Each week day in which the outdoor temperature stays away from any number that begins with “1” I go for a three-mile walk around the golf course. On the days I don’t run (which is 99.9% of the time), I have just enough time to listen to a podcast. I have been known to cry, talk back, and laugh out loud while walking around the golf course. The golfers are used to me. Now.
Podcasts are everywhere, aren’t they? Remember when blogging was all shiny and new? Well, now podcasts are all the rage. If you enjoy blogs, podcasts are their perfect partner. They can be informative, entertaining, inspirational, and some of them can be all three at once. The biggest bonus, of course, is the ability to take a podcast with you, wherever you go. If you’ve got laundry to do, or grocery shopping, or dinner to cook; if you’re training for a marathon or waiting in the carpool lane, your favorite podcast can be right there with you! If you’re not into podcasts, consider this a gentle invitation to give them a try. When a podcast is done well, it can feed your soul, and I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that.
So far this year, I’ve been featured in two podcasts and have two more on tap which will publish (release?) soon. And, thanks to the beauty of the archive, you can listen to a podcast on your own schedule. So, you don’t have to miss anything!
If you’re looking for some thoughts about parenting adult children and loving them well, listen to my conversation with Diane Bailey and Holly Barrett, for the Consilium right here. And, tune in to my conversation with Grace Sandra, for Seminary Dropout. Shane Blackshear was gracious enough to entrust the two of us with his podcast for the afternoon, and we may just have rustled up a little bit of #blackgirlmagic. (Thanks, Shane!)
Yesterday, I recorded an episode of “What Should I Read Next?” with Anne Bogel, aka Modern Mrs. Darcy. You can subscribe to her podcast, here. It’s worth it, just to hear what a really professional podcast sounds like. Seriously. Good stuff. Anne is brilliant, warm, and witty, and her book recommendations are fabulous.
Additionally, I’m thrilled to have been one of Retha Nichole’s very first guests for her podcast, Journey to Balance. Subscribe to Retha’s podcast here. But also? Get to know her. She has an amazing story and a heart of gold.
With an iPhone, you can download podcasts using their free podcasts app. My iPhone 6S came with the app preloaded. Android users can listen, too. Just download a podcast app and then queue up the podcasts of your choice. “But, which podcasts should I listen to???” I can hear you wondering aloud. Well, in addition to the podcasts already mentioned, here are my top picks for the podcast newbie, or for anyone who’s looking for some new shows to add to an already stellar list:
- Serial. The first season. This is the podcast that got me hooked on podcasts for good. It’s one story, told over several episodes, each episode better than the last. In the first season, follow along as Sarah Koenig tries to figure out whether convicted felon, Adnan Syed is truly guilty of the crime he’s been charged with. Sounds easy when you’re just reading about it. But, once you start listening to this story, you won’t be so sure. Serial just released a second season, but it has big shoes to fill and I’m not so sure it’s up for the task. If you’re a fan of Netflix’s new hit, “Making a Murderer,” you’ll fall hard for Serial.
- On Being, hosted by Krista Tippett. This show used to be called, Speaking of Faith, but the name changed in 2010. It aired on NPR, and I listened faithfully, every Saturday afternoon while I cleaned the house. Krista Tippett engages in thoughtful dialogue with guests who represent many different faith traditions, and some who claim no faith tradition. My favorite episode features Jesuits Guy Consolmagno and George Coyne, and is titled Asteroids, Stars, and the Love of God.
- This American Life, from the NPR show of the same name. This podcast can best be described as journalism but, you’ll have to listen to get the full effect of what they do. Each episode focuses on a theme, with about four stories through which that theme is woven. This American Life has been around for a long time and they are really good at what they do. Listen to their two-part story, “The Problem We All Live With.” It’s some of the best investigative reporting I’ve heard in a very long time.
- Radiolab. I think Radiolab is a lot like This American Life, but with a science emphasis. People I’ve talked to either really like this podcast, or they don’t. It does have a bit of a nerd appeal and I think that endears this show to me even more. Listen to the American Football episode. Trust me.
