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10 Podcasts You Should Be Listening To

Am I the only one who sometimes gets sick of their overly played Spotify playlist? Or annoyed that their favorite Pandora stations seem to play the same songs every time? I’ve found the solution, mainly thanks to my husband. Enter: Podcasts!

I used to think the idea of listening to a podcast sounded like A. ridiculously boring, B. one step above talk radio, or C. something only “adults” do. However, I have truly been proven wrong, and have LOVED our daily podcast listening, typically on the way to or from work. Bonus, if you’re headed out for a long run, an episode from one of these podcasts would definitely keep you entertained!

If you need a place to start, here are the podcasts we’ve been loving over the past few months, and are currently listening to on a weekly basis! I’m not going to mention Serial, because I think the Serial wave has already been ridden. However if you have never heard of Serial, I HIGHLY suggest you make that the FIRST podcast on your to-do list. Just trust me on this, you will love it.

Ok, let’s get started.

10 Podcasts You Should Be Listening To

1. Undisclosed – Featuring the same case as Serial, Undisclosed is actually a small group of lawyers who are diving into the case even deeper. It’s kind of like the sequel to Serial you wished had happened, and the episodes feature shrouds of evidence not covered in Serial originally. It will blow your mind.

undisclosed

2. Criminal – This podcast features shorter episodes, but unlike Serial and Undisclosed, each episode is a totally different story/case. Criminal covers all sorts of stories of past crimes, criminals discussing crimes they committed, and even people who were wrongfully accused of a crime. We’ve enjoyed this one because of the diversity, and each episode really is so interesting! Sometimes I think I should have gone to school to be some sort of lawyer or detective, I love this stuff!

criminal podcast

3. Invisibilia – “Invisibilia (Latin for all the invisible things) is about the invisible forces that control human behavior – ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions.” This podcast is fairly new, and they just wrapped up their pilot season, so they’re on a hold at the moment. But, we’ve enjoyed this one because it really makes you think about life differently, and just like it says, the invisible forces in life that happen every day that you don’t think about. Being a psychology major, this podcast is right up my alley!

invisibilia podcast

4. 99% Invisible – Not to be confused with Invisibilia, this podcast is actually about design and architecture, and “the 99% invisible activity that shapes our world.” This one is great as well, but we have found ourselves skipping episodes here and there, so you kind of have to pick one that sounds good and go with it, instead of banking on enjoying each week’s.

99 percent invisible

5. TED Radio Hour – I. Love. TED. Talks. Technology, Entertainment, Design. TED talks are housed in TED conferences all over the world, and some of society’s brightest and most innovative people speak at them. They are always highly educational, motivational, and influential. I guarantee you will learn something listening to a TED talk! Anyways, TED Radio Hour is part of NPR, and I always look forward to a new episode!

ted radio hour podcast

6. Freakonomics Radio – Ever heard of the book, Freakonomics? This podcast is fan-freaking-tastic, and is based off of similar concepts from the book, which are all tied back into economics.

freakonomics radio podcast

7. Stuff Mom Never Told You – LOVE THIS PODCAST. This is totally aimed towards the girls, but, Adam has learned a few things from these episodes as well! The two hosts of this podcast are hilarious, and I want to be their best friend. I promise you will love this one. If you blush easily, you might listen to this one alone, ha!

stuff mom never told you

8. Picking Favorites – This is probably Adam’s favorite podcast, mainly because his favorite actor is the host, Zachary Levi. (Chuck, Tangled). The concept of this podcast is simple – 4 or 5 dudes, sometimes a guest girl or guy, typically fellow actors, sit around and literally pick their top 3 favorites from random categories. It’s so fun to listen to, and I guarantee you’ll find yourself trying to chime in, or angry because HOW COULD THEY NOT PICK YOUR FAVORITE?!

