best podcasts for men

Top 17 Podcasts for Men According to a Woman

As a guy, what makes you tick?

The outdoors? Cars?

Are you a health nut or a techie? Need some expert advice on clothing, etiquette or money?

Or you’re probably just looking for a good laugh or some insight. Come hang out with guys talking guy stuff!

I’ve picked out 17 podcasts with the most stereotypical stuff for men specially for you.

You want practical. You want straightforward. And of course, beer.

Ugh. Men are so predictable.

Here you go.

1. Modern Manners Guy : Quick and Dirty Tips

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Richie Frieman offers a ton of quick how-tos and modern etiquette advice.

So if you’ve got 10 minutes, you might learn a thing or two about proper manners in today’s world.

He gives a lot of useful tips for the modern guy.

When you’re not sure how to react or behave in a certain situation, he’ll have the answers.

How to handle your close friends dating? How to handle getting pulled over for overspeeding?

Trust me, some topics are as silly as, “How to excuse yourself when nature calls.”

2. Stacking Benjamins

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We cope well with a lot of things, but when it comes to managing finances, face it – most of us suck.

The Wall Street Journal had conducted a survey about how much the average person learns about money in their lifetime. The answer – not much.

Every day we deal with money – earning, borrowing, spending, investing it or everything all together. And we go through life assuming we know what we’re doing with it. But do we really?

Former financial adviser and host Joe Saul-Sehy and OG, will walk you through money matters breezily.

They invite experts on the show and converse lightly around topics such as opportunity vs. sunken costs, tax, etc.

I love how this show doesn’t make financial advice sound boring. It’s like taking a crash course on money and everything around it.

It’s a great listen for guys who are clueless about what to do with their cash.

3. Masculine Style

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Think your wardrobe needs some upgrading?

Believe it or not, a lot of guys dress like how their fathers did 20 years ago.

Others are just stuck in the same style that might have worked 10 years back, thinking no one notices.

And maybe that’s okay if you want to be that – unnoticed and invisible.

Tanner Guzy, founder and host of Masculine Style explains how dressing well impacts so many areas of your life – personal, social and professional.

This style guru has some brilliant ideas that could help you pick your own style – one that would work for you.

It’s not at all about dogging the newest trends, rather it’s “moving with the current.” The idea is to not get frozen in a lake.

How should you dress up if you want to belong in a certain crowd and command respect?

One topic I found really interesting: Why men shouldn’t dress to impress the ladies.

4. Upwire: Hacking Human Nature

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Upwire is a motivational podcast that uses neuroscience to “unlock your true potential” for life and work by “hacking human nature.”

Neuroscientist and New York Times bestselling author Robert Cooper hosts this podcast and teaches you how to best harness your brain to achieve more in life.

On one episode, he talks about the other kind of “nerve,” the one that goes with courage that enables people to do the impossible.

He cites his own experience as a child and how his grandfather had pushed him to be stronger than he thought he was.

It’s a brief 10-20 minute mental coaching session guys could use that’s both practical and inspiring.

5. Basic Brewing Radio

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Beer-lovers and home brewers, you’ve come to the right place!

James Spencer and Steve Wilkes will walk you through everything beer and home brewing.

With over 150 beer styles available in the US today, craft beer is a growing industry and attracting more hobbyists than ever.

Get to know people who are into the craft and learn different ways of brewing.

Watch the guys experiment and see the results.

Discover the hundreds of ways you can make your own beer!

From non-alcoholic home brews to sake-beer hybrids, it’ll be fun.

6. Gamers With Jobs

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If you’re a “mature” gamer, crazy about the latest games, yet sane enough to keep a job and pay your bills, then this is your club.

It’s stimulating to finally listen to fun and like-minded folks discuss the latest news and issues in the gaming world.

Gamers With Jobs podcast is as much a community as it is a gamers’ lair.

It all started with gamers Shawn Andrich and Sean Sands as a news site with a forum.

As you tune in, you’ll notice that there are no ads on the podcast because it’s been community funded and run by volunteers for around 11 years now.

Pretty awesome, huh? Check it out.

7. The MMA Hour

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These are for fans of the full-contact combat sport.

If you watch a lot of MMA and know the guys in the game, you’d be tuning in to this podcast.

You’ll hear updates, details, and commentaries about the latest fights.

You’ll also be listening to interviews with coaches and fighters sharing how they went about their successes or losses in the cage.

Since June 2018, The MMA Hour podcast has welcomed Luke Thomas to host the weekly show, which was formerly hosted by Ariel Helwani.

8. TED Talks Health Podcast

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If you’re more of a health buff and care less about other things, check out TED Talks Health podcast.

It’s teeming with fresh ideas that you can apply in your journey to fitness.

There’s always something new to learn or a new idea to ponder on.

Matthias Mullenbeck’s talk for instance, got me thinking about our healthcare system.

What if, indeed, we incentivized doctors to keep us healthy instead of paying them only for their services when we’re already sick?

Would this new approach bring changes to the way doctors, hospitals and pharma companies deal with their clients?

That’s probably the day when you’ll see doctors put more emphasis on the importance of eating right and doing your regular exercise, rather than scribbling down one medical procedure/prescription after the other.

9. The Primal Blueprint Podcast

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This is another health podcast for all you health freaks out there.

It’s great when you’re committed to your health and even better to listen to a podcast having the same goals.

Author and host Mark Sisson aims to help you “live awesome” through his book and podcast. Sisson was a former elite endurance athlete and swears owing his excellent health on Keto diet.

So if you want to learn more about our ancestors’ primal diet, ketosis, fasting and a low-carb high-fat intake, take a listen.

Nutritionists, doctors and successful advocates of the Keto diet are mostly the people he gets on the show.

Get ready to throw those carbs out of the window, or not.

10. The Prepper Podcast

the prepper podcast

Have you ever had fantasies of getting stuck in the middle of nowhere having nothing with you but a knife or something like it?

Or imagined being all Hazen Audel roughing it with superior survival skills – minus the camera guy tagging along to make it more legit?

If your idea of fun is learning about survival strategies – from wilderness, military, to modern-day survival tricks – it’s all here.

Be up to date and learn tactics and preps you can do.

Who knows, one of these days the need for these practical skills might arise, and your fantasies might actually come true.

11. Mind Pump: Raw Fitness Truth

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I love how Mind Pump exposes tons of fitness bull that are so hot in the market today. Marketed by fitness professionals, models, and body builders with a little bit of pseudoscience, it sells!

Co-hosts Sal Di Stefano, Adam Schafer and Justin Andrews take a look at these buzzing programs and diet plans and present them for what they really are.

They try it for themselves and discuss the pros, cons, and half truths about these programs.

With over 40 years of combined experience in the fitness industry, no bogus escapes their wit.

Still on that trending diet program that’s flushing down your money faster than it’s doing for that extra fat? Think again.

12. Backpacker Radio Podcast

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Co-hosts, Zach Davis and Juliana Chauncey talk about everything backpacking and hiking.

If you’re all about the outdoors and backpacking adventures, you’ll get a lot of helpful info on this podcast.

Backpacker Radio doesn’t just talk about the bliss of backpacking, but also the painful realities on the trail – dehydration, getting sick, and injuries – and how to deal with them.

So before mounting on that hiking trip to the Pacific Crest or further into the Himalayas, do take a listen.

13. WTF with Marc Maron

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Candid, funny and no BS. Marc Maron’s smooth straightforwardness and humor capture the hearts of listeners and guests alike.

Laugh out loud or stupidly smile in public for a good reason.

In 2014, WTF with Marc Maron was listed #1 on Rolling Stone’s list of 20 Best Comedy Podcasts Right Now.

This critically-acclaimed comedy podcast is your required daily dose of laughter.

So guys, if you’re still not listening to this, WTF is wrong with you?

14. Baseball Tonight with Buster Olney

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Who doesn’t love baseball? No one.

Come on, everybody loves baseball!

Assuming you don’t – you’re welcome to skip this one.

Assuming you do – commentaries, highlights, and breaking down the world of baseball – Baseball Tonight is always updated.

Buster Olney talks to ESPN sports analysts and gets all the news, top stories, and players in MLB.

15. This Week in Google

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This multi-billion internet giant always has something new brewing around the corner.

Leo Laporte, Gina Trapani and Jeff Jarvis update you on the latest news from Google – new technology, the latest gadgets, and controversies.

This bunch of enthusiastic tech experts won’t leave you in the dark in this fast changing world of innovation and technology. Stay abreast of the latest tech developments easily.

