I was a very early podcast adopter (before anyone really uttered the word podcast). All through my 20s in New York I listened to “This American Life” and “Slate Political Gabfest” on the subway and walking to and from work. I have rarely missed an episode and would absolutely be starstruck if I ever met Ira Glass. But the last few years since I’ve lived super close to my office and had kids, I was unable to find the time, all while podcasts were blowing up. Well, this year I dove back in and now look for any excuse to run to the grocery store or clean the bathroom so I can catch up on my favorites.
If you can’t tell from our Sunday Link Up posts, I am not alone for my love of “cleaning bathrooms,” the entire office (along with the world) is in love with the podcast movement and we thought it was high time to just put all our team favorites in one place. I mean is there anything more tragic than the end of a podcast binge? You feel lost, confused, desperately searching for your next intellectual fix! To be honest, this post is for us, too. We wanted to know all of each other’s favorites so that when it was time for a new one, we had a whole list of trusted recommendations (including some really fun niche recs). Get ready to hit subscribe…
Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations: EVERY SINGLE EPISODE makes me want to be a better person/mom/writer/employer. The recent one with 17-year-old activist Amandla Stenberg was so inspiring. The one about Quantum Wellness made me stop (almost completely) buying any meat that wasn’t humanely pasture-raised. And Dr. Brené Brown’s (obsessed with her) episode about The Anatomy of Trust really helped me see things differently and become such a better boss.
Invisibilia: My two favorite episodes are ‘Fearless’ (Jan 16, 2015) and ‘How To Become A Batman’ (Jan 22, 2015)
The Goop Podcast: I love most of these podcasts because they are experts in their field, regardless of how you feel about the brand. A few have changed my life in a very good way, including:
How Soil Health is Reflected in the Gut: This is the one where I learned what pesticides are doing to the soil which affects all of us inadvertently. After this, I started only buying from organic farms near me, loading up at the farmers market on Sunday and even going to such lengths as to have my assistant find mid-week farmers markets or buying at stores such as CookBook who work with local organic farms (I even have someone drive it up to me in the mountains if they are coming up anyway so that I don’t have to buy vegetables from the local store). For me, it is not only showing support for the farms that have had to jump through an incredible amount of hoops to grow organically, but also to punish those that don’t by taking away my business. I’m still researching and learning but this guy is all about regenerative farming which I would LOVE to know more about and how I can find them near me. I’ve done a deep dive into trying to find local farms that use regenerative agriculture techniques but haven’t found any so if anyone knows of any PLEASE let me know.
How To Become Your Future Self: This one is incredibly fascinating and I have a cousin who has seen/felt the effect first hand of how meditation can help rewire your brain to help you heal physically or mentally. There is something very empowering knowing that your brain is plastic and that we have the power to heal ourselves in powerful ways. I do know that this is controversial but my thoughts and feelings are always to approach your body healing holistically in addition to western medicine. No one can argue that mediation is healing.
Armchair Expert: Dax is probably the most likable guy due to his incredible honesty and transparency. It’s absolutely refreshing and frankly the bravest thing you can be right now in media. I also love Monica, his co-host and former babysitter (I love that plot twist in their life). I was RIVETED by these two episodes in particular: Dr. Alexandra Katehakis and Esther Perel. Both of them are about our current (and historical) cultural approach to sex and addiction and it’s just so fascinating. Put them on and clean your house. To confirm it’s true brilliance Jess, Ryann, Julie and Veronica are obsessed. We also want to make sure that Monica (Dax’s cohost, producer and “soulmate”) is recognized because she is the secret sauce that makes this podcast perfect. Most Tuesdays and Thursdays, the first thing they ask each other is “Have you listened to Armchair yet??” Some of their favorite episodes are Johann Hari, Conan O’Brien, Kathryn Hahn, Kristen Bell, Bill Nye, Jake Johnson, John Gottman, Todd Rose and Joy Bryant. Just to name a few.
