11 podcasts you should be listening to

February 28, 2018

In an attempt to better myself and watch less TV, I've taken up listening to podcasts. I'll be completely transparent here, I was very skeptical about podcasts. Mostly becuase I'm a huge TV fan, I love it and second, what do you do when you listen to a podcast?

When I started working from home, I needed noise on in the background, but not TV. And music was getting boring because I tend to listen to the same songs over and over.

In came Podcasts. I reached out to my friends to ask for recs, I did some of my own research and I came up with quite a list. Safe to say, I'm addicted. They're perfect to listen to when you want something on, but you also need to focus on other things.

These are some of my favorites. What are you listening to?


  • SerialIt's Baltimore, 1999. Hae Min Lee, a popular high-school senior, disappears after school one day. Six weeks later detectives arrest her classmate and ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, for her murder.
  • Up and VanishedSeason 1 of Up and Vanished explored the 2005 disappearance of beauty queen and high school teacher Tara Grinstead from her home in Ocilla, Georgia. The cold case was the largest case file in the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s history, with no arrests in 11 years.
  • Someone Knows Something Season 1: (There are 4 seasons!) In 1972, five-year-old Adrien vanished while on a family fishing trip in Eastern Ontario. Despite an intensive search and investigation, no sign of Adrien was found, no clue as to where he might be. Ridgen goes back to investigate.
  • S Town: John despises his Alabama town and he decided to do something about it. He asks a reporter to investigate the son of a wealthy family who’s allegedly been bragging that he got away with murder. But then someone else ends up dead, sparking a nasty feud, a hunt for hidden treasure, and an unearthing of the mysteries of one man’s life.


  • NPR - How I built thisGuy Raz dives into the stories behind some of the world's best known companies. How I Built This weaves a narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists—and the movements they built.
  • New York Times - The DailyThis is how the news should sound. Twenty minutes a day, five days a week, hosted by Michael Barbaro and powered by New York Times journalism.
  • Closer than they appear: Who or what is in your own past right now that you need to face, but aren’t facing—and why not? Carvell Wallace talks to Americans grappling with the state of the union while trying to reconcile his own family’s fractured history. If America is an estranged family, this podcast is our awkward holiday dinner.


  • The Messy Table With Jenn Jewell: The Messy Table Podcast is an ordinary space for real women, imperfect stories, and the God who's at work in our mess. Hosted by Jenn Jewell and partnered with Life.Church Sisters, new episodes air every other Tuesday—aiming to meet and encourage women right where they are.
  • New York Times - Dear SugarsThe universe has good news for the lost, lonely and heartsick. The Sugars are here, speaking straight into your ears. Hosted by the original Sugars, Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond, the podcast fields all your questions — no matter how deep or dark — and offers radical empathy in return. 
  • Call your girlfriends: Call Your Girlfriend is a podcast for long-distance besties everywhere co-hosted by Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman, and produced by Gina Delvac. Every week, Aminatou and Ann call each other to discuss the intricacies of pop culture and the latest in politics.
  • Coffee + CrumbsIt is the mission of Coffee + Crumbs to support mothers around the world through the power of shared experiences, artful storytelling, and creative community. At the core of this space, we want mothers to feel safe, known, encouraged and loved. 

Have you listened to any of these podcasts? Tell me what your favorites are! I'm always looking for new recommendations! 

Happy Wednesday friends!

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  1. Such a great list! I didn't even think that there are crime storytelling podcasts, I guess I never searched. But I love those kind of mysterious stories. I have to give it a try. My favorite are all business oriented - interior design business in my case - winch are: A well Designed Business and Business of Design.

  2. I've only ever listened to a few of these but I loved Up and Vanished.

  3. Oh wow these are different than ones I listen to - thanks for expanding my options! ��

  4. I am always looking for new podcasts to listen to!! What a great list thank you!!

  5. Ooo, I've been looking for new podcasts to listen to! I think I will have to check some of these out! ASAP! I'm studying civil law (to be a legal exec), but I also love criminal law. I think some of the legal ones will be right up my alley!

    xo, Victoria


I love hearing from all of you and greatly appreciate all your feedback and comments! xx Kristen