Check out these podcasts I’ve been loving lately!
I never thought that I would ever get into listening to podcasts. When they started becoming popular, I tried listening to a few, but I just wasn’t interested. Now it feels like I’m on a constant search for new ones. The first one I really got into was Millennial. I’m the kind of person that always likes to have some kind of background noise, and when I’m doing mundane tasks like cooking, editing photos or cleaning, I prefer to have something on in the background with voices talking rather than just listening to music.
When I first discovered Millennial, I listened to the first two episodes, and then I just stopped. It took me years to go back to it, and when I gave it a solid chance, I was hooked. I found myself listening to it while I was going for walks, when I taking a shower and on my morning commute. And as I continue to find new podcasts to get addicted to, the same thing is happening. I get excited about going on a road trip and downloading episodes to listen to on the ride.
These are some of the podcasts I’ve been listening to:
CRIME (& COMEDY)
Special shout-out to my friend, Darrian, who mentioned Wine & Crime on her Instagram Stories because since then, I’ve been listening to it obsessively. The podcast is run by three girls – Amanda, Kenyon and Lucy – who discuss crimes while getting drunk on wine. It is laugh-out-loud funny while also being effed up because, ya know, crime.
Each week, they have a different theme. After telling you a little bit about the wine pairing for the episode, one of them will go into detail about some of the history behind that particular type of crime, and then they’ll all take turns going into detail about specific crimes committed related to the theme.
It’s equal parts eye-opening and comedic. They’ve made me want to watch a number of documentaries, and I’ve become so fascinated by true crime.
This is one of the first true crime podcasts I listened to, and I love it! It’s run by two women named Karen and Georgia. They put a comedic twist on true crime, and one episode in particular sent Kyle and I one a wild goose chase to find out as much as we could about Jonbenet Ramsey.
My only sore spot with this podcast is that they speak about and make references to cases with the assumption that the audience knows exactly what they’re talking about. I’m not well-versed in the world of true crime, so I found myself confused during many of their early episodes. Tbh, I’ve abandoned listening to the podcast because I’m so in love with the format of Wine & Crime and how they start with the basics and lead up to all the juicy stuff, but I fully plan to continue listening to My Favorite Murder once I’m caught up on all of the Wine & Crime episodes.
Amy Schumer Presents: 3 Girls, 1 Keith
I love Amy Schumer so much, so naturally, I jumped right onboard when I heard she was doing a podcast. While she’s the only person in the cast of four that I had heard of previously, I’ve quickly become fans of the rest of them. The three girls are Rachel Feinstein, Bridget Everett and, of course, Amy. The Keith refers to Keith Robinson.
The podcast is basically them sitting in a room together shootin’ the breeze about a certain topic or two, and it is so freaking hilarious. I quickly made my way through the entire first season when Kyle and I were on our 2 1/2-week road trip.
I first heard about this podcast through a fellow blogger named Rachel. I tried listening to one of the episodes awhile ago, but my biggest issue with his podcast is that each episode is about two hours long. It seems daunting to start, and then sometimes I’ll get distracted by other things.
Before Kyle and I went on our road trip, I decided to download the first episode where he interviews his wife, Kristen Bell. I’m obsessed with Kristen Bell, and I love the dynamic these two share when they’re together. Of course, it was an awesome episode. It was funny, insightful and made me love Kristen Bell even more.
I’m hoping to listen to more of them because he features some awesome guests on the show. I’ll just need to make myself get out of the mindset of the episodes being too long because the first episode was quite entertaining and worth the long listen.
INSPIRING & INFORMATIVE
As mentioned, Millennial was the first podcast I really became an avid listener of. Its tagline is that it’s a podcast about “coming of age.” In the first season, I could really relate to Megan Tan’s struggle for finding a job and finding herself and trying not to get stuck in a job serving tables because it actually pays pretty decent if you’re good at it. I think that’s why this podcast took off so quickly – so many people in their 20s and 30s could relate to the struggle of finding your worth, figuring out your career and defining who you are.
While the first season is so incredibly amazing, it pretty much went downhill from there for me. Season two had some decent episodes, but seasons three and four were hard to get through. I debated not even finishing the last season because it stopped being interesting to me, and I was no longer able to relate to the topics she was discussing. I powered through to the end though. If you haven’t given it a listen, I would really only recommend listening to the first two seasons.
If you’re a fan of NPR, I’m sure you’ve heard of TED Radio Hour. I lovelovelove TED Talks so much, so I was super excited to discover this podcast on Spotify. Much like TED Talks, TED Radio Hour explores a number of different topics and ideas and challenges the listener to be open-minded in their thinking and creating.
Stuff Mom Never Told You is a podcast that I just recently started listening to. It’s run by two women named Bridget Todd and Anney Reese. On the podcast, these two proud feminists discuss the challenges that women face both today and in history, and they also provide their perspective on solutions for these challenges.
The Confused Millennial
I’ve been following Rachel’s blog, also named The Confused Millennial, for quite some time, so I was super excited when I found out she had a podcast. Her blog and her podcast go hand-in-hand and work together to give followers what she calls, an “audio experience.” In some episodes, she’ll dive deeper into topics she’s discussed in blog posts, in others, she’ll call on experts to talk about subjects that have been helpful in her own millennial journey, such as intuitive astrology, human design and spirit guides. Her podcasts cover a number of different topics that are helpful to millennials who have struggled on their own journeys with everything from self love to navigating your career, changing your mindset and the overall struggle of adulting.
OTHERS I LOVE
Obviously I’m obsessed with Harry Potter, so naturally this has been on my list of podcasts to listen to since the beginning of time. I’m still in the midst of the episodes from the first book, but I love it so much.
The podcast is run by two people named Vanessa and Casper who had the idea to study Harry Potter as if it were a sacred text. They go chapter-by-chapter discussing everything in detail in relation to a specific theme. One of my favorite parts is that at the beginning of each podcast, they have a competition to see who can give the best recap of the chapter in just 30 seconds.
This is another podcast that’s been on my list to listen to on Spotify. I was first intrigued by the description of the podcast, which basically says they want to get rid of the stigma of slut-shaming by being open about their sexual encounters, and they’re both comedians, which is an added bonus.
The podcast is run by the comedy duo Sorry About Last Night. For each episode, they invite a guy on the podcast who they’ve slept with, fellow comedians, people who work in the sex industry, etc. etc. This podcast is definitely not for the feint of heart. They use colorful language, and sometimes they can be offensive, but overall, the content is both hilarious and informative and aimed at sending a sex-positive message to its listeners.
What are some of your favorite podcasts?