A Guide To My Favorite Podcasts

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Hello everyone! Happy 2018. I’m super excited to share my first post of 2018 and it’s a bit different than anything I’ve done. Over the last six months or so, I’ve gotten super into podcasts and I asked my twitter followers if a post on my favorites would be of interest, and was happy to see that it was something my readers would like to check out! I’ve compiled some of my favorites as well as some that are on my list to listen to. I hope you enjoy and come away from this post with something new to hear!

I’ve broken this down into categories in case some of you are more interested in one topic over another. Feel free to ask me any questions about any of them. Enjoy!

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And The Writer Is…
I only listened to an episode or two of this podcast but I found it to be so interesting! ATWI…is hosted by Ross Golan, who is a multi platinum songwriter. He has written hit songs with the likes of Maroon 5, Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj, and SOO many more. I only listened to the episode featuring Jack Antonoff because (obviously I love him) and I have been meaning to revisit this one, but it’s definitely one that you really have to focus on and isn’t too easy to listen to while simultaneously working on something else, which is usually when I listen to podcasts the most. It’s cool to  hear him discuss songwriting with a variety of different artists and I’m definitely looking to dive deeper into this one.

Awards Chatter
For those of us who just love being in the know of all things pop culture, this is a GREAT podcast. Run by The Hollywood Reporter, the host interviews a variety of celebrities about their current projects and the buzz around the big movies and tv shows of the moment. Guests include Jordan Peele, who directed the huge success “Get Out,” Reese Witherspoon, Elisabeth Moss, and many more. If you’re interested in award season (hence the title) this is a great option.

Guys We F*****
This was actually one of the first podcasts I ever started listening to, and I don’t listen to it regularly or week by week but it’s still HILARIOUS and so thoughtfully crafted. Two female friends, Corinne Fischer and Krystyna Hutchinson who talk about sex very openly and comfortably. They are very feminist thinking and are anti-slut shaming, which is definitely what initially drew me in. They have guests every now and then and it’s just a very enjoyable and open conversation about sex and topics that are usually portrayed as super taboo. They are truly hilarious and I think they will change your perspective on some of these topics.

I initially stumbled across this podcast after I saw that they had done an episode about Taylor Swift’s reputation, and the rest is history. The podcast is hosted by The New York Times’ music critic Jon Caramanica and always has other NYT writers appear as guests. They talk about current trends in contemporary pop music, new album releases, everything in between. One of my favorite episodes discusses the differences between what makes a female pop star and explores the idea by comparing Katy Perry, Lorde and Halsey. It was so interesting!!!!!

Pop Culture Happy Hour 
Pop Culture Happy Hour is probably my ideal podcast. Produced by NPR, the hosts discuss any sort of current events happening in pop culture, whether that’s the new season of Black Mirror, indie movies that are creating buzz (Lady Bird and Call Me By Your Name), etc. I just think it’s cool to be able to hear people who get paid to discuss these things (goals) converse like they’re just hanging out with their friends and I think it’s a great way to find more information about movies and television if you’re wanting to seek out that extra #content.

The Ben and Ashley Almost Famous Podcast
With The Bachelor back on television for its 21st season, I am gearing up to follow along while laughing and simultaneously cringing. As problematic as The Bachelor/Bachelorette franchise is, it’s easy, mindless entertainment, and pondering all the weird moments, obnoxious contestants and clearly staged scenes is always fun to talk about. I got into this podcast during the summer during Rachel Lindsay’s season of The Bachelorette – and I think Ashley Iaconetti (who was a contestant on a previous season) is really funny and a naturally talented host. Ben Higgins (once a Bachelor himself) is sweet and insightful, but I think that Ashley steals the show every time.

Switched On Pop
I honestly love listening to people talk about pop music because as much as I write about it, I really don’t have that many people to converse about it with to the extent where they discuss it in this podcast. Some of episode highlights include analyzing Dua Lipa’s “New Rules” and what makes it stand out and Harry Styles’ massive teen girl following. If you’re interested in modern pop I think this is a great one to listen to.

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Lovett Or Leave It
This show came to me after I started listening to Pod Save America regularly. Jon Lovett of Pod Save America (which is what I introduce below) is the host of this podcast, and I think he is truly hilarious. The content is similar in regards to the conversation about politics and the variety of special guests, but I would say it’s a bit more lighthearted and has a LOT of games involved. I think it’s a great way to stay informed while still getting a good laugh out of each episode.

