A few years ago, I listened to the Serial podcast, and it got me hooked. I’m a true Adnan fan, and I’m praying he is set free soon! Over the last month, I’ve binged several podcasts that range from funny to serious. There are several that I can’t stop listening to on a daily basis. There are a few that I haven’t gotten to yet, but I’m working on tackling them in the next few months.
Here’s a quick look at the ones that I’m loving:
a.) See Something Say Something (https://www.buzzfeed.com/seesomethingsaysomething) : Ahmed Ali Akbar is the host of the podcast, who works for BuzzFeed News. He invites guests on his show and they drink lots of chai 🙂 He and his guests all tell personal stories about their experiences of being Muslim, and it started back in October 2016. I’ve been jumping around different topics, and I still have many episodes left. But, if you download this podcast, there are a few you have to hear first. Episode 1 tackles how people feel about Muslim right now (late October). It’s so good and highlights several thoughts that I’ve been experiencing. Episode 2 about Jinns is the one I listened to tonight. I was cooking and some of the stories made my skin crawl. I’ve had an experience in the past, which scared me to death (I’ll write about this in a separate blog). My dad came to visit a few days later and prayed for them to go away. Needless to say, I haven’t had any experiences since. Episode 5 about parents is so good!! This is by far one of my faves so far. Episode 16 talks about dating and using apps like Minder. I laughed so much because the guests were saying the same things that I’ve been experiencing.
b.) The Unpodcast (http://www.unmarketing.com/unpodcast/): Last year at the PRSA International Conference, I heard Scott Stratten speak at the closing general session. He had me and the audience laughing. I decided to download his podcast, and I love it. He and his wife, Allison, talk about current examples and discuss the good, bad, and ugly of marketing. They had a great podcast about the recent United crisis, passive aggressive email marketing, and ethics. It’s about 30 minutes long, and they banter back and forth, which I love. I listen for tips and think about how I can apply them to my job and future growth.
c.) Two of my PR colleagues have started a podcast called Serial_Moms (twitter.com/Serial_Moms). Susan Matthews Apgood and Samantha Foster Villegas are so funny! They have different personalities, but I love how they tackle different topics. Even though I’m not a mom yet, their show still resonates with me. They’ve talked about self-doubt, how to handle conflict, mean moms, and more. It comes through as real, authentic, and always include humor. I’ve known them for eight years, but I always hear something new about them in every episode.
d.) S-Town–is a podcast from Serial and its an American Life by Brian Reed. It’s seven episodes following the life a man named John, who hates his small town in Alabama. He asks Brian to investigate a murder that happened in his town. There’s a twist to the story in episode 3, which had me saying really? As I cleaned my house a few weeks ago, I finished all seven episodes. I couldn’t put it down. The storytelling was fantastic. I know some folks were meh about it, but I really liked it. (https://stownpodcast.org/)
e.) Pod Save America–Three guys from President Obama’s White House staff talking about different issues happening with politics. They bring different guests on to discuss current events, and it’s pretty good. I listen to it often, but I don’t listen every week. There are times when I need to take a break, but it’s one podcast that’s helping me navigate the new president.
f.) Reveal–is a podcast that tackles real-life issues, investigative reporting, and tells great stories. They’ve covered things like the color of feminism, issues with the legal system for people who can’t afford a lawyer (great episode!!), religious freedom loophole, and more. There are so many episodes I haven’t heard yet, but I’m working through it. This is probably one of the more serious ones.
g.) Tiny Leaps, Big Changes: This podcast are very short episodes covering topics to motivate you to be a better person. Most of the episodes are 20 minutes or less. One that I loved was the power of gratitude. It’s important for all of us to be thankful for what we have and not compare our lives to others. I tend to do it all the time, but it was a great reminder for me. 🙂 This morning, I listened to why you should do squats on a regular basis. Let’s see if that helps motivate me to do it.
h.) #GoodMulismBadMuslim: This podcast is so funny, and the two female hosts discuss topics relating to being Muslim. There are many shows that I still need to listen to, but I really love what I’ve heard so far.
i.) Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People(xhttp://www.earwolf.com/show/beautiful-anonymous/) The host will interview random people who call the hotline number. He interviews them and they tell their life story. This is truly one of my favorites because of the topics they cover. The other day they had a couple talking about being swingers. There’s no way I would ever do it. However, this couple was so funny and honest about why they do it. There was one about a Trail Blazer, and he led a hard life of drugs, failed marriages, jail time, etc. It was intriguing to hear the lessons he learned along the way.
j) Stuff You Should Know (http://www.stuffyoushouldknow.com/): The co-hosts tackle topics that we should know more about. One of my favorite episodes is “How Swearing Works.” This was not only funny, but it was very educational. When I watch my sports teams, I usually will say words I can’t repeat or write in this blog. I heard another one about how corsets work, and it was fantastic. They truly look at different things and really explore it in about 45 minutes to an hour. Great stuff on this one.
k.) Brexit Podcast: This covers different issues relating to Britain leaving the EU. I haven’t listened to a lot of them, but I’m planning to make time to listen. I remember being in England in 2000 studying abroad in school. That’s when they started the EU plan. I took a course and wrote numerous papers on why this would be successful. The guests talk about how this will impact the country and Europe overall, and current issues happening that may impact the succession.
Here are a few that I’m going to listen to soon: Missing Richard Simmons, Women of the Hour, The Mash-Up Americans, Spark, They Walk Among Us-UK True Crime, and Terrible, Thanks for Asking (I’ve listened to two so far), Code Switch, and Reply All (listened to two).
What other podcasts should I add to this list? Let me know!