I also love checking in with Young House Love, Goal Digger, The Liturgists (the one about how former evangelicals reflecting on their current LGBTQ lifestyle was so riveting and frankly sad) Second Life, and yes Tony Robbins. I love some self-help.
Now, I will let the rest of my team take it away…
Don’t Keep Your Day Job: Emily is probably reading this like “wait, what Arlyn?!?” but I promise it’s not only for people who want to up and leave their jobs, haha. It’s really about finding your career passions as a creative and how to catapult yourself (whether that’s as an entrepreneur or working for someone else). Host Cathy Heller is so lovely to listen to and inspiring in many ways and her guests are varied but all great. Episodes range from topics as specific as How to Start an Etsy Shop (with Etsy’s General Manager of Seller Services Kruti Patel Goyal as the guest) to more open-ended but useful subjects like How to Get Unstuck. If you’re a creative with the heart of an entrepreneur, give it a listen. I think you’ll like it! Favorite Episodes: How to Overcome Impostor Syndrome, The 3 Essential Steps to Grow Your Empathy Empire
Radiolab: Okay, if you’re a longtime podcast fan, Radiolab is NOT going to be news to you, but I couldn’t not include it mostly out of selfishness so anyone who listens can also recommend some of their favorite episodes that I can tune into. It used to cover pretty scientific topics in VERY approachable and engaging ways, but they’ve since pivoted a little to find the “science” in everyday subjects. It’s VERY well-produced and less grassroots then I feel a lot of podcasts are now, but basically it’s a whole heap of fun. Favorite Episodes: (WHERE TO START???) Dinopocalypse Redux (a new thrilling/compelling theory on what killed off the dinosaurs), Colors (I think this is one of their most popular episodes…for a reason!)
Heavyweight: This is more a “when you’re bored for a minute and don’t want to be too invested” type podcast. I don’t necessarily tune in regularly, but a few of the episodes are VERY fun, particularly my favorite Gregor, which is all about a guy named Gregor who once upon a time lent an obscure album to his then-friend Moby (the musical artist) and then got super bitter because Moby went on to make an album heavily inspired by what Gregor shared with him and he never got credit…and thus begins the journey of him trying to get his album back and talking to Moby to settle this grief. I know it sounds a little nuts, but I promise it’s super entertaining. Favorite Episode: Episode 2: Gregor
Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations: Oprah, have you heard of her? I didn’t drink the Oprah KoolAid until very recently and now I’m like…WHERE WAS I IN THIS LIFE WITHOUT HER? If I don’t interject here that my dear husband Charles introduced me to my favorite episode (mentioned in a sec), he might have a Gregor-sized grudge against me. THANK YOU CHARLES FOR CHANGING MY LIFE IN MANY WAYS INCLUDING SHARING THIS PODCAST (hopefully he heard that). I mean, just listening to Oprah’s interviewing skills alone speaks to my inner journalist, but she just has the star power to get the best people on to talk. This one leans heavily on the spiritual journey and finding your life’s purpose, so if that’s not your thing, look away. BUT IF IT IS, COME ON IN, THE WATER IS WARM AND WELCOMING. I will now stop speaking in all caps and just say if there is ever a day where I feel down, Oprah’s Super Soul Convos have never failed to turn things around and make me exciting about just life in general. Favorite Episodes: Your Own Truth (just Oprah talking in this one, no guest…SO INSANELY GOOD), Paulo Coelho Part 1: What If the Universe Conspired in Your Favor? & Paulo Coelho Part 2: Your Journey of Self-Discovery
British History Podcast: I LOVE history and will spend long stretches of time listening to this podcast. It’s one guy telling the history of Britain from literally start (before humans) to end (he’s not done yet). If you’re a history junkie like me this is a podcast for you. Favorite Episode: None, just start from the top.
