best podcasts for toxic 2018

15 Best Podcasts for “Toxic” 2018

We’re about to say goodbye to 2018.

Sadly, Oxford Dictionaries has chosen “toxic” as the word of the year. Maybe you’re feeling it too, but let’s not get into that and instead spread good vibes.

I say detox with your ears! Start listening to stuff that makes you feel good, informed and empowered.

And maybe even a dose of action and suspense isn’t such a bad idea.

These podcasts will help you shake off that negativity and counter the toxicity.

Here are my best 15 for rest of 2018 and beyond.

1. The School of Greatness

the school of greatness

What could hot former pro athlete Lewis Howes offer in a podcast?

This football world record-holder turned lifestyle entrepreneur very well deserves your attention. Besides being an NYT bestselling author, he’s also making waves in the podcasting arena.

With his “dream bigger, live better and make an impact” mantra, why not?

His show interviews big names in the fields of business, sports, and music. Get valuable insights from thought leaders who’ve made an impact in the world.

What choices did these people make differently that enabled them to stand out?

You might be at a crossroads in your life right now and this podcast could shed some light on the right path for you. Or you could just use some inspiration on those weary days.

Anyhow, it’s definitely worth your time.

2. Rich20Something

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Are you ambitious, driven, and ready to take on the challenge of starting your own business?

Business guru Daniel DiPiazza might have a thing or two to help you launch the next big thing in the online trade. Take it from the expert and get tips to level up your startup.

Rich20Something podcast believes that the world has changed dramatically. Doing well at school and playing by the rules might not be enough to give you success or the life that you’ve always dreamed of.

And today, success is more and more about guts and innovation – being your own boss and allowing yourself to create something valuable.

Listen to interesting interviews and gain priceless takeaways.

The podcast targets millennial entrepreneurs or those struggling to find their inner strength. People on a quest to improve their businesses and their lives in general.

3. The Pitch

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Let’s talk business. The Pitch by Gimlet is similar to TV series Shark Tank where entrepreneurs pitch to a panel of investors.

Hosted by Josh Muccio, learn about the latest business ideas people come up with. From a new social media app aspiring to rival social media giant Facebook to a bot fighting ATM fees.

What kind of businesses attract investors? How do you present your business proposal and make it convincing?

Will this innovation usher in the next success story people read about? Tune in.

4. By the Book

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There are tons of self-help books out there promising to help you become your best self.

Jolenta Greenberg and Kristen Meinzer take on the challenge of living “by the book.” Both try living by the rules of these popular books for two weeks.

Does this sound interesting to you?

Join this funny and skeptical duo as they engage into different self-help books. Listen to their fascinating, sometimes hilarious assessments.

What are the results after religiously following advice from these books? Which ones are actually life-changing and which ones miss the mark? Find out.

Named one of the best new podcasts of 2017 by NPR, it’s still as hot in 2018.

5. The Daily

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Don’t miss out on the current biggest stories!

Michael Barbaro dives right into the latest news in 20 minutes. Join him as he interviews Times journalists and correspondents in action.

It’s the best daily news podcast that gives detailed accounts every weekday.

The format hits the sweet spot between comprehensive and succinct. It’s the hottest stories told by adept journalists.

Look no further and stay updated in 2018 and the years to come.

6. The Gender Knot

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Untangle the new femininity and masculinity.” This is the podcast for men and women of the modern age.

Gender issues have never been more openly discussed. More than ever, people have become vocal about everyday gender problems and stereotypes.

This podcast serves as a platform to give voice to common and toxic gender issues today.

Join hosts Nas and Dan, along with various guests as they discuss, agree or disagree. All in the name of untangling these knotty gender issues.

Sounds like fun!

7. Today, Explained

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If the traditional newscast makes you drowsy, here’s a fun way of keeping yourself up-to-date every day. Sean Rameswaram presents and explains stories like no other.

His style is a little unconventional. Maybe not for someone looking for straight serious news.

On the other hand, the podcast is commendable for its witty and uncomplicated style. If you’re the type who takes it easy and likes to laugh and chill about the news, hit subscribe.

8. The Truth

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The Truth offers a collection of various captivating short fictional stories. It’s a must-listen if you haven’t.

