A few months ago, I joined the 2010’s and discovered podcasts. Nay, I figured out what they were and immersed myself in them. I swam in the sea of free entertainment for my ear holes. I frolicked in the fields of um, insert euphemism here. I hardly ever watch TV anymore, as I’m constantly listening, learning, and laughing. My walks with Bennett are getting longer, and I’m sure my step count has a direct correlation to what I happen to be listening to at the time.
After my previous podcast post, I got loads of recommendations from you awesome readers here, and on the Frugal by Choice Facebook page. And I listened to almost all of the recommendations. Some stuck (Stuff You Should Know), some didn’t (The Moth, Tell Me Something I Don’t Know, Criminal), but many led to other podcasts along the way. Here is my current listening list:
Of all of these, The Hilarious World of Depression is my favorite. It is the one I listen to as soon as it downloads. It is a show that discusses depression, anxiety, and other forms of mental illnesses with comedians who have clinical depression. I have people in my life that have depression and anxiety, and this podcast helps me understand what they are going through – and it is really funny.
How I Built This is my second favorite of all the shows. After that, I kinda pick and choose based on my mood. For Jack, I have also downloaded random episodes of Brains On!, and he loves it. There are shows I no longer listen to because they either stopped interesting me, the host ended up being a dipshit, or I just couldn’t keep up with long episodes anymore. I tried the Minimalists, but I just kept picturing the hosts as these smug dudes in real life. I’m likely way off base, but I just couldn’t listen anymore.
One that I am not subscribed to, because I downloaded all the existing episodes is My Dad Wrote a Porno. I started listening to In the Dark about a famous child abduction case, and it was so overwhelming as a mom, that I needed a soul cleanse after each episode. My Dad Wrote a Porno is exactly what it sounds like. A man’s grown son discovered his dad wrote erotic literature, and each week he and his two friends (one male, one female) sit around and read a chapter. I’m fully convinced that people in my neighborhood think I am a giant lunatic because I’m laughing so hard that I convulse while out walking and listening to this show. The hosts are all British, and somehow that makes it better for me. I’m also learning some awesome British slang.
Some of the podcasts I enjoy, despite the hosts. I do not feel invested in the hosts in either of the history podcasts I listen to, and couldn’t even tell you their names. The hosts of My Favorite Murder are the kind of people where if I knew them in real life, I would just have to suddenly yell “stop your bitching, and get your shit together” one day during lunch. Obviously I don’t know their whole back stories, but listen, we all have baggage. Their podcast has a huge following and people seem to love them, but I like the podcast in spite of them. I really enjoy true crime (who knew!), and they are able to share stories in ways that don’t scare me too much.
Make Me Smart is a newer podcast, and I really enjoy it. Kai Ryssdal is the voice boyfriend of one of my friends. He has a lovely voice, and I discovered him on the Los Angeles NPR station when we lived down there. The hosts do a pretty balanced job of explaining tech and finance from a central perspective, and I enjoy a feature they have each week where they ask CEOs a “big” question. Pod Save America is entertaining, but is definitely not from a central perspective. In this political climate I have tried to listen to commentators on both the left and right, and it just makes me so tired. Honestly. And this is from someone who worked in politics for years and worked for both the Democratic and Republican parties (that’s me). If anyone has a great “middle of the road” political podcast you can recommend, please let me know!
Are there any shows I am missing and you need me to start listening to soon? I would love to hear more recommendations, because I am clearly hooked and you’re all my dealers.