Over the past couple years, it is safe to say that I've become a podcast enthusiast. Yes, I am that person you'll overhear saying "OMG I just heard in this podcast...", repeatedly. You can thank LA traffic for this.
To be honest, though, I wouldn't have it any other way - the things I have learned through podcasts are incredibly interesting and make commuting to work, being at the gym, and meal prepping a lot more entertaining!
Thus, without further ado, I thought I'd share my top 10 podcast picks (as of January 2017). Try a few of them out and let me know what you think!
1. Reply All by Gimlet Media
Super quirky podcast, I recommend for everyone, but especially for those in the tech world too. This is a podcast I am super excited for every week. Unique and humorous stories.
2. Song Exploder by Radiotopia
Music lovers, rejoice. This podcast dissects a specific band or musician's song in each episode. I've learned sooooo much about the inspiration and meaning behind many artists I love through this show! The interviews are really well done, too.
3. This American Life by WBEZ
Like Reply All, I usually always tune into this podcast. Each episode usually has a few different stories, that reflect a particular theme. From current events in politics, to social trends and medical discoveries, This American Life is great about finding stories from all backgrounds and walks of life.
4. Freakonomics Radio by Dubner Productions
I LOVE FREAKONOMICS. The intro is so catchy and the host, Stephen Dubner, is wonderful. Just do yourself a favor and take a listen.
5. Stuff You Should Know by How Stuff Works
This podcast is funny - the two hosts really make it entertaining, but sometimes their banter can turn into a random tangent that totally derails the focus of the episode. That being said, I usually don't listen to this podcast when I really want to learn something. Maybe a good conversation starter, but I wouldn't trust the things they say in here as 100% fact.
6. 99% Invisible by KALW Public Radio
A great podcasts for creative thinkers. As a designer, I have learned a lot about the history of design (from city architecture to the voting ballot) and the qualities needed to make something truly useful.
7. Women of the Hour by Lena Dunham
Love her or hate her, Lena Dunham never ceases to make me laugh. I first fell in love with her quirky style through her short film, Tiny Furniture, and then on her HBO show, Girls. Each week, be prepared to hear something fresh, unapologetic, and sometimes a liiittle uncomfy (in the most avant-garde, positive of ways!)?!
8. Homecoming by Gimlet Media
RUN, DO NOT WALK TO DOWNLOAD THIS PODCAST. I waited too long to try listening to Homecoming, but I am SO glad I sat myself down and did it - seriously listened to every episode in one sitting on a rainy day. The (voice) acting is incredible, really remarkable. If you were into Serial season one, you'd probably get sucked right into this series too. Although Homecoming is a fictional thriller, you really get immersed in the storyline (or at least I did!).
9. NPR Politics Podcast by NPR
So, although I studied International Relations in college, I did not stay super up-to-date on current events after I graduated. However, the recent slew of disastrous events in American politics has made me seek out podcasts like this. NPR does a great job of summarizing the important news of the week in a way that is easy digestible for any listener.
10. Christopher Kimball's Milk Street Radio by PRX
I tune in every so often to this podcast, which is hosted by Christopher Kimball (you might have heard heard of him through America's Test Kitchen). Each episode interviews a different chef, finely trained or not. Also in the beginning of the show they have audience call in cooking questions, which is kinda fun. Even if it's a tip for a dish I personally wouldn't make, I usually get ideas of how to make the same thing allergen-friendly for me!
What are your favorite podcasts? Send me some recommendations!