Friday Favorites: Podcasts

Back when I worked outside the home I had a 45 minute commute both ways (for both jobs– ugh! Never again, my friends. Never. Again.) and I got into a good routine of listening to talk radio and then one day, out of nowhere, I discovered the Podcasts app on my phone. Now working from home I still listen to podcasts a lot throughout the day, while I’m working or cooking or playing with Lincoln. I always seem to focus better with something going on in the background. So, here’s the round up. There’s probably nothing new here that you haven’t heard of already, but I like them!

Serial: Pretty much everybody and their mama has heard about Serial at this point, but if for some reason you haven’t this is a must! The first season outlined the case of Adnan Syed in the murder of Hae Min Lee. Overall, a captivating story (although the finale was quite disappointing). Season 2 is in progress now and Sarah Koenig tells the story of Bowe Bergdahl.

Undisclosed: An unintended sequel to the first season of Serial. Rabia Chaudry, Colin Miller and Susan Simpson are lawyers and analyze the case and evidence (or lack thereof…) of Hae Min Lee’s murder. Totally captivating and gives you a little more in depth look at what Sarah Koenig started with Serial. Definitely worth a listen!

Your Move with Andy Stanley: Andy is the pastor of Northpoint Church in Atlanta, and these are the meat of his sermons cut down to ~30 minutes. In the Meantime was one of the best sermon series I have ever heard! It helped me through a really tough time this summer. I highly recommend, Andy is one of the greatest teachers of our time!

Elevation Church: Sermons are posted weekly, Monday around lunchtime from the previous weekend. I think there is a video podcast option, too, but I just like audio. Since I’ve been serving at church I usually miss the entire sermon so I always listen when it is posted. Lately they’ve been SO thought provoking I’ll listen more than once, especially before I meet with my bible study on Fridays so it is fresh. Love having this at my fingertips! The library goes back several years so pretty much any series is accessible.

Happier with Gretchen Rubin: I look forward to this podcast every single week. Gretchen and her sister, Elizabeth host this podcast. Gretchen is an author living in NYC and her sister is a TV producer that lives in LA. Occasionally they record together if they are visiting each other and they are a hoot. Basically they divulge tips for a “happier” life and each week have a “try this at home” challenge, award gold stars, demerits and drop many Friends and Harry Potter references. It’s not long and always makes me giggle.

The Paleo View: This is hosted by bloggers Stacy Toth and Sarah Ballantyne, who both blog about the paleo diet and lifestyle. The podcast is fascinating! They’ll pick a topic to discuss with their personal experience and then Sarah will go in depth into the science of it. I got hooked when they hosted Danielle Walker (my most favorite paleo cookbook person ever) and talked pregnancy and breastfeeding. This podcast is fun to listen to and you will leave knowing a lot more about food and your body.

Paleo Baby: The cover image of this podcast screams “amateur” (I totally judge podcasts by their covers), but the content is on point. This podcast talks a lot about the paleo lifestyle during pregnancy and postpartum. It still seems to be relatively new, but I’ve really enjoyed listening to it. They hit some great topics and have a lot of anecdotal discussion coupled with “the science”.

Semi-related: You should totally be using the (free) Overcast podcast app! Streaming and
downloading are seamless AND you can make playlists. It’s my favorite!

Usually by Wednesday I’ve listened to everything new for the week and am always on the hunt for something new to listen to. What are your favorites? Let me know in the comments!

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