Jump into any of the episodes and you’re sure to get hooked. Each of the stories is unique and crafted creatively with enhanced sound effects.

The sound art is so good you can almost “see” what’s going on. Get ready for an immersive listening experience and don’t forget those earphones!

The stories range from funny to dark, but every single one of them is guaranteed to keep you absorbed.

9. Wolverine: The Long Night

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If you’re a fan of everything Marvel – from Spider-Man to The X-Men – you’re not likely to miss this. Surely the late Stan Lee’s legacy lives on, God rest his beautiful soul.

The Long Night is an intriguing and creepy twist in the Wolverine anthology that doesn’t get old. Here, Wolverine is the main suspect to a series of ruthless murders.

If that doesn’t interest you at all, I don’t know what will. All the action and suspense strictly for your ears only.

10. 99% Invisible

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Indulge your inquisitive mind in this podcast. 99% Invisible is all about architecture, design, and history.

Get to know the how and why of things around you. From the first straw to blue jeans, there’s always a thing or two to learn.

Get more insight with each chock-full episode.

11. TED Talks Daily

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It’s one of the most popular podcasts of all time. Listen to innovators and experts around the world share insights on a wide array of topics.

TED Talks Daily takes you into a nonstop journey of learning and discovery.

It’s food for your brain, running less than 20 minutes per episode. Perfect for your daily commute.

If you want fresh ideas on the go, get TED Talks Daily on your playlist.

12. Caliphate

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The New York Times has created a new masterpiece in a podcast.

This bold audio documentary couldn’t be more relevant today. While the world around us grapples with terrorism on all sides, this podcast tries to understand the heart of it.

Rukmini Callimachi of the NYT and Andy Mills of Radiolab pair up in this excellent serial.

The podcast delves deeper into the core of ISIS. Listen to exclusive interviews.

Feel the dangers of being a journalist in the front lines. Get intrigued.

Finally, get so engrossed into the podcast that you could see it with your mind’s eye.

The podcast aims to seek answers to questions like, “Who are we really fighting?”

It’s truly an eye-opening podcast for this day and age.

13. Personal Best

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Personal Best allows you to nibble on small stories and is hosted by Rob Norman and Andrew Norton. The podcast stays true to its name – helping people achieve their personal best.

Some people have huge long-term goals. But all have seemingly trivial goals.

Personal Best picks out people with these small relatable ones. It then suggests and documents the step by step process of attaining and conquering these goals.

At the end of the day, no matter how small or silly the goal, to achieve it is still winning. There are no small successes.

Every victory is grand and sweet. And this is what this podcast is all about.

Take part in other people’s journey to their personal best. You might achieve one of your own along the way.

14. Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness

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Queer Eye and Gay of Thrones star Jonathan Van Ness has been doing this podcast since 2015.

And it’s still fresh in 2018. There’s a lot of topics you can just hop into anytime.

In this podcast, he talks about things that spark his curiosity. Join him as he rambles on the Jonathan way with credible guests to get him back on track every now and then.

Jonathan’s nimble and I-don’t-give-a-sh*t attitude will make your day. If you’re already a fan of this bubbly character, there’s no reason not to follow his podcast.

If not, there’s no reason not to check it out. Believe me, it’s a great way to learn something and to de-stress at the end of the day.

15. Where Should We Begin?

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If there’s an issue about love and sex, who you gonna call? Esther Perel!

Love and sex are topics that would never get outdated – whether it’s 1998 or 2028; they’re a part of our lives.

Perel, a renowned psychotherapist and “love expert,” lets you listen in on her therapy sessions with anonymous couples.

The details could get intimate and sensitive, so don’t be surprised to hear real and raw emotions.

This love guru asks questions and gives expert advice to the couples to help them reconnect. You’d want to take home some for free.

The issues are as real as it gets. Listeners could totally learn from this honest and eye-opening podcast.

Podcasts have never been handier to have around. They either help us practically or at least make us focus and tune in to something else other than our toxic thoughts or surroundings.

So before this year’s over, let these podcasts help you redefine 2018, and maybe give you a boost for the coming year too!

best story podcasts

Top 17 Story Podcasts

We never outgrow listening to stories.

Whatever the mood you’re in, there’s always that story we can relate to or enjoy.

