My Favorite Podcasts

What did I do before podcast came into my life? I either sat in silence at work or listened to the same current Top 20 country songs on repeat during my commutes. These days, I listen to podcasts as I get ready in the morning, while I’m driving, when I meal prep for the week, and when I’m at my office desk. I hook up to the living room’s Bluetooth speaker and turn on a podcast as I clean the house or do laundry. I laugh. I nod my head. I’ve cried once or twice. And the time flies as I learn new things with every episode that passes.

In case you may be new to podcasts or if you just want some fresh ideas, I compiled a little list of my weekly listens. I use Spotify as my main podcast listening space as I have an Android, but there are apps out there specifically for podcasting listening (such as Stitcher.) When you find a podcast you enjoy, you are able to subscribe and receive the newest episodes when they’re released. So here are some of my personal favorite podcasts:

Feel Good and Life Lessons

For the Love! with Jen Hatmaker

Jen has such an easy-listening voice, and her discussions are relevant to all areas of life. I had not heard her name prior to being recommended her podcast, but I can imagine we’d be good friends should we ever meet — I could easy talk about my love for wine with her.

Description: “For the love” of…People. Home. Stories. Shoes. Family. Jesus. Community. TV. Travel. Food. Culture. The hilarious best-selling author and star of HGTV’s “My Big Family Renovation” invites you to drop by and catch up with her friends as they laugh and chat about all the things we love

Fun Therapy with Mike Foster

A guy after my own heart, Mike focuses his podcast on imperfect guests and events and where to find hope in the darker places of life. Mike talks about depression, lost love, and painful struggles and taking radical ownership in order to transform those setbacks into personal successes. His gentle voice helps me relax, so this is not an office-listen, but oh how I love to unwind at the end of the day to this podcast!

Description: Fun Therapy with Mike Foster dives into the beautifully messy parts of our not-so-perfect lives. Each episode features a candid “therapy” session with a key leader, influencer or artist. With the kindness of Mr. Rogers and the intensity of a Navy SEAL, Mike’s unique style reveals the truth and beauty residing in all of us. With a lush musical score by Sleeping At Last, consider this your guide to turn your setbacks into super powers.

Strangers by Lea Thau

Strangers is one of my newer podcast finds, but it has been around since 2013. I have become a big proponent of talking to random people I bump into throughout my day-to-day interactions. Everyone has a story and everyone has something to share. Lea is another advocate of this movement, and takes her meetings with strangers a step further by sharing their stories through her podcast.

Description: Each episode is an empathy shot in your arm, featuring true stories about the people we meet, the connections we make, the heartbreaks we suffer, the kindnesses we encounter, and those frightful moments when we discover that WE aren’t even who we thought we were.

That Sounds Fun with Annie F. Downs

A friend recommended Annie to me a few months ago and I have fallen into quite the fan crush over her. Annie is not picky when she chooses who or what she enjoys in life, and makes beautiful connections through her interviews with her subject, listeners, and faith. On days I need a pick-me-up, I tune into Annie and always leave with a smile. My personal favorite episode of That Sounds Fun is E126 with Lysa TerKeurst — what an empowering episode for Christian women!

Description: Christian author and speaker Annie F. Downs shares with you some of her favorite things: new books, faith conversations, restaurants, travel stories, musicians not to miss, interviews with friends. Pretty much, if it sounds fun to Annie, you’re gonna hear about it.

Hustlin’ in Heels

Yes, I know I’ve mentioned HIH in previous posts. Yes, I know I’ve expressed my love for these girls and their talks numerous times. Yes, I’m going to say it again. Stacey and Angie are from my little corner of Michigan, so their guests are typically women in my area whom I know personally and highly respect. I not only love their empowering messages to women juggling responsibilities, but I enjoy learning about the bigger stories happening in my friends’ and colleagues’ lives.

Description: Every Hustler needs a Tribe, and we want to welcome you to ours. Each week we sit down with a bottle of wine (or two) and chat with a different guest about the realities of “slay all day every day” culture. We deliver real talk about business, relationships, life and the celebrations and struggles of being a Hustler.

 

True Crime/True Stories

Small Town Murder

In all honesty, I began faithfully listening to podcasts when I found my first true crime one. Like many people in the world, I am intrigued by the horrible things humans can do to one another — during one of my Netflix binges bouncing between Criminal Minds and Dexter, I decided to find some true crime podcasts to fill my workdays. There are A LOT of true crime podcasts in my library, but Small Town Murder is one of my Top Two. The hosts are comedians and, though they share tons of information on the murder and victim, they also target the suspect with their wit. They do a great job lightening the mood on some of the darker moments of mankind.

