10 things that make you go hmmm: poding and blogging

These days it seems like everyone has a podcast.

Don’t worry; I’m not here to announce my new career in radio (can you imagine, I’d be the worst host!)… I’m just a girl who enjoys listening to podcasts. I go through about 20 episodes a week mostly while walking, running, cooking and sometimes at work. Actually, I am listing right now. So, if you’re new to poding, here are my current favourites plus a few honourable mentions. Let me know if there is an episode that is on your must-listen list.

  1. Hurry Slowly
    Hurry Slowly is a podcast, hosted by Jocelyn K. Glei, about how pacing yourself is the key to being more productive, creative, and resilient.

    Every episode makes me question my life… mostly in a good way. I consider it free therapy/life coaching.
  2. Death Sex and Money 
    Death, Sex and Money is an interview-style podcast hosted by Anna Sale that discusses the big questions “often left out of polite conversation.”
    Anna is a great interviewer, and the topics are very diverse but yet always about death, sex and money… go figure.
  3. Criminal 
    Criminal is a podcast, hosted by Phoebe Judge, about crime. Stories of people who’ve done wrong, been wronged, or gotten caught somewhere in the middle.
    I vote Phoebe Judge the host I’d most like to have coffee with – She can tell a damn good story.
  4. Forever35 
    Kate and Doree are two friends who love to text each other about serums. On Forever35, they talk about sheet masks, serums, exercise, nutrition, meditation, anxiety and stress, Kate’s favourite drugstore mascara, Doree’s addiction to restorative yoga, and much more.
    It just makes me smile. These ladies are a hoot and talk about stuff I often waste too much time thinking about. I’m pretty sure we’d be friends if I lived in LA.
  5. Ear Hustle
    Ear Hustle brings you the stories of life inside prison, shared and produced by those living it. Hosted by Nigel Poor, a Bay Area visual artist and Earlonne Woods, currently incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison.
    If I were to write a letter to a prisoner, it’d most likely be Earlonne (or Adnan Syed – see Serial below).
  6. Ologies
    Take away a pocket full of science knowledge and some insane stories about what fuels these professional ologists’ obsessions. Hosted by humorist and science correspondent Alie Ward.
    Ologies is my newest addiction. Check out the episode on Thanatology – death and dying.
  7. 99% Invisible
    99% Invisible is about all the thought that goes into the things we don’t think about — the unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world.
    The episode about the athletic brassiere was excellent.
  8. Radiolab
    Investigating a strange world. Created by Jad Abumrad and hosted by Jad and Robert Krulwich.
    Not every episode is to my liking, but there are some goodies. Worth keeping on my subscription list. 
  9. Sasha Answers
    Lainey and Sasha sit down to discuss relationships, love, sex, work drama, best friends, former friends, and other life issues. 
    It’s raunchy and enjoyable. Since I don’t read Lainey’s Gossip as much as I’d like, this is a nice dose of smut.  
  10. This American Life
    When it’s not too political/American, This American Life, hosted by Ira Glass, is a classic must-have that chooses a theme and puts together different kinds of stories on that theme. Check out their archives for the best of episodes.

Plus a few honourable mentions and short-lived pods:

  • Serial (but only season 1): An investigative journalism podcast hosted by Sarah Koenig, narrating a nonfiction story over multiple episodes. I am STILL thinking about this.
  • The short-lived but delightful The Mystery Show: A podcast where Starlee Kine solves mysteries. Binge-worthy, friends. Do it.
  • Love + Radio (The Living Room). I’ve gone back and listened to this episode a few times… it’s very sad, yet I feel like I could easily be (have been) the women telling this story.
  • Making Oprah. And now there is a Making Obama podcast which is in my queue.
  • Women Of The House with Lena Dunham and Never Before with Janet MockI’m really into these ladies and their podcasts.
  • Reply All. The hosts can drive me crazy, but there are some great episodes. I am a big fan of Sruthi Pinnamaneni.
  • The Habitat. Just me or does going to Mars sounds like the worst idea ever?
  • Missing Richard Simmons. I didn’t know he was missing!!!
  • The Ali on the Run Show is a good one to check in on for running inspiration. Did I mention my bestie Des was interviewed?
  • Circle Round, a storytelling podcast for kids ages 3 to 10, tells carefully-selected folktales from around the world with an eye towards inclusivity. This one is for David; we often listen on the way home from the pool.