9. The Art of Manliness – This one is actually based off of the popular and hilarious blog, artofmanliness.com. I’m not a man, clearly, but I have enjoyed several episodes of this podcast. There are several episodes that are very applicable to both men and women, and if you’re looking for a podcast both you AND your manfriend will enjoy, this is a good one.

art of manliness podcast

10. This American Life – This one is like ‘ole faithful. It’s always good, and you can’t really go wrong with any episode. Also, if you love Fred Armisen like I do, you will chuckle every time you hear the host speak. This American Life is literally just stories, of real people, and it’s so good.

this american life podcast

Honorable mention: Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me.

So there you have it! 10 of our favorite podcasts. Now get to listening!

What podcast are you currently loving? Would love to hear suggestions!

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15 Comments

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    Lisa B
    June 1, 2015 at 11:42 pm

    Ohhhh I love This American Life and I’ve never heard of Undisclosed, but you can bet I’m going to look it up! Serial had me hooked from the beginning and I can’t wait for new seasons to come out (even if they will be on different cases).
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      Adam
      June 2, 2015 at 9:13 am

      Sarah Koenig is currently working on two more seasons of Serial at the same time. All that she has said is that they are going to be very different from season one and won’t disclose any other info. I am really hoping for a white collar crime or something like that.

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      Sweet Miles
      June 5, 2015 at 10:49 am

      You definitely need to listen to Undisclosed if you’ve finished Serial!

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    Lauren @ The Foodie Runner
    June 1, 2015 at 11:43 pm

    OKAY – we have like the same exact taste in Podcasts!!! If you like Stuff Mom Never Told You you should also check out Stuff You Missed in History Class (also by How Stuff Works). And since you are a soon to be mommy Atomic Moms is GREAT!!! I love it and I’m not even expecting! haha
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      Sweet Miles
      June 5, 2015 at 10:49 am

      I’ll have to check that one out!!! Thanks for the recommendation!!!

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    Sabrina Alexandra
    June 2, 2015 at 6:12 am

    If my boyfriend and I go anywhere outside of the city limits then he is most likely listening to a podcast. At that point in our driving I am probably doing something else and completely tuning out what he is listening to. Every once in a while I will catch a funny line or an educational moment that makes me think. But I’m going to pass this list on to him! 😉
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      Sweet Miles
      June 5, 2015 at 10:48 am

      Haha! You should get him to turn on one of these 🙂

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    Heather @Fit n Cookies
    June 2, 2015 at 7:23 am

    I’ll admit, I don’t listen to podcasts. I actually listened to my first one last night due to the study we’re doing in our small group at church. I keep meaning to try Serial. I think we’re going to try it on our way to the beach for a wedding next week! I hope it makes the time go faster 😉 haha These all look great though and I”m bookmarking them for the future!
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      Sweet Miles
      June 5, 2015 at 10:48 am

      You should definitely listen to a few of them! We love them! You’ve got to try Serial!! It’s so good!!

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    Natalie @ Never Serious Blog
    June 2, 2015 at 9:23 am

    YESSSSSSSS. This is the post I’ve been waiting for! I laughed out loud when you said TAL is like ole’ faithful. So, so true! Sounds like there are quite a few others I need to check out! 🙂

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      Sweet Miles
      June 2, 2015 at 9:29 am

      I forgot to give you a shoutout for the post idea!!! Haha yes, TAL is definitely the “go-to”! But somehow I lived 25 years without listening to it!

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    Katie
    June 2, 2015 at 9:56 am

    Gilmore Guys is the best! It’s two guys, one who loves gilmore girls, and the other who is watching the episodes for the first time. They bring in special guests and discuss Stars Hollow and some behind the scenes acting and comedy stuff, super interesting!
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      Sweet Miles
      June 5, 2015 at 10:47 am

      Haha! I was never a big Gilmore Girls fan, but I imagine the podcast is pretty great!

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    Jenessa @ Straight Laces
    June 2, 2015 at 11:03 am

    Thanks for this list! It is perfect timing. Just last week I was looking for some new podcasts to listen to. I LOVE Serial and Criminal, so I feel like the others you have on your list will be right up my alley as well!
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      Sweet Miles
      June 5, 2015 at 10:47 am

      Glad it helped!! I’m sure you will love them as well!

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