I’ve been a podcast fan since back when I listened to them on my original iPod, but since I started my own podcast What Should I Read Next? I’ve gained a whole new appreciation for what makes a podcast, and an individual episode, work.
Today I’m sharing five of my recent favorite episodes. I can’t wait to hear yours in comments!
(I share all about how to subscribe to podcasts in this post right here.)
I’ve only listened to a handful of episodes of the Tim Ferriss Show, and was sucked into this one by the promise that Seth would share the audiobooks he listens to over and over again. (He did, and they were NOT what I was expecting!)
While the whole conversation was fascinating, I especially enjoyed Seth’s thoughts on routines, standing out in the crowd, and relationships, especially parenting. (This episode inspired this post about how I’m spending many more hours in the car these days, and why I’m not totally hating it.)
This episode is all about breast milk. Seriously. It’s 2016, and yet—if you live in the United States, have an infant who needs breast milk, and you can’t produce it yourself, it is extremely difficult and crazy expensive to provide a steady stream of the stuff for your baby. (I didn’t realize this until ten years ago, when I had a friend who begged for any extra milk I pumped because her baby needed it and she couldn’t pay $7 an ounce on the internet.) Some women produce an excess, so why is it so difficult to get that milk to babies who desperately need it? This episode examines why, and talks with one company founder who is pursuing an unorthodox solution.
This was a classic case of the right words at the right time for me. I’ve had this episode queued up on my phone for months, but I happened to listen to it right after I’d spent a weekend thinking through the very issues he discussed in this episode: master plans for life, doing the next right thing, making good stuff and putting it out into the world. If you’re a creative type you’ll especially enjoy this.
Ann Kroeker regularly puts out short little episodes (think 3-5 minutes) with snippets for the writing life. Sometimes she tells me things I already know and need to be reminded of; sometimes she shares a new little tip or trick for doing something necessary, like saving ideas or avoiding distraction. I loved her 5 categories for things writers need to be paying attention to. A good way to think about writing, and life.
Modern Love is the latest addition to my podcast roster; it’s not at all what I expected it to be. Every week in the first half of the show, a professional actor or actress reads an essay from the New York Times column of the same name. In the second half, the host chats with the essay writer, sometimes years after the person originally wrote the essay.
In this episode, a man writes about what happened in his marriage after a medication caused his wife’s sex drive to skyrocket, reversing the long-standing dynamics in their relationship. I waffled about including this one, and you can probably imagine why, but weeks after it first made me tear up in the carpool line, I’m still thinking about it. The biggest takeaway had nothing to do with anyone’s libido.
Have you listened to any great podcast episodes lately? Tell us all about them in comments!
P.S. Need more episodes to queue up? I shared 7 more favorites right here. And check out my own podcast, What Should I Read Next, right here.