The No Sleep Podcast: If you’re into storytelling, these episodes are horror-based short stories told by voice actors. I used to listen to a lot of true crime podcasts but eventually found them exploitative and depressing. These stories are creative, sometimes chilling, and 100% guilt-free while still hitting that addictive scary factor. Best listened to on late night drives or crisp fall days. Favorite Episode: No way I can actually pick one
Nancy: This is a great, uplifting, and positive podcast all about queer topics and stories. It’s really helped me better understands subjects like the ins and outs of gender pronouns. It’s made me cry and laugh. Favorite Episode: Episode 5: There Are No Gay Wizards
Bulletproof Radio with Dave Asprey: If you don’t know already, I am fully indoctrinated and belong to the Bulletproof cult. When schlepping things around LA, I basically only listen to this podcast, talk to my fellow stylist friend Lauren, AND talk about this podcast to Lauren. Self helpy/health/biohacking is my jam so all I really need is this podcast. Longevity, sleep, light therapy, meditation, stem cell therapy and healing your gut are a few of the top topics. Dave will really get into anything that can make you perform better at your life in any area. Favorite episodes: (so many! But here’s some recent ones I’ve loved): Why Quality Meat Matters for You and the Planet – Michael Salguero #543, The Dark Side of EMFs – Peter Sullivan #605, Intuition is Not a Feeling – Joy Martina – #574
To Live and Die in LA: I listened to Neil Strauss’ episode on Bulletproof Radio (shocking) and have wanted to give this a listen. My husband and I just binged this in two days. It’s a story about a girl going missing in LA. Favorite Episodes: Just the one season, so start from the top
Sleeping at Last Podcast: It’s an emo band from back in (my) day, Ryan O’Neal is Sleeping at Last. I was SO excited to learn a year+ ago that Ryan was making a song for each Enneagram type. Along with each song, he put out a podcast to go along with it where he interviewed Chris Heuertz (an author of a really wonderful Enneagram book called The Sacred Enneagram). He does a lot of podcasts and if you’re a music person, you will be into all of them. Favorite episodes: The whole Enneagram series
Pardon My Take: This podcast is a great way to catch up on sports without having to actually watch sports. Hosted by three very funny dudes who give you insight on what is happening in the sports world. The very best part of this podcast is hearing three sports guys recap The Bachelor or Bachelorette every Tuesday. This could be the only reason I listen to this podcast, but I also like listening to this so I can actually kind of know what my boyfriend is talking about when he talks about sports, without having to sit down and watch ESPN when I’m home from work. This is the ideal podcast for sporty gals who simply don’t have the time to watch sports. Of course, it’s also good for anyone looking for a good laugh and some quality entertainment.
Second Life: I just put this podcast in last week’s Link Up but that’s because it’s that good. Second Life inspires me on my way to work to give 110%! The conversations always feel natural and the interviews are honest and real. It is such a cool insight on the journey of some of the most creative women ever. I can also vouch for this podcast and says it’s for any kind of “life crisis” or just for daily motivation. 🙂 Favorite Episodes: Jen Atkin, Aimee Song, and (of course) the episode with Emily Henderson
How I Built This: This is my OG favorite podcast. The interviews are so inspiring that I find myself thinking of all these crazy ideas for a business I could start after hearing the stories of the entrepreneurs that are interviewed. None of my ideas are as good as the ones they have on the show but the point is, it really gets your creative juices flowing. Probably the podcast everyone should listen to on their Monday morning commute. This podcast is also a favorite of Arlyn, Mallory and Julie (her favorites coming up). Favorite Episodes: Chipotle, Spanx and Rent the Runway, Burt’s Bees, Peloton, Glossier and Yelp
My Brother, My Brother, and Me: Justin (oldest brother), Travis (middle brother), and Griffin (sweet baby brother) Mcelroy are just about the cutest/funniest most charmingly nerdy brothers you ever will listen to. Their podcast is a hysterical, satirical “advice show” and I start almost every morning listening to them because they make me so happy (they have over 400 episodes, so binging is encouraged). The podcast is light-hearted and very self-aware and I promise you will fall in love with these three boys and want to invite them over for dinner and (perhaps) a game of Dungeons and Dragons if you are into that sort of thing—because they certainly are. Favorite Episodes: Ep 466: Food Train, Ep 435: The Pasta Poem, Ep 395: Diagnosis: Onions
Making Sense with Sam Harris: Sam Harris is a neuroscientist, philosopher and best-selling author…sooooo yes he is very smart. But he is also extremely humble and open-minded and talks about the most controversial issues with his guests in an informative and positive way. Favorite Episodes: #163: Ricky Gervais and #142: Addiction, Depression, and a Meaningful Life
