Podcasts and I have now had about a four-year long relationship. Last week I mentioned I’d try to pull together a podcast post, and wa-la! I have one for you, and I’m really excited to share because I’m hoping you all leave comments with your favorite podcasts. I’m always on the hunt for new ones!
I can’t even remember the last time I listened to music while out on a run or walking from class to class. Nowadays, I’m either listening to audiobooks or podcasts. (Except for when the Hamilton soundtrack came out- then all bets were off).
My tastes in podcast seem to range a great deal, and I think compared to the other bloggers who’ve done similar blog posts, you might find that I listen to some offbeat podcasts. But hey, I like them! I hope this post can introduce you to some podcasts that you may not have heard of before. The ones I listen to cover all different formats and subjects, so there is something there for everyone!
My Favorite Podcasts
I’ve listened to a handful more of podcasts than what are listed here, but if I am not feeling it, I don’t give a podcast more than a few episodes before I call it quits. These podcasts mentioned are some that I have listened to entirety, or I’m deeply into their series.
Three in one! This is probably the most random podcast on the list, but I have to tell you, it’s my most listened to podcast series. I started listening to Totally Married on a whim one day over the 2015 summer, from a recommendation online, and ever since then, I’ve been hooked. These podcasts are hosted by Elizabeth and Andy, a married couple that actually lives really near me when I am back home! Elizabeth is a comedian who is actually writing for a television show, and Andy is a music producer, currently collaborating with the artist Meg Myers. Elizabeth originally started podcasting on Totally Laime, which is a series in which she interviewed fellow comedians. I’ve never listened to that one, but I regret that. I still think one day I will go back and give that one a listen from the beginning.
Totally Married is basically Elizabeth and Andy talking about their lives and giving their unqualified relationship advice to listeners who write in asking their questions. It’s uncensored hilarity. They’ve been extremely honest on the podcast and are not afraid to be genuinely themselves. I feel like they are my best friends, and it has been so much fun to listen to their relationship grow. The podcast started out in 2012, and I’ve been (rather quickly) making my way through the years, hearing their family grow. They now have two children, and that sparked Elizabeth’s next podcast, Totally Mommy!
Totally Mommy follows the same format as Totally Married, except Elizabeth features a different cohost each week, all wonderful mommas themselves! Occasionally Andy makes an appearance and instead of talking about relationships like Totally Married, they discuss being parents. Again, always hilarious. Sometimes, there are absolutely heartbreaking stories of loss, but there are also beautiful stories of hope. Andy and Elizabeth struggled to get pregnant the first time, but the entire time they were very honest about their path. Knowing that I may struggle with infertility one day (I menstruate now, but with my disordered past, I don’t know what repercussions lie ahead), listening to this has really helped me through my own journey that I may one day take.
In the midst of Totally Married episodes, listeners learn that Andy has an affection for beverages. Soda, coffee, tea- you name it. He always wanted to talk about it, and he began joking that he should create a podcast all about beverages. After a few weeks of joking about it, he finally began to do it- Totally Beverages was born!
Every week, Andy and his guests try out different beverages and rate them for different traits. They usually try different versions of the same flavor, such as Cherry Pepsi, Cherry Coke, and Diet Cherry Cola. They taste them without knowing which one is which so they can provide an unbiased review. It sounds strange, but this podcast is actually really interesting! I never thought I’d take such an interest in random beverages I’ve never heard of, but Andy’s charisma and his “intern” Josh make it laughable all the same. The episodes where they taste alcohol are hilarious, as you can literally hear them getting tipsy.
I cannot believe I just wrote so much on my love for their podcasts. Believe me, that sounds off to me as well- but there is something about them. They are such a raw and honest couple and when I think about what I hope my future marriage to be, they are what I hope my relationship is like. They really are a team, and through their various podcasts and their unqualified advice, they’ve really helped form my perspective on what it means to be in a respected and healthy relationship.
Okay, obviously this made the list. It had too. I still stay up at night and think about Hae Min Lee and Adnan and Jay, and everyone else. I won’t talk your ear off about this one, because I am pretty sure everyone, on some level, knows about this podcast. It is worth the 12 hours worth of listening. I promise!
Ian and I are actually making our way through this one right now. It’s my fourth time listening to it. No regrets.
Now, while I could talk forever about my love for the first season, I unfortunately cannot say the same for the second season. There is something missing there for me, and while I anxiously awaited the release of each new episode for the first season, I found myself forgetting to check if new episodes were out for this new season. I still listened, but with much less heart than last year.
Sarah Koenig’s voice is a soothing lullaby though. I could listen to her read the phonebook, and I would still be enamored.
Books on the Nightstand is a conversational formatted podcast in which two publishers from Random House, Ann and Michael, review books they are currently reading and pick out another sort of topic to discuss as well. For example, they pick out their favorite LGBTQ books, talk about effective storytelling, or just gab about their favorite childhood books.
I appreciate the variety of different topics they put forth- there is something for everyone. I feel like I’m sitting in a cafe with the two of them and having such an enriched conversation. There are an insane amount of podcasts all about dealing with books, but this is the only one I’ve stuck to consistently listening to, though it’s fell to the wayside recently. This post is a good reminder I need to get back to listening to Ann and Michael.
TED talks are all the rage, and I hope they continue to remain popular for years to come. It is a fantastic community of coming together to spread ingenuity. So many incredible stories have been shared, and they deserve to be widespread.
What I love specifically about TED Radio Hour is that each episode is an hour long, combining multiple TED talks that all relate to a similar topic. The host of the podcast then brings in those people who gave those TED talks, and they further elaborate. It’s fascinating.
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This story will take you down a path you had no idea you wanted to listen. I recommend not going into this podcast with prior knowledge. All you need to know: it’s 7 episodes long. It’s twisted and not for the faint of heart.
Completely worth the journey.
“Fifteen minutes long, because you’re in a hurry, and we’re not that smart.”
I’ve not listened to a great deal of their episodes, but the ones I have listened to have been informational and helpful. They are a panel of published authors, from different genres, who tackle different areas of writing and give out advice to those who are in need of some clarification on the novel-writing process. I definitely took some of their words to heart in my own writing process.
As an avid 30 Rock fan, I happily tune in to listen to Alec Baldwin’s voice. It’s melodic! Each new podcast, he interviews a celebrity, and the range of celebrities is incredible! Jimmy Fallon, Amy Schumer, Carol Burnett- this is another one of those podcasts in which there is an episode for everyone. Their is a level of candidness that is not usually found in interviews. There is something about Alec that seems to make the guests feel comfortable.
Want to know more about the beautiful history behind English grammar? This is the podcast for you!
Quick bursts of knowledge. Mainly, the podcast picks out two or three tidbits about the written or spoken language to highlight. Some of it is useful, and other times it’s just fascinating.
You know how you never answer honestly when someone asks how you are doing? This podcast challenges that. It’s real people giving their honest stories on sharing pain.
As someone who rarely shares what’s on her mind unless prodded incessantly, I need a podcast like this to remind me that it’s okay to speak out about what’s going on in my heart. The personal stories pull me in and leave me feeling rejuvenated.
Other notable podcasts: The Message, Tanis, Penn’s Sunday School, Reply All, Stuff You Missed in History Class, Sword and Scale, Anna Farris is Unqualified, This American Life, Dishing Up Nutrition, Sex with Emily, Planet Money
- When you’re working out, are you listening to anything? Music, audiobooks, podcasts?
- What’s your favorite podcast?
- Any other podcasts that should be on this list?