Category: podcasts

Best Podcasts of the Year

Is it that time of year already? The “best of” podcast lists?

Spending as much time as I do hiking, setting up my campsite, and in the car, I consequently listened to a lot of podcasts this year. I love them because I can download them to play them anywhere, can play them over my car’s Bluetooth and listen in a variety of settings as mentioned above, and they are shorter than audiobooks.

10 of my perennial favorites are:

Vulture’s Best of 2017 include:
  • Missing Richard Simmons (devoured it before I left)
  • Binge Mode: Game of Thrones (not my jam)
  • First Day Back (a topic I’m interested in, so will add to my list)
  • Where Should We Begin (haven’t listened, it’s a maybe)
  • Ear Hustle (another topic I’m interested in, so will add to my list)
  • :74 Seconds (the gushing about the first four episodes intrigues me)
  • This American Life (I go in and out of this perennial favorite)
  • The Heart (haven’t heard of before now, so maybe)
  • The Daily (I can barely handle headlines, so news podcasts will never be my thing. I feel like I get enough headlines.)
  • S-Town (totally agree with its #1 position. Binged this amazing Southern Gothic profile when it came out. Serial was the first and best podcast I’ve listened to, so I will always immediately try anything under its umbrella.)
Entertainment Weekly’s Best of 2017 adds:
  • Mogul: The Chris Lighty Story (I agree. Binged this when it came out.)
  • Nancy (Haven’t heard of it. Will look into.)
  • 36 Questions (Jonathan Groff? A musical? I admonish my friends who didn’t let me know about this! Adding!)
  • Dirty John (Damn, this one was RIVETING. Listened to all 6 epis in a day.)
  • 30 for 30 (Yep, this one was great. As it should be, transfering from a successful tv series on a major network.)
  • Pod Save America (see my notes about The Daily.)
Time’s list adds:
  • Still Processing (Hadn’t heard of. I don’t usually like ‘conversational’ podcasts like this that are not interviews or storytelling.)
  • Reply All (I dip in now and then, if I’m caught by the topic du jour. They had a best-of epi last year I listened to that was pretty spectacular, but it was about incarceration, which is a topic that interests me.)
  • Dear Sugars (a good listen, I catch it when I can. For some reason I prefer to read rather than listen to advice columns, like Ask Polly.)
  • Larry Wilmore: Black on Air (Haven’t heard of or given it a listen.)
  • More Perfect (I’m intrigued, but haven’t heard of it before!)
  • 2 Dope Queens (I know everyone loves them. I don’t usually like these formats of people talking to each other.)

So! Which podcasts did you like this year? Which episodes should I listen to? Am I ‘eh’ on one you can convince me I must I try? Let me know!

Yet another podcast to subscribe to

It’s like:






Marie Forleo debuted a podcast, on the day I already feel like I have wayyyyy too many podcasts on my list. Here’s a quick scroll-through of my current podcasts. Not to mention Ash wants me to binge The OA, Aaron wants me to watch The Magicians, and I’m actively watching This is Us. Oy vey!

Tara Brach
WTF with Marc Maron
Recovered Podcast
The Recovery Show
This American Life
Being Boss
Hay House Radio Podcast
How She Creates
Bad Money
Hidden Brain
Hay House Meditations
Hay House World Summit
The Tim Ferris Show
Rick Roll Podcast
The Way I Heard It
Welcome to Night Vale
Dr Wayne Dyer Podcast
Marie Forleo Podcast

Dare I ask what you’re listening to? X-P 🙂

How to Quit Your Day Job

I’ve listened to the Being Boss podcast for about a year now. The two powerful women at the center of that, Kathleen and Emily, are modern & engaging. In this episode, they share how they left their day jobs, how others do it, and what you need to do to prepare. They recommend having a plan, but reveal that a large financial safety net isn’t always required. To hear the whole episode:

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