Everyone knows that I love, love, LOVE podcasts. If you see me with headphones on, there is a 50 percent chance that I have one of the above podcasts playing. Otherwise, it’s rap music. Back in my high school days, I would sit in the language arts hallway before class started and listen to NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross (no surprise why I never had a boyfriend in high school).
Podcasts have reinvigorated radio and storytelling. 39 million people and counting tuned into the first season of Serial. This American Life has been on-air since 1995 and still churns out beautifully crafted stories and consistently reigns as one of the top five podcasts on Apple. People (like the ladies of Call Your Girlfriend) are making amazing shows recorded in their closets at home. There’s a bunch of great podcasts out there right now, but here are my current ride or dies:
Modern Love by WBUR and The New York Times – This popular New York Times column has now become a thought-inducing podcast. Recent episodes touch on fluctuating libido and making the leap and telling someone you love them and what happens when they don’t love you back.
Anna Faris is Unqualified – With Scary Movie 4, House Bunny and CBS’s Mom under her belt, she’s still not stopping. Anna Faris’s hilarious podcast doles out honest, but weird relationship advice to folks seeking answers. Guests have included Aubrey Plaza, Jenna Dewan Tatum and Ike Barinholtz.
Radio Cherry Bombe – Women in food and an indie magazine all wrapped into one inspiring radio show. For those of you who don’t know, Cherry Bombe is a darling of a quarterly magazine, drummed up by Kerry Diamond and Claudia Wu.
NPR Politics – This election year is full on bonkers and keeping up with all of the madness has been made easier with the NPR Politics podcast. Episodes range from 15 minutes to an hour long but always succinctly explain exactly what you need to know.
Reply All – PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman (a king among men) brought their chops to Gimlet Radio after bringing TLDR to the airwaves with WNYC. They magically find the best stories related to the internet — from purchasing breast milk online to microdosing on LSD while at work, they’ve done it all.
Who Weekly? – Already wrapped up this gem on last week’s Favorite Things, but I’m still obsessively keeping up with the who-lebrities of the world thanks to the two masterminds behind the show.