Every morning before I get ready to go to work, I listen to a podcast; sometimes more than one depending on the length. I am a podcast feign, as I love to listen to them just about anytime. My podcasts range from bookish podcasts, news, interviews, and stories. There is definitely a podcast to fit my every mood. If you are new at podcasting or just don’t know what to listen to, I created a list to help you. Here are some of my recommendations and a brief description.
- NPR News
This gets me started in the morning as to what is going on in the world. I like it because it’s only about 5 minutes long and gives debriefing on politics, in country, and global issues. Since I live in South Korea and feel a bit removed from my home country, it’s nice to stay connected by listening to this podcast. I have found out many major current world conflicts through NPR news.
2. Your Motivational High 5
I also listen to this one every day in the morning. It’s short (5 minutes) and is great motivation to get your day started. It’s positive affirmation on how to live a more meaningful life. I try to start my day on a positive note, so this is a great morning fix.
3. The Friend Zone
Ah, this is my Thursday refresher. Hosted by Assante, Fran, and Dustin they provide a wellness podcast but also incorporate pop culture. I love the topics they discuss and being a wellness junkie myself, it’s great to know more about things we can do to protect our mind, body, and spirit. Their perspectives are all different, but that’s what makes it great!
4. My Meditation Station
This is another positive affirmation podcast, but it is more meditation based. The woman’s voice is amazingly soothing and I always listen to it at night as I lay in bed. I never finish it though because it knocks me right out! If you want to some good sleep, I suggest downloading this one.
5. Book Riot
This one is my favorite book podcast. It gives you insight into what is going on in the book world and it’s all things current events (well bookish current events). Jeff and Rebecca highlight some great topics and I always feel abreast on what is going literary wise. They also give good book recommendations.
This one is a popular one. It’s a gripping series that highlights one popular story/investigation a season. Sarah Koenig is the host and producer and really digs in into the interviews. It’s now season two and it continues to be at the top of the iTunes audio chart. To explain the series would be a lugubrious task, so I’ll just say that once you start the podcast, you’ll be hooked.
7. Book on the Nightstand
This is another great podcast about current events happening in the book world. The hosts both work in book publishing so they often have insight to books that aren’t released yet. I find many books I read tend to come from the recommendations of this podcast.
8. The Read
This one is by far my favorite! Fridays mornings are dedicated to listening to The Read. It’s all things pop culture from the black perspective (thank God for that). Kid Fury and Crissle are hilarious and will definitely bring the petty and verbal smackdown to whatever or whomever. It’s not all about the drama though; they have a segment called Black Excellence which highlights amazing things people of color are doing in the world. This is one podcast you definitely don’t want to miss.
9. Another Round
I love Another Round for many reasons. One being that the hosts (Heben and Tracy) are educated black women who get to interview some amazing and influential people from all over. From the backbone of Buzzfeed, Heben and Tracy bring comedy and a little liquor to the scene, and make the whole podcast a great hang out time. While many of their interviews are lighthearted and fun, there are some that are quite serious in tone. Either way Heben and Tracy know how to get a party started!
10. Grammar Girl
This one is quite simple. It’s a podcast about grammar, punctuation, usage, and new developments in the English language. The host Mignon Fogarty does a great job in providing quick info on different grammatical usages in the English language. It’s fun and educational, and keeps me on top of my grammar game.
These are the podcasts I mostly listen to, and hopefully you can too. What is your favorite podcast? Do you have any recommendations?