Last year, around Christmastime, I asked for your podcast recommendations for my road trip back to DC. I promise that post is coming along – slowly but surely – but with another road trip a few hours ahead of me, I felt like now would be the perfect time to share 6 podcasts that have been on heavy rotation in my podcast app. (I like to use this podcast app on my Apple watch when I’m at the gym.)
The full list (coming soon) will be broken down into three categories: road trip, work, and gym.
While I love myself a good Spotify playlist, I tend to get bored easily when listening to music (especially in the car) and often feel like I’m wasting time if I’m not learning something new. When I’m working, I’m typically listening to this playlist or this first podcast if I’m in need of a little motivation. Without further adieu, here are my top 6 of the moment:
Goal Digger //
To say I have a crush on this woman is an understatement. She has her shit together, runs an incredibly successful business, she’s my age, and also lives in the midwest. Did we just become best friends? She’s that blogger/influencer/photographer who you’d kill to have coffee with – I’ll settle with this podcast, for now. From social media marketing tips, to ways an email list can serve you, to business practices that have worked for her, and how to find balance in it all – this podcast really is like having a casual lady date covering all of those bullet points on the 37 post its scattered across your desk.
Stuff You Should Know //
I originally started listening to this podcast to learn a little more about cars. What? And stuck around to learn about everything else. From how impeachment works to how much money there is in the world, this podcast will teach you all the things you didn’t realize you needed to know.
My Favorite Murder //
I got hooked on this one after a reader recommendation. If you’ve never missed an episode of Law & Order: SVU, then this podcast is for you. The two female hosts share the details of their favorite famous and not-so-famous murder stories and spitball about how things may have gone down or who else could have been involved. While I dig stories in this podcast, the hosts have a tendency to get sidetracked and there are a lot of ads. I feel like both really take away from the stories but overall, I’d recommend giving this one a listen if you like murder + mysteries as much as I do.
Pod Save America //
The best podcast there ever was. Really. I share the political opinions of the hosts (ex-Obama staffers, Jon Favreau, Dan Pfeiffer, Jon Lovett, Tommy Vietor) which plays a big part in why this one has been at the top of my list for almost a year. It’s branded as, “a political podcast for people not yet ready to give up or go insane” which happens to be exactly why I listen to them. In moments when I need them the most, they’re there with f*cking bells on, interviewing guests like Joe Biden, Keith Ellison, Sally Yates, Tammy Duckworth, and Dan Rather. Nbd. It’s cathartic having them there when you need them and knowing that you’re not the only one who refuses to just ride out this bullshit. Need a politically charged therapy group? These are your people.
The attention drawn to this story has since prompted a review of the case, resulting in a new trial for the “main character”. WHAT!? I know. If you haven’t listened to this one you’ve 1) been living under a rock and 2) should spend half your weekend listening to this, start to finish. It’s an incredible story made even more incredible by what’s currently happening in regards to the appeal and the new trial. America, man.
The first season dives into the 1999 murder of a teenage female in Baltimore and the subsequent arrest of one of her ex boyrfriend. Despite pleading innocent, the ex boyfriend was convicted and has been serving a prison sentence since 2000. 18 years later he’s getting a new trial – prompted by this podcast. Mind blown.
The second season focuses on Bowe Bergdahl, the Army solider who was imprisoned by the Taliban for 5+ years, then charged with desertion. Real talk: I listened to it because I was interested in how Sarah Koenig (investigative journalist from the previous season) would cover this and what information would be included. Regardless of what my very strong opinion of this situation is, Koenig does a great job at telling this story.
Money Girl //
The subtitle of this podcast is, “Quick and Dirty Tips for a Richer Life”. Sign me up! This (female) finance expert walks you through all the things you need to know in order to get smart about money. In the past year, I’ve spent a lot of time on money; learning about better ways to invest, enriching my financial portfolio, getting the most out of my retirement accounts. This podcast covers everything – things you should know (but don’t) about your credit report, credit myths, how to create your own self-employed benefits package, strategies to reduce money stress and improve your finances, how to get your finances in order before buying a home, etc. The tips are great and I don’t feel like I’m being spoken down to or someone is mansplaining money to me. Highly recommend.