As the holidays are upon us, a lot of will be traveling. Whether you’re traveling far or stuck in traffic parking at the mall, podcasts can help you pass the time. I love podcasts and wanted to share my favorite picks! Podcasts help pass the time and teach something in the mean time. If you find podcasts too slow or a bit boring, I highly recommend listening at a faster speed!
I start every morning with Up First,
by NPR, and The Daily
, New York Times. Both podcasts condense current events into a small (and digestible) amount of information. Despite being constantly bombarded by news, these podcasts ensure that I know the most important news bits from reliable sources. If you’re looking for some comedic discussion of the news, I highly recommend The Bugle
, formerly co-hosted by John Oliver, and Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me
, an NPR news quiz show.
These podcasts are talk radio in podcast form. Crooked Media, a media company started by ex-Obama staffers, has Pod Save America
and Lovett or Leave It
. They relate and compare their experiences working closely with a president. Pod Save America biweekly discusses the news and Lovett or Leave it is a game show filled with all your favorite comedians. Stay Tuned with Preet
is hosted by the ex-State Attorney for New York. If you are looking for a discussion from both sides of the political spectrum, I highly recommend The 45th
, which has two of the hosts from Undisclosed
, including the woman that brought Serial
season 1’s case to Sarah Koenig.
So, my fascination with podcasts started off with Serial
like many people. If you haven’t listened to it, you’re really missing out. S-Town
doesn’t really fall in this category, but it’s from the offices of Serial
. All I can say is that it’s an extremely interesting story. The Hae Min Lee case was brought to Sarah Koenig by Rabia Chaudry who started her own podcast called Undisclosed
. This dives into the legal investigation of the case in which they uncovered new evidence that helped his appeal. They have had multiple seasons investigating different cases, following the case of Hae Min Lee. If you’re a fan of 20/20, ABC has produced two documentaries that go along with the podcasts A Killing on the Cape
and A Murder on Orchard Street
are my favorite true crime podcasts after Serial and feature newspaper-style journalism.
If murder isn’t your vibe, I recommend Dirty John
, which investigate a con-man and organized crime in Rhode Island. Deadly Manners
are fictional crime shows. Deadly Manners is a story of dinner party gone wrong with Kristen Bell, and Homecoming is about a secret military branch. Up and Vanished
and Truth and Justice
are for everyone who likes to get involved in a case. They crowd source investigations, which some people do find controversial. If you liked American Vandal on Netflix, I highly recommend Done Disappeared
. If you listen to a lot of true crime podcasts, you will understand the subtle references.
Sometimes, instead of drawn out investigations, I prefer stand-alone podcasts. Crime Writers On
is a discussion of true crime media, including podcasts and tv shows, by four true crime writers. My Favorite Murder
is the most famous of the chatty true crime podcasts. These two comedians tell each other about different murders weekly the way that you would talk to your friends about something interesting. Ear Hustle
isn’t chatty per se but is hosted and produced out of San Quentin State Penitentiary and describes aspects of life in prison. Criminal
has a similar vibe and describes interesting stories of different kinds of crimes.
At Home With…,
by Anna and Lily, interviews established people in the beauty world in their homes. They perfectly blend audio and visual elements. Don’t Blame Me,
by Meghan Rienks, gives candid advice that I think I would give people. The Heart of It
, with Estee Lalonde takes a deep dive into themes of her life. She talked about strength, feminism, and her mom. Lastly, Filler
interviews various creatives in London. It’s beautiful and really captures the #struggle.
One of the hosts of Crime Writers On also hosts a podcast called HGTV and Me.
They discuss all the important things HGTV-related things, like how tiny houses suck. If you love TV and talking about TV, The West Wing Weekly
discusses the West Wing on an episode by episode basis. The West Wing Weekly has a cast member as a co-host and have interviewed the entire famous cast and crew for their relevant episodes. Missing Richard Simmons
is a news reporters quest to find out about the whereabouts of Richard Simmons. Lastly, I recommend My Dad Wrote a Porno
, in which a guy and his friends discuss a porno his dad wrote. This host’s dad saw the success of Fifty Shades of Grey and decided that he can do it too. Although it’s the least sexy thing in the world, it’ll have you cracking up for days.
Do you listen to podcasts? What are y’all’s favorite podcasts?