Recently, I have become obsessed with podcasts and consider them a form of reading and edification, even though my eyes aren’t moving across a page. I listen to them when I’m getting ready in the morning, when I’m driving (a considerable portion of my day), when I’m walking across the bridge into and out of the city, when I’m cooking dinner (provided my children are not talking my ear off).
Here are the five I’ve been “loving lately” (to use a phrase from one of my favorites):
- Nourish and Flourish (with Emily Levenson and Betsy Brockett): This is the podcast that started me down the rabbit hole of podcasts. My friend and neighbor Betsy Moore, who also runs the blog BMoore Healthy, shared the very first cast that Emily and Betsy did on her Facebook page, and that was all she wrote. My favorite podcast thus far was the one with Leslie McAllister of Pittsburgh’s Juju on the subject of Tarot, but they cover a wide variety of topics, including stress management, self-care, CSAs, and more. You can find their podcasts here or through the Podcasts app on iTunes (I gave up on that other cell phone platform years ago – I can’t even remember what it’s called. All I can recall is that it came with a crappy Samsung phone that was far from intuitive).
- Soundtracks: The B-Side: This one just started, but I love the concept and was really interested from the first episode: “Each week on Soundtracks: The B-Side, host and music historian, Jason King will discuss the songs and historical moments explored within the CNN Original Series Soundtracks: Songs That Defined History. From the March on Washington to the riots at Stonewall, the moon landing to Hurricane Katrina, featured guests will discuss how music has played an integral part in celebrating, criticizing, and amplifying these seismic events in our collective history. Soundtracks: Songs That Defined History is an eight-part CNN Original Series premiering Thursday April 20th at 10pm. Soundtracks is produced by Show of Force and Seven Bucks Productions.”
- Colorful Eats (with Caroline Potter and Justine Campbell): I really love these two. I feel like I’m sitting down listening to two friends chat about stuff I’ve started to care a lot about recently, including healthy food, toxicity of household and beauty products, kombucha (I know, that sounds very yuppy/hippie. Oh, well). I’ve listened to their entire backlog of episodes and wait for new ones to be released every Monday. If you like them, you would probably also like the Wellness Mama and the Healthy Moms Podcast. I’ve also listened to her entire archive on iTunes.
- Literary Disco (with Julia Pistell, Tod Goldberg, and Rider Strong): It’s kind of like “I don’t have time to go to a real book club, but I want to be part of a book club.” How many of us have said that? Here you can read along with the hosts (or not) and then listen to them dish on the books they read (and the smarminess of the AWP, if you know what that is). You can find their episodes here.
- The Kitchen Sisters: Last, but most definitely not least, one of my starred favorites: “Stories from the b-side of history. Lost recordings, hidden worlds, people possessed by a sound, a vision, a mission. The episodes tell deeply layered stories, lush with interviews, field recordings and music. From powerhouse producers The Kitchen Sisters (Hidden Kitchens, The Hidden World of Girls, The Sonic Memorial Project, Lost & Found Sound, Fugitive Waves and coming soon… The Keepers).” My favorite so far? The Hidden World of Girls with Tina Fey.
Well, that’s five. Here’s a list of more that I subscribe to, if you’re interested:
- Race Matters by NPR
- A Twin Peaks Podcast
- Up First by NPR
- #AskWardee (on Traditional Cooking Methods)
- The Dinner Party Download (Love this one. Super entertaining)
- Fresh Air by NPR
- Stuff You Missed in History Class
- Scholastic Reads
- 2 Dope Queens
- Popaganda from Bitch Media
- The History Chicks
Until next time, Jess