Description: Two comedians look at a small town, what makes it tick, and a murder that took place there. In depth research, horrible tragedy, and the hosts’ comedic spin on the whole thing. 

Crime Junkie

The other true crime podcast in my Top Two, Crime Junkie may be my Number One Podcast. I absolutely love the hosts and that they discuss both new and known cases. Ashley does a great job researching the cases she covers, and I love their little updates  that happen in real-time.

Description: Every Monday, Ashley Flowers will tell you about whatever crime she’s been obsessing over that week in a way that sounds like you’re sitting around talking crime with your best friends. The storytelling is straightforward and free of rabbit holes so the cases stay suspenseful and are easy to follow.

Dumb People Town

One of my newer finds, this podcast is true to its name: three comedians talk about some of the dumbest stories headlined in the country. I have gotten quite a few good laughs out of their stories, and enjoy knowing that no matter what I may be going through on a certain day, there is someone else out there having a rougher time. I’ve made note not to ever move to Florida also — lack of self-control must be in the water down there.

Description: It’s as much an exploration as it is a celebration of dumb people doing dumb things (often in Florida).

 

Literary and Fantasy

Imaginary Worlds

Ugh. I love this podcast so much. As someone who lived her childhood in imaginary worlds, Eric makes me nostalgic by talking about some of my favorite fictional worlds and the masterminds who created them. I’ve also grown my reading list by listening to this podcast, so fantasy junkies beware!

Description: Host Eric Molinsky talks with novelists, screenwriters, comic book artists, filmmakers, and game designers about their craft of creating fictional worlds. The show also looks at the fan experience, exploring what makes us suspend our disbelief, and what happens when that spell is broken. Fantasy worlds may be set in distant planets or parallel dimensions, but they are crafted here on Earth and on some level relate to our daily lives.

Bald Move’s Game of Thrones Podcast

I have been a GOT fan since day one, and though I’m not going to enter into my review of Season 8 on this blog post (redo, please?), I will say that listening to this podcast following the television episodes was a real treasure. This podcast is still relevant even though the series has ended as the guys will be reviewing all the spin-off shows in the future. Plus, if you’re like me and are planning to rewatch GOT from the beginning, this little podcast might be a fun addition during your workdays following your binging.

Description: Jim and A.Ron review each week’s episode of HBO’s Game of Thrones and your feedback.

Unspoiled: Harry Potter

I have attempted to listen to a few different HP podcasts, but none of them compare to Unspoiled’s version. I love hearing my beloved texts being experienced by someone who has never experienced the Wizarding World before. I can imagine Roshawn’s reactions as my own and it takes me back to my first read-through of the series as well. For any Potterhead’s out there wanting to reread the Harry Potter series, do so with these girls!

Description: Natasha and Roshawn read the Harry Potter series one chapter at a time. Natasha knows everything, Roshawn knows nothing!

 

Celebrity Talk Podcasts

David Tennant Does a Podcast With…

I have been listening to this podcast since it began because 1.) David Tennant is the host and 2.) David Tennant is the host. Tennant sits and talks with some very famous actors and celebrities, and basically just bullshits for an hour or so. I always love seeing/reading/hearing celebrities talk and discovering how completely normal they are. Plus, is there any better sound than Tennant’s voice? Rhetorical question, friends.

Description: David Tennant gets talking with the biggest names from TV, movies, comedy and elsewhere. Revealing conversation, surprise stories and lots of laughs.

Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard

Basically, this podcast is Dax Shepard being Dax Shepard and there really isn’t anything more to say than that this needs *clap* to *clap* be *clap* in *clap* your *clap* library *clap* NOW.

Description: Hi, I’m Dax Shepard, and I love talking to people. I am endlessly fascinated by the messiness of being human, and I find people who are vulnerable and honest about their struggles and shortcomings to be incredibly sexy. I invite you to join me as I explore other people’s stories. We will celebrate, above all, the challenges and setbacks that ultimately lead to growth and betterment. What qualifies me for such an endeavor? More than a decade of sobriety, a degree in Anthropology and four years of improv training. I will attempt to discover human “truths” without any laboratory work, clinical trials or data collection. I will be, in the great tradition of 16th-century scientists, an Armchair Expert.

