Five Things: Podcasts You Should Be Listening To

If you don't already know, I think I should take a quick moment to let you know that I've given up television for the year (yes, the whole entire year - but I'm allowing myself Sundays as an occasional indulgence). This was something that started back in January; I was making resolutions for myself, and thinking about what I could change that would make me more productive. It's tricky trying to exfoliate your life as best you can to make room for the new things that you want to do - write more, listen more, learn more, travel more, love more. The easiest way to do that? I had to break up with my two stay-at-home boyfriends: Netflix and Hulu. Insert enormously sad emoji face here.

Last year, I spent a lot of my free time with these two streaming services. That alone doesn't make me an anomaly in the general population, I know - but I wasn't just watching movies and TV shows. No, no. I'm a documentary junkie. I had my queue lined up with documentary after documentary. When I say that, I mean it quite literally; all of my "suggested titled" were also documentaries. Nature documentaries were my main cup of tea, but the downward spiral of suggestions swallowed me whole as I got into social documentaries, political documentaries, criminal documentaries and then some. Before I knew it, almost every other sentence out of my mouth when I was talking with friends started with, "I watched this amazing documentary last night..." But not everyone was into it - no one else wanted to talk about the crazy documentary about sheep shearing that had no dialogue, and how amazing it was. Everyone just kind of looked at me like I was a touch insane. 

I learned quickly after I started to abstain from television that it's kind of creepy to be alone with no noise in the background. Some people find this reassuring, I know, but you have to remember that I've lived in New York for almost a decade now. No noise? It makes me get inside my head too much. I needed to find a way to be productive while I could simultaneously do my chores - laundry, cooking, cleaning, etc. Luckily for me, this moment of change in my life was at the height of the Serial podcast mania. Podcasts, though? I wasn't entirely sold. So, I decided to give Serial a try - and my life hasn't been the same since.

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Funny things happen when you stop watching television. And before I knew it, I went from documentary nerd to podcast fanatic. So, without boring you too terribly much, I wanted to suggest my top five favorite podcasts that I'm obsessed with at the moment. I wait for the subscriptions to update with as much anticipation (or more!) as I do when I'm waiting for a package to arrive in the mail. Basically, I view podcasts as my generation's NPR, and I don't hate it.

1. Serial. If you haven't listened to Serial, you should. First of all, it's amazing to learn about how the court system can have so many loopholes. It's also just a must-hear of a story. And it's all true! I can't wait for the second season.
Best Suited For: Crime drama junkies. You know who you are.

2. Dear Sugar Radio. Originally an advice column, Steve Almond and Cheryl Strayed (you probably know her as the woman who wrote Wild) dole out some really impressively empathetic advice to listeners who write in with universal problems.
Best Suited For: Those of us who have never picked up a self-help book but have always kind of wanted to.

3. The Moth. The only premise for this podcast is "True Stories Told Live," and it never fails to impress me with the narratives that people create from personal experiences they've been through. Some of them are hilarious, others are tear-jerkers, but all of them are so incredibly sincere.
Best Suited For: People intrigued by other people.

4. Stuff Mom Never Told You. This was the second podcast I ever started listening to, and I am fully, 100% in love with the hosts, Cristen and Caroline. They're insightful, they're witty, and they're probably the most relatable feminists I've ever had the pleasure to listen to. They go back in time, talking about the history of women's inequality within different topics each week.
Best Suited For: Soft-core feminists who have a thing for history.

5. Out Loud. A weekly conversation about different articles in the ever-famous New Yorker. This podcast is a new one in my rounds, but I'm already intrigued because of their interesting topics - nothing is off limits, from Ebola to Jane Austen, the rodeo to Spotify. A bit of everything for everyone, truly.
Best Suited For: Literary freaks. Lovers of in-depth articles and thorough research.

What about y'all? Have you ever listened to any podcasts that you like? Leave us a comment or e-mail us at hippieteaparty@gmail.com!


  1. A friend told me about The Moth awhile back and I still have yet to listen. Downloading now. xo A

  2. A friend told me about The Moth awhile back and I still have yet to listen. Downloading now. xo A

    1. Yes!! I live for The Moth - people can be so interesting! Tell me what you think! :) xx


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