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:
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).
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 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.
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 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 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.
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.