Life is Short with Justin Long

A very new podcast that has been shared by numerous other podcasts, Life is Short is hosted by Justin Long. You know, the awesome kid from Dodgeball and Jeepers Creepers? His first episode was with Dax Shepard, which obviously won me over right away. The podcast is another sit-down session with some famous people and Justin isn’t afraid to ask any and all questions that may be on his mind. This, along with all of the celebrity talk podcasts, are great to have in the background for a genuine laugh here and there.

Description: Is it just me or is time flying by? How do we make the most out of our short time here on Earth? That’s what we’re here to find out. I’m Justin Long and I’ve been an actor for most of my life, so I’m used to getting inside the heads of the characters I play. But now that I’m getting older (I’m 40 now, yikes), I want to peek inside the heads of real people to learn how they find meaning in life. I’m also very curious what their favorite snack food is, and what emoji they use most often — ya know, the REALLY important stuff. Every episode I’ll get personal with all kinds of people, from actors to musicians to deep thinkers who fascinate me. My brother Christian is on hand each episode to keep me honest, and occasionally remind me about some of the embarrassing things I’ve done over the years. Join us, or if you have more important things to do, that’s okay too — life is short!


Not in my library but one podcast I’d love to start listening to is Off the Vine with Kaitlyn Bristowe. I was a big Kaitlyn fan while she was on the Bachelorette, and any podcast involving comedy, taboo topics, and wine is a winning in my book.

Do you have any podcasts that are your go-to’s each week? Please share below — I’d love to grow my library!

Happy listening,

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6 thoughts on “My Favorite Podcasts

  1. I haven’t gotten a chance to read through all of your favorites list yet, but I saw Bachelorette recap and had to offer a recommendation of Off the Vine with Kaitlyn Bristowe, she is my favorite and she is so funny but also super honest and true, all around just a really good fun and interesting listen!

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    1. Yasss, Off the Vine is on my list of to-do’s. I loved her in the actual show, so I’m sure I’ll love her podcast. Thank you for the recommendation!

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  2. LOVE your list. Here’s some more that I love: Dirty John, Dr. Death, and Gladitator (Aaron Hernandez story). Those three are all true, crazy fascinating listens. I just started The Shrink Next Door, also a true story and has me hooked.
    Another good one, can be heady at times is The Liturgists… THOUGHT provoking, exploring faith-ish podcast.

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    1. Grant and I listened to Dr. Death on the way home from Indy — thank you for the recommendation! — and LOVED it. Dirty John is next on our list to listen to during evenings, and I’ll be adding Gladitator as well.

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  3. Hey, how’s it going?

    I want to pass along some very important news that everyone needs to hear!

    In December of 2017, Donald Trump made history by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Why is this big news? Because by this the Jewish people of Israel are now able to press forward in bringing about the Third Temple prophesied in the Bible.

    Jewish Rabbis have publicly announced that their Messiah will be revealed in the coming years who will be a leader and spiritual guide to all nations, gathering all religions under the worship of one God.

    Biblical prophecy tells us that this Jewish Messiah who will take the stage will be the antichrist “who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God” (2 Thessalonians 2:4). For a time he will bring about a false peace, but “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (Matthew 24:15)…then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be” (Matthew 24:21).

    More importantly, the power that runs the world wants to put a RFID microchip in our body making us total slaves to them. This chip matches perfectly with the Mark of the Beast in the Bible, more specifically in Revelation 13:16-18:

    “He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

    Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.”

    Referring to the last days, this could only be speaking of a cashless society, which we have yet to see, but are heading towards. Otherwise, we could still buy or sell without the mark amongst others if physical money was still currency. This Mark couldn’t be spiritual because the word references two different physical locations. If it was spiritual it would just say in the forehead. RFID microchip implant technology will be the future of a one world cashless society containing digital currency. It will be implanted in the right-hand or the forehead, and we cannot buy or sell without it. Revelation 13:11-18 tells us that a false prophet will arise on the world scene doing miracles before men, deceiving them to receive this Mark. Do not be deceived! We must grow strong in Jesus. AT ALL COSTS, DO NOT TAKE IT!

    “Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name” (Revelation 14:9-11).

    People have been saying the end is coming for many years, but we needed two key things. One, the Third Temple, and two, the technology for a cashless society to fulfill the prophecy of the Mark of the Beast.