Pod Save America
I had a hard time adjusting listening to this podcast regularly because the state of our politics truly makes me sad, but I am now HOOKED on Pod Save America. It’s a great podcast hosted by very educated, successful and positive political figures (a couple were speechwriters for Obama, and a senior advisor to Obama…you get the gist). I think that in this current political climate I think it’s very easy to only focus on all of the horrible things that are going on, but the hosts of this podcast do a great job at of course, addressing the horrible things going on in America, but also make sure to bring guests on and attempt to find solutions to the problems that we’re facing. It’s important to always be able to look at these situations with a positive lens knowing that we can make impact and inspire change, and that’s why I really like this podcast over a couple other ones I considered featuring that cover politics.

The Daily
Like the one I am introducing below, The Daily also brings you news every morning and is a great way to stay informed. Sometimes the episodes focus on one story over the other and tends to be a bit longer, which is way I tend not to listen to it every day. They recently had an episode covering a branch of the government that was recently publicly announced as one that was investigating alien life and it was seriously the most interesting piece of journalism I have heard in a LONG time. It was so good and interesting and freaky!

Up First
I make it a point to listen to this podcast every morning when I wake up, whether that may be on the way to the gym or when I’m starting a day of work. NPR hosts this short daily podcast that gives the listener the day’s biggest news. It lasts an average of about 12 minutes each episode and it’s a great way to feel like you’re informed on what’s going on in international and/or national news, and they do a good job at explaining things that can sometimes be a little dense or confusing for the average person. If you want to keep involved with news but hate reading the news since it’s breaking every other second (honestly me), this is the way to go.

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What Really Happened?
If you know me fairly well, you would know that I am pretty interested in conspiracy theories. I am not one to believe those ridiculous theories, but I do think that these sorts of topics are interesting to learn about. Andrew Jenks is the host of this podcast – and if his name sounds familiar, it’s because he had a television show on MTV maybe 6 years ago, and he has made a handful of successful documentaries. This podcast has actually gotten a lot of positive reception and I think it’s helpful that The Rock (yes, the real Rock) is a producer. Andrew Jenks addresses historically well known events but the different sides to the stories – which I think it’s cool and I’ve learned a lot. My favorite episode is when Jenks discusses Brittany Spears’ mental breakdown and how she was viewed in the public eye as a young female celebrity ultimately attributed to her psychological breakdown.

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My Favorite Murder
Alright, here’s the one that got me hooked on podcasts. I stumbled across this one last summer and was instantly obsessed with it. MFM is a podcast that two friends decided to randomly start after bonding over their obsession with true crime. They’re both super hilarious women and a lot of the show centers around dealing with anxiety through the communal interest of true crime – and learning how to protect yourself from these sorts of things ever happening to you. I’m apart of a couple Facebook groups for fans of the podcast and people have shared stories about getting away from a dangerous situation based on the information they have learned from this podcast. HOW COOL IS THAT!!! Since the hosts generally try to joke about what they’re talking about (definitely as a coping mechanism), it may take you awhile to realize that they aren’t making fun of the stories, but just trying to learn to cope with the fear that these sorts of things can happen to anyone at any moment.

Sword and Scale
This podcast was recommended to me after I wanted to hear other podcasts about true crime. There are smilier topics covered in this podcast compared to My Favorite Murder, but it’s a LOT darker and there’s no real dialogue (there’s one host) and it gets graphic pretty fast. I like this one specifically because the host does a really great job at getting people involved in each case to talk on the podcast, which is neat and different. There was one episode that was so graphic I had to stop listening, which is something that I hadn’t experienced with My Favorite Murder. In short, don’t listen to it if you have a weak stomach.

Dirty John
This podcast is a bit different because it only focused on one family and it only lasted six episodes. It covers basically a con man who completely fools an entire family and what happens as a result. This one is cool because each person who is a focal point in the story are contributors to the podcast and there are SO many twists and turns.

True Crime Garage
I recently started this one after hearing a couple episodes because again, I just love true crime and like hearing details about different cases. This one focuses on a couple friends who record the podcast in a garage. Some of the content is so long and specific that they break it up into multiple episodes so it doesn’t get too confusing and overwhelming. I would say that in terms of seriousness, this one is a good middle ground between My Favorite Murder and Sword and Scale.

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– Kristin

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