In today’s world, you don’t even need to stop what you’re doing to listen to a good story.

Podcasts make this experience very easy.

The only question is: in the vast audio library begging for a listen, which ones are actually worth your time?

Here we give you 17 of the best story podcasts in varying genres (in no particular order):

1. Dirty John

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This is a true crime story about full-scale manipulation and deceit.

Debra Newell, a successful interior designer falls in love with a shady John Meehan. They met online and John looked like the perfect husband.

However, Debra’s family’s not convinced and wants her to be rid of him.

Debra carries on with the marriage until she discovers proof of her husband’s true identity.

The reason why he’s called “Dirty John” is revealed. One by one the series of lies unfold before her as people from his past confirm his true nature.

Hosted and reported by Christopher Goffard of the LA Times, this one’s already a winner.

The podcast has had over 10 million downloads within six weeks of its release. You wouldn’t want to miss it!

2. Radio Diaries

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Produced by Peabody Award-winner Joe Richman and the Radio Diaries team, this is a classic storytelling podcast.

Listening to this podcast is like listening to a grandparent’s tales – charming and romantic.

It gives you a glimpse of the not-so-distant past. It makes you wonder what it’s like to have lived and seen the world as it was and how much it’s changed.

This podcast is rich with first-person accounts, old voice recordings from the Phono Post Archives – all precious bits of history.

These are amazing stories of people unheard of, who lived in moments worth sharing.

3. Myths and Legends

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Are you a sucker for folklores, myths, and fairytales?

Here’s the podcast for you!

All those popular stories we’ve heard of since we were little, aren’t exactly how they were originally told.

Host Jason Weiser, tells about the real score about these well-loved tales – the dark details that have been changed or omitted. He digs deeper into the origins that will surprise you.

Discover how Sleeping Beauty’s story isn’t fairytale-like at all.

Learn the actual stories behind characters like Aladdin, Hercules, and King Arthur.

4. This American Life (TAL)

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Well-loved by listeners, this show has been airing since 1995 originally as Your Radio Playhouse.

Hosted by Ira Jeffrey Glass, TAL primarily features non-fiction stories of people from all walks of life.

Stories told by astronauts to stories of people who might just live across the street.

Listening to these stories will either make you think, laugh, or cry – surely elicit some reaction.

So tune in if you have an hour to spare and want to engage yourself in a compelling story.

5. The Secret Room

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Dahlia Beta and Ben Hamm host this riveting podcast about what everyone wants to know about – secrets!

Real people reveal the deepest darkest corners of themselves.

You’ll listen to the most outrageous confessions and see that with each revelation, come relief and acceptance.

Maybe there’s really nothing to be ashamed of. After all, who doesn’t have a secret or two?

6. The Black Tapes

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This podcast is written by Paul Bae and Terry Miles as a spin-off of Pacific Northwest Stories.

The story begins with a journalist, Alex Raegan, getting access to some interesting files of her subject, Dr. Richard Strand.

Dr. Strand is a paranormal investigator and has a collection of unsolved mysteries referred to as the “Black Tapes.”

Raegan probes deeper and finds herself caught up in a web of dark, otherworldly presence.

She embarks on a thrilling adventure in the quest to discover the mystery of Strand’s past.

From prophecies to creepy black figures, here’s another hair-raising podcast to keep you nail-biting on dull nights.

7. Radiolab

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When it comes to storytelling, Radiolab always makes it high on my list.

If you love great stories as much as science and philosophy, this is pretty much a hybrid of those.

Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich have a knack for translating vague and complex concepts into interesting relatable stories.

For this, Radiolab has received a National Academies Communication Award in 2007.

Suddenly, science isn’t so difficult and exclusive after all!

From horseshoe crabs to astronauts, it gets more interesting.

The background music is remarkable. It totally gets you in the moment.

It can get you inside a blood vessel or up in space.

8. Uncivil

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Gimlet Media brings in another notable podcast.

Uncivil is a historical podcast best enjoyed by those who dig Civil War documentaries and history books.

But there’s more – stories left out of the pages of your known history are here.

Journalists and hosts Jack Hitt and Chenjerai Kumanyika “ransack America’s past” and bring these unheard of stories to light.

