I’m a huge fan of podcasts, and I particularly enjoy listening to them while I’m walking my dogs or on my daily-ish commute (I work from home two days per week). I’m always seeing threads of people asking for podcast recommendations so I figured I would share some of my current favorites here!
Bad On Paper: I’ve only been listening to this podcast for a few weeks, and I like it because the hosts Grace Atwood and Becca Freeman talk a lot of about travel and books - both topics I very much enjoy. It’s a self-described young adulting podcast, but I’m pretty sure both hosts are in the mid-30s, so while I guess you’re technically a “young professional” until you’re 40, young adulting sounds like a stretch. Regardless, do not let this distract you from the fact that this is a very entertaining podcast for someone interested in travel and books. In 2019 they’ve started to bring on some really fun guests - all in all, a very entertaining podcast.
Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness: Jonathan Van Ness, one of the hosts of Queer Eye, is REALLY extra. The first time I watched Queer Eye, I was prepared to hate him for his extra-ness, but turns out, us extra people are magically drawn to each other. I say this to warn you that if you low tolerance for dramatic outbursts and quick sidebars, you will hate this podcast. If however, you are incredibly curious about all sorts of random things, and do not mind detours into strange topics or questionable English accents, you will enjoy this podcast as much as I do.
Is It Just Me?: Coming to you from across the pond, former Glamour magazine editor Jo Elvin and former deputy editor James Williams host interesting conversations with mostly Brit celebrities about the mundane, unusual, and the really important questions in life. In a recent episode, James asked “Is it just me who gets irrationally annoyed at people’s dietary restrictions” — no James, it is NOT just you.
Second Life: As someone who is currently trying to reinvent her career, this podcast is a particular favorite of mine because it tells the stories of professionals who started their career in one direction and have successfully made the pivot, sometimes in an entirely different direction. For me it’s one part inspiration, and one part reminder that change takes time, and in the moment it might feel incredibly slow and frustrating, but as long as things are changing in the direction you want, you just have to keep going.
The Dave Chang Show: Part genius, part media darling, part enfant terrible, Dave Chang might just be one of the most interesting people in the world. His Netflix show Ugly Delicious made me cry - it told the story of food in America, and ultimately any story about food in America is an immigrant story, and one of sharing, and nostalgia, and creating community. As an immigrant myself (albeit one who does not cook much Indian food) it got me right in the feels. Anyway, I was expecting more of the same in his podcast, and well, it’s not quite like the show. Sure Dave interviews quite a few chefs, but he also brings on artists, and athletes and while they talk about food and restaurant culture, they also talk about so much more. Dave is naturally curious, which makes this podcast so interesting. Warning - there are a lot of F-bombs in this podcast, so if you have kids in the car, or are listening at work, you have been warned.
Broken Harts: This podcast tells the heartbreaking story of a family of 8 and their surprising death. Markis, Hannah, Devonte, Abigail, Jeremiah, and Sierra Hart—six beautiful black children, ranging in age from 12 to 19—were all adopted by Sarah and Jennifer Hart, both white. And while everything looked wonderful and perfect on social media, the family’s GMC Yukon was found on the rocks below California’s Highway - a murder-suicide. This podcast tries to piece together the story of what really happened.
Fall of The Shah: a new podcast by BBC World Service. You may not know this, but back in the 1970s, the United States and Iran were allies. The Iranian Revolution would change the world forever, and this nine-part podcast is a dramatization of the events that led to the fall of the Iranian royal family.
Origins: Were you a fan of Sex and the City? As much as I loved that show in my 20s, I have so many issues with it as I watch it again in my 30s. Mostly I’m really annoyed that Carrie ended up with Big. He strung her along FOR SO LONG!! Girl, have some self respect and show him the door and shut it firmly. But she never did. My issues with the show almost made me forget just how groundbreaking the show was when it aired in the late 90s. Season 5 of the Origins podcast revisits the series and it’s place in pop culture and society. The podcast features interviews with the creators and cast (except Kim Cattrall, obviously) and talks about the show in the context of the time, and also what it means today. It’s also fascinating to hear Chris Noth talk about his character and I personally felt redeemed that he’s kinda meh on Big too!
Royally Obsessed: Brooklyn princesses Kaitlyn Menza and Lisa Ryan talk about all this royal in this weekly podcast. Accompanied by a royal refreshment (they really need to get more creative with their cocktails), this podcast discusses the goings on from our favorite royal family, the Windsors. There hasn’t been a dull moment since Harry and Meghan announced their engagement, especially since (a) the Markle family (not Doria obviously) is a train-wreck, and the British media are determined to pit the two Duchesses against each other. So much drama, so much fashion, so much fun!
Table Manners with Jessie Ware: Musical artist Jessie Ware reinvigorates the art of the intimate dinner party by hosting guests and cooking a 3 course meal along with her mum (they’re British) Lennie. Food, friends, conversation — all the most wonderful things in the world - make for one very entertaining podcast. I love hearing everyone’s ideal last meals, and the recent episode with Samin Nosrat of the cookbook and Netflix show Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat is one of my favorites.
BONUS: So, I know a lot of you are huge fans of true crime podcasts, and if you are, I highly recommend The Teacher’s Pet. Based in Australia, this podcast tells the story of a young mother, Lyn Dawson, who just ups and disappears one day, leaving behind a 4-year old and a 2-year old. She takes NOTHING with her. A few days later, her husband moves his teen lover into the house. Sounds like a slam-dunk, right? Except, that the husband Chris Dawson has never been charged with a crime. What struck me most is that so many people thought “someone else was talking to the police or doing something” that no one did anything at the most critical time. It’s unimaginable that something like this would happen today, but that doesn’t take anything away from the podcast. There have been some additional developments since the first set of episodes aired, so this is an active investigation that continues today!