Who doesn’t like zoning out and listening to a great Podcast? I for one, listen to a ton of them. I listen to podcasts a lot of the time on my daily commute, while walking my dog, on my days off while I clean the house up and do laundry and while I grocery shop. So here’s a list of the best podcasts that I believe you should start listening to…
NPR News Now:
This is just a great one you can turn on for 5 minutes in the morning while you are getting ready to hear a brief synopsis of what has happened in the last 24 hours. I usually read The Skimm (which I highly recommend) for my daily news or I listen to this podcast.
Interesting stuff is discussed in this podcast. I actually like how broad their topics are; it’s bit better than “stuff you should know” (mentioned later). I read the Freakonomics book back in 2010 and have been hooked on the podcast ever since! Steven Dubnar talks about stuff from data analytics (a good one is “How big is my penis and other things we ask Google”) and Why we hate the Koch Brothers to Why teachers are encouraged to cheat and their recent episodes on Celiac disease and the German economy.
This is a super cool podcast about people who have been able to invest in real estate. The best part is that they aren’t rich people who are on the show (well they probably are well off now); most of the time the guests are average joes who have been able to advance themselves and better their lives just by buying a property and renting them out to supplement their income. So it tells their stories and about how anyone can do the same and how to go about it in various ways no matter your income.
NPR Rough Translation:
This is a new podcast from NPR this year, it just finished up it first season and I can’t wait to see what they have in store next! They explore topics that are viewed differently depending on where you live globally. For example, they have one about Yoga and how it various based on where you live (India verses the United States). It also tell other really neat stories that keep you intrigued and yearning for more. This is one of my favorite podcasts ever.
Stuff You Should Know:
This podcast talks about everything! Really, they cover unique topics that you may not know about nor have ever thought about exploring, but once you get to listening it becomes hard to stop. They cover stories from history (like camels in the United States) and politics, to the importance of sleep and who owns the oceans.
This is a podcast series that covers different investigations and stores about serial killers and there is a really great one about Bowe Bergdahl (the Army soldier who deserted his post in Afghanistan in 2009). It tells the story of Bowe from all angles and as an army veteran who was deployed to Afghanistan I found it pretty interesting. The first season is about a high school girl who is murdered, it’s CRAZY! So I suggest you have a listen.
How I Built This:
My goodness, if anyone was made for radio, it was Guy Raz. His ability to express points and his tone are captivating. This Podcast (hosted by Guy) tells the story of how businesses came about; it’s the business founders’ success (and struggle for success) stories. They have some really great ones, like John Adams, Teach for America and Warby Parker just to name a few. It’s not your typical podcast, but it really make you believe anything is possible and even you can be successful entrepreneur!
Up and Vanished:
This is a unique, one story, podcast that follows the disappearance of a teacher in Georgia named Tara Grinstead. It’s nuts because when the podcast started it was just a journalist trying to figure out what happened to her ten years ago when she disappeared from a town not far from where his grandmother lived. He begins the investigation and no one from the town wanted to talk to him, but as the story unfolds not only do people begin to come forward, but the investigation opens back up after then years of it being unsolved and it actually sparks new evidence to come out and new suspects. After many twists and turns, the podcast ends surprisingly! I don’t want to spoil it! Just. Go. Listen. Seriously.
Hope you enjoyed my post!
What podcasts do you listen to?
Did I miss any great ones that you think I should add to the list?
I look forward to your comments below =)