Podcasts for Every Individual

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I have been hearing a lot of talk about podcasts from women in my mom group and from writers I follow on Instagram. I never thought they'd excite me so I never gave them a shot. Until someone recommended me to Serial, a podcast about a murder of a high school girl in 1999. I listened to the first episode while cleaning and was absolutely hooked. Since then, I've been on the search for podcasts. Here's what I've come up with.

If you're a parent...

Listen to: The Longest Shorter Time

This beloved parenting podcast was started by Hillary Frank, a mother herself. It's known as the "parenting show for everyone" because it's so versatile and great even if you're just friends with someone who has a child. It creates a sense of community and allows parents to know they aren't alone in their struggles - something every parent needs to know at one time or another. The struggles are real and the conversations within the podcast shine light in insightful and smart ways. Frank said it best - “I’m trying to facilitate people telling their stories so we all feel less alone.”

If you're a feminist & into sex positivity...

Listen to: Sex Nerd Sandra
A fascinating podcast dedicated to all things sex positive. It includes unapologetic sex talks including tips, advice, porn, quickies, hook-ups, science, and so forth. The author, Sandra Daugherty, uses her knowledge in anthropology, philosophy, and broadcast journalism to delve into a fun, interesting, and refreshing sex talk that won't make you feel shameful. Not only is it fun, but it also indulges in the science-y aspects as well. 

If you're into politics...

Listen to: FiveThirtyEight's Elections

This podcast follows the 2016 elections casually, allowing listener's to easily follow along without getting lost in fancy lingo. The hosts will go through appointments, caucuses, tracking the polls, "game changers", and everything else about the elections. Check out the latest from the recent Super Tuesday. 

If you're into design...

Listen to: 99% Invisible

These podcasts touch base on design and architecture. It reminds us of the "99% invisible activity" that goes on behind the scenes and shapes what we see around us. They'll tell you about how the inflatable flailing arm man came to be or why Freud chose a couch over an armchair. They go through and tell you about the things you don't think about - the invisible things. Listen to the first podcast and you won't turn back. 

If you're into suspense...

Listen to: Limetown

If suspenseful stories that fill you with goosebumps thrill you, this podcast is for you. This fictional story draws you in from the start. The creators wanted to make a movie but the costs and the general venture was risky so instead, they simply decided to tell a story - and a chilling one they created. The premise of the story goes like this: "Ten years ago, over three hundred men, women and children disappeared from a small town in Tennessee, never to be heard from again. In this seven-part podcast, American Public Radio host Lia Haddock asks the question once more, “What happened to the people of Limetown?”

If you're into comedy...

Listen to: Mortified

This series allows adults to reiterate all their embarrassing moments that happened in their younger years. They go through old diaries, poems, old letters, and share extremely mortifying moments. It's definitely laugh-out-loud and enjoyably cringe-worthy. Your cheeks will hurt by the end of an episode. 

If you're into movies...

Listen to: The Business

This show focuses on the business side of the cinematic universe. The dialogue is well thought out and gives you insight into a world many aren't aware of. Each show begins with the latest business news and what current developments are happening. The second part interviews a major Hollywood figure and their role in relation to the business aspect of Hollywood. 

If you're into music...

Listen to: Switched on Pop

The chemistry between the musicologist hosts is sensational and easy to enjoy. Popular songs are dissected and allow listener's to see more than the shallow depiction that is often presented. The hosts truly make you dig deep to see if there is more than meet's the eye in popular music. As they say: "Switched on Pop will make you laugh, dance, and ask ridiculous questions like: does the falsetto in One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful” essentially make them our modern day Castrati?"

If you're into culture...

Listen to: Fresh Air 

The host of Fresh Air is inquisitive, perceptive, nerdy, and curious while her voice is soothing. She's the perfect host to interview a variety of authors, journalists, musicians, artists, politicians, and so forth. The people she interviews ranges from Madonna to Lena Dunham to Toni Morrison. Her guests open up and reveal such intimate details that you never thought you would have the privilege to hear. This podcast is completely fascinating, in-depth, refreshing, unexpected, and enjoyable. 

If you're into books...

Listen to: Book Riot

This podcast is full of wit, fun, knowledge, and incredible book recommendations. They give insight into the publishing world, authors, readers, and things in between. Not only is it informative, but the hosts are hilarious as well. 

If you're into Serial...

Listen to: This American Life

This podcast makes amazing dinner conversation, similar to Serial. It's mainly a non-fiction narrative that features a multitude of discussions. Every episode follows a particular theme or topic which can range from babies being switched at birth and what goes on while babysitters babysit. It's extremely versatile for anyone to listen to. 

What podcasts are you listening to?