9 Podcasts I'm Loving

Monday, June 25, 2018

I still consider myself a person who doesn't listen to podcasts, which is ridiculous, because at this point, I listen to at least two episodes a day. Yeah, yeah, I'm a podcast person.

When I first started listening, I shared a few podcasts I loved at the time (many of which I still listen to). Since then, I've also told you about the crime podcasts I love & the Bachelor-related podcasts I love. Now, it seems like it's about time to share with you a few of the basics I'm enjoying right now.

1. Part-Time Genius

I listen to this How Stuff Works podcast very infrequently, but when I do, I always learn something now - or, like, a dozen new things. It asks the really important questions, like, "Is the Earth really Running Out of Sand, Dirt and Bacon?" & "Will Coffee Make Me Live Longer?" (titles of actual episodes). They also do "9 facts" episodes, where they share random information on everyday topics like ice cream, robots, & accountants.

2. Scrubbing In

This podcast sort of pisses me off, but it's still entertaining most of the time. Former Bachelor contestant Becca Tilley hosts this (very) loosely Grey's Anatomy-themed podcast on topics related to dating, single life, pop culture, & more. I have very different worldviews than Becca & her cohost, Christians with conservative (& occasionally misogynistic) views - but they're kind & open-minded enough that I keep coming back for more, even when I can't relate to them.

3. Invisibilia

This NPR podcast is "about the invisible forces that control human behavior - ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions" - which is not nearly as heavy or intense or above-your-head as it seems. Topics include, for example, categories, things we don't say, emotions - the intangible things that define us presented in a way that feels relatable, compelling, & even life-changing. Years after my first listen, I still think about the "fear" episode at least once a week.

4. Lo-Down Living

Laura, a.k.a. Lo, is a Cleveland blogger & health educator who's all about body positivity, minimalism, & all things wellness-related. Most episodes of her podcasts are under half an hour long, so they're a quick & easy listen, addressing topics like self-love, online transparency, overcoming negativity... you get the gist. Basically, if it's related to self-care & personal health & wellness, Lo is talking about it.

5. Girl Be Free

This podcast is a part of the Be Free Project, run by the charismatic & insightful Siobhan Sudberry, who says her goal is to "help women get unstuck." It's just one of the many resources Siobhan offers - some free, others paid - to encourage women to lead authentic, joyful lives. She shares pep talks, tips, & resources "that will inspire and push you to take action in your life." Episodes include "9 Types of Friends to Have in Your Girl Squad," "Let's Talk about Purpose," & "3 Ways to Put You First Without Feeling Guilty."

6. Mouthing Off

Former Bachelor contestant (& villain!) Olivia Caridi takes to the mic to interview friends, fellow Bachelor folks, & anyone she damn well pleases, talking about life & pop culture & social issues & whatever, basically. I was moved by her story of how the show so negatively impacted her mental health, & I think she seems like a lot of fun - not to mention surprisingly insightful. I feel like this podcast is her redemption story, & it seems like she deserves it.

7. Professional Book Nerds

Cleveland blogger & Overdrive.com employee Jill Grunenwald co-hosts this book-centric podcast that features author interviews (including some really beloved writers, like Ruth Ware, Meg Cabot, & Brandy Colbert) & previews of soon-to-be-published books. This is where I'm now getting, like, 60% of my to-read suggestions - as though I needed to add more to my already-long list!

8. The Human Hour

This new podcast is just one episode in, hosted by two life coaches, Cleveland's Katie Kurtz & her friend Christine Barnes, based in New Jersey. They describe themselves as "perfectly imperfect," talking about living a life they love & encouraging listeners to find ways to do the same & to embrace honesty & transparency along the way. So far, it's a little touchy-feely for me, but I really like Katie & her local Soul Connect events, so I'm going to stick with it & see where it goes.

9. My Favorite Murder

I know, I know, I've mentioned this podcast a million times, but I would be remiss if I didn't mention it again, as it's truly my favorite podcast of all podcasts. I have listened to every episode, & I joined the Fan Cult. I can't help it.

What podcasts do you listen to? That is to say: What other podcasts should I be listening to? 

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