Any Millennial Manhattanite (or city-dweller for that matter) clobbering down the street with white earbuds connected to the newly-updated iPhone is probably not listening to their Apple Music (does anyone even pay for that?). They are instead likely listening to the newest form of talk radio – the Podcast. While I know Podcasts been around for quite some time, I feel like they are finally reaching their peak popularity.
Why not brush up on the daily news and politics while walking to work? Care for a lesson about some of the most infamous serial killers while waiting for your coffee? Want to laugh about how single you are while standing alone on the crowded subway? Then Podcasts are for you.
We are the generation of multi-taskers after all…go ahead and kill two birds with one stone.
I freely admit that I have not just sipped, but instead I have gulped this kool-aid. I freaking love Podcasts. I was finding myself bored of my same old tunes and #tbt playlists on Spotify, so I opted instead to learn something new while commuting (of which there is a lot in NYC). I am THAT girl who will stroll into the office and ask, “omg, have you listened to XYZ podcast?” Or, “I learned the most fascinating fact about the Kremlin this morning!”. I will then proceed to tell you about my findings without hesitation. I don’t really care if you don’t want to hear it – I want you to hear it. It’s also an added bonus that I feel like the hosts are my friends…yeah, I realize how sad that sounds, but the big city is a lonely place.
So in the vein of preaching my lifestyle and pushing my agenda on anyone and everyone, here is a list of some of my fave podcasts. Let me start with my T5 for right now, I have a few more but we can save that for a later post.
- True Crime with a Twist: When I first mention the name of this podcast to folks, I am immediately greeted with looks of concern. Okay, I admit it, I am a true crime junkie. I have always harbored a deep love for Law & Order: SVU, Dateline NBC, Forensic Files, you name it. I am a self-proclaimed #Murderino (the name of their tride and true fans) and look forward to my walks to work when I have Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark in my ear. These two feisty comedians have an enviable friendship and openly talk about the importance of mental health and staying true to yourself. And of course, some spooky and effed up stories are sprinkled into the mix as well. #SSDGM
- Convos and relationship advice from some unlikely folks: First of all, Anna Faris is hysterical. I just love her. I did also love her marriage with Chris Pratt (duh) but hey, we can’t have it all. This Podcast is laugh-out-loud funny. Anna will bring on friends and celebrity guests and ask them ridiculous questions to get to know them on a different and less superficial level. They will then call to a listener who has submitted a question asking for some relationship advice. Anna (who claims she is “unqualified”) and her guest will attempt to help the listener make a decision about how to best proceed in resolving said relationship issue. It’s not only heartwarming to hear how much Anna truly cares about her fans, but it’s also hysterical. She does some amazing impressions of the good ‘ol Hollywood folks that bring me to tears. And as a bonus, her friendship with her producer, Sim Sarna, is adorable.
- Inspiration for the entrepreneurial spirit: Guy Raz hosts this NPR podcast highlighting business owners and asking them their stories about the empires they built. We normally only see one side of success stories – the part where they become successful. But as we all rationally know, that’s not the whole story. How I Built This tells the entire journey of these entrepreneurs and doesn’t neglect to highlight the struggles and hardships along with the celebrations. This Podcast leaves me hopeful and inspired by the passions of these business owners. It makes me love brands / companies even more to know the story of how they got there.
- You’re not the only single lady out there: I sometimes have mixed feelings about this podcast. Why Oh Why takes an inside look at the collision of relationships and technology. I am fascinated by human behavior especially when it comes to relationships. This podcast takes a dive into society and the perceptions and realities of dating. The host can at times seem whiney, but overall, I tend to learn something about relationships by the end of an episode.
- If you don’t know, now you know: Another NPR podcast for you. Hidden Brain is hosted by Shankar Vedantam and sheds light on things you’ve probably thought about but never actually knew. It’s a way for the curious to learn and understand “unconscious patterns that drive human behavior”. Some of the topics of past episodes include: making decisions, killing robots, broken windows, etc. This thought-provoking podcast gets my noggin’ stirring and makes me more aware of the thoughts behind my decisions and actions.
SO there you have it. I love podcasts and I love learning. LMK if y’all have any podcast suggestions. And if you find yourself feeling like these hosts are becoming your friends, remember who knew them first 😉