable story tellers. New episodes come out on Mondays, and you can binge every available episode in 4 days if you try hard enough (yes, I know from experience).
Casefile: When I’ve got a long drive ahead of me or a day full of cleaning the house, I make sure a couple episodes of Casefile are downloaded and ready for listening. The host (with a delicious accent), tells in-depth murder and kidnapping stories from around the world. I love that lots of the cases are outside of the United States because it gives me a chance to learn about crime and the justice system in other areas of the world.
Health and Fitness
Shrugged Collective: Most of the content on this podcast is related to lifting, CrossFit, or fitness–but all of it’s super interesting. It’s done “interview style” with the host bringing in guests to discuss topics they’re knowledgable and passionate about. What I like about this show is that 1) they’re real and raw and not worried about conformity 2) I always walk away having learned something valuable.
Optimal Living Daily: Personal development and minimalism–that’s what this podcast is all about. The hosts read top blogs on health, mindset, creativity, money, and relationships so that you can “read on the go.” There’s so so so so so much info hiding in this adorable little podcast. Not to mention, the entire idea of making a podcast solely based on already curated content is GENIUS. Good work Optimal Living team.
Oprah SuperSoul Conversations: I’ve talked about Oprah’s podcast many a times–and I’ll probably talk about it until podcasts go out of style. SuperSoul conversations are authentic talks between Oprah and famous thought leaders. They’re often authors or speakers, but they’ve also included inventors, singers, actors, and activists. Why does this go under health and fitness? Because Oprah feeds my soul–that’s why!!!
BBC Discovery: Interested in science but don’t understand it well enough to just pop open a textbook and absorb the info? Same. That’s why I love this podcast! It teaches me about things I didn’t even know I wanted to know–without making me feel dumb for not knowing them in the first place. I suggest the episodes on China’s organ transplant drama… UBER interesting.
TED Radio Hour: TED has been, is, and will continue to be on my list of favorite content producers. Did you know it stands for “technology, entertainment, and design”???? Me either. Anyway, TED talks have a unique way of opening your mind up to incredible ideas and showing you worlds you didn’t know existed. If you want to expand your general knowledge base and learn how to be a more well-rounded and informed human, give this podcast a listen.
Stuff You Should Know: I feel like this podcast doesn’t need an introduction or explanation because it’s all in the name. Find topics like kleptomania, lemonade, and how grief works. If you want to know it, SYSK will teach it.
The Daily: So technically this is a news podcast, but I find it entertaining AND informative. The Daily is by the New York Time’s, and will quickly fill you in on everything you need to know news wise each day. Elections, culture, law, etc. Skip the morning TV news and just play this while you’re getting ready or driving to work–you’ll be in-the-know before even starting your day.
Dirty John: Gripping and suspenseful, this is part love story, part thriller, part true crime. My suggestion: binge it at once. But not backward (like I accidentally did…)
Dr. Death: You won’t want to listen to this podcast if you have surgery planned any time soon. That’s all I’m going to say. But you should still listen…just really really really vet your doctor first.