    Visit http://WWW.BIBLEFREEDOM.COM to see proof for these things and why the Bible truly is the word of God!

    If you haven’t already, it is time to seek God with all your heart. Jesus loves you more than you could imagine. He wants to have a relationship with you and redeem you from your sins. Turn to Him and repent while there is still hope! This is forever…God bless!

    “EITHER HUMAN INTELLIGENCE ULTIMATELY OWES ITS ORIGIN TO MINDLESS MATTER OR THERE IS A CREATOR…” – JOHN LENNOX

    We all know God exists. Why? Because without Him, we couldn’t prove anything at all. Do we live our lives as if we cannot know anything? No. So why is God necessary? In order to know anything for certain, you would have to know everything, or have revelation from somebody who does. Who is capable of knowing everything? God. So to know anything, you would have to be God, or know God.

    A worldview without God cannot account for the uniformity and intelligibility of nature. And why is it that we can even reason that God is the best explanation for this if there is no God? We are given reason to know or reject God, but never to know that He does not exist.

    It has been calculated by Roger Penrose that the odds of the initial conditions for the big bang to produce the universe that we see to be a number so big, that we could put a zero on every particle in the universe, and even that would not be enough to use every zero. What are the odds that God created the universe? Odds are no such thing. Who of you would gamble your life on one coin flip?

    Is there evidence that the Bible is the truth? Yes. Did you know that the creation accounts listed in the book of Genesis are not only all correct, but are also in the correct chronological order? That the Bible doesn’t say the Earth was formed in six 24-hour days but rather six long but finite periods of time? That the Bible makes 10 times more creation claims than all major “holy” books combined with no contradictions, while these other books have errors in them? The Bible stood alone by concurring with the big bang saying, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Genesis 1:1); and says our universe is expanding, thousands of years before scientists discovered these things. Watch a potential life-changing video on the front page of http://WWW.BIBLEFREEDOM.COM with Astronomer(PhD) Hugh Ross explaining all these facts based on published scientific data. He has authored many books, backed even by atheist scientists.

    Jesus fulfilled more than 300 Messianic prophecies concerning His birth place, details of His life, His mission, His nature, His death, and His resurrection. He came to pay a debt that we could not, to be our legal justifier to reconcile us back to a Holy God; only if we are willing to receive Him: “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

    God so loved the world that He gave us His only begotten son, so that whoever believes in Him, through faith, shall not perish, but have everlasting life. Jesus says if we wish to enter into life to keep the commands! The two greatest commands are to love God with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind; and your neighbor as yourself. All the law hang on these commands. We must be born of and lead by the Holy Spirit, to be called children of God, to inherit the kingdom. If we are willing to humble ourselves in prayer to Jesus, to confess and forsake our sins, He is willing to give the Holy Spirit to those who keep asking of Him; giving us a new heart, leading us into all truth!

    Jesus came to free us from the bondage of sin. The everlasting fire was prepared for the devil and his angels due to disobedience to God’s law. If we do the same, what makes us any different than the devil? Jesus says unless we repent, we shall perish. We must walk in the Spirit, producing fruits of love and forgiveness, so we may not fulfill the lusts of the flesh being hatred, fornication, drunkenness and the like. Whoever practices such things will not inherit the kingdom (Galatians 5:16-26). If we sin, we may come before Jesus to ask for forgiveness (1 John 2:1-2). Evil thoughts are not sins, but rather temptations. It is not until these thoughts conceive and give birth by our hearts desire that they become sin (James 1:12-15). When we sin, we become in the likeness of the devil’s image, for he who sins is of the devil (1 John 3:8); but if we obey Jesus, in the image of God. For without holiness, we shall not see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14).

    The oldest religion in the world is holiness (James 1:27). What religion did Adam and Eve follow before the fall? Jesus, Who became the last Adam, what religion does He follow? Is He not holy? He never told us to follow any religion or denomination but to deny ourselves, take up our cross daily, and follow Him (Luke 9:23). There are many false doctrines being taught leading people astray. This is why we need the Holy Spirit for discernment. Unlike religion, holiness cannot be created. It is given to us from above by the baptism of the Spirit. Jesus is more than a religion; He is about having a personal relationship with the Father. Start by reading the Gospel of Matthew, to hear the words of God, to know His character and commandments. Follow and obey Jesus, for He is the way, the truth, and the life!

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