My Favorite Podcasts

12 Awesome Podcasts

Today I am sharing more of my favorite podcasts. If you are not familiar with podcasts, a podcast is a radio show that you can download or listen to online. Podcasts are great company on long road trips as well as daily commutes. I also listen to podcasts if I go for a long walk or while I’m cooking, cleaning, or doing some work on my computer. The best part about podcasts is they are completely free to download or stream online. Rather than listening to the radio or music, give podcasts a chance.

I listen to podcasts on my iPhone. It’s portable, and there are multiple podcasting apps available for it. I recently downloaded the Downcast app. You can create playlists and organize what you download or stream so you don’t lose precious space on your device. Before that, I used the simple Podcast app on my iPhone. 

Some other great podcast apps to try include Overcast. In addition to offering easy-to-find content, this app makes it simple for you to download podcasts for offline listening, which is my favorite feature of any podcast app. You can search for and subscribe to podcasts, create custom playlists, and get notifications when new content is available.

I also like the TuneIn Radio app. This app includes 100,000 real radio stations and more than four million podcasts streaming from every continent. Explore and follow the best in sports, news, music and talk to create your personalized feed.

You can also listen to podcasts using Soundcloud and Sticher. The Stitcher app is available on Apple and Android devices.

If you are looking for new podcasts, the new and noteworthy section of iTunes for podcasts is a great resource. The Podcast Top 200 lists the most popular podcasts, and the iTunes Essentials: Podcasts is a great way to find popular content. Use this curated library to find podcasts based on interests like “cooking” or “travel.”

And here’s a quick guide on how to download and listen to podcasts.

Do you listen to podcasts?  Here are a few of my favorites.

1.    HOW TO BE AMAZING: Michael Ian Black’s podcast is packed full of inspiration and comedy. Michael’s mission is to find people who are doing awesome things and get to the heart of how they got there. Topics cover things like failure, dealing with critics and the creative process.

Episode 01 | Elizabeth Gilbert

Episode 19 | David Sedaris

2.    WHAT SHOULD I READ NEXT?: What Should I Read Next is the show for every reader who has ever finished a book and faced the problem of not knowing what to read next. Each week, host Anne Bogel interviews a new person and finds out their tastes. Then, she makes recommendations about what to read next.

FAVORITE EPISODES:

Episode 06 | Tsh Oxenreider

Episode 04 | Seth Haines

3.    SHMANNERS: Listen to husband Travis McElroy and wife Teresa McElroy and they’ll improve your etiquette week by week! Perplexed by thank you notes? Baffled by black tie? Dismayed by dinner parties? Worry no more, Shmanners has your answers!

FAVORITE EPISODES:

Episode 01 | Thank You Notes

Episode 03 | Conversation

4.    THE BIG BOO CAST: Two Southern mama-bloggers and authors, Big Mama and BooMama, talk about all the important stuff in life: faith, family, friends, fashion, food and football.

FAVORITE EPISODES:

Episode 50 | Undergarments

Episode 54 | Travel

5.    REAL CRIME PROFILE: Jim Clemente, formerly of the FBI, Laura Richards, formerly of Scotland Yard, and Lisa Zambetti, casting director of Criminal Minds on CBS, discuss the arrest of Steven Avery and other oddities of the Netflix Series “Making a Murderer” in the first three episodes.

FAVORITE EPISODES:

You need to listen to them all, in order.

Episode 01 |  Discussing Making of a Murderer

6.    MASTERPIECE STUDIO: This podcast is your backstage pass to Downton Abbey. After the show, listen to exclusive interviews with the cast and crew.

FAVORITE EPISODES:

Episode 4 | Downtown Abbey’s Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary):

Episode 6 | Downtown Abbey’s Allen Leach (Tom Branson):

7.    LIMETOWN PODCAST:  Limetown is a fictional story full of suspense. Here’s the premise: Ten years ago, over three hundred men, women, and children disappeared from a small town in Tennessee, never to be heard from again. In this seven-part podcast, American Public Radio host Lia Haddock asks the question once more, “What happened to the people of Limetown?”

FAVORITE EPISODES:

You need to listen to them all, in order.

8.    THE MINIMALISTS: On The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus discuss living a meaningful life with less stuff. They are just regular guys who changed their lives by getting rid of a lot of excess stuff. Even if you do not consider yourself a minimalist, you will learn so many good tips for organization, time management, conquering clutter, relationships, and so much more.

