Four Podcasts I’m Loving

2016 August 29
by Grace Boyle

Podcasts are growing. It seems everywhere I turn a favorite author or public figure has their own podcast. I love the medium of listening (especially while I’m driving / commuting).

I’ve listed four of my favorite podcasts (of the moment) below that I hope you’ll also love. Although many people may enjoy these podcasts, I notice I have a bit of a lean on women topics (unintentionally).

InvisibiliaLatin for “invisible things” this podcast from NPR is about “the invisible forces that control human behavior – ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions.” I am completely enthralled by it. Hosts Lulu Miller, Hanna Rosin, and Alix Spiegel are charming, real, and relatable and tell incredible stories. They have two seasons and this is probably one of my favorite podcasts, ever.

Women Of the Hour: This is from actress/director/writer/comedian Lena Dunham who hosted this miniseries about friendship, love, work, bodies and more. I appreciate the informality of it (a lot of conversations), yet it was packed with interesting, inspiring stories, and real topics under the guise of women. It was co-produced through Buzzfeed which made it fun and entertaining too.

Strong Opinions Loosely Held: Hosted by Refinery29’s Elisa Kreisinger, she talks to today’s culture makers and rule breakers to try to solve the mysteries of our modern popular culture and often smart women’s opinions on them (e.g. is Instagram making us all into Betty Draper 2.0? Are there women on death row?). In particular, I love their digestible format – usually 10-15 minutes per episode which makes great listens on a quick drive or walk.

Magic Lessons with Elizabeth Gilbert: I read Elizabeth Gilbert’s book, Magic Lessons, and loved that she had a multimedia approach to telling more stories about aspiring artists who are looking to overcome their fears and create more joyfully. She talks to someone who writes into her about their artistic challenge/block, then brings in a guest expert like Martha Beck, Neil Gaiman and more to give advice and talk openly about the topic. I find it to be inspiring.

What else do you listen to and love? 

PS. I didn’t include Serial, because it’s so widespread but yes, I always am an active listener for each season.

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  • http://poorerthanyou.com Stephonee

    Awesome suggestions – I haven’t listened to any of these yet! I love listening to podcasts in the car, and turning commuting time into “productive time.”

    Currently listening to:
    http://podcast.affordanything.com/ – personal finance and investing with Paula Pant – great show with a good focus on different ways to achieve financial independence

    https://gimletmedia.com/show/reply-all/ – “a show about the internet” that gets into really interesting little corners of the internet that I never, ever knew existed (and I always considered myself pretty savvy on niche internet stuff)

    http://thewestwingweekly.com/ – because I’m forever a West Wing addict, and this show makes it EVEN BETTER.

  • http://mikelewis.me/ MikePLewis

    You should try Revioniat Histrory by Macolm Gladwell. It’s really good. Start with the episode “my little 100 million”. I’m really enjoying them.

  • http://graceboyle.com/ Grace Boyle

    Mike! My most loyal rader :) I love Malcolm. Can’t wait to listen.

  • http://graceboyle.com/ Grace Boyle

    These are great! Thank you for sharing (and for the comment)!