I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I. love. podcasts. Maybe it stems from my childhood love of audiobooks, but there are few things as relaxing for me as settling into bed and tuning in with one of my favorite hosts. I’ve done round-ups of my go-to pods before, but recently I’ve discovered a ton of new shows that, as the title of this post suggests, I simply cannot stop listening to. Almost all of them update weekly, and it’s like Christmas morning whenever I see fresh episode of one of these babies in my iTunes queue.
Because I love sharing the things I enjoy with you guys, today I’m talking about the five new-to-me podcasts that have been keeping endlessly preoccupied for the past several weeks. Before you scroll down, be warned: You’re in for the binge-listening session of your life. 😉
+ Ladies Who Lunch +
I love Ingrid Nilsen’s YouTube channel, so you can bet I was excited the second I stumbled across her podcast, Ladies who Lunch. This pod is true it’s name, as each episode is literally Ingrid and fellow vlogger Cat Valdes chowing down (last week was McDonald’s hash browns) while talking about a range of topics, from the serious to the more lighthearted. At the end of the session, they also answer a couple listener letters, and I love hearing these two super-inspiring ladies dole out some wisdom.
Favorite episode: “Introverts in an Extroverted World”
+ Nerdette +
I’ve only listened to two episodes of the Nerdette podcast, but I’m already hooked. I mean, the iTunes description reads “A safe space for nerding out about all the things you’re watching, reading, listening to, and encountering IRL” so what’s not to love?! The hosts, Tricia Bobeda and Greta Johnson, are hilariously fun to listen to in their own rights, so the bevy of amazing guests (hello, Tig Notaro) only adds to the cool factor.
Favorite episode: “Lindy West and Andi Zeisler on Fierce Feminism”
I like to consider Design Matters my go-to “cerebral” pod. Hosted by writer Debbie Millman, every episode features an interview with a creative figure, from designers of all kinds to authors, activists, and more. The show has been around for almost a decade, so it’s been fun trolling the archives and listening to interviews with people I’m familiar with while also discovering new characters to fangirl over. Up next? I can’t wait to tune into the latest episode with Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project.
Favorite episode: “Kate Bollick”
+ Millennial +
Even though I can’t claim millennial status, I really enjoy the 20-30 minute soundbites that are the Millennial podcast. Host and current twenty-something Megan Tan spends episodes discussing some pretty reality-bites subjects, from moving back in with your parents to how different financial situations can impact a friendship. Despite it’s title, much of what Megan and her guests share is relevant to people of all ages, and it’s both refreshing and informative to hear such honesty coming from a younger perspective.
Favorite episode: “Moving Out”
+ Ctrl Alt Delete +
Last but not least, Ctrl Alt Delete. I can’t remember how I found Brit Emma Gannon’s podcast, but boy am I glad I did. As Emma herself puts it, Ctrl Alt Delete features conversations with “brilliant interesting guests who all have very unique stories to tell.” Like with Design Matters, I’ve discovered some new “favorites” through this pod, including Emma herself. Quick plug? Ctrl Alt Delete is also the title of Emma’s book, which was just released in the UK! I’m dying to get my hands on it, and once you listen to this show, you will be, too.
Favorite episode: “Episode 18 with Ryan O’Connell: On Writing About Yourself”
What are your favorite podcasts? Do you listen to any of the shows on this list?