20 Favorite Podcasts
What did we do before podcasts?
(yeah, I know, I probably listened to more music and books on tape!)
But now that I have discovered some of my favorite podcasts, they keep me occupied on long car trips, while working on projects, and while working out.
It is just another ‘listening’ opportunity.
I often see folks on Facebook asking for Podcast recommendations, so I’m sharing some of my recent favorites here. Please, share some of your favorites as well. Several of these podcasts have a finite number of episodes and so I am always looking to fill my listening queue.
Self-Help and Motivational Podcasts:
Of course, Oprah always has a wide range of motivational interviews that find a way to feed my soul.
The Next Right Thing
Emily P. Freeman’s podcast distills down the essentials of good decision-making.
What Should I Read Next
If you are like me, you are always looking for that ‘next book’…an empty nightstand is a scary thought! On a weekly basis, Anne Bogel, of Modern Mrs. Darcy blog, shares reviews from readers and makes book suggestions.
The Splendid Table
I started listening to The Splendid Table years ago on NPR when Lynne Rosetto-Kasper was the host. The podcast has a new host but remains an enjoyable listen for those of us intrigued by food and cooking.
Proof: by America’s Test Kitchen
Along the same lines, Proof dives in to find the ‘backstory’ of our favorite foods.
Each week, this podcast, presented by the author of the Freakonomics book, tells you things you always thought you knew (but didn’t) and things you never thought you wanted to know (but do)!
How I Built This
Each week, this podcast dives into the stories behind some of the world’s best-known companies, like Toms, Whole Foods, and AirBnB.
Where to begin…Dan Carlin just has a way of bringing history to life. I plowed through his free podcasts and then paid the small fee to access some of his others and was never disappointed, in fact, always enthralled. The Hardcore History podcasts are the kind that I would look for reasons to drive and listen to them.
True Crime/Truth is Stranger Than Fiction Podcasts:
Root of Evil
Oh my heavens, this one will leave you speechless. This is the true story of the Black Dahlia and one family’s awful history.
This podcast details the story of Elizabeth Holmes who started the company, Theranos, and raised a whole bunch of money even though she really didn’t have a product. A crazy story of how a whole bunch of smart people lost a whole lot of money.
Baron of Botox
The life and death of Frederic Brandt, world-famous plastic surgeon. The podcast pushes hard questions about the beauty industry and the quest for perfection.
Fair warning…a whole lot of F*Bombs in this one. I was so sad to see this one come to an end, its a captivating, though sad, story.
I listened to Season 1 and didn’t realize that there was a season 2 until I started writing this. The story of the organized crime-invested government of Providence, RI was compelling, so I’m excited to dive into Season 2.
This podcast is narrated by Sammy ‘the Bull’ Gravano and is his story, the story of the Mafia in general and the Gambino crime family specifically. It is gripping, especially for any other true crime buffs out there.
This is the story of an FBI undercover agent and how he was involved in bringing to justice those involved in the drug trade. His work ultimately led to the arrest of Manuel Noriega. This really captured my attention.
Tom Brown’s Body
When a popular young man in a small town is murdered, the people in the town are all irreversibly changed.
This one might truly break your heart… the story of 2 moms and their 6 adopted children…how appearances might not be the truth.
There are two seasons with two completely different crime stories to this podcast. The first season is especially shocking and heartbreaking. I think it was really well done, and I’m looking forward to season three.
Holy Cow! Where to start? First of all, settle in…this is a LONG one! And be patient. The journalist who started this is a journalist first, not a podcaster. But she really unravels all the lives that Alex Murdaugh has impacted. It is often heartbreaking and always infuriating.
This podcast was a drama starring David Schwimmer and detailed a government program gone awry. It made stripping, sanding and staining our deck last year as enjoyable as it ever could be. It has been made into an Amazon Prime series, which I haven’t watched.
Phew…did you make it to the end! That’s a whole lot of podcasts to listen to! Have you listened to any of them?
I hope you find one or two that interest you…and once again, please share some of your favorite podcasts. You know how much I love crowdsourcing!
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Thanks for the list! There are definitely a couple I will be delving in to!!
Hey there friend…always looking for good podcasts as well. Happy Listening!
I am always looking for a new podcast and all but S-Town and Splendid Table on your list are ones that I haven’t listened to. My latest blog post was also on my favorite podcasts. I never listen to the radio now that I have podcasts!
Hey Paula…I’m definitely popping over to see which Podcasts you like since those 2 that you referenced are ones I like too. It’s always good to have an inventory of podcasts to fall back on. Thanks for popping in my friend.
Hey Lynn, I am also a self confessed podcast addict! And my favorite are true crime!! My hands downs favorite is My Favorite Murder and I have just recently found (and am bingeing) Crime Junkie. With MFM, I suggest you start from the beginning. In addition to the two women (Georgia and Karen) telling amazing stories, you can follow their personal journeys too. A few of my other favs are Smartless with Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes and Will Arnett, Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard and Monica Padman and for ridiculously mindless fun – Bananas! on the Exactly Right network (same as MFM), The Moth for heartfelt stories and This American Life with Ira Glass. ENJOY!
Hey Jen! Good to hear from you. I haven’t listened to any of those podcasts, but put them on my list. Do you listen to that crazy one Cissie does? I forgot the name. Have you listened to Root of Evil? Holy Cow!!! Or Dating Game Killer? What about To Live and Die in LA? I need to do another blog post just talking True Crime podcasts!
Have a great day!
This is one of my favorites:
Ooooh, thanks so much! We will plug it in tomorrow.
Have a great day, my friend.