I love listening to podcasts. I listen to podcasts while I am exercising, cooking, and traveling.
If you are not familiar with podcasts, a podcast is a radio show that you can download and listen to any time you want. Podcasts are great company on long road trips as well as daily commutes. 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.
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.
Check out my top 12 favorite podcasts below.
1. Serial: If you had to pick one podcast to listen to now, I recommend this one. Serial tells a true story, week by week, over the course of a season. So in other words, you need to start with episode one and work your way through it. Season one follows the story of Adnan Syed, a man who was accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend when he was seventeen and has been in prison for the last fifteen years. Sarah Koenig, the host of Serial, has been investigating his case because she feels it wasn’t played out fully during the trial and there’s a good chance that Adnan never committed the crime in the first place. This story is playing out in real time, too, as Adnan’s case is currently in a stage of appeal, so jump in now while you can. The popular podcast will launch a second season in the fall, and a third season should arrive next spring. Stay tune to the Serial website for updates.
You really need to listen to them all, in order.
2. Burnt Toast: This is one of my favorite new podcasts about food from the editors of Food 52.
3. Relevant Podcast: It is hilarious, informative, and just plain fun.
4. Underground Wellness: This is my favorite health and wellness podcast hosted by Sean Croxton. The guest speakers represent a broad spectrum of topics and viewpoints. Sean prepares thoroughly for the interviews and asks the deeper and more provocative questions necessary for a fair, balanced discussion of the issues involved.
5. Bulletproof Radio: Dave Asprey is the man behind bulletproof coffee and the host of this podcast. Every episode digs into some aspect of nutrition, fitness, or wellness with the goal of learning to perform better.
6. Kathie Lee and Company: Every week Kathie Lee Gifford interviews a fascinating person in the world of TV, film, music, sports and news.
7. The Lively Show: Jess Lively interviews a different guest, usually someone who has created something inspiring, made a life-altering decision, or been through a major change of some kind. The topics cover a broad range including personal finances, healthy eating, fitness, parenthood, small business, blogging, career, etc. She’s also started publishing the occasional shorter Tuesday episode (the long-form interview episodes are on Thursdays), a “mini episode,” where she discusses something from a more personal standpoint.
Episode 55 The Science Behind Gratitude with UJ Ramdas (The Five Minute Journal)
8. The Influence Podcast: The Influence Network is the online community of women dedicated to making their online lives mean something. This podcast features interviews designed to inspire and encourage women. Topics include writing, blogging, motherhood, spiritual growth and creative business.
9. Your Move With Andy Stanley: I have listened to Andy Stanley’s podcasts for a long time. Andy’s teaching has made a tremendous impact on my life. In this weekly 30-minute audio podcast from Andy, you will discover how to make better decisions and have fewer regrets.
10. Extra Pack of Peanuts: Travis and his wife Heather co-host this travel podcast. They will teach you everything you need to know to travel more and spend less.
Episode 58 Cooking the World with Sasha Martin (Global Table Adventure blog)
11. Happier With Gretchen Rubin: Gretchen Rubin is the bestselling author of The Happiness Project and Better Than Before. She shares her practical, manageable advice about happiness and good habits to this lively, thought-provoking podcast.
Episode 15 Bestselling author Tom Rath (Are You Fully Charged? The Three Keys to Energizing Your Work and Life)
12. The Sarah R. Bagley Podcast: Sarah Bagley is a recovering perfectionist. Each week, she interviews a guest about their struggles with perfectionism and how they managed to overcome it. Even if you do not consider yourself a perfectionist, the interviews are very interesting and cover a wide-range of topics.
Episode 69 Michelle Blakeley: Starting Your Own Business (author of Zero to 60 and Simplicity Mastered blog)
Episode 35 Katie Clemons: The Importance of Your Story (Gadanke journals and Ted Talk Speaker)
Question of the Day:
Do you have any favorite podcasts to add to this list?
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