Five Podcasts To Get You Into Podcasts

by Meredith on April 13, 2016

The other day I had to explain to my mom what the word “podcast” means (which is hilarious since years ago I co-hosted a fairly successful one). Podcasts are these little bits of talk radio (for lack of a better description) that come in every genre you can imagine. Do you like funny stories? Perfect. NPR newscasts? TED Talks? Fictional stories? Biographies? They’re all there. Podcasts are like on-demand TV shows… for your ears.

If you have an iPhone, look for this icon:

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If you have an Android, HERE is a list of apps you can download to listen to podcasts (you should know all of us iPhone users secretly judge for having phones that are less superior every time we get one of your green text messages – really – get an iPhone already).

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This American Life

I love This American Life because, for the most part, I can listen to it with my kids in the car. Ira Glass (of NPR) has a super soothing voice and a knack for finding interesting people in our country and telling their stories.

I don’t know one person who found this show and doesn’t love it.

Serial

Serial falls into the True Crime genre. If you loved Making a Murderer on Netflix, you will love this. It’s one story, told week by week.

Season 1 was about Adnan Sayed, a man in prison for a crime shrouded in mystery. Did he do it?  This continues to be a conversation around our dinner table.

Season 2 (the current season) is about Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl. If you thought you knew everything about Bergdahl, you were wrong. There is WAY more to this story than what FOX News wants you to hear.

My Dad Wrote A Porno

Imagine if your 60-year-old Dad wrote a dirty book. Most people would try to ignore it and pretend it had never happened – but not Jamie Morton. Instead, he’s decided to read it to the world.

You guys, I laugh until I cry.

This is genius and not safe for work or kids. Listen to this by yourself.

Modern Love

Modern Love is the perfect podcast for a hopeless romantic. It’s based on The New York Times’ popular series of weekly reader-submitted essays. A famous actor will read the essay, and then they interview the person who wrote it to see where they stand today.

It’s so real.

Death, Sex, & Money

Death, Sex, & Money is a show about the things we should talk about more, but we don’t. Each week, Anna Sale interviews a guest about the big questions and hard choices that are often left out of polite conversation.

For example, last week’s show was about this guy whose wife discovered he was having an affair as his lover blew up with his phone with text messages… as he lay in a hospital bed in a coma. He ended up dying, and she never got to confront him about the affair.

Don’t listen to this one with your kids.

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You’ll also like Criminal (True Crime), StartUp (Business), Reply All (all things Internet trendy), The Mystery Show (Mysteries), Under The Influence (Marketing), Sword & Scale (True Crime), Car Talk (Automotive), and Allegedly (Comedy).

Ok, it’s your turn! Tell me about the podcasts you love.

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Becky

But my Android phone is waterproof for 30 minutes in 5 feet of water. I spilled coffee on it the other day and #handtogod rinsed it off in the kitchen sink.

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Deborah

I’m all about the podcast. A few good ones: Someone Knows Something (Mystery), Breakdown (Real Life Court Cases), Life of the Law (Self Explanatory), Here’s The Thing (Alec Baldwin Interviewing People), This Is Actually Happening (Edge of your seat! People telling you about their experiences), 99% Invisible (Design – so interesting!), Stuff You Missed In History Class (history), Darkness Radio (Paranormal), Working (people describing about how their jobs work), My Favorite Murder (True Crime), Strangers (Life Stories), & Generation Why (Very interesting – opinions on unsolved murders, controversies, mysteries, conspiracies, & true crime.) Just to name a few! 🙂

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Jaime

Do you like stories? Snap Judgment is a favorite podcast. It is often safe for kids, and if it’s going to be scary or a “sensitive subject” there will be a warning before the story. Thanks for the suggestions, you’ve expanded the podcasts I need to try.

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Alison Stahl

Sawbones, Undisclosed: The State vs. Adnan Syed, Sword and Scale, Criminal, Serial, Stuff You Should Know, Stuff You Missed in History Class, Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History.

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Ashley

Serial is awesome! I’m addicted. I often listen to books on cd while I’m working but at your suggestion tried podcasts. Love it. I really like Our Fake History where they discuss myths that might be history and history that might be myths. And Anna Faris is unqualified. She has celebrity guests and they give out love advise to callers and kind of talk to the guest about love and their life.

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Carly

Ohh…I need to listen to “My Dad Wrote a Porno” and “Modern Love”…but you forgot one of the best podcasts…”Savage Love” with Dan Savage (sexual health), or “Sporkful” (foodie with Dan Pashman) and my current favorite (it’s Canadian!) called “Grownups Read Things They Wrote As Kids” with Dan Misener (people read diary entries or letters from when they were kids). I also like Risk (love, life and everything in between). I just wish I could listen at work 🙁

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Stacey Myers

OMG I’m just getting around to My Dad Wrote a Porno and I am dying! Thank you for the suggestions!

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