As two devoted podcast listeners, we thought it would be fun to share some of our current favorites. May often listens to podcasts while on her morning walk with Sawyer, or while preparing a meal. June also listens to them when she preps meals for the week. Podcasts have become so popular these days, sometimes it’s difficult to choose!
Some people are confused about podcasts and how to listen them. Podcasts are a short audio file that is a lot like a radio show but you can listen on your own time. Often the podcasts have a website or online community where you can participate. For most podcasts you can listen for free. Some have a paid subscription service or ask for donations where they use the funds to support the cost of producing the podcast.
To listen to a podcast it is very easy. If you have an Iphone there is a built in app that we both use called Podcasts. To listen simply search for the name of the podcast. You can then click on the title and an episode to listen. Because most podcasts are weekly, you can subscribe (for free) so that every new episode shows up in your library. If you do not have an Iphone or you want some additional features there are a couple of apps that can be downloaded on your phone for free. Two popular apps are Overcast and Stitcher. You can listen to these podcasts through any of the apps using your headphones, your phone’s built in speaker or a bluetooth connected speaker.
Here are some of our favorites:
Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations. If any of you are familiar with Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday television show, you’ll enjoy this podcast. Always inspiring, Oprah’s guests always leave you feeling a little more soulful and connected to something greater.
What Should I Read Next? This is a podcast by Anne Bogel who writes the blog Modern Mrs. Darcy. This is one of our absolute favorites because the subject matter is books, books, books. The podcast typically follows the same format. Anne Bogel talks interviews one reader about three books she loved and one she hated and then recommends three books for the reader to read next. Even though the podcast is supposed to be limited to only seven books there is often talk about a lot of books. Some of these are backlist books, meaning that they are not an author’s most current title, which is a great way to find books that your library will probably have on your shelf that you can read immediately. The shownotes always have a list of books discussed in case your notepad is not handy.
From the Heart: Conversations with Yoga Girl: May’s daughters told her about this podcast by Rachel Brathen aka Yoga Girl. As a yoga teacher as well as a student, we enjoy connecting with like minded people and her journey is very inspiring and you will find yourself often times laughing, or shedding a few years.
Serial: Serial is a podcast created by National Public Radio and This American Life so it is very professional. Season 1 is the best of the two currently available. In Season 1, Sarah Koenig investigates Adnan Sayed’s conviction for murder of his high school classmate. While the season was being recorded, Sarah continued to receive tips and leads on the case. A compelling told story and it will suck you in to find out the conclusion. Really great if you are looking for a story that will keep you interested for hours. June listened to this on road trips with her husband and that made the miles fly by. This podcast would probably be a great listen to motivate you to get to the gym too.
S-Town: This is another podcast from This American Life (these people know how to tell a story and actually have a podcast of their own). This tells the story of John who despises his town in Alabama and asks an investigative reporter to look into a cover-up concerning a murder done by a wealthy citizen of the town. The story turns to look more into John’s mysterious life, another murder, a feud and a hunt for hidden treasure. June listened to this one as well on road trips with her husband (she has had a lot of driving trips to Buffalo, New York the last two years). The format of serial story telling keeps you listening.
The Next Right Thing: The Next Right Thing is a podcast by the writer Emily P. Freeman. The Next Right Thing is an inspirational podcast with a Christian viewpoint. And it is only 15 minutes. This is a newer podcast so there are only ten episodes (so far) but if you are looking for ways to give your soul room to breathe this is a great way to start your morning. June often listens to an episode in the wee hours of the morning while she is getting ready to go to the office to give her soul some strength and inspiration for the day. Emily P. Freeman’s voice is so soothing and calming that alone can provide you some positive space for your day.
Magic Lessons: This is a podcast by Elizabeth Gilbert that supplements her book Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear. If you love to talk about creativity and how to spark creativity this is a great podcast. Elizabeth Gilbert often talks to a regular person who has creative aspirations but is struggling and she give advice. In the subsequent episode she often has a “famous” creative person to discuss their own process and also offer advice to the previous guest. Some of these names have included Ann Patchett, Rob Bell and Brene Brown.
Do you have a favorite podcast? We’d love to know what you’re listening to these days. There are so many great ones out there so sometimes it is hard to choose.
Have a great weekend.
May and June
Part of doing something is listening. We are listening. To the sun. To the stars. To the wind.”
― Madeleine L’Engle,