A few years ago, I thought podcasts were only meant for nerdy men. The IT guy at my college job would walk around with his iPod headphones in saying he was listening to them. I actually have the podcast app in my phone in the “Random Apps” folder. Now, it’s like every celebrity and personality has a podcast. I decided to give them a try after my current audio book was a bust. Luckily, podcasts are no longer just for IT guys, there are so many different programs to appeal to different demographics. Plus, they are free! Here’s a snapshot of what I’m currently listening to:
Modern Love – I was obsessed with NY Time’s Modern Love column when I was in college. I even read the book! Now, they have a weekly podcast where different personalities read the essays. Then, they have the writers of the essays on to discuss what has happened since they first published. Many of the essays are emotional or though provoking; I’ve found myself almost in tears a few times. I also like how the episodes are all around 20 mins, perfect for my morning commute.
Ladies Who Lunch – I never was much of an Ingrid Nilsen fan, but I’m loving her new podcast. Her and friend Cat Valdes discuss topics such as sex, relationships, social problems, and politics. It’s extremely insightful and smart. I personally enjoy hearing from a feminist perspective and Ingrid keeps it light and fun!
#Girlboss Radio – If you are a fan of Sophia Amoruso’s book #Girlboss, then you will love this podcast. Each episode, Sophia brings in other girlbosses to hear their advice and lessons they’ve learned along the way. I love hearing about how successful women got to where they are today. My only critique is that she has a friend she brings in for the first half of the episode — just skip past that part!
How Did This Get Made? – Paul Scheer, Jason Mantzoukas, and June Diane Raphael watch bad movies and comment on it in this podcast. The sad thing is that they have episodes on movies I loved as a child: Kazaam, Spice World, TMNT2: Secret of the Ooze, Crossroads, Teen Witch. I guess that’s what makes it so fun, hearing these comedians break down these ridiculously bad movies. It’s definitely worth it for a few good laughs during your commute!
Uninterrupted – Women’s Health was sick of people telling them they shouldn’t be involved in women’s social issues — so they created their own podcast about it. Caitlin Abber brings in various guests each week to discuss issues that matter most to women. I enjoy how it’s not just a big celebrity each week and I always end up learning something new!
Ctrl Alt Delete – Blogger Emma Gannon brings in guests each week to discuss the internet and how social media has changed our lives. I just love Emma’s personality and insight. Plus, some of her first guests included Elizabeth Gilbert, Rowan Blanchard, and Cheryl Strayed which is an awesome line-up.
PS — if you are clueless about podcasts like I was, just open the podcast app on your iPhone and start browsing. You can subscribe, listen, and download episodes right away. I recommend waiting until you are on wifi to download, so it doesn’t eat your data!