I am an avid podcast listener. My love for podcasts originally started out with a Harry Potter podcast that discussed new news surrounding the books and movies along with fun trivia and deep discussions. I love listening to podcast while I’m driving and they an help relieve the stress of traffic without being as in depth as an audio book. Below are some of my all time favorites.
Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!
This is my all time favorite podcast, which is also a radio show that airs Saturday’s on NPR. Led by the hilarious Peter Sagal, each week he and his panelists participate in a news/ pop culture quiz show. There are call in guests and a featured celebrity interview every week that include anyone from Nobel Prize winners to Kim Kardashian. I find myself laughing out loud, with tear streaming down my face every week when I listen to the newest episode.
This American Life
This is another NPR podcast that I listen to on a weekly basis with host Ira Glass. Each show has a theme and short, non-fiction, stories are told throughout the hour program. most are told in a first person narrative. I’ve laughed, cried, and pounded my steering wheel in anger while listening to this podcast.
If you haven’t heard of Serial you must be living under a rock. In 2014 this podcast changed the game entirely. Sarah Koenig recounted and dug deeper into the story of Adnan Syed, a man convicted of killing his high school girlfriend in 2000, in the first season. She does interviews with Adnan, his family, friends, and other people who may have more information on this crime. Her story telling sucks you in and I even got my mom hooked on this podcast. The second season follows the story of Bowe Bergdahl.
Radiolab is an investigative show that is told through sounds and stories. I love the alternating view points and flow of this one. I’m always left thinking at the end.
The West Wing Weekly
My favorite TV show of all time is The West Wing. So I about squealed when I saw this podcast show up in the top charts. Joshua Malina, who was an actor in the show, and his friend started a weekly podcast where they recount the show episode by episode. If you have not watched The West Wing the entire series is on Netflix. You will not be disappointed.
Ladies Who Lunch
This is new one on my list. I’ve been a fan of Ingrid Nilson for a long time from her YouTube channel and now she and her friend/ fellow YouTuber Catrific have started a weekly podcast where they talk about issues. Both ladies are smart, well spoken, and funny. The first episode tackled the idea of friendship and the second talks about feminism. I love hearing their opinions and viewpoints on different matters and they really make you take a step back and think.
Hope you enjoyed this list of podcasts. There are so many more and some that I’ve downloaded but am still trying out. If you have any podcast suggestions, feel free to leave them in the comments.