Uhh Yeah Dude: Their tagline is “America through the eyes of two American Americans” so I probably don’t have to tell you this podcast is also satirical and VERY funny. Seth Romatelli and Jonathan Laroquette read articles and pop-culture tidbits and provide their hilarious commentary and insights for an hour of pure ridiculousness and sarcastic humor. They have been doing this podcast for 13 years, and are damn good at it. Favorite Episodes: Episode 507, Episode 631
Conan Needs A Friend: Conan O’Brien does the classic interview-style podcast, with a twist: He really needs a friend!! His format is to interview celebrities he has had on his show “Conan” to see if they could be friends in real life. It’s a little rawer and unplugged than what could be on network television so naturally, it is WAY more entertaining and funny. 10/10 would recommend. Favorite Episodes: Ep. 1 Will Ferrel, Ep. 16 Lisa Kudrow, Ep. 9 Adam Sandler, Ep. 33 Mila Kunis
How I Built This: I was religiously listening to this podcast while hiking 20 miles a day on the PCT. Not only because the host, Guy Raz, is so entertaining but also because when you are so tired, your pack is heavier than ever, it’s hot as hell and your feet feel literally broken, nothing is a better antidote than listening to people talk about how they risked it all, made a major change in their lives because they believed in something so deeply. #inspired Favorite Episodes: Lyft and Airbnb
Forever35: My sister begged me to listen to this podcast for years as she has been an avid follower and says, “Kate & Doree are like my best friends who give me the best beauty and life advice.” I could always use more life advice and especially beauty since I practically live under a rock when it comes to that, unlike Sara who is officially our resident skincare expert. Still waiting for our EHD team sleepover included with a full nighttime regiment demo (winky face). Favorite Episodes: Mini-Ep 56: Flex Your Joy Muscle and Ep #57: Skincare Enthusiast with Ann Shen (full details on morning & nighttime skincare routines)
The Anxiety Coaches: This is another great recommendation from my sister (do you see a pattern here?). Anxiety has always been an issue for me but typically in social settings with large groups of people I don’t know. It had never affected my day to day life until the past couple of months. Two weeks ago, I started listening to Gina Ryan whose voice will make you instantly relaxed. She covers all the basics of what anxiety is and the tools we can use to conquer it. So draw yourself a bath and take a listen. Favorite Episodes: #525 Calm Anxiety by Building Adaptability, #521: Situational Anxiety, and #513: Belated Grief & Anxiety
Blackout: This apocalyptic thriller follows the story of a small-town in New Hampshire that experiences a rolling blackout. Starring Rami Malek as the main character, he plays a radio DJ and has dedicated the time to figure out what has caused this blackout. It gets weird real quick, but keeps you on your toes. Favorite Episodes: Only one season, so start from the beginning
Harry Potter and the Half-Drunk Podcast: I recently started reading the Harry Potter books for the first time this year hence, my obsession. This podcast is really fun! Narrated by two best friends, Sam and Emily talk everything Harry Potter, while having a glass of their favorite drinks. They discuss their favorite characters, talk about all the badass women of Harry Potter and what makes them so, talk about their least favorite deaths, and much more. Favorite Episodes: Chapter 3: Gone Too Soon and Chapter 5: Yass Queen
Dirty John: The real-life story of Debra Newell, an interior designer located in Southern California, meets John Meehan on an over-50 dating site. She is immediately excited by him and falls for him quickly. Her children dislike and do not trust him, and even warn Debra about him, but she does not listen. The story is thrilling and escalates quickly. Favorite Episodes: Only one season, start from the top
Reply All: This podcast started in 2014, but I just discovered it a month or so ago. It’s a podcast all about the internet with episodes discussing crazy stories like an Instagram-like app called Figure One that is used by doctors only where they post gruesome photos of their patients for other doctors to see, to an app where you can send text messages, but they are delivered live and in-person by a stranger. For all you One Directioners out there, there’s also an episode about the famously alleged romance between Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson that’s a funny, good listen. Sara and Caitlin are also MASSIVE fans and say it’s a must-listen. If you’ve ever wondered about an internet mystery, this podcast probably has an answer. Favorite Episodes: #1 A Stranger Says I Love You, #6 This Proves Everything, #136 The Founder, #130 The Snapchat Thief and #117 The World’s Most Expensive Free Watch.
