I am completely addicted to podcasts. I love to listen to them in the car, while I work on orders for my shop, and when I clean the house. So basically all the time. Rarely do I have a conversation these days that doesn’t include some reference of an interesting tidbit I heard on a podcast. Basically, I am a much more interesting person than I was before podcasts. I’m ok with that. I acknowledge that there are SO many to choose from (and these are just based on my interests) but I wanted to at least give you a place to start.
Disclaimer: I don’t agree with or condone everything on each podcast episode. On rare occasions there is some language but they typically give a heads up when the content might not be appropriate for all audiences so you have an opportunity to skip it.
Without further ado, these are my top 10 podcasts:
God Centered Mom: This is a podcast by my friend Heather. She is funny and wise and her guests are too. Her topics are engaging and helpful and I know I am a better mom having listened to this podcast. I highly recommend this if you’re trying your best to not mess up the short people that live with you.
Inspired to Action: Another friend of mine Kat started this podcast and her main goal is to motivate and give practical advice to moms specifically but I feel it would apply to all women. Very helpful and enjoyable to listen to.
Mud Stories: Jacque Watkins is a remarkable girl (also a friend!) who is dedicated to bringing hope to women walking through the messy and painful situations of life. I am encouraged EVERY time I listen as I hear women tell of God’s faithfulness to them through their muddy moments. Our God is so good to us and it never hurts to hear real life stories of God at work.
This American Life: You’ve no doubt heard of this one. Ira Glass is NOT a personal friend of mine like the previous ones but it would be pretty cool if he was. Maybe someday. This is a famous and captivating weekly radio show that is based on a theme each week and deals with topics relating to (you guessed it) this American life.
Story Corps: This is such a neat one! In their words, “each week we share unscripted conversations, revealing the wisdom, courage, and poetry you might not notice walking down the street”. There is an ap you can get on your phone that allows YOU to record an interview with someone about a topic of your choice. You can then send it to Story Corps and they might broadcast it. I cry almost every episode. Just stand there in my kitchen crying. It only serves to solidify the hunch my kids had that I am a weirdo.
Stuff You Should Know: This podcast delves into the craziest minutia. I have learned about the origins of the slinky and the history of Tupperware. I know more about spiders and earwax now too. I can’t explain why, but they are able to make incredibly weird topics riveting.
How To Do Everything: Similar to Stuff You Should Know. It is basically full of intriguing interviews and the history of interesting ideas about things you didn’t know you needed to know.
Ted Radio Hour: You’ve heard of TED talks, yes? Each of these episodes goes on a “journey of fascinating ideas” and includes excerpts of TED talks. So interesting. I promise you will learn a lot.
Barefoot Books Podcast: My kids are obsessed with this. If I’m honest, I really love it too. It has lots of children’s stories from all over the world told by talented narrators. They are each about 10 minutes long and are engaging even for toddlers. If you go to their website, they even have coloring book pages that correspond with the stories. Fun!
This Is Your Life: This is a leadership podcast from Michael Hyatt. It is intensely practical and encouraging. It has helped me realize that we are ALL leaders in some capacity. We might as well be good ones. I highly recommend this one.
10.5 Read-Aloud Revival: Sorry. Just one more! This is a very helpful resource that teaches easy and helpful ways for parents to create a culture of reading in their home. We read SO much more in our family now. I know this shift will greatly benefit my kids and also it is endearing us to one another as we spend more time engaging as a family now.
Because I’m American, I know this list might not be what’s on your list! I’d love to add a few other countries to my playlist. Regardless of your nationality, what are your favorite podcasts?