My Top 10 Go-To Podcasts: March 2018

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!

Educational Podcasts:
  • 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. favorite podcasts
  • 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. favorite podcasts
  • 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.) favorite podcasts
  • 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.
Supernatural Podcasts:
  • 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. favorite podcasts
  • 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.
Conclusion:

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!

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    1. Thank you! Glad there’s another history buff out there! I’ve learned so much from those podcasts! Been able to answer all kinds of Jeopardy questions! haha

  1. You are absolutely right about podcast getting you through a workout or just a long day in general. I typically listen to Money and investment podcasts and podcasts for entertainment only. I hope to start one eventually! I have to check out some that you mentioned.

    1. What money and investment podcasts do you listen to? I really like Freakonomics for that kind of stuff! I hope you enjoy some of the ones on this list! Also, I hope you get to start a podcast! That would be so cool!

  2. I love podcasts! I have a 30 minute commute in the morning and enjoy the time where I can listen to GOOD conversations and not all the malarkey on the radio. Look forward to checking these out. Thanks!

    1. I agree! Podcasts are literally the best way to pass time! Radio gets kind of… tedious sometimes! I hope you enjoy some of these!

    1. You’re welcome! I hope you enjoy! Podcasts have totally been my saving grace getting through school and work sometimes, so I hope you find them beneficial as well!

  3. WOW! I have never heard of any of these podcasts. I will check out the history podcast as I have young children in school and I am sure they will ask questions I should know the answers to. Thanks for sharing!

    1. The Stuff You Missed In History Class podcast is great for kids! They keep it pg, and if they’re going to discuss a more sensitive subject, they give you a heads up because they are aware that kids listen! Enjoy!

    1. The two Health and Wellness podcasts are by bloggers, and they talk about blogging on occasion as well! I hope you enjoy some of these!

    1. I hope you like them! I definitely have a podcast addiction.. I’m literally listening to Stuff You Should Know as I’m typing this! haha

    1. I think you’ll really enjoy them! It’s sometimes nice to just have something to listen to that isn’t music, ya know? A little more conversational. Plus, you learn things! I’ve gotten to where I almost exclusively listen to podcasts these days.

  4. ooooh! True crime podcasts! Why haven’t I thought to look for that?!
    The “Stuff You Should Know” podcast looks like something my nerd ball husband may enjoy. 😊 Not that you’re a nerd ball if you like that one! 😁
    I’ve learned the value of podcasts recently due to a lack of time to read everything I want to read. There’s never enough time, so I can listen to a podcast while I check email, etc. Thank you for sharing some I hadn’t heard of!
    – Ali

    1. True crime podcasts are amazing, although they can get a little dark and make me a tad bit paranoid at times haha. I am totally a nerd ball and the hosts of “Stuff You Should Know” are hilarious nerds too. It’s fully embraced, so definitely no offense taken haha! I am so glad you found this list useful! Enjoy!

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