Now you don’t even need to “google” what’s going on in Google.

16. The Smoking Tire

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Are you one of them big boys who loves their toys?

Or are you dreaming about getting your hands on those wicked wheels?

Matt Farah, Zack Klapman, Chris Hayes, and Thad Brown are a merry bunch who will take you to the world of cars.

They talk with celebrities, comedians, Hollywood stunt drivers, and people who have a say about the automotive industry.

They also talk about test-driving experiences, make fun of each other and talk some more about cars.

17. The Rich Outdoors Hunting Podcast

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“If life is about finding who you are and seeking your treasure, then hunting is one of life’s greatest teachers,” says host Cody Rich.

Rich is an adventurer and hunter who claims that elk hunting is his obsession.

If hunting is your passion or a thing that sparks your interest, then tune in.

This is basically Hunting 101, aimed to help hunters become better – whether for subsistence hunting or sport.

Straight from the hunting expert himself, he shares tips and strategies for your next adventure in the wild.

With this collection of guy-friendly podcasts, I hope you have an awesome guy time.

And by now you should have realized that yes, women are always right, even about men.

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 convenient.

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’d 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’ve 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 the real score about these well-known 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 well-loved 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 ordinary people who might just be living 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 – 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 at least one dark 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 the two.

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 could totally transport you into another world – from inside a blood vessel to 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 only the best story 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

10% happier

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 drove 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

calmer you

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 successfully 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

the one you feed

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 of 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

meditation minis

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

anxiety slayer

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

untangle

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

selfie

The catchphrase is quite bold and direct – “the podcast about self-care and other shit” – 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

happy place

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

happier

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

not another anxiety show

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

the hilarious world of depression

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 out with a good laugh.

13. The Daily Meditation Podcast

the daily meditation podcast

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

motivation monday

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

oprah’s supersoul conversations

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 inner thoughts and emotions 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

Haven’t got the time to read the paper or watch the news?

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

The bad news – you’re right, we live in a busy world.

The good news – I’ve put together the perfect daily news podcasts for busy folks like you!

This is what’s great about podcasts, all you need to do is plug and play – as in plug in your earphones and play the damn thing!

Then you can carry on with your daily tasks, do your exercise, or drive whilst updating yourself with the current events.

There’s no need to be uninformed, so here they are.

1. PBS NewsHour

pbs newshour

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 could 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

the daily

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

Time is precious and if you don’t have much in a 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

nbc nightly news

This is your 20-minute evening news in 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 

cbs evening news

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

up first

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

Mornings are hectic and NPR’s Up First comfortably runs in 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

npr news now

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

bbc global news podcast

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 – back in 1938.

It’s 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

this morning with gordon deal

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 on Sundays, the podcast specializes at bringing in fresh news, expert analysis and a bit of humor to your mornings.

10. Fearless, Adversarial Journalism – Spoken Edition

fearless adversarial journalism

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

world news tonight

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

ozy presidential daily brief

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 keep abreast of what’s going on.

13. Story of the Day: NPR

News Story of the Day

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

time’s the brief

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

pri’s the world

For immigrants 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 au courant about international news is a constant reminder that we all live “in a small world after all.”

16. Nightline

nightline

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 the listener.

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- first be aware of what’s happening around you. And let these podcasts do the job!

best podcasts for busy moms

Best Podcasts for Busy Moms

You’ll never know how much spare time you’ve had until you become a mother.

Looking back you’d probably say to yourself, “and I thought I was ‘busy’ then.”

You had no idea how that word could have degrees and how it could stretch itself out into unimaginable dimensions; it literally defines every minute of your new life now!

Welcome to motherhood.

Yes, being married or living with someone brings in new responsibilities and tasks. But nothing much changes when it comes to your schedule.

However, things drastically change when you become a mom – a parent.

You’re going to have to play another role – a very important one. And apart from the anxiety that comes with first-time moms, also come the overwhelming tasks that accompany motherhood.

For all these roles – wife/partner, homemaker/career or businesswoman, and mom – you guessed it, you’ve only got the same number of hours in a day!

You realize that you hardly even have time to listen to your favorite podcasts anymore!

Or if you’re new to this stuff, what does it matter since you barely even have an hour to spare every day? How would you squeeze it in your fully packed day?

Not to worry.

Here’s a short list of excellent mom-friendly podcasts you can listen to in less than an hour.

1. Spawned

spawned

Admit it, parenting is probably the hardest thing you’ve ever done.

And it doesn’t help that people love to judge.

Sometimes, they even want to do your parenting for you! Then again, everyone else is an expert when it comes to other people’s children.

Listening to parenting advice from serious professionals “high up” in the field is great and enriching.

But many moms feel like sh*t afterwards. Why?

Simply because it gets rubbed in their face how they haven’t done enough. Or because all they hear is what they’ve been doing wrong.

After a hard day of taking care of your family, feeling inadequate is probably the last thing you’d want to feel.

Relax. Liz Gumbinner and Kristen Chase get it!

These cool moms of three and four respectively, are behind the revolutionary Cool Mom Picks website that took off back in 2006. And clearly, as the name implies, they’re cool and real moms like you!

Their talent for curating practical ideas related to parenting – from making gift guides to ideas about food and drink – boosted them to popularity.

Their light and funny approach towards motherhood has gained them appearances on shows like TODAY Show, Martha Stewart and The Meredith Vieira Show.

And of course, they also came up with this cool podcast about modern parenting especially for you – Spawned.

The title gives it away. It’s definitely funny and you’ll surely have a good laugh.

It’s informative in a non-preachy way.  And mind you, Spawned won the 2016 Iris Awards for Best Parenting Podcast.

Needless to say, Liz and Kristen are not the types to be all judgy and frown at you when you ignore your kids.

In fact, one classic podcast episode of Spawned is entitled, “Why it’s good to ignore your kids sometimes. Yes, really.”

They also invite experts to the show to make the talks even more interesting.

2. Girlboss Radio 

girlboss

I’ve said a whole lot about Spawned because that podcast is enough to cover almost all the areas involved in being a mom.

The infant to teenage saga is quite covered – from clothing to school stuff, and everything else in between – practically what every mom needs to know.

Girlboss podcast is when you want to take a break from it all and channel your mind to just being you – the strong and powerful woman, or should I say, the boss inside of you.

It’s so easy to forget your identity and get lost in the role, that sometimes you can no longer identify yourself apart from your role as a mother.

But before you are a mom, you are a woman first.

This is my go-to podcast when I need a little bit of inspiration and some girl power.

Host and American entrepreneur Sophia Amoruso talks to the most successful and influential women of our age.

Exceptional women who have become masters of their trade share ideas, success stories and the real struggles before reaching the top.

Top-notch women celebrities, athletes, designers, and entrepreneurs – you name it.

Get tips from extraordinary and fearless women – it’s empowering.

Thinking of starting a business? Need a boost?

Get priceless insights or the push you just might need here.

Make Girlboss a habit and be your own boss.

3. Magic Lessons 

magic lessons

“Mothers are the members of society who need to be given the most permission to be able to do the things that ignite their own souls.”

Above is a quote by Elizabeth “Liz” Gilbert. She’s the author of Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, and host of Magic Lessons podcast.

Magic Lessons is easily one of the best podcasts for moms.

At the beginning of every episode, Liz beautifully talks about what “magic lessons” mean to her, “the extra nudge we need when we’re feeling stuck in our creative lives.”

It’s amazing how this podcast enlightens listeners and makes them aware of the importance of creativity and engaging in it, and how “malignant” it is not to.

It talks about fear being the primary hindrance to creative work and discusses procrastination and perfectionism as being forms of fear.

Who knew, right?

Anyway, Dr. Brene Brown, a research professor at the University of Houston and author of four No.1 New York Times Bestsellers, was on the show.

She’s an expert on issues about fear and vulnerability – her TED Talk making it to the top 5 most viewed with over 30 million views!

I can’t seem to stop quoting verbatim because there’s just a lot of meaty stuff here.  

So here’s what Dr. Brown said on the show, “If you ask me now what creativity is, it is, for me, the way I share my soul with the world. And without it, I am not okay. And without having access to everyone else’s, we are not okay.”

Nothing could be truer.

People forget how essential creativity is to human life – to the human soul – to moms!

Listening to this podcast gave me that desire to actually start writing whatever it is that I’ve been putting off for weeks now. So, thanks Magic Lessons!

