Anyone who has met me knows that I love listening to podcasts…I listen to them before bed, in the gym, in the car and at the computer. Hallman’s sister recently asked if we could give her some podcasts recommendations and that quickly turned into an article, so thank you Casey for the idea!
There are of course the podcasts that we have all heard of…yes I am referring to Serial, but there are several others that are a little less well known. It can be difficult to filter through them all, trust me I’ve listened to quite a few bad podcasts in order to find the good ones. So here is my list of favorites to date. Some I’ve been listening to for years, while others I started more recently. Whether you are a foodie, a history buff or entertainment junkie there is something for everyone amongst this selection!
Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin: Here’s the Thing is a podcast that has been around for a few years, but I have only recently started listening to thanks to a recommendation from my cousin Dana. This one ranks right up there as my number one favorite at the moment. Alec Baldwin interviews actors, directors, authors, musicians and politicians in this podcast series (Sarah Jessica Parker, Judd Apatow, Kristen Wiig and Ian Schrager to name a few). We have to admit, Alec’s voice is so amazing he could be talking to a wall and we’d still tune in, but his in depth interviews full of wit and friendly banter are so engaging you’ll never want to stop listening.
Snap Judgement: If you like This American Life you will love Snap Judgement. Like This American Life, Snap Judgment features slice of life stories about people and events around the United States, but they go about it in a decidedly more hip way and with a bit more edge.
America’s Test Kitchen: For all those foodies and Food Network obsessed people out there America’s Test Kitchen is the perfect podcast. It’s hour long episodes each include a feature on a famous chef (think Ina Garten, Mario Batali and Julia Child) or interesting topic (“Do celebrity diets really work”), useful kitchen tips and tricks, and kitchen gadget reviews. Another foodie podcast that ranks right up there for us is Bon Appetit.
Criminal: If you were obsessed with Serial like the rest of the world, you will enjoy Criminal. I didn’t know what to do with myself when Serial ended so until the next season is available I’m listening to Criminal, a podcast containing complex stories of people who have committed crimes, have been wronged, and/or gotten caught somewhere in the middle.
Stuff You Should Know: If you love history or are curious about how anything works, the Stuff You Should Know family of podcasts is one you’d love. There are actually several podcasts under this brand, but our favorites are Stuff You Should Know and Stuff You Missed in History Class. Stuff You Should Know features episodes like “how Egypt’s pyramids worked” and “how ESP works”, while Stuff You Missed in History Class features episodes about Queen Victoria and the history of cosmetics.
The last two podcasts on my list of favorites I felt needed a little disclaimer. They are both fantastic, but can be irreverent and contain language that isn’t suitable for young ears so you’ll want to listen to these when the kiddos are not around.
WTF with Mark Maron: Yes, WTF stands for what you think it does; however, don’t let that dissuade you from listening. Mark Maron interviews actors, comedians, musicians and politicians (including President Obama) in his garage. His interviews are informal, honest and incredibly funny…he asks the questions we are all wondering, but never deign to utter.
Mortified: Mortified podcast is a storytelling series where adults share letters and diary entries from their high school years that are so embarrassing and completely mortifying you find yourself cringing, yet still laughing at each story. I found myself laughing out loud on more than one occasion while running outside…I’m sure passersby thought I was slightly off my rocker.