Saturday, April 12, 2014

favorite podcasts

who here listens to podcasts?
i'm raising my hand. i love them. 
i've hooked chase on them too.
i've been commuting the past month
(only 1.5 more months to go!) and my love 
for them has rekindled. today i have a flight, so 
as i loaded podcasts on my phone this morning 
i thought... why not share some favorites here?

for a long time i had no idea what these were or why 
people listened to them, but when i lived in london and 
commuted for an hour on the tube each day...and then 
in DC commuting on the metro each day, i started to rely on 
them as my daily entertainment while riding the underground. 
i love music, but podcasts can be a nice change because you learn 
while listening! you can just download them free from itunes, and 
have them to listen to while running, commuting, taking a tub, 
driving, anything! here are some of my favorites..what are yours?
favorite podcasts

  • wait wait...don't tell me! {NPR} this is my very's like a news quiz with people who call in, a hilarious panel, and celebrity judges. usually i never miss one week! listen to an episode or two and see if you like it. the quiz at the end is my favorite, i always try to see if i know all the tells me if i've been keeping up with the news or not!
  • this american life {NPR} another famous NPR podcast hosted by the famous ira glass. it can be hit-or-miss depending on the topic, but there are some great ones. they basically choose a topic or theme for each episode, and then delve deep into it. it has some amazing storied and interviews. i have listened to this american life before and been so engrossed in it, i didn't even know where i was!
  • stuff you should know this is also a FAVORITE. even my husband loves this one. the two hosts, josh and clark, are hilarious together and basically have the most fun job ever. they have a random topic every episode that they have every piece of research and detail on..and they go into it and explain how things work.
  • new york times: front page for those with less time, this is a quick rundown & recap of the front page stories of the NY times that day. it doesn't go too in-depth, but gives you a basic knowledge of that day's news. 
  • pardon the interruption {ESPN} sports lovers, this is your podcast. it's such a good one to get a funny + entertaining rundown of the sports world. it's a show on ESPN, but offered as a podcast too. sometimes i'm not in the mood for the yelling and dinging bells, but all in all it's a good one. chase loves it.
  • all things considered {NPR} all things considered is a classic radio show on NPR that has been around forever, and they put it as a podcast as well. the hosts discuss the biggest issues of the day with a lot of insight and thought. it's interesting and leaves you feeling smart + well-informed. fun fact: all things considered is the most listened-to afternoon drive-time news radio program in the country.
  • tedtalks you can always turn on any one of the many TEDtalk podcasts offered. i LOVE TEDtalks so much and you can never go wrong with these. topics and options are unlimited and you always learn something new.
  • answer me this a really popular podcast in the UK, this one answers listener questions ranging from personal advice, to random questions, to everyday problems. it is pretty funny and just depends on the episode.
  • joy the baker podcast joy the baker writes one of my favorite food blogs. she's not only an amazing cook, she's hilarious and like you want to be her bff. she records a podcast about cooking, but it turns into so many other topics and suddenly you feel like you're at lunch chatting with friends. love it!
  • betty in the sky with a suitcase i just recently discovered this one through a reader. it's a great one for travel lovers! betty is a flight attendant for a major airline and she records this monthly podcast full of crazy + hilarious stories from flying. it ranges from unruly passengers to crazy-in flight happenings to secrets about flying.
  • planet money podcast {NPR} this one may sound boring, but it's so educational and savvy about the economy and being smart with your money. once in a while i like to listen to this so i can impress chase with all my financial knowledge :) the suze orman show is also a good one for financial tips.
  • the sporkful podcast this food podcast is amazing and like no other. it literally goes into the most detailed discussions about food, like butter-to-pancake ratio, the ideal shape for a tortilla chip, and more. it's a good one for people who love to eat! (which should be ALL of you reading this :)
  • general conference i listen to my church's general conference podcasts to hear the amazing messages and talks again when i am needing some inspiration. they are always just what i need to hear.
  • language podcasts if you're trying to learn a new language or brush up your skills, search for language podcasts. they can be helpful to listen and improve!

hopefully these podcasts sound entertaining.
give them a listen on your next run,
drive, flight, etc! let me know how
you like them. please let me know
of other good ones i'm missing!



  1. I love NPR podcasts. My favorite is A Way With Words. I'll have to check some of these other ones out!

  2. I absolutely love NPR too. All Things Considered is just the best!!

  3. These are great! Have you listened to radio lab or fresh air (both from npr)? Podcasts are awesome.

  4. These are great! Have you listened to radio lab or fresh air (both from npr)? Podcasts are awesome.

  5. those are awesome.

    stop by,

  6. I have not listened to podcasts yet, but you make me want to try them. Do they work on the plane too? We have a long flight coming up next week, well I guess not as long as Europe, but....

    1. you would love them! you just have to download them before a flight..they are free! Xo

  7. i love podcasts. great post! this american life, fresh air, radiolab, and pop culture happy hour are the my all time favorites! i also love here's the thing, wtf, and filmspotting.

  8. Oh, was that me who recommended Betty in the Sky? I love her. Her laugh is amazing.

    I also listen to "Ask Me Another" which is also from NPR. I wanted to go see the show live when I was in New York but it was pretty far away so I decided not to :(

    1. yes! you're the best! i have to check out ask me another too! xo


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