Whether or not you’re a long time listener, podcasts are a great way to help get through a long work day, workout, or road trip. I literally listen to a podcast any time I get into the car, even if I’m just heading to the grocery store. Podcasts are pretty much the reason I got through grad school. They got me through every late night study session and writing marathon I had. Podcasts have also made workouts, hikes, and horseback rides even better than they already were.
There are podcasts for literally everyone and any interest. I started out pretty much only listening to educational podcasts because, let’s face it, I love to learn. And you can literally learn about anything via podcasts if you look hard enough! Then, as I started to get more into health and wellness, I started listening to podcasts in that realm. These shows addressed everything from diets to spirituality, and so much more. These podcasts opened my mind and taught me about things I never even knew existed in the wellness world.
More recently, my sister introduced me to true crime and mystery podcasts. Being a lifelong Law and Order fan, I’m all about the murder mysteries and crime shows. So when she told me I could listen to those types of stories literally anytime, I obviously became addicted.
So, with all of that in mind, I want to share my favorite shows with you! Even if podcasts aren’t really your thing right now, give one of these a try and it might just change your mind. If you’re already a pretty regular podcaster, leave a comment below with your recommendations! I’m always looking for more great listens!
- Stuff You Missed In History Class– This is the first podcast I ever listened to. (I’m basically a huge history nerd.) The hosts, Tracy and Holly, cover history from all over the world, including people and events you’ve probably never heard of! They also give new and interesting insight into famous (and infamous) people and events you think you know.
- Stuff You Should Know– This is another podcast by the same company, How Stuff Works. SYSK is basically a catch all for all the random and fascinating topics you probably don’t know jack about. Chuck and Josh, the hosts, are pretty much your new nerdy best friends as they cover everything from food origins to the sun.
- Ridiculous History– This one is a relatively new one for me. It’s also by How Stuff Works (apparently I just really like their work), but I find it hilarious. Not only are the historical topics they cover bizarre and oftentimes ridiculous, but these guys are nerdy and amazing. It’s perfect for it you’re looking for a light-hearted and interesting listen for your daily commute.
Health and Wellness Podcasts:
- The Balanced Blonde// Soul on Fire Podcast– the first wellness podcast I ever listened to. I think my favorite part about this podcast, beyond the content, is just how real and relatable this podcast is. Jordan Younger (aka “The Balanced Blonde”) takes you with her not only on her health journey, but her spiritual one as well. This podcast introduced me to more health, wellness, and spirituality information than just about anything else.
- The So Maven– Similarly, Davida is on a wellness journey of her own, and shares her thoughts and experiences with her listeners with so much candidness and realness. She not only presents her points of view, but actually seeks to have mind-expanding discussions about often controversial topics. She’s fun as heck to listen to and always keeps things interesting.
True Crime Podcasts:
- My Favorite Murder– I know the title seems a little odd, but it is so perfect for this hilarious true crime comedy podcast. Georgia and Karen are literally the funniest people I’ve ever listened to, telling you real stories about murders throughout history (usually within the last century). Complete with super common-sense advice on how to “stay sexy and don’t get murdered” and incredible realness about mental health and life struggles, these ladies kill it with this podcast. (Pun 100% intended.)
- Unsolved Murders– This podcast is a little quirky but I find it incredibly entertaining. They tell the stories of, you guessed it, unsolved murders! There are voice actors to help bring the stories to life, and they finish out every murder mystery with a recap of the evidence and their own deductions of who could have done it. I don’t always agree, but it’s super fun and interesting to analyze the evidence presented and come to your own conclusion.
- Atlanta Monster– This one is relatively new and kind of heavy, but it’s seriously so good. This show is about 30 African-American children that were murdered in Atlanta in the 1970’s. No one has ever been convicted for these murders. The host, Payne Lindsey, dives further into this story, investigating all sides and theories. I love this podcast not only because it’s super interesting, but because these 30 children are finally getting their story told.
- Lore– I’m not sure if you’ve seen the ads, but Aaron Mahnke has done such an amazing job with this podcast that he got his own Amazon show. He tells old folktales and scary stories in a way that keeps you on the edge of your seat. If you’re looking for pure, fascinating entertainment, this is for you.
- The Black Tapes– I honestly don’t even know how to describe this one. It’s attention-grabbing, makes you think, and has all the fun supernatural components you could want. It follows the host, Alex Reagan, while she investigates supernatural events and the very mysterious Dr. Richard Strand. It’s one of those things where you just have to experience it to really understand how amazing it is.
These certainly aren’t all of the amazing podcasts out there, but so far, these are my favorites! I listen to all of these podcasts through Apple Podcast. However, I believe they are also all on Spotify and other streaming services. If you are new to podcasts and don’t know where to start, I recommend something that tells you a story. These podcasts are easy to listen to and get you hooked pretty quickly. Again, if you have any recommendations of your own, please leave them below! Happy listening!