Podcasts came into my life in a big way once I began working from home.
Prior to that, I never even gave them a thought – or, if I'm honest, really even 'got' what they were. But now? I've now solidly committed myself to listening and loving podcasts and find myself bringing the up in conversations constantly.
There are, of course, a lot of great podcasts out there, and for me the toughest part is focusing on which to listen to.
To help you trim the fat, I've put together a list of some of my favorites – nine great ones.
Also: if there are any podcasts you'd recommend, tell me! I'm always looking to pack more content into my brain.
Since leaving New York, I've listened to the Fresh Air podcast rather than the stream nearly every day and it's a great way to hear the show. On the podcast, the hour-long show is broken up into multiple bite size pieces so that you can linger on features you love, and skip over anything else.
LISTEN TO: All of it, every day, but this recent interview with Aasif Mandvi was great
Post-news, this is my morning background music. It's super groovy and eases me into the day. Bonus: You can stream Reverberation Radio online, and their imagery is always killer. In love with everything about RR.
LISTEN TO: Reverberation 133
Grace Bonney's After The Jump became a regular podcast on my list earlier this year and now it's a top favorite, extra favorite, favorite favorite. Grace is super smart but also really normal, enjoyable to listen to, and talks about topics that would interest anyone working in the worlds of art, design, online publishing. Also a must for all creative entrepreneurs.
LISTEN TO: Organize & Simplify and Of A Kind
In the past I've poorly described Radiolab as "science mixed with sound and storytelling" but that's really what it is, and it's completely worth your time.
LISTEN TO: Space
Ira Glass is all the reason you need, but if you're looking for more:
LISTEN TO: House on Loon Lake
I feel safe saying that most ladies out there who are in their 20s, 30s and otherwise would enjoy The Lively Show. Lovely host Jess interviews a variety of bloggers and business owners in her weekly one-hour podcast, and I always walk away feeling both inspired and a little less alone. Face it guys, we're all the same, and I mean that in the best way.
LISTEN TO: Erin Loechner, Danielle Moss
You might not think you want to learn about animal camouflage, TV ratings, or grass, but believe me when I say that you do. Try browsing through Stuff You Should Know's podcast archive without finding something that grabs you.
LISTEN TO: How Temper Tantrums Work
This podcast is a biweekly conversation between Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow, and it's amazing. Ann and Aminatou describe the podcast as follows, and it's really all you need to know: "...tune in as we discuss Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the beauty of caftans, menstruation news, Kimye, Pitbull, Hillary Rodham Clinton, casual racism, emoji, straight people, California, rom-coms, Lorde lipstick, and so much more."
LISTEN TO: Follow Your Arrow
A bimonthly podcast featuring interviews with people of all industries who have, in some way, created their own career journey. It's inspiring, and as a bonus Jen feels super nice.
LISTEN TO: Hilary Rushford
P.S. - Today is my birthday!