I wrote about my favorite podcasts over a year ago. I’m still a devoted podcast listener, but my list has changed quite a bit since that time: my two “can’t miss” podcasts aren’t updating right now, new podcasts have started up, and some of the podcasts I wanted to explore back then have since become favorites.
I do love podcasts, but I also love to listen to audiobooks, so I don’t get through as many as many hardcore podcast fans. But I make time for my favorites, and right now, that includes the following:
7 favorite podcasts (and one excellent episode to get you started):
This is a new-ish podcast: it just started up in February 2015. Gretchen Rubin hosts the show with her sister, Elizabeth Craft. Many of the podcast conversations are straight out of Rubin’s books, but I enjoy the topics of conversation (like why you should abandon books you don’t like, in the episode linked to above) and new stories that emerge surrounding them. (This podcast has more ads than any other one I listen to.)
Tsh has been podcasting for years, but she just gave her podcast a face lift and started over at episode 1. I like this one because it’s fun, interesting, and chatty, and I always have good takeaway ideas from every episode.
In one way, my favorite episode is my own (linked above), just because it was so much fun to record. But I would much rather listen to any other episode. Thankfully, Tsh is back from her travels so the show is updating regularly, with a whole slew of interesting guests.
The host started this podcast because she couldn’t find a similar, accessible podcast geared towards creative types and small business owners. In every episode she talks about blogging, business, creativity, motivation, or inspiration, or some combination thereof.
In the episode featured above, Katherine Reay shares the story of how she wrote her first novel, her current writing process, and a little bit about her forthcoming third novel Thë Bronte Plot. (The book comes out November 3, which is why I can’t believe the Kindle edition is only $4.99 right now as I type. But it is, so get on that.)
I loved season 1 of StartUp, which chronicled the origin of the podcasting company itself. In season 2 (I linked to the first episode, above), they followed a matchmaking company called Dating Ring, which was fascinating for a whole different set of reasons. (Be forewarned: almost every episode carries an explicit language warning.) I just finished listening to season 2, and now I desperately want to re-watch the excellent movie Arranged.
This is the first spinoff podcast from Gimlet Media, the startup podcasting company from the StartUp podcast. I skip a lot of episodes for this one, but Will told me not to miss this one, because we’d watched the movie Safety Not Guaranteed (with Kristen Bell) together a few years ago. I had no idea that movie was based on a true story, but this episode lays it all out. The time travel part was fascinating, but the “hitman” part was pretty disturbing. HSPs, take note: this episode may not be for you.
I loved The Royal We: it’s in this year’s Summer Reading Guide as a beachy novel. In this episode Jess Lively interviews co-authors Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan about how they landed on the idea of a novel based on Will and Kate, what’s real/what’s not, their research process, and their unusual shared writing process. This episode is so much fun for readers and writers.
Host Anna Sale interviews guests about the big questions that people never talk about in polite conversation. In this episode, she interviews Joy Williams of The Civil Wars (so sad) about how her musical group was falling apart at the same time her father was dying, her marriage was on the rocks, and she was pregnant with her first child.
What are your favorite podcasts? Tell us what shows you listen to, and if you can, pick your favorite episode for listeners to start with.