Next up, my favourite blogs.

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texas forever… or at least S2

Stop everything. I just did.

The EW’s Binge podcast is exclusively about FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS this season.

Downloading starts now.

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If you have not watched FNL how are we still friends?

Let’s regroup at the end of the season to discuss.  

The show ended six years ago and I’ve been saying “it’s not only about football” since then… hopefully this Podcast will agree.

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Here’s a trailer to the show:

There is nothing better than a Coach Taylor hug:

And please, do not watch the following if you have not seen the show.

And for those of you who are Pottermore’s, rewind back to S1 of EW’s Binge for all things Harry Potter. I can’t because David and I are only on book 2.

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when i’m out walking…

I strut my stuff and I’m often wearing earpods – most likely listening to a podcast. They’re so good. Nothing is more enjoyable than talking to others about a recent episode however, nothing is more embarrassing than catching yourself laughing or smiling at something you heard from the voices inside your head / ears and a passerby gives you the awkward glance. Cray-cray. 

Here are my top 10: 

DEATH, SEX & MONEY: Probably my favourite. I have a huge crush on Anna’s voice. She’s so great and engaging and I love all of her interviews. Here is a good episode.

THIS AMERICAN LIFE: I am pretty sure anyone who listens to podcasts, listens to This American Life but for good reason – I laugh and cry often over the stories!  This was the first episode I listened to and was hooked!

REPLY ALL: Kind of geekey – a show about the internet but often very good. Like their most recent episode.

RADIOLAB: Listen to The Living Room. It will draw you in and rip you apart.

CRIMINAL: My mom and I like to swap Criminal stories. It’s not just about criminals but law and law enforcement. This story about a K9 police officer and his dogs got to me.

LAINEY GOSSIP SASHA ANSWERS: I’m +10 year faithful Lainey girl so when a podcast came out I subscribed right away. (I have always hoped her daily blog could be available in audio hint hint).  Sasha Answers often makes me blush, feel uncomfortable and laugh but then, there are episodes like this that make me go whoa! Shit just got real.

MYSTERY SHOW: There are only 6 episodes but they are all really good! So fun! I always wanted to know how tall Jake is and what Britney was reading and why? Is this cancelled? Please come back.

WOMEN OF THE HOUR: Lena! she is so great as a podcast host – I hope she comes back for more episodes. Listen the the episode Body about about our relationships to our bodies.

SERIAL: Who didn’t listen to Season 1? It’s the podcast that made podcasts popular. Season 2 was not as good but I will still jump on the season 3 train if it happens.

YOUNG HOUSE LOVE HAD A PODCAST: They’re probably better and DIY and blogging than podcasting but I still listen and enjoy. Especially when they interview design celebrities like Grace Bonney! Although a podcast doesn’t have photos (obviously) – they are really great at providing links to everything they talk about online.

I also have also enjoyed and often check in with:

SOMEONE KNOWS SOMETHING: This was a great Canadian listen however in the end (spoiler), I don’t think the title of the podcast makes sense… just me?

MODERN LOVE: I love the stories. Sometimes I wish the episodes were just that rather than the followup interviews but sometimes it’s worth listening to the end.

CASEFILE TRUE CRIME: I have listened to a few and they’re good but I find him hard to hear so I often get distracted and miss key points.

2 DOPE QUEENS: These ladies are hilarious… perfect medicine for gloomy days.

Please let me know if there are any I should add to the library!