It’s definitely food for the soul and fuel for your hidden or forgotten passions.

Before you turn away and claim that you have no creative bone in your body, research has already proven you wrong.

There’s no such thing as a non-creative person. Everyone has creativity in them; you just need to put it to use.

And yes, I shamelessly got that from the podcast as well.

So moms, tap into your inner creativity today and don’t lose your sanity! Learn how with this podcast.

4. Meditation Station 

my meditation station

I stumbled across this podcast when I was searching for relaxing audio clips to help me sleep at night.

I actually have an app on my phone that gives this combination of white noise, soft music and nature sounds that you can customize.

These ASMR sounds supposedly aid you to fall asleep faster. But on sometimes, it doesn’t help.

My mind still wanders off and thoughts bounce erratically around the walls of my head like sugar-rushed tots. I toss and turn miserably and wait for sleep to find me and it feels like forever.

One night, I found this recording on Meditation Station entitled Faster Better Sleep.

I thought I’d give it a shot and my, oh my, the experience was divine!

It didn’t just lull me to sleep, it “prepared” me to sleep well.

You know I’m quite a fussy sleeper. I couldn’t sleep at all without a bath. So whether it’s six in the evening or three in the morning, a bath is non-negotiable before bed.

It also bothers me a lot if my pillow is positioned at a wrong angle, so it needs to be fixed – again and again – until it’s “right.”

If there are folds in the sheets underneath, they better be smoothed out. My hair needs to be laid away from my neck and face, and I need to be on my left side.

All these preparations should be done before I am finally ready to retire. I know it’s silly, but that’s me.

Then I realized that if I needed so many physical preparations to help my body finally relax, what more with my restless mind?

I figured that suddenly feeling itchy all over, or needing to pee (after going a minute ago) right when I’m about to sleep, might just be all in my head.

My mind is active, making me feel all these superficial sensations, keeping me awake. Sleeping feels like another huge task.

As a mom, have you ever felt like you’re not getting the rest you deserve?

You’re so tired you think you could sleep for a year, yet as soon as your head hits the pillow, sleep evades you.

You start thinking about tomorrow’s deadline, your kid’s birthday party, and that promotion your husband’s been chasing after.

And all these thoughts seem to scream at you – all at the same time – when all you want to do is sleep!

If so, believe me, you badly need this stuff.

Stin Hansen, the voice behind Meditation Station, has degrees in Psychology and Philosophy.

She is a meditation coach and has trained thousands in the meditation and mindfulness techniques.

She has a powerful way of helping you control your thoughts and quiet your mind.

Exploring her program, I found out later that her podcast isn’t just all about helping you catch more Zs but it’s also about restoring and maintaining your total health and wellness.

She also has meditations to help you deal with emotional hang-ups.

Her podcast helps even with common negative feelings like pain, anger, anxiety, regret, or shame. Or you can just have it handy after a long tiring day.

I believe it’s a must-have for all moms.

It’s a wonderful thing to allow yourself to calm your “amygdala” and soothe your mind. You’ll be surprised what meditation can do to your body and productivity.

I can’t emphasize enough how amazing it is. It’s just the perfect tool to start and end your day with.

“Meditation will allow you to step back and become more of a witness to your thoughts instead of being bombarded by them. Think of it as a makeover for your mind.“ -PlayerFM on Meditation Station

Learn more about Stin Hansen and her program here: https://www.mythoughtcoach.com/

I guess by now you should have realized that there’s no such thing as an “un-busy” mom.

All moms are busy in one way or another.

For working moms, there’s work. For stay-at-home moms, there’s the home.

For most moms, there’s that husband/partner that’s actually more like another full-grown kid. For single moms, double everything.

And to all the moms, you’re awesome!

Don’t be mean and deprive yourself of a little ME-time. You deserve it.

Make it a habit to learn, laugh, rant and listen to other moms rant because it’s truly satisfying.

You don’t need to take everything too seriously all the time – even parenting – or you’ll lose it.

Remember to stay in touch with your powerful self. Engage in your passions or discover new ones.

And most important of all, don’t forget to pause for a while.

Take a break, listen to a podcast.

The world will thank you for it.

best podcasts for women

Top 17 Podcasts for Women

We understand that women’s time is so precious.

Some of us would have to juggle too many roles in a day! Our hectic lives sometimes deprive us of our much needed relaxation and leisure time.

When we do have time for leisure we wanna make sure that it’s really worth every minute of it.

I believe that listening to the best podcasts is one way to make the most out of our spare time.

If you’re a woman who wants to relax or make your commute time worthwhile, check out the following podcasts. Get ready to press that play button!

1. Beauty Inside Out

beauty inside out

Let’s start our list with one that caters to women’s health.

Women need to be in tip top shape all the time. This is because we have our endless to-do list to accomplish every day.

Luckily, there’s one podcast that digs deeper into health, beauty and wellness.

This podcast also emphasizes the importance of spirituality.

Beauty Inside Out is hosted by New York Times best-selling author Kimberly Snyder. She wrote the books titled The Beauty Detox Power and The Beauty Detox Solution.

Kimberly Snyder is also a certified nutritionist who used to battle with weight gain and acne. Her years of struggle with these health issues led her to become the better version of her own self.

Kimberly Snyder’s podcast features interviews with famous doctors from western and Ayurvedic medicine. It aims to help women achieve holistic health and wellness.

The show boasts of great topics that are too interesting you find it hard to resist!

Check out the episodes “Reducing Stress and Illness” and “Sleep 101” if you have issues with rest and relaxation.

Women who have eating problems should check out “Trusting Your Gut When It Comes to Food Choices”.

Wait! There’s more!

The show also features “Fitting a Healthy Routine with Young Kids”. The show’s episodes were created in a way that will help women become better partners, wives, parents and buddies.

2. Birthful

birthful

I can’t tell you enough just how helpful this podcast is for women.

If you’re worried about pregnancy and all things related to it, tune in to this podcast.

The show’s host Adriana Lozada not only aims to provide information to expecting moms. She  also aims to tap into women’s inner strength to make them confident and fearless parents.

Adrianna Lozada is named by CNN in year 2000 as one of the Latin American Leaders of the Internet.

She finished Communication Studies in Canada and has co-founded a newspaper company in Venezuela. She speaks five languages and claims that the word “Mama” sounds almost the same in all of them.

Birthful understands that pregnancy is such a tough stage in a woman’s life.

After pregnancy comes motherhood which also doesn’t come with a manual. On the other hand, thriving with a newborn can be such a rewarding ordeal.

To help women keep their sanity in all these stages in life, Birthful is born.

Women can be too busy to find time to read for information.

With this podcast, they can just put on their headsets and continue to do their daily grind.

Some of their best episodes include “Your Anxious Mind During Pregnancy” and “Structural Body Changes”.

3. How to Decorate

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One issue that many women have with watching videos about home decorating is that it needs our full attention.

Unfortunately, we tend to be too busy to sit down and watch videos.

This is when podcasts become very handy. We can just listen to it while doing something else.

How to Decorate podcast greatly helps women solve most home decorating dilemmas.

It’s true that we not only worry about our own physical looks, but also about how our home looks – especially when friends come over for a party!

Having a well decorated home can be such a real source of joy for a woman. Decorating also allows us to be in touch with our creative side.

This podcast features famous designers to share their knowledge about home decorating.

The guests also discuss real challenges that homeowners experience when decorating their homes.

Some of the featured designers in this podcast include Whitney Durham, Tori Mellot and Philip Mitchell.

So whenever you plan to listen to home decorating ideas, look for the podcast with that pink chair!

4. On the Ledge

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Women who are into gardening will surely love this podcast!

Growing your own plants at home can be so easy. This is true especially if you’re known to have that “green thumb”.

But some kinds of plants are unique both in looks and maintenance requirement.

If you’re looking to grow succulents, aloes, ferns and other extraordinary plants, this podcast is a must-listen.

On the Ledge is a podcast that features more about indoor plants and horticulture as a whole.

The show goes beyond helping you have outstanding Instagram photos of indoor ferns and air plants. It also helps you become an important part of the so-called houseplant revolution.

This podcast is hosted by Jane Perrone who has a solid background in journalism. She’s the Guardian’s gardening editor.

Aside from blogging about gardening, she also loves to grow weird and exotic plants in her home at Bedfordshire.

In her podcast, she answers questions from her listeners about gardening issues. She gives expert advice on maintenance and care for specific types of plants.

