“What I’m …” Wednesday: Podcasts

“What I’m …” Wednesday: Podcasts

It’s Wednesday and I actually remembered to post a “What I’m…” post. This week the focus on podcasts. I’ve seen at least two people in the past few weeks ask for podcast recommendations so I figured I would share some of my current faves.

Most of the podcasts I really enjoy come from NPR. Every morning, while I’m getting ready for work, I listen to Up First. It’s a quick news roundup that’s posted by 6 a.m. EST every weekday. Each episode is about 10-15 minutes long which is about how long it takes me to get ready, so the timing is perfect.

My current favorite podcast is called 1A. As you may have guessed, the podcast’s name refers to the First Amendment. They cover a variety of topics related to current events. For example, my daughter and I just listened to an episode about 13 Reasons Why. the Netflix show based on a book about a teenage girl who commits suicide, leaving behind audio tapes for the people in her life who had an effect on her decision. (I’m struggling with my word choices here but I don’t want to derail the point and go off on a tangent.) Another recent episode was about why and how Donald Trump should be impeached. Other topics have included Caitlyn Jenner, the death penalty, and science. There’s also a weekly news roundup every Friday and more discussion beyond the podcast happening on the 1A.org website.

If you’ve got a short commute, the Makers podcast is great for a quick listen. Makers is all about women. Each episode focuses on one to three women and the impact they’ve had on our world. Host Amanda McCall has covered women like Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sally Ride, and others. It’s not updated as frequently as many of my other favorite podcasts, but I do like the short epidodes because I don’t always have the attention span to listen to something that’s an hour long. Each episode of Makers is about 15 minutes long.

Snap Judgment is another NPR show via WNYC, but it’s more about storytelling than the news or politics. Host Glynn Washington has a way of grabbing your attention and making you think. Speaking of WNYC, that’s also where you’ll find 2 Dope Queens featuring Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams. These women are hilarious. If you’ve never listened to 2 Dope Queens, that’s the one you need to start with.

Dear Sugar has been around for a while. If you read the book “Wild” or saw the movie starring Reese Witherspoon, then you know Cheryl Strayed, one of the Dear Sugar co-hosts. Strayed and her co-host Steve Almond spend every episode addressing letters from people seeking advice. Much of it is about relationships, whether it’s dating and marriage or parenting and family. This is one of those shows where I skip around and listen to the episodes that are relevant to my own life. Just last month, there was an episode about cutting off a relationship with our parents. It was basically a continuation from a previous episode in which a father wrote in about not having a relationship with his daughter. If you’re old like me and you remember reading “Dear Abby”, you’ll like Dear Sugar.

There are so many great podcasts out there, I can’t even keep up with them all. Find something fun and entertaining, find something thought-provoking and educational, whatever you’re in the mood for. Here are some others that keep popping up whenever someone asks for recommendations:

  • Pod Save America
  • Welcome to Nightvale
  • Stuff You Missed in History Class
  • My Favorite Murder
  • Hidden Brain
  • The Nerdist
  • Radiolab

What are you listening to lately? Are you obsessed with a particular podcast or are you still looking for something to get hooked on?

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