I tune into several podcasts on a weekly basis during my commutes, down time, while cooking, and traveling. They have become a staple method of entertainment to keep up with pop cultural touch tones, to hear in-depth interviews, and learn about subjects that interest me. While I stay faithful to the podcasts on my previous round-ups (here and here), here are a few podcasts I’ve added to the list since then.
Still Processing – My favorite podcasts still remain those with super smart friends bantering about topics that interest me and this podcast falls squarely in that wheel house. NYT staffers: Jenna Wortham and Wesley Morris talk about pop culture and social commentary in an insightful way and I always walk away from their episodes with more info than I knew at the start.
Must Listen Episode: So many good ones, but start at the top of Season 2 with We Go to S-Town
The Call with Erica Williams Simon – This is the newest addition to my queue. I love the Man Repeller site though it bums me out a little that it’s traditionally been not super diverse in terms of including contributors who are women of color. So I was excited to hear about the newish podcast The Call with Erica Williams Simon. For each episode, Erica sits down with one inspiring woman and asks her basically what amounts to her origin story and how she found her “call” whether it’s professional, personal, community/activist related, etc.
Must Listen Episode:#005 dream hampton
Pod Save America – Here’s something you may not know about me: My minor in college was Political Science and traditionally I really love to dive deep into political news and discuss it. Well maybe this isn’t a surprise since I’ve lived in DC nearly my whole adult life. I’ve significantly dialed back my political news consumption since President Obama left office because…#self-care. But in addition to reading The Skimm Newsletter every weekday, I listen to Pod Save America. Pod Save America is hosted by four former Obama White House staffers: Jon Favreau, Dan Pfeiffer, Jon Lovett, and Tommy Vietor. The guys talk about the latest political news headlines and the chaotic machinations of the current White House. They also interview politicians, fellow former Obama White House staffers, friends, activists, among others. One difference from their previous podcast Keeping it 1600, which I also listened to is that they are chastened from offering political predictions and they also frequently ask guests what listeners can do to get involved with both politics and resistance to the current White House Administration.
Must Listen to Episode: The political news changes like hourly with #45 in office…so I suggest listening to the latest episode (which are released on Monday and Thursday each week).
Black Girl in Om (BGIO) – Women of color are not always included in the mainstream discussions about wellness, self-care, and healing which is a bummer personally because I love these topics. But this podcast offers that safe space that can be difficult to find other places to talk about these self-care and wellness topics and specifically how they affect black women. The hosts Lauren Ash and Deun Ivory also have an inspiring digital magazine and host events in their city (Chicago) and others around yoga, celebration, healing, etc.
Must-Listen to Episodes: #11 Questions for a Yogi and #13: Emotional and Spiritual Empowerment 101: A Chat with Tracy G.
Pardon My French with Garance Dore – A podcast by the author and illustrator of the fashion and lifestyle site. Her site is one of the earlier fashion focused blogs I started reading. She interviews interesting people from various fashion and lifestyle fields and also has episodes where she talks about various topics with her friends on shorter episodes.
Must-Listen Episode: A Brand and a Soul: Phillip Lim