Garden blogger Matthew Perry and garden writer Alys Fowler are some personalities that are featured in Jane’s podcast. This podcast is heavy with information that’s all gardening related.

You’ll hear episodes about finding the right pot for each type of plant.

You will also hear an episode that features pests and disease that could harm your plants.

So, what are you waiting for? Take off those gardening gloves for a moment and check out this podcast.

5. Living Homegrown Podcast

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Women who love to grow their own food at home should listen to this podcast.

The show offers practical advice, and tips and tricks on growing your own food.

From edible gardening to growing your own livestock, this podcast has a lot of information to offer.

Living Homegrown also features artisan food crafting, preserving, fermenting and canning. You can also listen to topics about small-space food growing and becoming the best food gardener.

It also features topics on how to spare yourself from the high prices of vegetables during winter. Not to mention learning about making your own yoghurt, culture butter and fermented vegetables.

Living Homegrown is hosted by Theresa Loe, an award-winning podcaster.

Theresa guides her listeners from being a novice to becoming an expert in canning and growing their own food.

One thing that you’ll love about Theresa in her podcast is that she speaks so clearly, you won’t have to press rewind over and over again.

It feels so great listening to experts talking about things that they’re really so enthusiastic about. You’ll find yourself learning and having fun at the same time.

Some of the many episodes that you should not miss include “How to be a Better Food Gardener,” “Fermentation Basics and Real Pickles,” and “Top 10 Favorite Farm Fresh Things.”

6. Beauty and the Vlog

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Women who dream of having their own famous fashion vlog must listen to this podcast.

The show’s host Erika Vieira used to be involved in sales and marketing for real estate and software company.

But since her heart was more into fashion, she and her younger sister decided to launch an apparel line. From then on everything she learned about sales and marketing is now being poured into her apparel business.

In Beauty and the Vlog podcast, Erika shares everything she learned with the hope of helping other women achieve success too.

Her podcast features experts that share tips and tricks on how to make their fashion business grow. Or, if you simply want to learn more about fashion and beauty, check out this podcast.

If you’re a budding fashion entrepreneur, there are many episodes that will help you accelerate your success.

If you want to be a YouTube sensation in the field of fashion and beauty, Erika Vieira is here to help!

For starters, check out “How to Get Started on YouTube the Right Way”.

7. Dating Advice Guru

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Women who are into dating will surely adore this Dating Advice Guru podcast.

The show’s host Carlos Cavallo offers irresistible dating advice for women.

He explains that women should use their own genuine personality to attract the man of their dreams.

Carlos is not just a dating and attraction guru. He’s also a health and fitness coach.

With his broad knowledge in motivational psychology and life-coaching, any advice he gives works most of the time!

Some of his best episodes are How to Build Trust in Your Relationship and Who Pays for the Date?

Carlos Cavallo is also the author of the book Forever Yours: The Secret Password to His Heart.

8. Hot Shopping Tips

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Women love to shop! There’s no doubt about that.

If you want to get the best deals on just about everything, listen to this podcast.

The hosts are Lisa Lee Freeman and Mandy Walker.

These two financial and consumer experts share a lot of tips on shopping. They provide tips that help women become better and wiser shoppers.

Lisa and Mandy will show you that you can definitely buy more for less!

They’ll help you how to spot the best bargain deals or to check if something is indeed a real bargain.

The show will also keep you become updated on the latest consumer news. With Hot Shopping Tips, it’s all about saving and shopping!

Women listening to them for the first time would instantly love Mandy and Lisa. The hosts are both so bubbly and fun. You won’t have any dull moments listening to their podcast.

Some of their most interesting episodes are the following:

Shop Target & Walmart like the savviest bargain-hunters!

The best new ways to save big on airfares, hotels & other travel costs

How to make money with your credit cards—and save too!

9. Being Boss

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The show was created last January 2015 and is hosted by Emily Thompson and Kathleen Shannon.

At first glance, you may think that Being Boss is just all about being an employer/entrepreneur. But the podcast certainly offers more than that.

The show may have different kinds of episodes but all of these are geared towards one important thing. It tells women how to become their own boss.

Kathleen and Emily offer actionable advice that empowers women to find balance in their daily hectic lives.

Listening to the show feels a lot like being in a productive meeting.

Listen to them and you’ll be amazed how professional yet funny they are.

If you’re a woman who just feels tired, frustrated or anxious, you definitely have to check this out! You’ll find so much inspiration that you’ll forget about your distractions and apprehensions in life.

The show features bosses who were able to build businesses they love.

One great thing about Being Boss is that it’s not just a podcast. It has grown into a community where webinars, live hang-outs, in-person meet-ups and vacations take place.

Go ahead and check out the episodes Rituals and Routines and Cultivating Optimism.

10. The Broad Experience

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The Broad Experience is an award-winning podcast hosted by journalist and teacher Ashley Milne-Tyte.

The show offers honest discussions about women, race, and culture.

Ashley reveals to her audience why some women weren’t able to achieve their goals in life.

Her show also delves deeper into how motherhood could affect one’s chances of achieving one’s full potentials.

The show is one that’s so intelligent yet so full of heart. Every woman who listens to it would find herself feeling more optimistic and inspired.

What makes the show very engaging are the stories being told by guests. These stories are based on their own past experiences and the honest discussions start from there.

It’s so amazing that the host presents facts that are relative to stories presented by guests. The entire discussion is not just solely based on subjective conversations.

Facts and scientific studies are also cited to back up any opinion presented during their talks.

Take for example the episode titled, “Your Weight, Your Worth.” This episode discusses whether your weight affects your chances of being successful in the workplace.  Other episodes that are certainly worth your time include Resilience and Stress and The Benefits Of Being Outside.

11. Stuff Mom Never Told You

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Do you have enough time for another research-driven discussion about stuff that your mom never told you?

Listen to the podcast Stuff Mom Never Told You.

The show’s discussions may range from being married, changing a woman’s last name, to dealing with grief.

The hosts are Bridget Todd and Anney Reese. Bridget is an activist and Anney is a traveler, but both share the same passion for writing.

The hosts possess that special talent in talking about very personal issues facing women in an unbiased manner.

One good example of the show’s objective discussion is the episode“A lot of women are having bad sex”.

After listening to the whole show you will admire the hosts even more. They have the courage to talk about taboo topics and anything that’s led most women to suffer in silence.

The show does a great job in illuminating many important human issues affecting women these days.

12. Appearance Matters

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We are living in an image-obsessed world.

People do anything and everything just to look good.

Those who are gifted with good looks are oftentimes the ones that shine especially in social media.

But many who have issues with their skin, face, and physical appearance often shy away from Instagram.

Others just use too much filter on their photos that they look a far cry from their actual appearance!

For most women, appearance is such a big deal. It greatly spells the difference between having great confidence and lowered self-esteem.

Fortunately, there’s a podcast that discusses about all things that matter to appearance.

Appearance Matters is created by the Centre for Appearance Research.

In this podcast, you’ll learn new insights and the latest advancements in research for any appearance-related issues.

The discussions may range from acne, burn injuries to breast cancer and bariatric surgery.

The best part of it is that the discussions don’t just come out of nowhere. Everything is discussed from an expert’s point of view with research-backed information.

Some of the guest speakers are researchers and clinicians, as well as people who have problems with their appearance.

13. Dear Sugar Radio

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We all have our share of ups and downs.

When women are in a happy state, it’s so easy to find someone to hang out with. But when one is plagued with loneliness or depression, looking for someone to talk to about it can be hard.

Not to mention the fact that depression isn’t something that’s so easy to disclose to just anyone.

The good news is that there’s one podcast that’s willing to listen and understand with much empathy.

No matter how dark or depressing your emotions can be, Dear Sugar offers radical empathy.

The hosts are Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond.

Cheryl Strayed is the bestselling author of the book Tiny Beautiful Things.

Steve Almond has a newly launched book titled “Bad Stories: Toward a Unified Theory of How It All Came Apart.

These two hosts offer powerful advice.  Every word that comes out from the hosts seems to have this profound effect that listeners simply couldn’t resist.

The show has become so popular that the websites Bustle and The New Yorker published an article about this podcast.

Some of the best episodes are Rapid Fire: Love and Money and Emotional Abuse.

14. Nerdette

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Nerdette talks about anything under the sun, like literally anything.

If you want to hear about Tom Hanks talking about his fave collection – typewriters – listen to this podcast.

If you’re an avid fan of Game of Thrones listen to what the show’s hosts have to say about it.

