I used to post about podcasts fairly frequently, so I was always on the search for new ones to listen to so I could post about them. I stopped posting about them all the time but I kept up the habit of always looking for something new. Especially as some of my favourites ended or were taking a break in between seasons – I was always on the hunt for what’s next.
Now I thought I would share some of my favourites with you in the hopes that you would get just as much enjoyment out of them as I do. Also, I get asked a lot “WHEN” do I listen to podcasts. So I thought I’d give you some tips on that front too.
Listen to them while you get ready in the morning, listen to them on your commute (my commute is only a ten minute walk so if I can fit it in so can you) and listen to them while you cook. I often start chipping away at one and get so absorbed that I don’t finish up my to do list because I just need to keep listening. Just start and it will come naturally.
You Must Remember This
If you’re watching Feud this season (which you need to be) then you should be listening to this podcast. The host goes over the whole Bette Davis/Joan Crawford saga in one of the seasons. She also discusses star wars (no, not that Star Wars, literally stars fighting) and Charlie Manson’s hollywood. There’s so many amazing tales or forgotten or misremembered hollywood. It’s well researched and Karina Longworth, the host, does the most amazing voices. Listen and you’ll feel like you know all the secrets of old hollywood and more.
Each season is going to tell the story of a different city and the crime history behind it. This first season is about Providence, Rhode Island which you would never expect to be the mob central that it is. I’ve learned so much about the mob and its fascinating. If you’re a fan of a gangster movie, mixed in with some politics (and who isn’t?) then you need this.
Jonathan Goldstein, the host of this podcast, is a favourite of mine. He’s been on CBC as well as This American Life. But now he is running this Gimlet podcast and solving people’s problems as he does it. First episode he tries to have his dad and his uncle reconcile. These are truly memorable episodes that have stuck with me and I’ve thought a lot about.
Each week this MTV podcast goes over all of the sexist issues in Hollywood – and there are a lot of them. They have different guests on as well from Mara Wilson to Stacey London to discuss the sexist issues they’ve faced in Hollywood. It’s insightful and painful and sometimes I don’t always agree. But it’s worth listening to either way – enlighten yourself!
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Emma Gannon is the fiercest defender of online women. She has been a blogger for years and each week she’ll talk to other bloggers, vloggers, celebrities about everything from feminism to just general interviewing. She also brings in guests to talk about the blogging world, its problems and its upsides. Her perspective is fascinating and useful.
From CBC, this podcast is all about the different kinds of love, and trust me there are so many kinds. From the love of siblings to how a man loves a monkey, these tales are beautiful and heartbreaking and completely suck me in. If I’m walking down the street listening I’ll completely forget everything else and just be absorbed in the story.
New York Magazine’s Sex Lives
This podcast goes into tales of different people’s sex lives. But it’s not as dirty as you’d think. One of my favourite episodes talked to gay fraternal twins who grew up in Alaska about how they were dealing with being gay while the brother lived in NYC and the sister lived in Boise. They have incredibly different experiences and it’s interesting to hear how life was for them and the injustices they faced in life.
Pop Culture Happy Hour
You might already be listening to this but I couldn’t help but mention it. I LOVE to listen to this podcast, each Friday they put out a new episode on pop culture topics then finish the show with what’s making them happy that week. Whether I’ve seen the show/movie or know what they’re talking about I love listening. If you haven’t seen or heard the thing yet then they give you a nice overview without ruining anything. And if you have then it’s nice to hear people discussing something you enjoyed – or didn’t – in a thoughtful manner. I love how happy and fun these episodes are.
Do you listen to any of these podcasts? What do you think of them? And I love any of your suggestions! Leave them in the comments below or tweet me!