I've had trouble sleeping lately. For some reason, my brain wouldn't turn off this weekend and refused to let me chill! One thing that really helps in those circumstances, for me at least, is listening to podcasts. I've been listening to them for years now and they've become such a mainstay in my everyday life that it's kinda weird to think that there are people who don't listen to any.
There's an initiative going around in the podcast universe called #TryPod. It asks that podcast listeners recommend a podcast to someone who hasn't discovered the joy of podcasts yet. I'm sure plenty of you guys already have your favorites, but here are eleven of mine for you to try out.
Pod Save America
This has been one of my very favorites lately. It's hosted by former Obama staffers Jon Favreau, Tommy Vietor, Jon Lovett, and Dan Pfeiffer who have quickly become one of my favorite groups to listen to. They have a great sense of humor and are (obviously) incredibly knowledgeable when it comes to American and global politics. On each biweekly episode, they discuss the week's events and have wonderful guests like Alyssa Mastromonaco, David Axelrod, and once, even Obama himself.
The Bright Sessions
This year, I was interested in getting into fiction podcasts but struggled to find one that really interested me until I started listening to The Bright Sessions. This follows the fictional talk therapy sessions of a psychologist who specializes in patients with superhuman abilities. The show is done in a rather subtle way rather than a high-energy, gimmicky superhero movie. Plus, there's a lot to ponder when it comes to the real life emotional issues that the patients' abilities may represent.
All the Books
This podcast from Book Riot is the perfect way to keep up with new releases. Every Tuesday, the hosts discuss new books on the market and will quickly expand your TBR list.
Harry Potter and the Sacred Text
Funny enough, I actually listen to several Harry Potter related podcasts. This one happens to be my favorite because it has such a unique concept. The hosts are members of the Harvard Divination School community (one is a Ministry Innovation fellow and the other is a secular chaplain) and the concept is to read Harry Potter as if it were a sacred text. They really dig deep into each chapter and even use sacred reading techniques like Lectio Divina.
What Should I Read Next
This is another great book-related podcast. In each episode, host Anne Bogel asks her guest to tell listeners three books they love, one book they hate, and what they are currently reading. She then uses the answers to come up with three book recommendations. Not only do I enjoy getting book suggestions from the podcast, but I'm really interested in hearing what books people hate!
Ladies Who Lunch
This one is hosted by Ingrid Nilsen and Cat Valdes of YouTube fame. Each episode consists of conversations about a topic, usually related to women. Topics include body image, honesty, insecurities, birth control, family dynamics, and more. I love their honesty and openness and I also like that I can disagree with some of their opinions without feeling enraged.
Pop Culture Happy Hour
This was the very first podcast I subscribed to and still one that I'm most excited to hear each week. It's a round table discussion of various pop culture topics from specific shows to themes and tropes. The hosts are all employees of NPR, are well-versed and always funny.
Judge John Hodgman
So funny. The "judge" John Hodgman presides over a court in which Jesse Thorn is the bailiff. They try really funny, mundane but real life cases between friends, couples, and family members. Some notable cases include: a teenage boy who wants his mom to buy him a motorcycle and a vape pen, a wife who thinks her husband coddles their aging cat, and a woman named Snowflake wants her husband Oge to throw away his 25-year-old robe. It's absurd and hilarious.
This show from Conde Nast Traveler is my favorite travel podcast. It covers the topic of travel in a unique way and from the perspective of very well-seasoned, professional travelers. Episodes are rather specific, including episodes like "Where to Travel This Spring", "How to Plan Your First Trip to Asia", and "How to Stay Sane on a Family Vacation". Plus, the opening song is great.
Sleep With Me
As I said at the top, I've been having trouble sleeping and, more often than not, this podcast is the solution. I'm dead serious, I listen to this podcast for about 15 minutes tops before falling asleep every time. The host speaks in a very monotone voice and discusses very boring, sometimes strange topics that lull you to sleep. It's amazing!
Do you listen to podcasts? What are your favorites?