I have recently gotten more and more into podcasts. I listen to them in the car, while traveling, while putting on my makeup, all the time. You may ask, “What is a podcast?” I like to think of them as radio shows that you can access anytime, anywhere. They range across topics, from political to true crime to honestly just ramblings of youth. There are so many out there, so I thought I’d share some of my favorites with you! Happy listening!
I know, I know, I sound crazy whenever I tell people that I listen to this. The title is as funny and weird as the hosts themselves. Speaking of, Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark are the ladies that created MFM, which is about…you guessed it, murder. It’s a true-crime podcast infused with just enough comedy to keep it light and enjoyable. They focus on murder cases, but occasionally delve into conspiracies and mass deaths. It sounds really dark, but I promise, these girls are so funny, I find myself laughing throughout each episode. If you like true-crime as much as I do, you can’t miss this one.
I have been a long-time subscriber of YouTuber Samantha Ravndahl, so when she announced her podcast, with friend Alyssa Anderson, I knew I would love it. It’s basically just about life, discussed in such a way that you feel like you’re part of the conversation. The episodes are witty, charming and at times really thought-provoking. My favorite episode so far is the one titled Millennials. What I love is that they do their research (mostly) and lay it out for you in a really digestible way. The topics range from dreams to depression & anxiety, so there’s something for everyone. I highly recommend.
If you know me, you know that I am a huge Harry Potter nerd. I found this podcast on Spotify, but it is also available on iTunes. Essentially, it’s a 24 (maybe 25 now) year old guy named Mike Schubert,who is reading the entire Harry Potter series for the first time as an adult. He’s going in pretty much blind- never read a single one, and only seen some of the films. Each episode features a self-proclaimed “Potter-nerd”, so you get the perspective of a new-comer and a total fan. It is relentlessly funny. As someone who grew up on HP, it is refreshing to see the series through new eyes, and to remember the magic.
If you’re looking for something definitively educational, and less opinion-based, I’d recommend Yale’s Open Courses. I’ve only listened to the Psychology course, but it’s Yale, so I’m sure they’re all great. How it works is each lecture of a semester is taped and recorded, so you can basically sit in on a class from your own home. They are real classes, with real professors, so it’s a really cool way to learn new things. They’ve got courses available on everything, from sustainability to game theory, history to chemistry, so you’re sure to find something that piques your interest. While you might not get a degree from Yale, you can at least learn a bit!
Ok, I confess, I am absolutely obsessed with the UK’s hit reality program, Love Island. Series 3 brought us the wonderful Dr. Alex, who was unlucky in love, but alas, a doctor. Alongside working his shifts as an A&E doctor (that’s ER for us Americans), he and his colleague Dr. Ella Daniels record a podcast, sort of debunking and clearing up common medical myths and questions. It’s really informative and easy to listen to. He does a great job of taking really technical subjects, and making them really understandable. If you’re into medicine at all, or just a WebMD addict like me, give it a try!
Chelsea Handler is one of my favorite comediennes of all time. I’ve watched every show she’s ever made, all her stand-up specials, and now I’m buzzing over her podcast. She’s viciously funny, but also incredibly well-researched and relevant. Her podcast typically features a guest, some famous, some less so, but the topics are always interesting. It’s hard to pinpoint what her podcast is about, because she talks about all sorts. It’s classic Chelsea Handler, with a twist.
There are so many podcasts out there in the world, it just always seems like a case of so much to do, so little time. Are you into podcasts? What are your favorites? Let me know in the comments below!
As always, thanks for reading & stay golden!