9. Homecoming

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If you’re into mind-bending stuff, this thriller from Gimlet Media will mess with your head.

Written by Micah Bloomberg and Eli Horowitz, this podcast got its inspiration from a 1943 popular suspense radio program, Sorry, Wrong Number.

The plot focuses on the main character, Heidi Bergman, a therapist at a secret government facility.

Bergman, together with a young veteran from the facility, an investigator from the Defense Department and Bergman’s supervisor all play a role in this psychological thriller.

The realistic conspiracies will shock you, at the same time make you consider how possible it is to happen in today’s world.

Cliff-hanging episodes are unrelenting and unforgiving.

And a bonus for F.R.I.E.N.D.S. fans – David Schwimmer’s voicing one of the main characters!

10. Serial

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This investigative journalism podcast will take you on a rollercoaster ride.

A 2015 Peabody Award winner, Serial takes real crime stories to a whole new level.

Host Sarah Koenig succinctly narrates each story and gets you absorbed.

She shares clips of related interviews and sometimes plays the devil’s advocate, making you constantly change your mind about what you think you know.

As stories unfold episode after episode, you can’t help but play detective as you try to piece things together.

Serial has been downloaded around 175 million times as of June 2017.

11. Snap Judgment

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Snap Judgment brilliantly combines dramatic stories with musical elements, enhancing the listener’s experience.

Glynn Washington hosts the show which started way back in 2010.

A thematic compilation of unique narratives follow a quick introduction. The intro, usually an anecdote accompanied by killer beats, is a masterpiece for a start.

Washington will get your head bobbing along with the beats as he smoothly gets started.

It opens you up to a new way of seeing things.

Shocking stories can cause a subtle paradigm shift in how you perceive the world altogether.

Snap Judgment lets you be the judge.

12. We’re Alive

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It’s the end of the world, and the zombies are here!

A group of people in Los Angeles survives the horrific apocalypse. Now they must stick together to stay alive.

Created by Kc Wayland, this horror-drama series will make you freak out and cry.

You know how sound is a major element that makes horror films so scary? Well, you’ll get it here.

Unlike movies that show you creepy images outright, this podcast does way better.

It allows you to use your imagination as it describes everything in haunting detail. Enjoy!

13. Alice Isn’t Dead

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From one of the creators of Welcome to Night Vale comes another serial thriller podcast Alice Isn’t Dead.

This is basically a road trip audio diary of a lady truck driver.

She searches for her long dead wife – well, assumed dead that is.

A mysterious spectral murderer, conspiracies and creepy towns – you get the picture.

14. The Truth

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The Truth is a collection of short stories that could inspire or make you laugh.

Some stories have a serious tone, others are funny.

It’s hosted by Jonathan Mitchell, with exceptional pieces from different writers, and performed by various actors.

Each episode is unique so you can jump in anywhere. Episodes are short and great for a quick listen.

Make sure you have earphones on, as some episodes are crucially reliant on sound quality to produce the intended effect, like the episode Remember the Baby.

You just can’t miss the music and the voice inflections that carry the story.

15. Lore

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“All of the material is from documented stories or historical events. Some are ancient and some are modern, but they are all factual in the sense that people reported these things and believed they were true,” claims Aaron Mahnke, creator of Lore.

Personally, I wouldn’t say it’s scary and therefore wouldn’t classify it under the horror genre.

It’s more of an informational kind of storytelling – much like an audio tour back to the origins of your fears.

Lore attempts to answer the question, “Why are we afraid?”

Lore seeks to explain these fears of dark places, things, people or creatures through the eyes of history, legends and folklores.

16. Strangers

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Peabody Award winner and former executive and creative director of The Moth, Lea Thau hosts this beautiful storytelling podcast.

These are stories of strangers, who stop being such after you’ve listened to them.

These are the kind of stories that tug at your heartstrings, and are not so different from yours.

Love, pain, frustration, fear and heartbreak – we’re no strangers to these feelings.

17. The Habitat

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Ever wonder what it’s like to live on another planet?

This podcast takes us to a simulated Mars mission inside a dome in an isolated part of Hawaii.

Discover what it’s like to live with real people in a very different world, where everything needs to be controlled and precise.