Sooo Many White Guys: Comedian Phoebe Robinson decided she was sick of being the token black female comedian so she decided to host an extremely funny but thoughtful interview-style podcast full of interesting people that aren’t just white guys. There is however a “token white guy” episode every season…including America’s white guy sweetheart, Tom Hanks. Favorite Episodes: Gina Rodriguez, DeRay McKesson, Buck Angel, Padma Lakshmi…honestly all of them.
Adulting: A hilarious interview-style comedy show (like in front of an audience) hosted by comedians Michelle Buteau and Jordan Carlos about the trials and tribulations of becoming an adult. It’s really so funny, no BS and full of heart. Favorite Episode: Sock, Sock, Shoe, Shoe OR Sock, Shoe, Sock, Shoe? feat. Sasheer Zamata and Kate Walsh
WTF with Marc Maron: The OG of podcasts but still one of my’ favs/the one I’ve been listening to the longest. Surprise, surprise it’s another interview-style show with a good dose of humor as Marc is a professional comic. BUT superior in its deep introspection into the lives of Marc and his guests. Favorite Episodes: Barack Obama (duh), Mandy Moore and Billy Crystal.
Up and Vanished: No words for how good this REAL LIFE cold case podcast is. Jess knows she was late to the game on finding this one but she wants to make sure the world knows about it. Amateur “detective,” Payne Lindsey, sets out to solve the mysterious disappearance of Tara Grinstead in 2005 and DOES. You will be riveted the entire season. Favorite Episodes: Season 1 (feel free to skip the mini episodes between episodes whick didn’t really add anything for me)
Axios Pro Rata: When it comes to news, I’m generally an Axios loyalist. Every day, Dan Primarck breaks down a major issue in the intersection of tech, business, and politics. Honorable daily news mentions here have to go to NPR’s “Up First” and “The Daily” from the New York Times, but Pro Rata is my favorite for actually contextualizing current events quickly. Like, yes, the tagline is true—it will actually make you smarter, faster!
