During the month of March, there’s a movement in the podcast scene — a movement to get podcast listeners to share their favorite podcasts with non-podcast listeners. It even has its own hashtag: #trypod. (How cute is that?!)
You may remember that as of January, I’ve been taking advantage of my commute by listening to podcasts v. music like I used to. A few months in, I’m officially addicted to podcasts, and I’ve found quite a few I really enjoy. Some are educational, some are inspiring, and some are just plain entertaining, but they’re all amazing. Here are my 7 favorite podcasts of the moment:
After Serial (which I’m not including in this list since it’s a couple years old, but it’s still amazing if you haven’t listened to it), StartUp was the first podcast I loved and the podcast that kicked off my newfound obsession with this entertainment medium. The first season covers the founding of Gimlet Media, the company that actually makes some of my favorite podcasts, the second season covers a different company, the third season covers numerous different startup stories, and the recent fourth season covers the rise and fall and potential future rise of controversial American Apparel founder Dov Charney. Really interesting stuff!
2. How I Built This
If you’ve ever wondered how some of your favorite brands got started, How I Built This is the podcast for you! Kendra Scott, Crate & Barrel, Lyft, Kate Spade, Airbnb and so many other amazing companies and entrepreneurs share their stories with NPR in this inspiring podcast. It’s the perfect place to collect random stories about the early days of some of the biggest companies around today.
3. This American Life
This American Life is definitely one of the most popular podcasts out, if not the most popular. This is the same team that created Serial after all. It’s a podcast filled with random stories of things that are happening in our country everyday, ranging from thought-provoking to humorous and everything in between. An episode typically has multiple “acts” that follow a general theme, but otherwise the stories are very random, so you can pick up any episode anytime.
Crimetown is one of those podcasts I couldn’t help but binge listen to. The first season (and the only one out so far) is a story about organized crime and corruption in Providence, Rhode Island. I find it seriously fascinating and entertaining, and it’s not all the way out yet, so even I don’t know how this season’s story will end.
5. Missing Richard Simmons
I included this in my March Favorites & Finds, but I’m including it here as well because it’s that good. And actually, since that post, the series has now come to its conclusion. I won’t tell you what happened; you’ll just have to listen to Missing Richard Simmons to find out!
ReplyAll is a humorous podcast that covers all things Internet. In truth, they’re pretty random week to week, but they’re all incredibly fascinating and informative! Working in digital, this podcast also gives me tons of miscellaneous knowledge to share with my friends and coworkers.
S-Town or “Shit Town” as it’s really called is my new podcast obsession. Referred to as, “the new Serial,” I knew I would have to check it out. In truth, until the end of the second episode, I didn’t know if I liked it, but now I’m hooked. This is another one I’m not finished with yet, but so far it’s been full of twists and emotional moments that keep me listening everyday.
If you’re interested in checking out any of these podcasts, you can listen on iTunes or Stitcher.
Do you have a podcast you love? Share it in the comments!