My Top 5 Podcasts

I have podcasts for all occasions. Some are for when I’m craving a juicy story, another for when I need a good laugh, and some for when I need a pick-me-up and a reminder that I can work through whatever is bothering me. Here are my top 5 podcasts for long commutes, walks or something to put on while cleaning my room. Click on the title to be directed to where you can listen to the podcasts!

1. The Chasing Joy Podcast

Georgie Morley started this podcast over a year ago after starting her blog In It 4 the Long Run. Her blog was originally about running but after struggling with an eating disorder and spending time on the path for recovery, started this podcast where each week she shares the things that bring her and her guests joy. She talks to other bloggers in the health and wellness community and has meaningful talks about self-awareness, sustainable lifestyles, the idea of uncertainty and a lot of other worries a twenty-something like myself worry about on a daily basis.

2. Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard

Dax Shepard really is an expert about armchairs or at least how to do the best sitting and conversing in them. Each week, him and one of the shows producers, Monica Padman, sit down with either acquaintances of Dax or some of his best friends, who all turn out to be really awesome people. Dax is incredibly intelligent which leads to not only funny conversations, but really philosophical ones that make you think. Who knew a conversation between the guy from Baby Mama and Punk’d and Seth Rogen, the writer and star of Superbad, could change your perspective on life. The first episode stands as my favorite because he sits down with his extraordinary wife, Kristen Bell.

3. The Moth

I LOVE STORIES. This is a big reason I love meeting new people whenever I can because every person has a good story. Whether it’s just one that they experienced or one they heard from a stranger themselves. People have great stories. That’s exactly what this podcast is made up of. Stories. Lots and lots of stories from people of all ages, genders, races and countries. People take the stage at the Moth’s story-slams (imagine a poetry slam but stories) and those that match a certain theme are collected into podcast episodes. Some range from 20 minutes to 2 hours so perfect for a short walk or long commute. I’ve had some make me cry, laugh and reevaluate the person I am (crazy, right?).

4. Modern Love

This brief podcast takes the stories submitted into the New York Times, Modern Love column and brings them to life through the voices of celebrities. Writers who submit their work are some of the most amazing writers I’ve ever read but when you’re on the go and you can have actors like Ethan Hawke and Mandy Moore reading the stories, goose-bumps are inevitable. After each episode, the editor of the column will sit with the writers themselves and sometimes the celebrities and talk about the story and what might’ve happened after the story was published. By the way, all these romantic (remember that romance can be devastatingly sad or incredibly happy) stories are TRUE.

5. Dirty John (sn. 1) & Dr. Death (sn. 2) –

I really don’t know how to explain these because if I do, I could ruin the incredible story that unfolds amongst the episodes of each season. So to put it simply and make it very general, if you like murder mysteries and real crime stories- you will definitely enjoy what each season brings you. The first season had me on the edge of my seat and kept me company for the 3 hours to my grandmas house.