It's something about the multitasking of it all that has me hooked; I can be productive in real time and still finish my episodes so I don't miss one. It's not like Netflix where you feel like you've missed a crucial part of the plot, so you're constantly rewinding or restarting entire sections of shows and / or movies (I cannot be the only one who does this, or am I?). Here's the bottom line: you can actually get stuff done instead of wasting away! I know, I know. I just talked about taking a break and maybe not being so obsessed with productivity for a while. After all, the glorification of busy is a real thing, y'all. But, with podcasts, I'm not necessarily "busy" - I'm simply filling silence with something other than music. And expanding my mind? Learning something new? Being generally entertained? Those are pleasant little bonuses that go hand-in-hand with my newfound addiction. At least that's what I'm choosing to tell myself today.
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1. Undisclosed, The State v. Adnan Syed. Oh man, y'all, I am so into this storyline. And by storyline I mean real-life-thing-that-is-happening. This podcast goes into all the little nooks and crannies that Serial didn't get to cover because of time. Going into all the various holes and misconceptions of the case, this is the dictionary for the larger narrative.
Best Suited For: Those of you who, like me, were embarrassingly invested in Serial.
2. This American Life. Public radio fans, rejoice! I've found the podcast just for you. Hosted by none other than Ira Glass and winning every major broadcasting award, this addicting radio-turned-podcast has weekly episodes consisting of multiple stories strung together with a theme. They're fascinating tales that people who love people will be totally engrossed in.
Best Suited For: The self-proclaimed NPR junkie who is totally into hearing about interesting people.
3. The Lively Show. Credit where credit is due: Mateline told me about this podcast (she's a secret treasure trove, I tell you). I find myself listening to Jess whenever I need some inner guidance. She's all about setting your values and getting in touch with your intuition - and she interviews some killer guests who have their own inspirational small businesses.
Best Suited For: People who refuse to read self-help books, but kind of love self-help books. It's complicated.
4. Star Talk. Another amazing radio program, now converted for podcast addicts. Renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson (who I know you know from Cosmos, and if you don't, watch it immediately) works to incorporate science into pop culture, interviewing special guests, talking to comedians, and - my favorite - having Bill Nye stop by from time to time.
Best Suited For: The science / space nerd in all of us. Embrace it, you know you want to.
5. Ear Biscuits. I have to give more credit out here - Jeanette was the hippie who brought Rhett and Link into my life. These two "internetainers" are known for their inside look at other online stars, and getting them to open up about how they started, what their secret recipes for success are, and how they stay grounded after going viral. They're also super cute and have a talk show. You're welcome.
Best Suited For: YouTube enthusiasts, viral video watchers, and anyone who likes an adorable bromance.
Okay, hippies - tell me your favorite podcasts! I have an addiction I need to feed. Leave a comment below or e-mail me at email@example.com. Happy listening!