Six HI-SEAS (Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation) IV members, embark on this year-long scientific social experiment.

Observe how people interact in an extremely foreign environment.

See how group dynamics change in different situations and how these changes are essential for survival.

Join host Lynn Levy in an extraordinary expedition that will test human bond and spirit beyond earthly limits.

Get a shot of emotions in your arm, learn something new, or scare the hell out of yourself – any kind of diversion is good.

Get your story fix from these podcasts.

best podcasts for anxiety

15 Best Podcasts for Anxiety

We’re all victims of anxiety at one point or another.

The good news is that there are steps we can take to loosen its grip on us – like meditation and mindfulness or simply shifting to happy thoughts.

Conveniently, there are podcasts out there to guide and help us develop habits that have been proven to get rid of this unwanted company.

Don’t put up with anxiety. Live free with these 15 amazing podcasts!

1. The Anxiety Guy

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Host Dennis Simsek is an anxiety expert.

He gives a clear understanding of this crippling disease – this evil called anxiety.

Simsek, having gone through severe anxiety himself for 6 years, understands what it’s like to be plagued with a series of panic attacks and hypochondria.

Awarded Best of iTunes in the health category, this podcast is dedicated to helping free people from these dark thoughts and what Simsek calls NATs – Negative Automatic Thoughts.

The topics are relatable and clearly presented. Simsek’s mission isn’t just to help people cope with anxiety, but to defy it once and for all.

“You are more than anxiety,” he says.

2. 10% Happier

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Imagine being a correspondent appearing LIVE on national TV.

Suddenly, you get a panic attack while the whole world watches.

That’s a true story for ABC newsman, Dan Harris. “This,” he says, was “the most embarrassing day of my life.”

The experience led Harris to explore and meet with a ton of gurus to help him tame “the voice in his head.”

Finally, the quest led him to what he thinks works – meditation.

Soon he wrote his bestselling book “10% Happier” and consequently created this podcast.

Here, Harris talks to intelligent people and asks this question, “Is there anything beyond that 10%?”

Simply put, “Can someone be ambitious and still strive for enlightenment?”

3. Calmer You

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If you hear people telling you to, “calm down,” more times that you think you should, maybe you need to listen to this podcast.

Hypnotherapist Chloe Brotheridge hopes to inspire and guide listeners to be their “calmest, happiest and most confident self.”

She shares practical tools and interviews experts in the field. The podcast enables you to connect with people who’ve suffered from anxiety but got out of it.

Brotheridge believes that people are not their thoughts, instead, they are observers of their minds.

Finally, she emphasizes that thoughts are merely reflexes of the mind.

4. The One You Feed

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This narrative about the inner good wolf and the bad wolf is all too familiar.

Eric Zimmer and Chris Forbes have created the podcast that will strengthen the good wolf inside you.

The podcast sheds light on issues and topics like anxiety, depression, and meditation and mindfulness.

Many of us forget that the most important battles in our lives are not outside but inside of us. Basically, whatever we feed wins.

At the beginning of each episode, Zimmer intros with that good and bad wolf parable. Then he asks his guests what the story means to their lives and their work.

Packed with empowering and insightful talks, the podcast was named iTunes Best of 2014.

The Huffington Post calls it, “One of the Best Health Podcasts of All Time.”

5. Meditation Minis

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Great things come in mini packages indeed!

I love how this podcast compresses into sweet 10-12 minute episodes.

It’s basically a collection of guided meditations dedicated to fighting against anxiety and stress.

So if your day didn’t start quite right or if you’re feeling some jitters that need to be shaken out, a quick break is all you need.

Hypnotherapist and host Chel Hamilton will be your coach to quiet your restless mind.

This is your daily dose of confidence and feel-good kick.

Just make sure that you’re not driving while listening, so you don’t end up crashing into someone else’s car. That’ll be a case you just can’t meditate out of.

6. Anxiety Slayer

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Award-winning podcasters Shann Vander Leek and Ananga Sivyer will help you slay that chronic villain in your life.

But it’s not gonna be bloody like you imagine – it’s gonna be juicy with actionable steps.

Anxiety takes its toll on so many people – especially those suffering from panic attacks – robbing them of a free and happy life.

But it can be overcome. This podcast is loaded with those slaying techniques.