The show’s hosts are Greta Johnsen and Tricia Bobeda.

So, why talk about different things in one show?

This is because the entire show only has one requirement for their guests; they have to be a nerd in one way or another.

They have to talk about things they nerd about.

With this in mind, you can expect the show to discuss about meditation, pop culture, space travel, and countless other topics.

In other words, this podcast spells fun! Listening to this show is one great way for women to relax and de-stress.

When guests start to reveal how nerdy they are, the show gets even more interesting!

This podcast has a way of telling people that being called a “nerd” shouldn’t be taken as an insult, rather a celebration of one’s uniqueness.

Starting to make sense of your nerdiness? Tune in to Nerdette, now.

15. Women on the Road

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Have you imagined yourself living most of your days in a bus?

Will you enjoy the traveling opportunities that living in a van may provide?

Will you keep on wishing you have your own real home to return to after each travel?

Or, will you keep cherishing the autonomy that you have with your recreational vehicle?

This podcast truly satisfies your curiosity on how life is being on the road.

Allow yourself to ride along in this adventure by listening to Women on the Road.

Living solo in a bus is such a brave move for a woman.

The show’s host is Laura Hughes who loves to take you outside.

Listen to this podcast and enjoy the entire adventure in the comforts of your own headset!

16. The Art of Simple

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A woman’s life can be so complicated.

Listening to something that talks about the art of simplicity is such a respite.

This podcast will make a woman just want to listen and enjoy as she continues to appreciate the simple things in life.

The founder and host Tsh Oxenreider is one huge advocate for The Art Of Simple.

She believes that a simple life makes it easier for one to achieve a more holistic living.

The podcast episodes may include work-related stuff. But, don’t worry the discussions are all so light to the ears and to your head as well.

You won’t have to stress yourself further on listening about complicated issues. The discussions can be so simple yet so full of wisdom.

It makes you feel wiser after listening to each episode.

If you want to learn more about purposeful yet simple living, check out this podcast.

17. Moms Got This

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Moms Got This is a daily podcast aired from Monday to Thursday.

It’s hosted by fashion experts Stacy Igel and Michelle Park.

The show always features moms who are also entrepreneurs or career women. Discussions usually revolve around being a mom.

They talk about rearing children, creating recipes to save the day, the struggles and triumphs of motherhood.

Oftentimes, being a woman requires you to have to know everything about parenthood.

Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. But, with the help of this show, moms will have the courage to say “I’ve got this!”

By listening to their discussions, listeners will be able to learn some tips, tricks and hacks that help moms achieve a better work-life balance.

The show was one of the nominees for 2018 Podcast Awards for Kids and Family Category.

best science podcasts

Top 17 Science Podcasts

Did you know that more Americans are aware what a podcast is than who the Vice President is?

Well, this comes as no surprise given the fact that there are more than 550,000 podcast shows worldwide.

To date, there are almost 19 million episodes and counting. With more than half a million active podcast shows it can be difficult to choose which one to listen to.

Let’s start with knowing your field of interest.

Are you interested about science?

Here is the list of the Top 17 science podcasts you should check out.

1. StarTalk

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StarTalk is a podcast that talks about science and popular culture.

The show is hosted by astrophysicist named Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Some of us view science topics as something too serious. Others even find themselves dozing off while watching science shows on TV.

But, this podcast is way too different. It’s too informative and too hilarious at the same time.

In fact, Rolling Stone in 2014 included StarTalk in their list of “The 20 Best Comedy Podcasts Right Now.”

Neil deGrasse Tyson loves to talk about sci-fi films and what these movies contain that don’t adhere to the principles of science facts.

One of the episodes features James Cameron whom he interviews about the films Avatar, Alien, Terminator and Titanic. The episode is titled “The Spirit of Exploration, with James Cameron”.

They discuss about Cameron’s enthusiasm for science and how he used this in his box-office hit movies. They also talk about Cameron’s journey down the Marianas Trench, the deepest point on the Earth’s oceans.

The show gets even more interesting and funnier with the inclusion of “Outer Space or Underwater” game.

This is when the host reveals some characteristics of a creature. Then his guests will determine if it’s a creature from underwater or outer space.

With StarTalk, you’d be learning and laughing at the same time!

What a great way to spend your leisure hours.

2. The Story Collider

These are podcasts of personal stories about science or anything with science woven into it. Check out The Story Collider if this is your thing.

Storytellers could be different people from different walks of life. Stories may be told by a doctor, book author, comedian, researcher or a poet.

These are not just ordinary tales of daily living.

The stories here in the Story Collider are full of heart. It could be funny, fascinating or poignant.

It doesn’t take a scientist to be able to relate to each episode. Even if you’re someone who hasn’t used a microscope or a test tube in your life, you’ll enjoy each episode.

No other podcast can connect to the inner sense of an individual better than the Story Collider does.

3. Science for the People

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Science for the People is a show that explores the link between history, public policy, science and popular culture.

The episodes in this radio show help people gain a better understanding of some of the events in daily life.

It provides information and explanation behind certain books and news. The show also involves critical analysis of some of the issues facing people today.

Science for the People has a lot to offer to its listening audience.

It will certainly satisfy their curiosity and fascination about anything here on earth.

In one episode Carl Zimmer shares some of the mysteries of heredity. The episode is titled, “She Has Her Mother’s Laugh: The Power, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity.”

The host, Bethany Brookshire used to be a real-life scientist. The way she asks questions makes the show even more interesting.

In this episode for instance, she crafts her questions in a way that greatly demystifies the complexity of the topic “genetics and heredity.”

Other hosts of the show include Rachelle Saunders and Desiree Schell.

4. Talk Nerdy

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Talk Nerdy was created and is hosted by award winning journalist Cara Santa Maria.

She shares her conversations with interesting people who also have a wealth of knowledge about interesting things.

Her weekly episodes would have various guests from different fields of science. Every episode is worth listening as it gives the audience a new glimpse on anything worth knowing.

Her guests may range from an environmental journalist, medical entomologist, a famous television host or a best-selling author.

If you haven’t listened to Cara from Talk Nerdy, try listening to at least one episode.

For a good start, listen to the one with Scientific American’s editor named Michael Lemonick.

Their conversation revolves around Michael’s book titled “The Perpetual Now: A story of amnesia, memory, and love.” It’s a story of a woman who suffered from encephalitis.

In this episode, Michael and Cara discusses about how amazing the human brain is. Together they discuss about people whose brain was damaged or injured for some reason, but upon recuperation left many brain experts in awe.

If that sounds interesting, tune in.

5. Invisibilia

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The list of top science podcasts wouldn’t be complete without Invisibilia.

It’s hosted by Alix Spiegel and Hanna Rosin who are two awesome award-winning journalists.

If most of the shows talk about things that we see around us, Invisibilia is different.

This podcast helps us understand things that are unseen. You might have already guessed that from the title. Anyway, some of these include human assumptions, perceptions, emotions and beliefs.

Each information presented in the show is based on research.

In an episode titled “What was not Said”, for example, they talk about the importance of love.

Love should not only be proven through action. It should also be expressed verbally.

The story is so genuinely told with the voices of the real persons involved.

How do unseen things impact a person’s life? How do the words you say impact your loved ones?

How about those words that you didn’t say but should’ve been said out loud?

Better check out this podcast.

6. Hidden Brain

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Can you talk about serious topics without the need to take yourself too seriously? The answer is a definite YES.

If you’d like to find out how, then check out Hidden Brain.

It’s a podcast where scientists talk about topics that interest them the most.

In addition, each episode has games to “lighten up” the serious atmosphere. Although very analytical in nature, the podcast never becomes boring.

The result would be podcast episodes that are truly engaging.

If you haven’t heard any of the episodes of Hidden Brain, “Watch Your Mouth” is one worth giving a listen.

This podcast episode talks about how the brain learns a certain language and explains how language influences the way we view the world.

With Hidden Brain, you’ll be able to get a good glimpse about the amazing complexities of the human mind.

Thanks to the show’s host, Shankar Vedantam.

7. Brains On!

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Brains On! is hosted and co-produced by Molly Bloom.

What makes this science podcast different from others?

It presents scientific information in a more simplified manner.

The topics are presented and explained in a fun way, too.

Children, not just adults, will find this show very informative. Parents who are looking to spend quality time with their children should consider listening to this podcast with them.

This show not only satisfies every child or adult’s curiosity; it could also be a great way to develop kids’ love for science.

Not to mention the fact that it also helps improve their listening skills.