Everything is Alive: OMG, y’all are NOT READY for how TENDER this show is. Everything Is Alive is an interview podcast with a little surprise twist: all the subjects are inanimate objects. It’s unscripted (which is shocking, because it’s absolutely hilarious and earnest and endearing) and you can hear firsthand from “items” like Emmy, a pregnancy test (spoiler alert: she’s just trying to stay positive), and Scott, a Stethoscope (he’s always listening). The show’s host, Ian, worked at NPR and was formerly a producer for Terry Gross so yeah, the work put into each episode is top-notch. Favorite Episodes: Louis, Can of Cola and Sebastian, Alex, and Alex, Russian Dolls
Product Hunt Radio: First step: watch and enjoy Shark Tank. Second step: decide to join a startup. Third step: get a crash course in all things entrepreneur via Product Hunt Radio. Prior to joining Team EHD, I spent a few years building an eCommerce business and this podcast was an invaluable resource! If you’re interested in hearing from both founders and investors on their failures, trends they’ve noticed, and the future of tech/retail/education/finance/everything else, this is the show for you. Favorite Episodes: The Future of Direct-to-Consumer and Ecommerce and Rethinking the Traditional VC Model
Sex with Emily: I love Emily’s mission to educate listeners about a topic of which our schools failed us severely—sex. And, she’s working hard to fill the orgasm gap! It’s so fascinating to discover through callers what sexual or relationship experiences are super common and what very niche issues couples are needing help with. Bonus, it’s a resource of great things to try, for the explorers out there. Emily is a doctor with a gentle, tolerant approach. Favorite Episode: Orgasm Blockers & Sex Myth Stoppers
Crime Junkie: I’m on another heavy, true crime binge currently and given I’ve gone through similar phases since childhood, it can be hard to find untold stories. Crime Junkies offered exactly that. Plus, they’re raising funds for organizations actively working to solve cold cases (DNA advancements—whoa…) Favorite Episode: Serial Killer: Israel Keyes
Casefile: I binged Crime Junkie too fast (long stints in traffic), so recently turned to Casefile. Given it’s an Australian broadcast, there are a lot of tales that didn’t widely spread here in the US to digest. Favorite Episode: Case 15: The Weepy Voiced Killer
This American Life: I’ve talked about my love for this before and though I haven’t been as long of a listener as Emily, I think this one’s a classic and I can always go back to their channel and find a curious and interesting topic. (ALSO: I think I keep coming back because I love Ira Glass’ voice??) Velinda is also a HUGE fan and has been listening to this one forever (as has Arlyn). Favorite Episodes: Ep. 489 No Coincidence, No Story; Ep. 597 One Last Thing Before I Go
Caliphate: This journalist from The New York Times wanted to get a better understanding of who we, as a country, are really fighting in this war of terror that we’ve been in for the last two decades, so she goes on a quest of tracking down and interviewing ISIS members (“repentant” ISIS members?) and what it was like becoming a member. One of her main interviewees is a Canadian-Pakistani guy who got recruited into ISIS but eventually got out and left, saying it wasn’t for him after all. But at one point in the whole series, I even questioned if the journalist got scammed and the guy was still literally in ISIS and the story he told was all a fabrication. Probably a little on the heavier side, but I found this very informational and eye-opening and it had me very engrossed in the whole story during my drive. Favorite Episodes: Season 1
Lady Gang: Apparently, I love a good girl talk type of podcast and am subscribed to a few different ones. It also just feels like you’re listening in on some private gossipy conversation between friends. It’s just fun, usually light, content that you can listen to while in traffic. They talk about everything from waxing to boys to Enneagrams and just what it’s like being a 30-year-old adult trying to adult in this world. It’s VERY entertaining. I don’t have a favorite episode, but they do this LG Quickie thing on Thursdays and I love them. “We’re not here for a long time, but we’re here for a good time!” Favorite Episodes: All of them!
CTRL ALT DELETE: I like listening to these because they have guests who are entrepreneurs and influencers and they talk about real things like how it’s okay to be moody and have anxiety and how to be a grownup and also a lot of episodes about social media. Favorite Episodes: #30 Lucy Lendrem (Gleam) – On Managing The UK’s Biggest Social Talent
Lauren Conrad: Asking For a Friend: This one is fairly new so I just started listening and so far I think it’s great. It’s basically just Lauren Conrad talking about anything and everything you want Lauren Conrad to talk about (beauty, fashion, home, and lifestyle). 10/10 will continue listening. Favorite Episode: Still Deciding…
Girlboss Radio With Sophia Amoruso: Just another podcast spotlighting inspiring women’s careers and hosted by NastyGal and Girlboss founder, Sophia Amoruso. As Jess said in the office the other day, I’m also a sucker for a good interview. Favorite Episodes: Gwyneth Paltrow and The story behind the Naked Palette with Urban Decay founder Wende Zomnir