Knowledge will help you corner your enemy strategically – from knowing the substances that trigger or help in anxiety, to breathing techniques.

Tackle anxiety on all sides and slay it good.

7. Untangle

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This podcast is produced by the same people behind the 5-star app, Meditation Studio, and hosted by Patricia Karpas.

Its goal is to share how meditation and mindfulness practices have changed people’s lives dramatically.

Listen to stories from thought leaders, visionaries, and experts skilled in the mental arts. You’ll learn tips on how to optimize your memory.

You’ll hear about interesting facts like how stillness inspires creativity and listen to stories demystifying love and relationships.

All these are guaranteed to catch your interest and help you “untangle” from society’s expectations for you to live a more fulfilled life.

8. Selfie

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The catchphrase is quite bold and direct – “the podcast about self-care and other sh*t” – so we’ll give it to them.

Lifestyle blogger Sarah James teams up with psychotherapist Kristen Howerton in this quirky self-care podcast.

The dynamic pair delves into the different aspects of self-care – from the silly to the serious.

In addition, this weekly podcast seeks answers to commonly asked questions as well as questions people are afraid to ask about the mind, body, and spirit.

James and Howerton go from debunking beauty myths to talking about the craziest things they’ve done in the name of health.

Their refreshing and humorous conversations are great to listen to when you want something a bit random and light.

9. Happy Place

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Hosted by Fearne Cotton, this podcast talks about what happiness means to different people.

Cotton imparts her own experiences and converses with experts.

She shares advice you can build on for a better perspective on your current situation.

In the midst of life’s struggles, losses, mental health issues, and daily stresses, people have the ability to stay positive and find joy every day.

The podcast resonates the ideas in Cotton’s 2017 book, Happy.

Ultimately, it teaches that everyone has their own “happy place” that they can always access when pressures arise.

10. Happier

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Four-time New York Times bestselling author Gretchen Rubin will let you into the secret of a happier life.

Her excellent books on happiness and human nature have sold almost three million copies worldwide.

Together with her sister and co-host, Elizabeth Craft, Rubin tackles complex ideas clearly and makes them accessible to the average person.

She believes good habits are crucial for happiness and she gives practical tips on how to live a healthier, more creative, and more productive life.

Her ideas are backed by progressive science, ancient wisdom, and her very own experiences – rich and thought-provoking.

11. Not Another Anxiety Show

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This podcast takes a more down-to-earth approach towards anxiety.

If those “steps to battle anxiety” are causing you more anxiety, then tune in.

Host and wellness coach Kelli Walker, used to suffer from agoraphobia.

You can imagine how many steps she’s followed and daily affirmations she’s recited to battle the condition. But this is not it.

The tips and guidance offered in this podcast seem quite basic and something you think you already know, but are surprisingly overlooking.

Walker’s casual talks with experts are directed to letting you see yourself as human – and how you can help yourself naturally move past your anxiety.

One episode that stuck with me was the discussion with Dr. Amy Johnson on anxiety as compared with muddy water.

What to do? Leave it alone to settle and stop messing it up.

The episodes end with a friendly reminder that many of us fail to do in our daily struggle, “Be kind to yourself.”

12. The Hilarious World of Depression

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Laughing in the face of depression?

Ironic, yes. But that’s what all this is about and more.

Despite various movements that help educate and spread awareness about this common human ailment, the stigma towards depression lingers.

Host John Moe talks to famous people of their bouts with depression, creating more awareness on the reality of it, with a touch of humor.

It’s a podcast that’s straightforward, inspiring and funny.

Among the guests on the show were Ana Marie Cox, Andy Richter, and Paul F. Tompkins.

Mind you, this isn’t a substitute for medical treatment or therapy. Depression needs proper treatment and attention. Otherwise, it could leave people miserable or in the worst case, dead.

But while you’re at it, this podcast is dedicated to smashing that stigma to pieces and helping you with a good laugh.

13. The Daily Meditation Podcast

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This podcast is really a great routine to start and end your day with.

Join meditation guide, Mary Meckley as she smoothly gives you a 10-12 minute boost.

You’ll be surprised how this small fraction of an hour spent on meditation can turn your whole day around.

There are also weekly themes set for managing moods.