8. Science Friday

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Science Friday, a science podcast talk show is hosted by award winning journalist Ira Flatow.

The show has been included in the list of most popular iTunes downloads. With more than one million listeners each week, no doubt this podcast deserves attention.

Check out the episode “Who Wrote That Beatles Song?”. In this episode, the guest is Mark Glickman, a statistics lecturer from Harvard University.

So what does the Beatles song have to do with a statistician? Mark used stylometry to determine whether it’s a John Lennon or a Paul McCartney song.

Stylometry is a form of statistical analysis. Mark got into it after learning that John Lennon claimed he was the one who wrote the song “In My Life”.

But, Paul McCartney did not agree with John’s statement.

What makes this episode so interesting? Can you imagine a statistician going over through the octaves and other musical notes?

He did all of this stuff just to figure out who really wrote which song.

Now, that makes one interesting podcast episode.

9. Radiolab

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How about listening to a podcast from an award-winning show hosted by two award-winning hosts?

Radiolab won a Peabody Awards for its contribution to the radio industry.

They were largely credited for their abilities to make science easily accessible to their audience.

The result will definitely be an award-winning experience as well for every listener.

The show’s hosts are Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich.

Abumrad used to be a writer and music composer before he started creating the show Radiolab. His co-host, Krulwich, is known for his special knack in explaining complicated science topics with much clarity and enthusiasm.

With Radiolab, you’ll gain a different way of looking at strange things.

Try listening to it and you’ll see.

10. Waking Up

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Waking Up is hosted by philosopher and neuroscientist Sam Harris.

With the countless number of science podcasts flooding the internet, looking for the best can be pretty daunting.

But, Sam Harris’ Waking Up is not just a no-nonsense show. You can definitely rely on it for truthful information.

The show does not accept any advertising offers from any services or products. Sam believes that for his show to be devoid of biased information, it should not endorse any products or services.

This is one of the many philosophies that Sam Harris applies in his podcast show.

The episodes of this show will surely wake you up!

Try for example the episode titled “Freeing the Hostages.” The guest for this episode is Chris Voss, a hostage negotiator for FBI.

In this episode Chris shares some of his experiences with hostage negotiations.

He also shares some lessons about the art of negotiating and its importance in people’s lives.

11. Quirks and Quarks

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Quirks and Quarks have been in the radio waves since October 8, 1975.

It started out as purely a science news program on CBC Radio One.

In 2005, the show became the first major show from Canadian Broadcasting Corporation to be available in podcast form.

Today the show is hosted by Bob McDonald who makes conversations with scientists from different parts of the world. The show focuses on topics about science, medicine, environment and technology.

If you’re in for some serious listening about any stuff related to science, this podcast show will be worth your time. What it lacks in humor and fun that are present in other podcast shows, it makes up for in substance.

When it comes to content and reliability of sources, this show is a champion.

12. The Titanium Physicists

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The Titanium Physicists is a show anchored on the belief that anyone has the capability to understand physics.

So, topics like nuclear magnetic resonance, falling meteors and moonquakes can easily be understood.

Everything is thoroughly explained that even the non-physicist guest and listener can get a good grasp of each episode.

The show is hosted by Dr. Ben Tippett, a mathematician and theoretical physicist.

Do you want to know the difference between a glass and a crystal? What makes a glass, glassy? Or do you want to know more about what it’s like to be in Mars?

All about these and more can be heard on this podcast.

13. Living Planet

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The show has garnered top awards for environmental programming.

It is a weekly 30-minute podcast about nature and any other stories concerning the environment.

Living Planet is a podcast that gives listeners a view on how the Earth that we live in and everything that we do impact each other.

Hosts Charlotta Lomas and Irene Quaile will take you anywhere around the world. They’ll update you with the most crucial things affecting the environment.

Every crucial information is relayed to the listeners in a very objective and truthful manner.

Unlike many podcasts, this show is not presented in a conversational manner.

But everything is relayed in a more formal, journalistic, and reporting-style format.

The show is devoid of any nonsense jokes and unnecessary ad libs.

All pure eye-opening information delivered in thirty minutes.

14. The Naked Scientists

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The Naked Scientists is a show broadcasted as part of BBC, located in East of England.

The program was founded by Chris Smith, a consultant virologist from Cambridge University.

The show talks about the latest in scientific breakthroughs by interviewing world’s top-notch scientists.

If you want to treat yourself for an hour of interesting science news, check out this podcast.

The show does not only appeal to science enthusiasts, but also to fans of the classy British accent – like me! That’s one of the reasons I got hooked, to be honest.

For starters, it would be great to listen to the episode “Music Science: from Mozart to Marketing”.

In this episode you’ll find out how listening to classical music can indeed help you become smarter.

15. Big Picture Science

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Big Picture Science not only airs episodes with the sole purpose of giving information.

The people behind Big Picture Science aim to convey why science knowledge matters to us in our everyday lives.

It addresses the “so what?” aspect of relaying recent updates in science.

All episodes are also geared at enabling their listeners to develop critical thinking. The show helps listeners sort out the difference between science and pseudoscience.

If you haven’t tried listening to it, try “Plan of a Hack” episode. It’s a story about the original hackers in a time when computers, smartphones and other digital information were non-existent or not yet fully available.

So what’s there to hack? Listen to this podcast episode and you’ll find out.

The show’s hosts are Seth Shostak  and Molly Bentley.

16. Gastropod

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Gastropod is a podcast that talks about everything food.

If it’s all about food, then why is the show called Gastropod?

Scientifically speaking, it refers to a class of molluscs, right?

Well, the name is derived from combining two words that are unrelated. But for the show’s sake, have become two related things.

The word “gastro” refers to Gastronomy which is the art of eating and cooking good food, and which also refers to the study of food and culture.

And obviously, the word “pod” is derived from, yes, you guessed it right- “podcast”.

So, if the name itself is enough to pique your curiosity, try listening to their episodes.

Gastropod hosts take their listeners to a journey of food and the hidden history behind it. With this podcast, you’ll never be able to look at food the same way again.

The founders of this show are Cynthia Graber and Nicola Twilley.

17. Science Vs.

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Science Vs. is a podcast which is pretty much like an antidote to the daily barrage of information nowadays.

The increasing accessibility of information has made filtering through the facts and myths a truly challenging task.

Luckily, there is Science Vs. which is a podcast that does the work of delving into the facts. The result would be a show that lets audience easily differentiate truth from hearsay.

The hosts do a great job in presenting factual information in a very engaging manner. The host Wendy Zukerman guarantees that every minute spent on listening to her podcast is a time well-spent.

Check out the episode “Ghosts,” if you want to listen to something paranormal. Or if you’re curious about how our brains function when we fall in love, listen to “True Love.

See? All these interesting episodes are yours only at Science Vs.

Now that you’ve got your list of the top 17 science podcasts, prepare yourself to be on binge listening mode.

best tech podcasts

Top 17 Tech Podcasts

Now more than ever, it’s acceptable to be a tech geek.

It’s preferable, really. Being proficient with the latest gadgets and software will give you the edge both at work and in day-to-day tasks.

In order for my relatives to stop saying “Get off that computer” and for me to earn the title “The Computer Gal” among them, I had to do more than just play Warcraft III all day.

Modern technology is evolving at an exponential rate. There’s no way of keeping up with it without regularly absorbing new information.

So, why not turn the weekday commute into time well spent by listening to a tech podcast?

Without further ado, here are the 17 tech podcasts that will make every geek’s CPU turbo boost. They’re not listed in any particular order, so give them each a test listen.

1. The WAN Show

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Let’s start with the obvious one.

The WAN (Weekly Analysis & News) Show is mainly hosted by Linus Sebastian and Luke Lafreniere, and occasionally, a couple of other tech guys. Linus’ YouTube channel is arguably the most popular tech channel on the platform.

Every week, the duo gives their listeners insight into the latest news from the IT industry.

They’re not afraid to speak their mind, and they never hesitate to discuss sensitive topics.

For example, Linus Sebastian himself is known to question Apple’s design philosophy. He accepts nothing less than perfection from any product that he’s reviewing.

It’s a straightforward tech podcast with entertaining hosts and many, many inside jokes.

Linus Tech Tips YT: https://www.youtube.com/user/LinusTechTips

2. Reply All

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Reply All is a tech podcast about the Internet. More precisely, about how people shape the Internet and how the Internet shapes people.

On occasions, the hosts, PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman, help their listeners solve unusual tech-related problems.

