I've become a bit of a podcast junkie over the past six months. I get a little too excited when a new one pops up on my iPhone, to be honest. Instead of music, I've recently been in the mood to lend my ears to something more than just my favorite tunes…something that inspires me, makes me laugh, helps me learn. If I'm in the kitchen cleaning or making dinner, if I'm in the midst of cleaning day, if I've found time to actually curl my hair and am stealing some time to myself while Eisley is busy with something else…odds are, I'm also listening to a podcast. Multitasking is my jam.
(I've found this makes after-dinner dishes quite an enjoyable task. I may or may not wash things very, very slowly some days.)
There are only a couple podcasts that I've listened to consistently for the past few years—mostly because there is such a huge number of podcasts out there, and I never have any luck wading through the options on iTunes. I'll search for something fairly straightforward and come up with a ton of results that don't seem to be of very good quality, or even relate to my original search (the other day a random medical school podcast came up when I searched for "motherhood"…close, but no cigar).
These days, I tend to find new podcasts while listening to my current favorites, because if a podcaster I love recommends something new for me to listen to, odds are I'm going to subscribe and at least give it a listen or two. I've also found a few of my favorites through recommendations from other bloggers!
Here is my current list of favorites:
If I had to choose a favorite podcast, this would be it. Tsh, who blogs over at The Art of Simple, is such a gem. After discovering this podcast—which is basically interviews and conversations between Tsh and an awesome variety of other bloggers and creatives—I'm pretty sure I went back through the archives and listened to every single episode. (No shame in my game, and all of that.) The format of the show has recently changed a bit (shorter episodes with extra bits of content here and there) but it continues to be my most eagerly anticipated podcast every week.
This is one of the only podcasts that I've been listening to for years, yet I still look forward to each week. This is one that covers such a huge range of topics, that I can't imagine anyone not getting something out of it. I love that I've learned about subjects I never would have otherwise! We're talking everything from amnesia to filibusters, black friday to werewolves, Lewis and Clark to police sketches. No, really. At this point, I wonder how they're coming up with content that continues to be so engaging, because they've covered so many topics throughout the years! The hosts are quite witty and fun to listen to, as well.
My mom recently told me that when she was a young mom, she would listen to this same broadcast every morning (albeit on something much less fancy than an iPhone). Kindred souls, I tell you this! Although I don't listen to every single episode, I'd say I end up listening to the majority, and it provides such a wealth of inspiration, encouragement and knowledge. It's a good one to start the day with, for sure.
This podcast is something I came across after hearing the host interviewed as a guest on The Art of Simple podcast a few times. I've definitely binge-listened (is that a thing?) to this podcast during the past week, listening to a couple a day (whenever that is manageable) and everything about it is such a breath of fresh air for a mama like me. She and her guests offer so many relatable stories and do-able action plans for so many aspects of motherhood and life…it is definitely a new favorite.
This podcast is one that I've been listening to regularly for years now, and although many of the topics and issues highlighted don't exactly represent my own beliefs or values, I think it's very important to educate myself on many topics that I wouldn't seek out information on otherwise. I find the hosts quite charming (and very fair—not presenting their own opinions, for the most part, but sticking mainly to the facts), and I appreciate their knowledge in regards to body image, gender, health concerns, women in history and culture, and other various issues that women are faced with in this day and age.
I don't even remember how I came across this one (and dare I say it is almost completely opposite from the above podcast, as far as political/spiritual/social views go). But in the past year I've found my heart so settled in my role as wife, mama and homemaker—and sometimes all I want is to hear someone validate (and celebrate) this season in my life. It is sure to grate on some nerves if you aren't drawn to this sort of lifestyle, but I, personally, find it quite refreshing. They cover topics such as natural remedies, the reality of living off the grid, natural childbirth, homeschooling, etc. I'm obviously not knee-deep in any of these things, but I've enjoyed listening to another perspective and have learned a lot.
I feel like if my husband knew how much I listen to this podcast, then maybe he'd realize why I'm on a seriously intense homeschooling kick. (Well, among other reasons. More on this when I have more time to get my emotions on an even keel.) Anyway! My daughter isn't yet three, and I have no real intention of doing any sort of school with her until next year. But I grew up in a homeschooling family, so now that I'm actually a mama it has been interesting to learn what I can from a parenting perspective—especially because the homeschooling community has grown significantly since I was a child. I like that this podcast explores things like what homeschooling does to a marriage, the flaws of homeschooling, the differences between schooling boys vs. girls, and other such things.
I'm very new to this podcast, but I've loved every episode I've listened to so far. If you listen to either The Art of Simple or Inspired to Action, then this one will be right up your alley. The interviews are always centered around subjects and life-seasons that I can completely relate to, and it's another one of those sources of encouragement that I'm so ridiculously grateful for.
I had to put this one on the list because I love a good conspiracy theory. There are times the subject matter goes way over my head, but for the most part this podcast ends up being a bit of a guilty pleasure. A few of my favorite episodes were the ones on neuromarketing, cults, and whistleblowers. Totally fascinating.
I also have a short list of other podcasts that I have recently subscribed to and haven't yet had the chance to listen to, as well as a couple others that I listen to on a less-frequent basis these days. But I'll have to save those for another time. Feel free to share your own current favorites in the comments—I'm always eager to add some new podcasts to my weekly rotation!