- StartUp. This is a podcast series about what it’s truly like to get a business off the ground, and the first season follows the story of Alex Blumberg as he tries to get the StartUp podcast started. If you’re an entrepreneur or you’re thinking about quitting your day job, listen to StartUp. It’s the closest you’ll get to on the job training without being on the job (unless, of course, you listen to it while you’re at your day job).
Each of these podcasts will keep you company for an hour of exercise, yard work, laundry, carpooling, or whatever you’ve got on your to-do list that could use a little boost.
What are you listening to? And, which podcasts would you recommend to me?
I must add Holly Barrett to the lineup!!!
Yes! Holly interviewed me for the Consilium podcast. And, her mom has a great YouTube channel!
Laura Lynn Brown
I never miss an episode of Ann Kroeker, Writing Coach.
I listen to This American Life and RadioLab too. And sometimes On Being and Fresh Air, depending on who’s being interviewed. I also like Happiness with Gretchen Rubin and Snap Judgment.
Ann Kroeker is a genius!
Takes one to know one!
Awww…thank you so much. Love all these recommendations.
I am binge listening to Undisclosed, the follow up to the first season of Serial.
I’ve got to find that! Didn’t know about it!
So much new information! It’s fascinating!
If you like pop culture at all, my must-listens are NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour, The Popcast with Knox and Jamie, Slate Culture Gabfest, and Off Camera with Sam Jones. Other must-listens (besides the ones you listed): Another Round, The Lively Show, Sorta Awesome, Death, Sex, & Money, and Reply All.
Another Round is my absolute favorite! I don’t know if it’s for podcast newbies, though. I’ve been trying to figure out how to categorize it, and you’re right: Pop Culture!
I have downloaded many a podcast – I just need to take the time to actually listen. I appreciate these suggestions. Finding the Modern Mrs. Darcy blog was also a win for me – I plan on completing her reading challenge. Thanks, Deidra, for always expanding my world!
What Should I Read Next? is really good! It’s brand new and already one of my top three. I listened to it this morning at the gym.
Thanks for this! Love your suggestions. I’m especially hooked on Startup myself. 🙂
So good! I felt like I was on a rollercoaster ride, and I loved the interaction between him and his wife.
I was going to mention Ann Kroeker’s The Writing Life and Holly Barrett as well, but I see some of you have already beat me to it. 😉
Great minds, right?
Carol Longenecker Hiestand
love this. Until I got to doing more walking, I never listened to Podcasts. I can read faster than I can listen. Now I am much more likely to do so. thanks for the recommendations! I ‘ll be starting with a lot of you. I was streaming them and using up data…I guess downloading is better. still not quite figured it out. I do listen to any of my son’s links when he preaches!
I love listening to podcasts and I’m going to have to check out some of these you mention. I did hear you on The Consilium. I enjoy Jacque Watkins Mudstories and when I want a good laugh I listen to Melanie Shankle and Sophie Hudson. After reading the comments, I have a lot of new options to check out! Thanks, Deidra!
Becky Lanier Shaw
I love podcasts. I listen to most that you recommended. Here’s a couple more: Snap Judgment, How to do Everything, and TED Radio Hour.
Cindy in PA
I listen to most of the podcasts on your list. Here’s a few of my recommendations: NPR’s Fresh Air, At Home with Sally (Sally Clarkson), and Mud Stories with Jacque Watkins. Enjoy!
Yes! I just listened to the interview of Toni Morrison on Fresh Air! I haven’t listened to the other two…yet. 🙂
Here are just a few of the ones I listen to: Think Enriched with Amy Robles, And Dad Makes 7 by Rocco DeLeo, Relevant Podcast, Dave Ramsey Show, Ray Edwards Show, Beyond the To-Do List with Erik Fisher, Organize 365 Podcast, Catalyst Podcast, Starving the Doubts with Jared Easley, Daily Audio Bible, and the list goes on….
Sure, Jared. I just listened to your most recent episode this morning.
Wow! There are a lot on your list that I’ve never heard of, Jon! Where do you listen the most?
I listen the most on the treadmill and in the car to and from work.