I recently discovered podcasts. It was probably five or six months ago that a blogger I read started one, which introduced me to the world of podcasting. After listening to her podcast, I started searching for other shows to listen to because I enjoyed it so, so much. And now podcasts are taking over my life! I can’t tell you how many times I say, “Oh, I heard about that on a podcast!” or “I was listening to a podcast and…” I listen to them when I’m getting ready, when I’m walking Dutch, when I’m exercising, when I’m driving, when I’m working, when I’m cooking, when I’m cleaning. They fulfill me.
So, I thought I would take today to go over some of my favorite podcasts, just in case you are looking for a new show to add to your queue.
> The Lively Show
This was the first podcast I ever listened to and it remains one of my favorites. It’s interview-style where Jess interviews guests of all backgrounds. It’s not one type of niche, which I appreciate. One week it might be a life coach, the next it might be a financial expert, and the following it might be food blogger. Jess does a fantastic job of moving the interview along, asking the important questions and digging in deep with her guests.
> Joy the Baker
After a few weeks of listening to The Lively Show, I wanted to listen to more podcasts and I had heard of the Joy the Baker podcast before, so I began bingeing on that. Oh, guys, I love this podcast so much. It’s just so fun! It’s just two girls – Joy and Tracey – talking about random goings on. Every show is so different and I giggle my way through it. It’s upbeat and silly and just an altogether fun time. It’s basically like hanging out with your girlfriends!
favorite show: My Wheelhouse, where Joy and Tracey answer questions about blogging. It was really informative!
> Book Riot – The Podcast
GUYS. If you love books and reading, then you need to be listening to this podcast. I have Becky to thank for introducing me to this one, and it’s one of the few shows that I listen to the minute their newest episode comes available. I love the hosts, I love the content, and I love hearing about new books to read. Give it a listen!
favorite show: A Secret Bank of Uncomfortable Topics that delves into an interesting topic of author income and how most authors still have to work day jobs.
> The Jillian Michaels Show
And for this podcast, I have Amber to thank for introducing me! I’m a longtime fan of Jillian Michaels and she is so. much. different. on her podcast than she is portrayed on The Biggest Loser. Many people have “issues” with Jillian due to TBL, but this podcast has given me so much insight into Jillian the Person, not Jillian the Trainer. She talks about health and fitness (obviously), but also her marriage and kids, mental health, and just day-to-day stories about her life.
favorite show: This one where Jillian gives some really awesome insight into her Biggest Loser persona and how it has affected her personal life
> Stuff Mom Never Told You
This is a really interesting podcast that delves into a range of topics, all focused on women and feminism. I love the hosts so, so much. They are funny and make up the best voices and I am rarely ever bored listening to their show. They cover everything from women explorers to parenting to gaming to body issues to wellness. They even cover men-centric topics, like single dad parenting, men and cars, male grooming, etc. I mean, honestly, if you are a woman (or a man, too, I guess!) and just interested in learning, this podcast is for you!
favorite show: Antarctic Women where the ladies delve into how hard it has been for Antarctic women explorers to get to the continent
> Stuff You Should Know
You can learn about basically anything on this podcast. History of sushi? Daylight Savings Time? Amnesia? Landslides? Fire breathing? Chess? Revisionist history? Handwriting analysis? Seriously, anything. I also adore Josh and Chuck – they have such a fun vibe and I love the way they joke throughout the podcast. Again, interested in learning? Listen to this podcast.
favorite show: How Temper Tantrums Work
> Freakonomics Radio
I love the news-y feel to this podcast, which is hosted by one of the authors of the book Freakonomics. I haven’t actually read the book, but now I really want to after listening to this podcast for a few months. It basically just dives into different topics to open listeners’ minds up to new ways of thinking. I also think I could listen to Stephen Dubner’s voice for hours and hours. It’s so soothing!
favorite show: Failure Is Your Friend
Do you listen to podcasts? What are your favorites?