Podcasts: why I listen and 5 of my favorites

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Even though I’m a blogger, I listen to podcasts more than I read blogs. I thought I’d share the why, how and what of my podcast habit. Maybe you already listen to them, or could benefit from learning more about podcasts. I’d love to hear which ones are you favorites, too!

Why podcasts?

They’re a great source of education and entertainment while I’m doing other things that don’t require focus – driving, dishes, cooking, or cleaning. When I used to run, I preferred podcasts over music because they hold my attention better.

Like blogs, there are podcasts on almost any topic that might interest you. Most of my favorites are hosted by people I was already familiar with, but you could also search iTunes and find the top rated ones for any particular topic.

How I access podcasts

I subscribe to my favorites and listen on my phone. You could listen directly from iTunes if you’re on your computer.

I bought an app called Downcast, which I love, when I realized the stock podcast app for iPhone was draining my data. Castro and Instacast are other popular podcast apps.

Five of my favorites

1. The Art of Simple is hosted by Tsh Oxenreider, founder of the popular blog, The Art of Simple (recently changed from Simple Mom) and author of Notes from a Blue Bike.

Tsh rotates between six cohosts, and they talk about parenting, personality styles, writing, TV, books, faith, and everything in between. I really enjoy listening because she and her hosts are delightful, and it feels like eavesdropping on a fun conversation between friends.

2. Dan Pink’s Office Hours – Dan Pink is a business author. The slogan of his podcast is “car-talk for the human engine.”

Pink has written books about the behavioral science of motivation, the psychology of sales, and the rise of right-brain thinking, to name a few. I also love his TED talk on motivation.

On the podcast, he interviews fascinating guests like Gretchen Rubin, Malcom Gladwell, Susan Cain and Jim Collins about their work.

3. The Dave Ramsey Show – The podcast is one hour of Dave’s daily show where he takes calls about life and money. Sure to educate and entertain.

4. Freakonomics Radio – This podcast is hosted by the authors of the book by the same name, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner. Levitt is an economist, Dubner a journalist. The podcast explores “the hidden side of everything.” Most episodes build a case against conventional wisdom on a certain topic. Some of my favorites are Is College Really Worth It? and The Upside of Quitting.

5. The Popcast is hosted by Jamie Golden (who I’ve met in real life) and Knox McCoy. Their slogan is “strong opinions on pop culture from two completely unqualified people.”

They are hilarious, informed and bring a lot of heart to what could easily be a shallow conversation.

I used to think I was one of those high brow people that couldn’t be bothered to care much about music, movies, and television. Turns out this was entirely false once Knox and Jamie helped me get honest with myself.

I’m still not patient enough to spend much time learning what’s new in pop culture, but I consider Knox and Jamie my curators. I’ve taken some of their recommendations and been glad I did. Thanks to Jamie, I chose American Hustle for my family’s holiday movie-going tradition. Thanks to Knox, I took the leap into Breaking Bad and never looked back. Life, enriched: check.

Do you listen to podcasts? Which are your favorites?

8 thoughts on “Podcasts: why I listen and 5 of my favorites

  1. I will often listen to a podcast while doing the supper dishes, and once running weather is back I think I would love a podcast more then music. I’m a fan of The Art of Simple- for all the reasons you mentioned. I’m also a fan of Inspired to Action and Kat’s other podcast How They Blog.
    I’m really intrigued by The Popcast, I tend to think of myself as above most pop culture but this could be a wrong assessment. Thanks for the recommendations!

    1. I like How They Blog a lot, too. I steered clear of some of the blogging/social media/marketing ones I listen to and tried to recommend ones that would appeal more broadly.

      You should give The Popcast a try! It’s really funny and a nice break from all the educational ones.

  2. Great list! I love Downcast, too, so great app recommendation there :) I also love HowTheyBlog, Inspired to Action, God-Centered Mom, and Christine Caine has a fun one called “Coffee with Chris” :)

  3. I LOVE podcasts. I definitely listen to more podcasts now than TV and radio combined. I like Simple Life Together, Take Control Organizing, Michael Hyatt’s This Is Your Life, Read to Lead, The 5am Miracle, and This American Life.

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