Binge-Worthy Podcasts For Trying Times

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Trying to fit self-care into the schedule is normally the last thing on our list of daily needs. However, with everything going on right now it doesn’t hurt to squeeze it in when you can. But how exactly can you do this? I’ve got one word for you…

Podcasts are a great way to get in some self-care while completing other tasks too. Making dinner? Throw on a pod. Working on bath time? It’s podcast time. Did you actually get all of your kids to take a nap or play on their own? Tell me your secrets and then go listen to a podcast.

Check out our recommendations below to help make social distancing a little easier.

Science

  • Ologies with Alie Ward: Alie Ward is an Emmy Award-winning science correspondent for CBS. Each episode explores a different scientific field of study through expert interviews and light humor. I definitely recommend her recent episode on virology to get accurate information on COVID-19.
  • Science Vs.: This podcast tackles all facets of science in an attempt to crush false information spread by misinformed people. Most recently, they tackle the Corona Virus and the fear surrounding it.

Health and Wellness

  • Wellness Mama: Katie Wells covers topics ranging from holistic health, stress, natural living, and more.
  • The Goop Podcast: Gwyneth Paltrow and Elise Loehnen talk to leaders in thinking, culture-changing, and industry disruptors about shifting thinking and starting new conversations.
  • Food Psych with Christy Harrison: Christy Harrison is a Registered Dietician Nutritionist and a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor. Each episode of her podcast explores relationships to food, body image, and other food-related mental health issues.

Postpartum

  • The Boob Group: New mamas hoping to breastfeed, this podcast is for you. Hosted by a panel of experienced moms and IBCLCs, each episode answers any and all breastfeeding questions.
  • Honest Mamas: Hosted by licensed therapists, these moms tackle all topics of motherhood and have a few episodes about postpartum topics worth checking out.
  • Ask the Doulas: Run by Gold Coast Doulas, this pod focuses on topics related to pregnancy, childbirth, and the fourth trimester.

Empowerment

  • Directionally Challenged: Hosted by Candice King and Kayla Ewell, this pod focuses on realigning your internal compass. They ask life’s questions and learn from their special guests with each episode.
  • Get Real with Caroline Hobby: Caroline Hobby sits down with the wives of several different Country artists and influencers to talk about life.
  • 4 Things With Amy Brown: Amy Brown is a working mom who spends her time teaching others to practice self-care and maintain overall well-being.
  • Happier With Gretchen Rubin: Rubin offers practical advice for maintaining good habits and general happiness.

Parenting/ Motherhood

  • Band of Mothers Podcast: This pod is basically the child of The Pump and Dump Show, a traveling comedic act that provides super relatable humor to moms everywhere.
  • Just Add Sprinkles: Stephanie Flies of the City Mom Collective wants to celebrate your role as mama. Each episode tackles a different parenting topic and offers practical advice for each topic too.
  • Little Sprigs: For mamas of kids from age 0-8, this is a pod for you. Christina Rochelle takes on several topics pertaining to early childhood education, communication, and mindfulness.

Homeschooling

  • Simply Charlotte Mason: Sonya Shaffer takes on each week with a new topic pertaining to homeschooling with the Charlotte Mason method.
  • Read-Aloud Revival: Sarah Mackenzie is a best-selling author and uses this podcast to encourage a love of literacy and books for parents, teachers, and children.
  • Homeschooling Outside the Box: This podcast is great for parents of special needs children. The host explores topics in homeschooling for children with Autism, ADHD, and other challenges.

Lifestyle

Marriage

Inspirational

  • Goal Digger with Jenna Kutcher: Jenna Kutcher discusses tips and tricks for being successful in both life and career.
  • Do it Scared with Ruth Soukup: Ruth Soukup spends each week highlighting strategies to be more productive and motivated.
  • An Uncluttered Life: This podcast is perfect for when you’re feeling overwhelmed. The hosts spend each episode talking about figuring out what is and isn’t working and how to change what isn’t.

Intellectual 

  • The Anthropocene Reviewed: Best-selling author John Green reviews all parts of our modern world and its biodiversity. Along with that, he explores how human activity has shaped the world.
  • Make Me Smart: Hosts Kai Ryssdal and Molly Wood explore deep into several topics in the economy, technology, and culture. 
  • Invisibilia: Latin for “invisible things,” this podcast explores the world with the idea that unseeable forces control our behavior and how they impact the way society develops.

Books/Literary/Arts

  • The History of English: This podcast explores historical events and discusses how they have impacted the English language.
  • Off Book: If you’re a fan of Broadway, this podcast offers a new improvised musical every week. It’s made completely on the spot with no previous rehearsal time which can make for quality entertainment.
  • Myths and Legends: Jason Weiser explores a different tale of folklore, legend, and mythology and how they’ve shaped world cultures.

History

  • Revisionist History: Malcolm Gladwell re-visits past moments and discusses whether or not it was right at the time. Gladwell has covered topics ranging from people to events and more.
  • You Must Remember This: This storytelling podcast explores the forgotten history of the beginnings of Hollywood. 
  • A History of the World in 100 Objects: Director of the British Museum, Neil Macgregor explores the history of our world by focusing on specific objects and how they came to be.

Finances/Budgeting

  • The Dave Ramsey Show: Dave Ramsey answers questions from viewers about how to get out of debt and be smarter with their money.
  • The Rachel Cruze Show: Rachel Cruze discusses how to be money smart and reducing the stress that comes with finances. Topics include how to save more money, getting out of debt, and progressing toward goals.
  • The His and Her Money Show: Hosted by Talaat and Tai McNeely, this podcast focuses on being money smart as a married couple.

Music

  • Strong Songs: Host Kirk Hamilton spends each week dissecting songs and figuring out what made the song work for the time it was released.
  • Broken Record: Broken record is hosted by a group of musicians who gather to play music and discuss their life and artistic craft.
  • Dissect: Each season of this podcast explores a specific album. Episodes take one song from the album and do a deep dissection into the inner workings and meanings behind lyrics.

Pop Culture

  • Binge Mode: Jason Concepcion and Mallory Rubin take a deep dive into some of pop culture’s biggest franchises.
  • Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness: Jonathan Van Ness, 1/5 of the cast of Queer Eye on Netflix, has a weekly podcast where he consults with celebrities and professionals about topics he’s curious about.
  • Office Ladies: Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinney re-watch episodes of The Office and discuss them while telling exclusive behind-the-scenes stories too.
  • David Tennant Does a Podcast With…: Actor David Tennant chats weekly with celebrity guests who tell surprising stories and engage in meaningful conversation.

True Crime

  • Serial: Each series of Serial focuses on a specific criminal case and every episode features specific details from the case from start to finish.
  • Dirty John: Following the story of John Meehan, this one goes into detail about the exploits of Meehan and has been adapted into a TV series too (perfect for back-to-back binging!)
  • The Man in the Window:  This pod is centered around The Golden State Killer and is told through the eyes of his victims.

Did we miss a podcast you love? Let us know in the comments!

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Josie is the quintessential girl mom. She has two girls: Zolie (4) and Holly (<1). Step into her home at any given moment and you’ll likely be pummelled by a pint-sized princess in full ball gown attire. When she hasn’t been roped into playing princesses for the 750th time that week, you can find Josie at one of the many coffee shops in the area or a mommy and me class with her youngest while her oldest is at school. Josie is the mom behind The Momillennial and you can follow her path through motherhood on Instagram at @momillennial.

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  1. Great list of podcasts. One true crime I would suggest is crimejunkie. I can’t get enough of these two Indiana girls telling these stories. They are easy to listen to and follow.

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