Meckley walks you through techniques to manage stress, have better sleep, be more at peace, and everything vital to your overall health.

Among the topics in this power-packed podcast are visualization, affirmation, breathing, mudra, chakra, and walking meditation techniques.

It’s a complete package to ward off anxiety and give you a sense of peace and clarity throughout your day.

You deserve to slow down.

14. Motivation Monday

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Anxiety can spring from many things – fears, stress and yes, Mondays!

Mondays are tough for most people. I personally tell myself, “Happy Monday,” every time just to give me a positive start of the week.

Career coach Abigale Otchere hosts this highly motivating podcast that offers you that extra push you need.

The intro music alone is enough to get you grooving on a Monday.

Episodes about new beginnings, overcoming difficulties and redefining happiness will give you that much-needed change in perspective.

Imagine waking up to a beautiful Monday all charged up and eager for the week ahead.

As you begin to meet Mondays with a more optimistic attitude, your whole week starts flowing by seamlessly.

15. Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations

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Oprah’s influence has become so vast that a word has been derived from her name – “Oprahfication.”

Similarly, she’s become so big a figure and has talked to a ton of people- influencing them, learning from them, and to others – making them famous through her show.

Oprah has a way of drawing out from her guests, making them open up and talk – no matter who they are.

In this podcast of hers, she talks to best-selling authors, spiritual leaders, health and wellness professionals and initiators of ideas, extracting insights worth pondering on.

If you want to hear from one of the best hosts of all time and one of the leading advocates of positive thinking, look no further.

Anti-anxiety topics include mindfulness, stillness, freedom, happiness and the like.

When you’re all alone and anxiety starts knocking, open the door.

Yes, open the door and throw a bucketful of positivity at it.

Douse it with all the good things and see it melt away.

Go get those earphones, put on an awesome podcast, and take a nice walk.

best podcasts for daily news

16 Best Podcasts for Daily News

You say you don’t have time to read the paper or watch the news anymore.

To all the news junkies who need to get their news fix every day (or every hour if possible) but don’t get the break, I have both good and bad news for you.

The bad news – you’re right. Everyone’s busy.

The good news – I have put together the perfect daily news podcasts for you!

This is what’s great about podcasts, all you need to do is plug and play.

You can get on with your daily tasks, do your exercise or drive whilst updating yourself with current events.

There’s no need to be uninformed.

1. PBS NewsHour

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This is the American TV news program, PBS NewsHour in audio form.

The program was the first hour-long nightly news broadcast.

Hour-long weekday reports plus a half an hour news updates during the weekends, what more can you ask for?

PBS NewsHour is known for its comprehensive coverage of issues and the latest news.

The program is anchored by Judy Woodruff on weekdays and Hari Sreenivasan on weekends.

2. The Daily

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Host Michael Barbaro fills you in quickly with the latest news.

Time is precious and if you don’t have an hour or even half an hour every day, 20 minutes should be enough for news time.

This daily podcast airs five days a week, featuring journalists and experts from the New York Times.

It explains stories and breaks down complex news of the day into smaller digestible bits.

3. NBC Nightly News

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This is your 20-minute evening news in an audio version.

NBC Nightly News reports and analyzes national and international events of the day.

The show is broadcast five nights a week and is anchored by Lester Holt.

4. CBS Evening News — Full Audio

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Get the latest news at the end of the day in a matter of 20-40 minutes with Jeff Glor.

From the flagship evening television news program of CBS News in the US, this weeknight newscast provides insight and original reporting of the most relevant events and stories here and around the world.

5. Up First

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If you’re a morning person, this daily news podcast is for you.

Mornings are busy and NPR’s Up First comfortably runs in a quick 10-15 minutes for your daily news fix.

The program is hosted by Rachel Martin, Steve Inskeep, and David Greene.

Start your day informed of recent stories from politics to pop culture in a breezy format.

A brief overview of events is ready as early as 6:00 a.m. EST.

6. NPR News Now

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Can’t get enough of the latest?

This is much better than a daily news podcast because it’s literally an hourly news update!

Be informed on the go with five-minute headline news 24 hours a day.

Seriously, you can’t get more updated than that. A quick listen anytime anywhere for news junkies out there.