FAVORITE EPISODES:

Episode 7 | Stuff

Episode 1: | Declutter

9.    BON APPETITE: This food podcast features interviews with chefs, writers, and a discussion of food-related topics such as holiday baking, eating healthy, preserving, and more!

FAVORITE EPISODES:

Episode 46 | Cook Every Meal for a Month

Episode 35 | The Queens of Modern Baking (Liz Prueitt of Tartine Bakery and Claire Ptak of London’s Violet Bakery)

10.  THE SIMPLE SHOW: Tsh is the voice behind theArtofSimple.net and is the author of Notes from a Blue Bike, One Bite at a Time, and Organized Simplicity. The Simple Show offers conversations on passion, projects, and living simply plus helpful advice for adding a little more minimalism into your life. Though not the typical topics you might expect from a minimalist podcast, Tsh always asks her guests what it looks like to them to live simpler, whether it’s to do with food, travel, writing, parenting, or fashion.

FAVORITE EPISODES:

Episode 21 | A Neighbor’s Table with Sarah Harmeyer

Episode 20 | Gretchen Rubin

11.  BLOGTACULAR: This is my favorite new podcast. It’s full of useful tips and tricks. If you enjoy photography or own a creative business, you will enjoy listening to the interviews with photographers, designers, bloggers, and creative entrepreneurs.

FAVORITE EPISODES:

Episode 01 | Martie Marie Forsberg (photography)

Episode 02 | Fiona Humberstone (branding)

12.  QUIET THE POWER OF INTROVERTS: Susan Cain is the author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking and co-founder of the Quiet Revolution, a mission-based company with initiatives in the areas of children, lifestyle, and the workplace. Susan’s latest project is a podcast she hosts and produces. The first season of the podcast is a ten-part series that focuses on giving parents and educators the tools to empower quiet kids. Expect to learn about how caregivers and schools can better understand and support introverts, how the changing landscape of social media impacts quiet children, the neuroscience of introversion, and more. You’ll also hear sound advice from Susan and experts in education and parenting.

FAVORITE EPISODES:

Episode 01 | The Long Runway
Susan Cain introduces you to the neuroscience of introversion and shares tips on how to help quiet kids navigate the world at their own pace.
Guests include: Dr. Carl Schwartz of Massachusetts General Hospital

P.S. Check out more of my favorite podcasts HERE.

Question of the Day:

Do you have any favorite podcasts to add to this list? I’m always looking for a new podcast, and I’d love to hear your favorites.

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  • I’m fairly certain if was you who told me about the Masterpiece podcast! I love it! I’ve also really enjoy the “Stuff You Missed In History Class” podcasts. They’re always so interesting.

  • Ooh I love that you included top episode picks for each of these! The first two especially look right up my alley – going to check them out right away. I love finding new podcasts, but sometimes if you start with the wrong episode, it’s hard to get into one. My current favorites are Happier (Gretchen Rubin), Masterpiece Studio, and Hidden Brain (from NPR), and recently I’ve started listening to The Lively Show. That’s one I find I have to pick and choose to find an episode I like, but when the topic appeals, it’s really a great one. I think I got started on some of those recommendations from you… so thanks for sharing 🙂

    • I enjoy listening to Gretchen Rubin’s Podcast too! The Masterpiece Podcast is great for Downton Abbey fans!Here’s an article about Michelle Dockery you may enjoy reading. http://bit.ly/1Kf67uL

  • So many great podcasts to check out! Thanks for sharing! Two of my favorites at the moment are Being Boss and Make it Happen.

    • Hey Allyssa! Is “Make It Happen” hosted by Jen Carrington? Thanks for the suggestions! I found multiple podcasts called “Make It Happen.”

  • I actually hadn’t heard of quite a few of these so I’ll have to check them out!

    • Thanks for reading!Check out the Blogtacular podcast.

  • This is such a great post thank you. My phone is now full of interesting things to listen to. I love the Blogtacular Podcast, but all the others were new to me.

  • I just subscribed to The Big Boo Cast! I will be needing these when I start my road trips next month- thank you for the list!!

    • I am a huge fan of Boo Mama and Big Mama. Boo Mama is so funny! Check out her blog at http://boomama.net. Melanie Big Mama blogs athttp://thebigmamablog.com.

  • Ragina Smith

    I listen to Snap Judgement. It has been described as storytelling with a beat. You should definitely check it out. New episodes are out every Friday.

    • Thanks so much for telling me about Snap Judgement. I’m going to check it out!