The Frisky Recommends: Podcasts For Everyone!
I have a weekend routine of which I am inordinately fond of. On a sunny Saturday, I wake up early, get an iced coffee and walk around various shops in my neighborhood, touching clothes that I probably won’t buy while listening to podcasts. Something about the two acts combined feels both edifying and frivolous at the same time, and really, what more could you ask for? Podcasts are the best because they are passive entertainment — all you have to do is sit there and listen, soothed by the radio voices of your hosts, enriched by their knowledge. It is the nicest, most pleasant way to spend my time.
With that in mind, I have a few favorites that I listen to weekly, but I wanted to see what else was out there. Here are the podcasts we love, from our iPhones to your eager, waiting ears.
For learning more about life, and love and wisdom and stuff:
Death, Sex & Money: My favorite of all time. It’s all about, well, death, sex and money – and other “things we think about a lot and need to talk about more.” Host Anna Sale asks extremely personal interview questions, but she does it in this unassuming, nonjudgmental way that gets her guests to open up to her. We live in a world of sound bites, and what I like about this podcast is that it gets closer to our actual humanity and makes me feel connected to the guests because they discuss universal hardships we’ve all faced. – Claire
Savage Love: Dan Savage’s podcast is a must-listen for anyone interested in sexuality and relationships. Were it not for this podcast, I probably wouldn’t be as open-minded, nor would I be well on my way towards pegging a man’s ass. Thanks Dan! – Amelia
Dear Sugar: The beloved former Rumpus column by Wild writer Cheryl Strayed is on the radio now! She’s joined by former editor Steve Almond and the two give wonderful advice on life’s toughest questions. – Claire
My Brother, My Brother And Me: Advice or something like it. – Claire
The Longest Shortest Time: This podcast is an honest look at parenthood and the surprise struggles that come along with it. It’s a great listen for people in any walk of life – I’m not a parent, nowhere near becoming one, and have no desire to over romanticize motherhood, yet I still can’t stop listening to it. – Claire
99% Invisible: It’s about so much more than just design! – Claire
For people who like to learn about food while they are also eating said food:
The Sporkful: Food talk for real people! – Claire
Gravy: This podcast is an offshoot of the Southern Foodways Alliance, and it features oral histories and stories about how food influences Southern culture. It’s kind of niche, but if you’re at all interested in food, the South, good storytelling or any combination of those things, you will enjoy it immensely. – Megan
Goosebumps: Welcome To Deadcast: I liked Goosebumps as a kid, but I didn’t think I’d ever give a shit about revisiting the books as an adult. Ohhh was I wrong. Hosted by a pair of hilarious brothers, the podcast revisits your fave Goosebumps books and highlights everything ridiculous and wonderful about them. Even if you’ve never read one of these books in your life, you’ll love it. Trust. – Claire
Ronna & Beverly: Comediennes Jessica Chaffin and Jamie Denbo play single 50-something Jewish mothers Ronna Glickman & Beverly Ginsberg on this hi-larious podcast in which these two mouthy, opinionated broads interview celebrities, plying them with questions no non-Jewish mothers would ever dream of asking. – Amelia
WTF with Marc Maron: Maron is a comedy genius, but his interviews with his fellow entertainers on his podcast are fucking sublime. Dude gets deep with some seriously awesome people, including Kim Gordon, Jenny Slate and Laura Dern, three of my faves. I recommend downloading the app and going on a major WTF binge. – Amelia
For Cultcha, You Heathens!
Another Round: Tracy Clayton and Heben Nigatu cover race, pop culture, music, and really whatever pops into their brilliant little minds over at Buzzfeed, and their recently-launched podcast covers all that and more. There are jokes, there are guests like Chirlane McCray and Brandy(!!!), and the whole thing feels like a half hour spent in the company of your funny, whipsmart friends. – Megan
The Read: Kid Fury and Crissle make me laugh out loud every Thursday, and their weekly read is a delight. Just get into it, no questions asked. – Megan
Longform Podcast: If you read a lot of internet, or a lot of print, or a lot of both, and you care about the process of writing, and the circumstances surrounding how lots of writers came to be, this is it. Start off with Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah’s episode, and then pick and choose your personal faves from the bunch. – Megan
Bookworm: It’s been ongoing since the 90s, and Michael Silverblatt is absolutely the most observant reader I have ever encountered. He frequently winds up revealing things to authors about their own books that they hadn’t even realized. If you want to learn how to get the most out of reading a book, listen to Michael Silverblatt talking about books. It’s really amazing. – Rebecca
Rembert Explains: Rembert Browne is a brilliant writer who brings on a wide array of guests onto his recurring podcast at Grantland to talk about lots of things: sports, living your life on the internet, music, fashion, you name it. His podcast about the unrest in Baltimore brought together Jamil Smith, Doreen St. Felix, Hillary Crosley Coker, Jamilah Lemieux, and Mychal Denzel Smith and it is a must-listen. – Megan
Feast of Fun: This LGBT podcast out of Chicago is the only one I ever really do, primarily because Fausto Fernós and Marc Felion are awesome and let me talk about stupid shit like how much I love The Littlest Hobo all the time. – Robyn
For your Serial/NPR-heads who can’t get enough:
Undisclosed: You’re goddamn right I haven’t stopped caring about the death of Hae Min Lee and Adnan Syed’s conviction in her murder. Serial may be over and Sarah Koenig is off to explore new topics in season two, but Rabia Chaudry, the longtime friend of Adnan’s who brought the case to Koenig’s attention, has her own podcast covering all sort of details that were never discussed on Serial and any new updates to his case. At times, Undisclosed may come off a touch dry, but in fairness, Chaudry and her two cohosts are lawyers, not journalists or storytellers. And anyway, I listen for new information about the case and their legal point of view, not entertainment. In that respect, Undisclosed is for any “Serial” fanatic who isn’t ready to give up on seeing Syed acquitted. – Amelia
Invisibilia: Alex Spiegel and Lulu Miller are NPR veterans who put their heads together to create a compelling series about the things that we don’t see that influence our thoughts. I thought the premise sounded a little precious, and to be fair, it is — it’s classic NPR, but if you love This American Life, you will surely enjoy this. – Megan
For learning about yarn, because it is soft and nice to touch:
Woolful: I’m obsessed with weaving and fiber art, so I love love love to listen to this podcast hosted by fiber artist Ashley Yousling. She interviews other fiber arts and makers, including weavers, knitters, yarn dyers and spinners, about their craft. It’s super inspiring if you’re into listening to people go on and on about yarn. Which I am. – Amelia
Got any fave podcasts you think your fellow Frisky readers should listen to! Share in the comments and expand our minds…
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