7. BBC Global News Podcast

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The biggest international broadcaster in the world brings you this compilation of news and analysis from mainstays of The BBC World Service such as World Update, Newshour, Newsday, The Newsroom, and Outside Source.

It’s a must-listen if you want to be the first to know what’s going on around the globe.

It runs for around 30 minutes twice on weekdays and once on weekends.

8. World News Roundup

The World News Roundup first aired long before you or your parents were born – on March 13, 1938.

It’s almost ancient and it’s the longest-running network radio or TV newscast in the US.

It’s a full coverage of the day’s breaking news and events in compact six and eight-minute runs.

One episode for the morning newscast and another late edition in the evening.

Get them here:

Morning Newscast

Late Edition

9. This Morning With Gordon Deal

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If you’ve only got time for breakfast and a shower in the morning, you don’t have to miss the news on your way to work.

This podcast is perfect for long morning drives.

The show is hosted mainly by Gordon Deal, along with Jennifer Kushinka, and Mike Gavin.

The podcast goes beyond national and world headlines and covers other relevant subjects such as business, technology, lifestyle, finance, careers, and more.

Airing daily except Sundays, Deal specializes at bringing in fresh news, expert analysis and a bit of humor to your mornings.

10. Fearless, Adversarial Journalism – Spoken Edition

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This is not your typical news stories.

The Intercept puts together Fearless, Adversarial Journalism that covers stories that you can’t find on mainstream media.

Controversial topics on politics, technology, criminal justice, national security, human rights and more.

This Spoken Edition is designed to make the material more accessible and convenient.

Adversarial journalism AKA “Gotcha Journalism” is antagonistic in nature and can even be abusive.

However, its importance couldn’t be reduced as it has helped expose a number of significant scandals over the years.

This is not everyone’s cup of tea but if you’re the unconventional infomaniac, give it a go.

11. World News Tonight with David Muir

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Emmy-award winning journalist David Muir presents the latest stories and breakdown of major events each weeknight.

If you’re a follower of ABC World News Tonight but want to reschedule listening time, this podcast grants you that.

Get updated with breaking news from around the world by the ABC News team at your convenient time.

12. OZY Presidential Daily Brief

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Despite the President’s busy schedule, do you ever wonder how he stays informed about the latest news?

With this daily news podcast, you’ll get briefed like the President himself with the headlines that matter in seven-minute summary reports.

This is perfect for busy people who don’t have the time to sit and watch the news but want to stay abreast of what’s going on.

13. Story of the Day: NPR

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Interesting news and topics you shouldn’t miss delivered in compact 5-10 minute episodes – these are NPR’s daily top stories.

A collection of extraordinary, unconventional, funny or poignant stories to engage and inform you every day.

Add this to your cant-miss podcasts for the day.

Listen to one of the latest episodes about the #MeToo movement and how interviewee Heather Mac Donald, author of The Diversity Delusion slams the movement in America as “extremely deluded and ignorant.”

14. TIME’s The Brief

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TIME’s probably one of the most prolific sources of all kinds of news.

The news magazine/website’s story format appeals to a lot of people in America and around the world.

Brought to you by TIME.com, this podcast gives you access to the top stories you should be hearing today.

It’s a spoken edition of articles authored by adroit TIME journalists.

15. PRI’s The World

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For foreigners living in the US who feel that commercial media isn’t providing enough international news, or if you’re someone who just wants to know what’s going on in the outside world, this is definitely for you.

Public Radio International’s Marco Werman and his team bring you this podcast packed with interesting news beyond US borders.

Runtime is a rich 50 minutes every weekday.

Being in the know about international news is a constant reminder that we all live “in a small world after all.”

16. Nightline

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This late-night and award-winning news program presents a comprehensive reporting of the current headlines.

It’s co-anchored by Dan Harris, Juju Chang, and Byron Pitts.

I love how the podcast incorporates music and speech sound bites, adding context to the stories, making them clearer and more engaging to listeners.

From politics to pop culture – more like infotainment – it’s a great assortment of interesting news and stories you need to hear on a daily basis.

Now you have the best options to choose the perfect daily news podcast that works for you – depending on your schedule or style.

So before getting busy with the things around you, at least be aware of what’s happening around you.