But don’t expect only high-level tech lingo on this podcast. As one of the reviewers noticed – Reply All is a podcast that tells gorgeous, painfully human stories that happen to have bits of technology sprinkled in.

This awarded tech podcast airs weekly, and it’s available on many platforms.

Also, it’s extremely well produced, and the episodes last anywhere from 25 to 60 minutes.

3. WSJ Tech News Briefing

wsj tech news briefing

The WSJ Tech News is a tech podcast ideal for those who are short on time.

In less than 10 minutes, it informs the listener only about the major ongoing events. And there’s a new episode almost every day.

As you’d expect from a company such as The Wall Street Journal, it’s a very professional podcast.

The economy and politics are usually intertwined with the tech news covered.

Additionally, the host usually calls in an expert to give their two cents on the main topic of discussion.

4. Mac Power Users

mac power users

Personally, I’ve never owned an Apple device. I’m too used to the flexibility of Windows machines to make the transition.

However, there are plenty of people that swear by their iPhones and MacBooks.

So, those who pity the peasants that still use headphone jacks should get a kick out of Mac Power Users.

In this tech podcast, Katie Floyd and David Sparks teach Apple users how to get the most out of their devices.

Every Sunday, the hosts discuss the new features, devices, and events related to Apple.

At times, a guest joins the show to talk about how the company’s products affected their career and personal life.

Update: As of November 26, 2018, Katie Floyd has left the podcast and Stephen Hackett has stepped in to fill her shoes.

5. This Week in Google

this week in google

The hosts of This Week in Google are some extremely busy people. They must be.

Every Wednesday, they release a new 2-hour episode. Whoever had to do even a 30-minute presentation at work knows how much effort a show like that can take.

In this tech podcast, Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, Stacey Higginbotham and their guests discuss the latest Google and cloud computing news.

And they really take their time doing that. I’ve never seen podcast hosts be that thorough.

Undoubtedly worth the respect.

6. Accidental Tech Podcast

accidental tech podcast

Accidental Tech Podcast was created, as anyone could’ve guessed, by accident.

It was originally intended to be a car show.

The hosts Marco Arment, Casey Liss and John Siracusa never miss a chance to tell a fantastic joke. Or, more often, a cringy one.

Each host gives off friendly vibes, which makes this show easy to get into.

Also, Accidental Tech Podcast provides follow-up links for each episode on their website.

7. The Vergecast

the vergecast

Many people consider The Vergecast to be the tech podcast.

And that’s no surprise – the first episode aired way back in 2011.

Since then, the hosts have become very comfortable behind the mics. And it shows.

Listening to Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn is basically listening to a couple of buddies talk. The hosts are obviously comfortable with each another.

On average, they find something to laugh about every minute. Yes, I did the math (roughly).

Still, that doesn’t mean that they offer no content.

Those guys really know their stuff and are definitely worth a listen.

8. Analog(ue)

analog(ue)

Analog(ue) describes itself as a show about how digital devices change our lives for the better, but also for the worse.

The motto of the show is “there’s space between zero and one.” That’s the geek’s version of “not everything is black and white.”

The show is obviously supposed to air every two weeks, but apparently, it’s not a strict schedule.

Luckily, Myke Hurley and Casey Liss have done 138 episodes so far. I can listen to them while waiting for a new one.

9. Rocket

On Rocket, three ladies have what they call an accelerated geek conversation.

Christina Warren, Brianna Wu, and Simone De Rochefort discuss tech and much more.

About two years ago, Brianna Wu contributed to the writing of a book by Tarah Wheeler – Women in Tech.

In case anyone is wondering at this point, this is not a show aimed at women exclusively.

The ladies have a brilliant sense of humor, and they do an amazing job of hosting the show.

They deserve every bit of attention.

10. This is Only a Test

this is only a test

No, that’s not a placeholder heading. It’s the name of a podcast on Tested.com.

For those who aren’t familiar with that website, it’s a project by Adam Savage.

Adam being perpetually animated on camera made me fall in love with the original MythBusters series. Because of that, this tech podcast has a special place in my heart.

The hosts of This is Only a Test are Norman Chan, Jeremy Williams and Will Smith (not the one who saved the USA from aliens).

They don’t always discuss the latest Nvidia GPU or the ups and downs of the Model 3 development.

They are, however, geeks at heart and whatever the topic may be, they talk about it from a tech guy’s perspective.

11. Future Tense

future tense

Future Tense is a tech podcast by ABC Radio National, an Australian radio network.

Like the WSJ Tech News Briefing, it’s produced very professionally.

The half-hour episodes sound almost like a radio documentary.

The episodes air precisely 7 days apart, and the host and guest experts take a critical look at new technologies and events.

And, once again, the show often takes into consideration their political aspects.

12. TechStuff

techstuff

In TechStuff, Jonathan Strickland explores the people and companies behind the technology.

Since 2008, this tech podcast gradually evolved from a brief 6-minute chat to a full 40-minute show.

What I found interesting is the fact that the host usually does the show on his own. It’s hard to keep an episode alive and dynamic when there’s no one to (verbally) bounce off of.

Despite that, Jonathan pulls it off every time.

TechStuff is perfect for people who prefer a less noisy atmosphere on the other side of the speakers.

13. If Then

if then

If Then is a weekly tech podcast by Slate Magazine, hosted by April Glaser and Will Oremus.

They delve deep into the ideologies, incentives, and biases that underlie modern technology.

Created in November 2017, it’s a fairly new podcast. But, as it’s produced by a renowned online magazine, it’s very well executed from the very first episode.

April and Will know both what they’re talking about and how to talk about it.

14. Download This Show

download this show

And download it I shall!

It’s awesome! Never before have I wondered if a delivery drone could decapitate a dog.

Thank you, Marc Fennell, for bringing such important matter to my attention.

Download This Show is another tech podcast by ABC Radio National.

But this one is not that formal. Not even remotely.

Each week Marc, the host, and his guests take an interesting approach to analyzing the latest tech.

15. Exponent

exponent

Exponent is a brainchild of Ben Thompson.

In the show, Ben and his co-host, James Allworth explore modern technology’s impact on businesses and society.

The tone of the podcast is a bit on the serious side, but it’s easy to absorb.

It’s a must-listen for anyone employed in a tech company, especially for people interested in management and entrepreneurship.

Right now, the duo is taking a post-season break, and new episodes are scheduled to air in the fall.

16. 99% Invisible

99% invisible

In short, this podcast is something different.

99% Invisible was created by Roman Mars in 2010.

His expertise in producing and hosting radio shows is evident in every second of the show.

Furthermore, 99% Invisible is unique in the way it presents the content.

And it all starts with one major question. What’s the origin of fortune cookies, for example? Or, why did Freud opt for a couch over an armchair?

The main concept behind 99% Invisible is taking a deep look into the things that would otherwise go unnoticed.

So, those of insatiable curiosity should absolutely add this podcast to their playlist.

17. Innovation Now

innovation now

Each weekday, Innovation Now takes 90 seconds to bring us the news about the ideas that shape our future.

And that’s it. Not much else to say, really.

It’s produced through a collaboration with NASA, as a male voice keeps reminding me at the end of every episode.

I guess that’s interesting.

best road trips podcasts

7 Best Podcasts for Road Trips

Who doesn’t love road trips?

Whether with family or friends, it’s a great way to unwind and relax. Everyone needs that break from the drudgery of everyday life.

It is an exciting time and a most-needed chance for a change of environment.

Now, you’ve exhausted the playlists on your phone, and everyone’s not really in the mood for music or talking. Before attempting an awkward ice-breaker, put on an exciting podcast and grab everyone’s attention!

Most people like listening to music.

Well, I do. Everyone knows a particular song, and they sing together or nod along with the beat.

But when you play an exciting podcast, besides intriguing most people, you educate and invite interaction.  Even a 15-minute podcast on your road trip could give you more than you know- a new insight, an idea, laughs, tears, and maybe even shivers.

And if you’re driving solo, listening to a great host’s dulcet tones could make you feel less lonely.

Laugh, agree, disagree, get sentimental, or quietly wonder. There’s a whole list of podcasts waiting for you to check out on your next road trip!

Here are my favorites! (In no particular order and depending on my mood or the company that I’ve got)

1. A Thousand Things to Talk About

a thousand things to talk about

I know, right? The first time I listened to one of her episodes, the intro music reminded me of Plant vs. Zombies, too!

But I swear the topics are not nearly as bizarre as zombies. The discussions are so easily relatable to everyone.

