Over the past year I have unglued my eyes from Netflix long enough to discover the world of podcasts.
I know what you’re thinking: “Leigh, where have you been since 2005? Under a rock?”
Well, LoveLeighs, apparently so.
My podcast app always lived in the back of the dusty iPhone pages with the iBooks and Numbers app that were never used.
After several mentions of This American Life in one of my capstone classes, I decided to give this podcast thing a try.
Now that we’re past the fact that I was way behind the times on this one, here are the podcasts I love listening to:
The title says it all. 30 to 40 minutes of Oprah Winfrey interviewing best-selling authors, actors, CEOs, pastors, you name it. This is a good one to listen to when you need a little #MondayMotivation.
Inspiring, intelligent, moving… everything you’d expect from Oprah.
Tracy Morgan, Cookie Johnson and Howard Schultz are a few of my favorite episodes so far.
Co-hosts Chuck Bryant and Josh Clark discuss anything and everything. From Barbecue to the National Security Council, they talk about the stuff you should know.
This is definitely one of the more informative podcasts on this list. Chuck and Josh make the most complex of topics easy to understand. I recently listened to How Psychopaths Work and it confirmed my suspicion that I may know a psychopath or two…
I have to give a shout out to one of my best friends, Haley, for getting me hooked on this one. She is a living Bravo and E! encyclopedia. I’d be willing to bet that she could name every cast member from every season of “Real Housewives” of all the cities.
Anyway, I knew anything Haley recommended would be full of juicy pop culture gossip. I was right, and I’ve been listening/watching every weekday for a few months now.
Yeah, you heard me, watching!
One of the reasons I love “The Breath” is because they live stream the recording of the podcast on Instagram and Facebook live. I like to watch the video version on Facebook after work.
The 20-something co-hosts, Jackie and Claudia, cover everything you need to know about The Bachelor(ette), Taylor Swift’s new album and much more. I also appreciate their abundant Lindsay Lohan movie references.
“Everything you need to know about the celebrities you don’t.”
This is another pop culture podcast, but with a twist. It’s all about celebrity whos. Listeners call in about Lifetime movie actors, Instagram stars and washed-up 2000’s singers that make you say “who?”
Co-hosts Lindsey and Bobby dish out facts in a hilarious dynamic that cannot be duplicated.
I won’t lie to you, I mostly only like this one because of Busy Philipps. Busy starred in Dawson’s Creek, Freaks and Geeks, Cougar Town and White Chicks. She is absolutely hilarious on Instagram stories, where she documents her daily life as a mom and actress.
One day she posted that she had a new podcast and I immediately started listening. Her co-host, Steve Agee, is a writer and actor known for You’re the Worst and New Girl.
Together they discuss health issues and obsessions with a heaping dose of humor. Sometimes they give advice, but remember, they’re no doctors.
Bonus mention for my small audience of male readers:
I spent my Friday night listening in on a lengthy conversation between two men about how great this podcast is. Since Friday I have given it my best shot, but have only learned (a tiny bit) about sports and heard a lot of what I can only describe as…barking noises.
I understand the appeal, but I’m not sure I can fully commit to adding this one to the lineup.
If you need your sports fix, this one is for you.
What did we learn from this blog post?
Everyone needs a co-host besides Oprah.
I hope you enjoy these gems as much as I do. I can’t wait to hear which are your favorite from the list!