Before you say anything, I know I spend an obscene amount of time talking about podcasts. I can’t help it, they’re the best way to stay on top of current events and to learn something new. I’m almost always plugged in when I’m out and about. Whether I’m driving to an appointment, grocery shopping or taking a break at work, I’m usually listening to the latest episode of one of my go to podcasts.
Rather than bore you with how awesome I think podcasts are, I figure it’s time to share some of my favourites with you. If you’re always on the go and want to try something a little different, check out this list of podcasts to get you started.
I use DoublePod to access and download my podcasts but there are tons of others to choose from. DoublePod’s great for Androids. If you have an iPhone or iPad, you can download the latest episodes from iTunes.
Ready to get started? Here we go!
Who said only kids get to enjoy story time?!
The story tellers on this podcast are everyday folks with great stories to tell. Each episode takes place in a different city, live in front of an audience, and stories focus on specific themes. You’ll be laughing out loud, feeling a little sad but thoughtful or just plain old happy about what you hear.
The stories are true and unique. I love The Moth because you never know what’s coming. It’s easy to get lost in the stories but you’re bound to learn something new.
As an introduction, check this out: O’Hare Hustle
I was surprised by this one because I typically don’t enjoy horror. However, I’ve made an exception with this one. While I wouldn’t listen to Lore late at night with the lights off, the stories are both a history lesson and entertainment. The host, Aaron Mahnke, has a knack for digging up fascinating historical lore and delivering the stories in a way that draws you in. Maybe it’s the original music in the background or his delivery. Whatever it is, this show’s a hit in my book.
Manke is on to something with this podcast. He’s working on a TV series with the producers of The Walking Dead!
Take a listen of this episode, let me know what you think: First Impressions
If you enjoy hearing true stories about peoples lives, major events both happy and sad, or moments that changed the course of their lives, Strangers is for you. It’s hosted by Lea Thau, she was a producer and creator of The Moth Podcast and The Moth Radio Hour. She’s won awards and it’s no wonder. She’s brings fresh new stories that get you thinking and looking at the world differently.
She digs deep to explore the hardships, life changing events and triumphs of her guests. All in an effort to “make us strangers no more.” I highly recommend this one.
Here’s one of my favourite episodes: Jenni Rowell: Life, Interrupted (I guarantee you’ll want to check out the sequels to this story)
Performing Arts Podcasts
Podcasts that put a new spin on storytelling.
The Truth is known for “making movies for your ears”. Each week they present episodes centered around a different theme. It kind of reminds me of the days when families would crowd around the radio each night to listen to serial entertainment.
You never know what to expect but that’s the beauty of it. Each episode is standalone so they’re always different. You’ll be entertained with this one.
Here’s an episode to get you started: The Dark End of the Mall
Homecoming is brand new, it launched this past October. It’s a scripted series and features actors like David Schwimmer, Catherine Keener, Oscar Isaac and Amy Sedaris. I haven’t heard anything like it, I love it.
The series is about a case worker at a secret military facility. Over time you begin to realize that the experiments the facility’s conducting aren’t exactly as they seem. You’ll be drawn in from the first episode. Season two starts soon.
Check out the first episode: Mandatory
If you listen to CBC radio you’ve probably heard of Jonathan Goldstein, he used to host WireTap. I don’t know what it is, maybe it’s his monotone delivery or contentious yet humorous interactions with friends, but he has a way of drawing you in. You’ll really like this one.
Heavyweight explores events in ones past that they wish they could change or just revisit. Goldstein takes us along for the ride as he explores moments from his and his guests past. He interviews real people and has a knack for getting them to open up. I’m looking forward to the second season.
Take a listen to the first episode and you’ll know what I’m talking about: Buzz
TV Show Podcasts
For the TV addicts out there, here’s a podcast that’ll feed your obsession.
Hands up if Thursday is your TV day. With Grey’s Anatomy and How to Get Away With Murder, Thursdays are certainly my night for marathon TV watching. Betsy Beers, a Shondaland producer, interviews cast members from one on ABC’s hit shows (this includes Scandal and The Catch). Her chats are super entertaining and it’s great to get an insider look directly from the cast of your fav shows.
Here she interviews the very talented Chandra Wilson from Grey’s Anatomy: Ben and Bailey Revealed
These aren’t your average education podcasts. I’m talking podcasts that get you thinking outside of the box, thinking about things that you normally wouldn’t give a second thought to.
This American Life
This American Life was one of the first podcasts I downloaded and I’ve loved every minute of it. They serve up a wide variety of topics that cater to everyone’s interests. Every episode starts with a general idea which is followed up by stories relating to it. They do an amazing job of pulling it all together. Every episode is very entertaining!
Listen to this episode and you’ll fall in love too: Kid Logic
This award-winning podcast provides investigative stories that get you thinking. Radiolab follows one big idea and looks at it from different angles. Episodes follow topics in science, culture and sometimes politics. If you’re curious and want to discover new ideas, this podcast is for you. You’ll love the attention to detail. Everything from the sound effects to the narrative. On point!
Check out this episode: Bringing Gamma Back
I’ve always been interested in true crime stories. Criminal is described as a show with “stories of people who’ve done wrong, been wronged and/or gotten caught somewhere in the middle.” You’ll enjoy amazing interviews and thoughtful stories every week with this podcast. Episodes are short so it’s perfect to squeeze in during the day.
Here’s an episode you’ll enjoy: Money Tree
Side Hustle School
I talked about this one in my side hustle post. Side Hustle School serves up inspiration for people who want to find a side hustle but can’t seem to figure out what to do or how to get started. Each episode is less than 10 minutes long and unlike other podcasts, doesn’t feature interviews. Host Chris Guillebeau features a wide range of side hustle ideas. It doesn’t matter what you want to do, all you need to do is take action.
For a taste of what to expect, check out this episode: Cruise Vacation Turns Into High-Profitable Hustle