This brief and straightforward two-to-three-minute podcast is great for all types of listeners.

It’s perfect because it answers seemingly simple everyday questions anyone would ask. The talented host, Andrea Parrish, comes up with very interesting comments and facts you wouldn’t have thought of.

There’d be topics like “stupid jokes” and then she starts talking about how groaning at “Dad jokes” is about as satisfying as a good laugh. Wow, I hadn’t thought of it that way but it’s true.

There are over 500 different episodes and topics to choose from and you could easily skim through 10 episodes in less than an hour. Nice.

Andrea’s rich and fruity voice will keep you listening on and on.

Oddly, her manner of speaking reminds me (again) of Ms. Perky (Allison Janney) in 10 Things I Hate About You. Whatever, you should see that old-but-gold movie.

And since I’ve already deviated from the topic, seriously, check it out for yourself and tell me my ears are lying.

2. 60-Second Science (Scientific American)

60-second science

You don’t have to be a geek to love a little bit of science trivia every now and then.

In elementary school, we were taught that science is everywhere and in everything. Science is generally a fascinating subject, especially if you’re listening to Christopher Intagliata.

Chris is one of the hosts for 60-Second Science podcast, along with Karen Hopkin, Jason G. Goldman, and Steve Mirsky, to mention a few.  He’s the senior producer of Science Friday and was a 2015 Woods Hole Ocean Science Journalism fellow, an opportunity given to professionals in the field of science productions.

I didn’t even have to see his face – I instantly, irrevocably, fell for his voice!

Man, that smart science guy with a beautiful voice would be all you want to listen to all day. I certainly would.

I just got dreamy-eyed listening to him to talk about tooth tartar!

That’s easily why 60-Second Science makes it on my list of best podcasts for road trips.

So what are you waiting for? Get your quick one-minute dose of science on your next road trip with Chris on 60-Second Science.

Or visit the main page, Scientific American and select Science Talk if you prefer lengthier 10-40 minute audio clips.

Topics included are Health, Mind, Sustainability, Tech and The Sciences.

You’d also have the option of downloading the talks on MP3 format for free right from the site itself.

So if you’re not sure about internet access on the road, best to download it before the trip.

3. Lovett or Leave It

lovett or leave it

According to Charlie Chaplin, “A day without a laugh is a day wasted.”

Well, the same could be said about road trips. What better way to start a long drive than with lots of ha-has!

There’s no question that laughter is good for the soul, and for the body, and for everyone!

Podcaster Jon Lovett, a former political speechwriter-turned-comedian will keep you laughing along with his live audience.

Jon’s experience at the White House as Obama’s former speechwriter gives him a clear understanding about what goes around in politics. This also makes it almost natural for him to unapologetically rag and poke fun at personalities who make the headlines.

The satire goes on for about an hour and you’ll get to hear participation from other comedians, journalists or actors on the panel show.

There’s so much variety in the episodes – games, funny impressions, audience participation, and dramatic readings.

If you’re on a long trip, an hour could go by in a jiffy just listening to this hilarious recording.  He could get ruthless so it’s kind of like a guilty pleasure you’d want to indulge in.

A quick bit about the host: Did you know that Jon Lovett allegedly officiated the first same-sex marriage in the White House in secret?

That, too, against the Obama administration policy at that time. Now that takes guts!

4. Home of the Brave

home of the brave

I don’t know about you, but I feel that there’s something about real stories, especially those captured raw that makes me lose myself in the moment.

It makes me very sentimental.

Just like this segment from Home of the Brave where the host, Scott Carrier, teaches his five-year-old boy a skiing lesson, and at the same time imparting a valuable life lesson.

Feel like listening to something inspiring or soul-stirring on a nature drive?

Leave it to Scott Carrier to “carry” you on a heart-warming journey.

This particular episode starts with an introduction where Scott talks about the weather in Salt Lake City, where he lives, and then replays a recording taken way back in the winter of 1992.

It was a real conversation between father and son and is so precious in many ways. It starts with his son innocently asking him about skiing straight down.

He could have answered him with a direct yes or no. But I love how Scott engaged his boy with a story instead. It worked so well.

So he tells him about a guy refusing to make turns while skiing who ended up boring a hole and getting buried deep into the snow until nobody could find him.

Then Scott goes on to tell his kid about turns representing control and associating gravity with love. It was such a beautiful conversation.

The Peabody award winner has a way that touches a chord through his original storytelling. His soft and charming wobbly voice adds a hue of emotion to his narratives that captivates the soul.

If you’d like a touchy-feely podcast on a quiet trip, check it out.

5. The Magnus Archives

the magnus archives

Are you in for a thrilling adventure on the road?

It might be one you’d enjoy and remember the most.

Studies show that some people enjoy getting a scare every once in a while. So if you love that dopamine kick that gets you high, wouldn’t it be fun to share it with a group who enjoys the same?

Based in Chelsea, London, The Magnus Institute is a 19th-century organization founded by Jonah Magnus. This means they’ve been around for quite a while now.

This institute is committed to researching or gathering accounts related to the esoteric and the supernatural.

This horror fiction podcast, The Magnus Archives, dramatizes the stories.

And if Jonathan Sims’ voice doesn’t sound dark enough, watch out for the sinister background music that’s sure to send chills down your spine.

Some basic precautions before attempting to put this on your car stereo:

  1. Don’t dare if you don’t enjoy the chills.
  2. Read the content warnings on the podcast before playing.
  3. And of course, drive safely and try not to hit a tree and get stranded somewhere in the middle of the night. (You know those things don’t always end well.)

Otherwise, see how dauntless you are and put on this eerie podcast on your road trip with your thrill-seeking fellas.

Fasten your seatbelts, maybe grab a popcorn, and enjoy the ride!

6. TED Talks Daily

TED talks daily

Unless you live under a rock, you’ve probably heard of TED Talks.

Known for its slogan, “ideas worth sharing” this media organization’s focus was primarily on technology, entertainment and design, thus the acronym, TED.

But TED has gone a long way since its conceptualization in 1984, now having talks covering a wide range of subjects, from AI developments to cultural topics.

To date, there are over 2,500 TED Talks available and more are added to the list daily.

How convenient it must be to get access to these fresh ideas on the go?

Different accomplished personalities from different parts of the world, sharing their most brilliant ideas that authored their respective successes.

And they’re handing these ideas out to you for free! That too, in no more than 18 minutes.

That’s just awesome.

So while on a solo drive or on the road with just about anyone, get TED Talks Daily on.

Instead of listening to the same song you’ve already memorized, why not play something new and enriching?

Music is great and powerful, but so is knowledge. Pay a little more attention to the latter and ask yourself, “Did I learn anything new today?”

With TED Talks Daily, you’d surely have an answer.

7. One Bizarre Podcast

one bizarre podcast

Imagine, it’s late afternoon and you’ve been on this long monotonous ride for hours.

Everyone in the car is either sleeping or dozing off. You’re just watching out for one more spectacle through the car window before thinking to join them in slumber, as the endless landscapes along the road have started to look dull and uninteresting.

You get your moment and before you know it, it’s over just like that.

The sunset is gone in but a matter of minutes and the world around you turns dark and dull once more.

You struggle at the thought that you’d still have to go on like this for an hour more or so. This was not the kind of road trip that you had in mind, but everyone’s all beat up and snoring.

You can’t sleep either, because your mind is restless surrounded by this deafening quietness.

I just painted you a scene as poetically as I can, but that place is actually bad and I’ve been there.

You feel like you’re about to go crazy with boredom and you feel helpless, shifting in your seat every two seconds.

Well if you must go crazy, One Bizarre Podcast is there to the rescue – that is, to indulge you. Plug those earphones in and listen to things as bizarre as they get.

Hosts Kaity Heart and Blaquie O talk about random stuff such as megalodons, spirit photography, ouija boards, and zombies, not lacking in sense of humor and laughs, of course. I swear you’ll hear Kaity laughing 80% of the time!

So if crazy stuff makes you tick, you’ve found your niche.

Set your restless, weird mind free and join the madness.

Road trips should be a great experience – fun and memorable, something to look forward to.

All it takes is to have the right elements ready: the right mood, the right people (if with company), and of course, the right podcast for everyone to enjoy and relate to.

And as difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations, carefully picked podcasts make for a wonderful road trip. Does that even make sense?

Anyway, curate your own list of best podcasts for road trips.

I’ve shared mine. What’s yours?