Podcasts are the multitaskers dream! The ability to listen, learn, and be entertained all while simultaneously doing another activity is great. Here’s a roundup of some of my favorite podcasts lately.
i’m hooked on podcasts
It’s official…I am obsessed with podcasts. I know I’m super late on the bandwagon since they were created in 2004, but they have become an important part of my life! Instead of music albums, I now listen to quick episodes all the time while running, walking to work, cleaning the house, or making my favorite recipes. I’ve tried a lot, but I have found some that have quickly become my favorite podcasts.
what have I been listening to?
Recently several people have asked what I listen to, so I’m sharing a list of my favorite podcasts! I have a couple of categories I listen to including Health/Wellness, Entertainment/Comedy, Spiritual, and Career. I have learned so much through staying updated with the weekly episodes of each podcast. From relationship advice like how to encourage your partner, career dilemmas like what to do when you have conflict with a co-worker, specific work out tips like tapering while training or the best nutrition tips for gut health, the advice and pieces of information I have learned has led me to ask more questions, challenge the way I live, and inspired me. I truly feel inspired, challenged (in a good way), and informed with each listen.
Anyway, podcasts are great! I’m sharing my list of my favorite podcasts, a little blurb about the show, and my favorite episodes. I’d love to hear your recommendations as well!
Sure, Babe is hosted by Chrissy Powers. Chrissy is a licensed therapist, blogger, and mom who discusses marriage, career, lifestyle, and being a mom. She talks about relationships and accepting who you are and the life you are meant to live. I have loved her episodes related to entrepreneurship, specifically the episode “How to Hone Your Craft and Build an Authentic Brand with Creative Director at Tumblr Yvonne Cheng.”
The Another Mother Runner podcast covers a wide range of topics helpful to women who run. From nutrition, mental toughness, training programs, and running friends, the topics are super informative. The hosts are witty, vulnerable and often have guest experts on the show. While I’m completely aware this podcast is for mother runners and I don’t have a kid, I still love listening! Fun fact: one day I hope to be a running stroller mom.
The Health Code is hosted by Sarah and Kurt, a couple who have backgrounds in health and fitness. This podcast is relatively new as it just started in April, and every episode concludes with a “health code” to add to listeners’ code books. Their banter is entertaining and they share a lot of stories that I find interesting since they live a similar lifestyle to me! My favorite episodes are the ones related to “Healthy Hacks” and “Are Your Training Hard Enough?”
Two best friends, Noelle and Stefani, host Well-Fed Women. Noelle and Stef have their show built on the premise of answering the questions of listeners. Their conversations are about health, nutrition, fitness, mindset, and body image. They also talk about stress, acne, carbs, and any other random questions by listeners. The nutrition topics on this show fascinate me and I feel like I’m always learning something new!
Ask Me Another is a gameshow podcast produced by NPR. The show is packed with trivia, comedy, and guests. It’s a show that you can totally play along with the guests and it’s hilarious. This is the only podcast I’ve listened to almost every single episode.
The whole premise of Chris Gethard’s Beautiful Anonymous is “beautiful stories from anonymous people.” There’s one phone call for one hour without any names. The show is hosted by comedian Chris Gethard (the Chris Gethard Show, Broad City, This American Life etc.). Every week he opens the phone line for an anonymous caller and basically they talk about anything and everything the caller wants. It’s pretty entertaining and you never know what you’re about to listen to.
The Mortified Podcast is a podcast that allows listeners an all-access pass to hearing Mortified performances worldwide. Adults share their most embarrassing childhood artifacts (journals, letters, poems, lyrics, plays, movies, art, etc.) in order to reveal stories about their lives. Stories are by adults who talk about prom, life at bible camp, the best mall job, fights with parents, etc. This show is super great to listen to on late night drives, but get ready to cringe.
The Armchair Expert is a podcast where host, Dax Shephard interviews people to hear their stories. He invites celebrities and really just people who have done cool things to answer hard questions, share stories, all while having a good laugh.
For The Love is hosted by Jen Hatmaker. Jen is one of my favorite authors and her podcast is about anything and everything. She makes different series all with a theme, and then interviews guests who represent that theme well. For example, she could have one about food and interview chefs and cookbook authors and other people who are killing it. Jen is honest, funny, kind, and I totally love what she has to say.
Tim and Jon, the hosts of The Bible Project, have dialogues about biblical theology. This podcast is actually linked to videos that are animated versions of bigger conversations they have about the podcast. I want to learn about theology, but sometimes this podcast is a little bit over my head due to the complexity. This doesn’t always scare me away, but means I need to be focused and in the right mood to listen and ready to learn.
The Holy Post was previously know as The Phil Vischer Podcast. For context, Phil Vischer is the guy who created VeggieTales. This show is filled with fast-paced banter and funny conversation about pop culture, media, theology, and about living a Christian life. As someone who sometimes struggles to understand deep theological conversations (like those in The Bible Project), this podcast is great for still being able to learn and engage in Christian topics.
Campus Christian Fellowship is the Christian campus ministry at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. Alan and I have both been involved with the CCF community since arriving to Kirksville 6 years ago. With the vision “to help college students love God with all their heart, soul, mind and strength, and to love their neighbors as themselves,” the Campus Christian Fellowship Sermons podcast features the weekly sermons given by staff, students, and guests.
“We spend a quarter of our lives in our jobs. This show is about making all that time worth your time,” says host Adam Grant, an Organizational Psychologist. “In WorkLife, we’ll take listeners inside the minds of some fascinating people in some truly unusual places, and mix in fresh social science to reveal how we can lead more creative, meaningful and generous lives at work.” I have listened to every episode because of how applicable all of the topics are! I am anxiously awaiting Season 2!
Dear HBR is an advice show (produced by the Harvard Business Review) for workplace dilemmas. The hosts of the show take questions and offer a better way forward. With episodes about office spaces, career transitions, toxic workplaces, pay injustices, and first-time bosses. The topics discussed in this show are super interesting, especially to someone like myself who is relatively new in her career.
Anyway, these are just a few of the podcasts I’ve been listening to lately. These shows have truly taught me, forced me to ask bigger questions about the way I live, and made me laugh a lot. I’d love to hear about your favorite podcasts and why you like them!
The Goal Digger is a podcast hosted by Jenna Kutcher. She shares about business, marketing, productivity tips, business hacks, and so much more. Her episodes are empowering, inspiring, strategic, and make me feel like I can reach my dreams.
What SHOULD I listen to?
These are some of my favorite podcasts that I always come back to. Have you listened to any of these? Do you have any recommendations?
Note: This post was updated spring of 2020.