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The Podcasts I Never Miss

The Podcasts I Never Miss

Last year, I wrote about My Favourite Podcast. I had intended to write about a variety of podcasts I was listening to, but I was brand new to podcasting and really didn't have enough to say about most of them. Now I feel like I have a bit more ground to stand on when it comes to talking about podcasts. I opt to switch on a podcast while I need some background noise instead of turning on Netflix to watch Friends or How I Met Your Mother (yes, it's still on Netflix UK) for the umpteenth time. Instead of listening to music while I'm walking to the train station, I listen to a podcast. And Luke and I even listen to podcasts in the car more often than music. I resisted for so long (Lord knows why), but I officially have the podcast bug.

Since my last post was basically an ode to the NPR Politics Podcast, I'll skip it for now. Just know that it's still my absolute favourite and one that Luke and I try to listen to together each week.

For politics...

I've recently started listening to Pod Save America. It's from Crooked Media, a news organisation founded by three former Obama staffers, Jon Favreau (not the actor), Jon Lovett, and Tommy Vietor. Pod Save America appears to be their lead-off podcast, but Crooked Media now hosts eight podcasts with other hosts and a large support team. The three of them offer really interesting insight into the current political climate, having just worked for the previous administration and been in the White House doing some of the jobs they're talking about. Their website calls it a "no bullshit conversation about politics" and boy is that true. They tell it like it is and I love it because I agree with them about 95% of the time.

For inspiration...

Last summer, a friend turned me on to Jenna Kutcher one day when we were talking about body image. I immediately started following Jenna on Instagram and eventually started listening to her podcast, The Goal Digger Podcast. She puts out three episodes a week, one with an incredibly thoughtful interview with a woman who is making a name for herself in her respective industry, one with tips and tricks, since Jenna calls herself a marketing guru, and a quick Friday show where she rattles of a list of five things that will definitely improve your life. I've been bingeing her podcast while I clean, cook, walk, and even on my lunch break for a little boost of positivity.

For laughs...

My younger sister suggested I start listening to My Favorite Murder earlier this year. I was surprised the suggestion came from her, but I was definitely intrigued as I've always been fascinated with true crime. Sam said I needed to start at the beginning, which is a daunting task considering how many podcasts they've put out in over two years, but it's what I did and I've listened to about two dozen so far. Georgia Hardstark and Karen Kilgariff host the podcast and remind you almost every time not to come for the facts. They're hilarious and they really remind me of me and my friend Tia. They're just sitting on the couch chatting as friends. It just happens to be about murder! Each episode, they each focus on a specific murder that they're going to talk about, sometimes following a theme like "80's murders" or "cannibals", but it seems they prefer not to do that. Adding the comedic element makes them a lot easier to digest, but I have to admit there have been a few that really shook me. I usually read a bit more about the murders after I finish the episode and the details can get to me, so it's not the easiest podcast to binge, but the comedy definitely helps.

For drama...

If you're a member of Bachelor Nation and you don't listen to The Ben and Ashley I Almost Famous Podcast, what are you doing?! Even though I haven't watched a season since Nick's turn as The Bachelor, I listen to their podcast every week. Sometimes they have people on from the most recent seasons of The Bachelorette or The Bachelor (or Bachelor in Paradise or Winter Games), but most of the time I at least know of the people through social media. Besides, they were recapping Arie's episodes each week, so I know who Krystal is and I know all about the Becca and Lauren switcheroo. It's definitely a guilty pleasure podcast, but I think what I like about it is that they go beyond just Bachelor Nation and talk about other things. Ashley has another podcast that I've listened to called I Don't Get It, which I don't like as much, and I'm realising it's because Ben definitely helps ground things a bit.

Also in my library...

Invisibilia | I haven't started it yet, but heard a commercial on the NPR Politics Podcast and was intrigued about the upcoming season.

Making Obama | Same as above. And apparently their first season was about Oprah!

Reality Steve Podcast | This one is hit or miss for me. Reality Steve can be really abrasive, dismissive, and condescending at times, but it seems like he's reeling it in a bit. I sometimes skip episodes and really only listen to the episodes with people I actually know from the Bachelor franchise, so I don't bother with the contestants from years ago or from the last two seasons.

Stuff You Should Know | I love this podcast and I definitely need to listen to it more often. I know I'll never catch up, as they've already put out over 1,000 episodes, but I pick and choose anyway, only listening to the episodes on topics I really care about.

Stuff Mom Never Told You | I heard about this podcast from Stuff You Should Know and it definitely piqued my interest. I've listened to a few episodes and I think they're fantastic, I just haven't been in binge mode for this one (yet), so it's usually at the bottom of my queue.

What podcasts do you listen to each week? Tell me in the comments.

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