Although I’m pretty sure almost everyone listens to podcasts regularly nowadays, I didn’t discover them on Spotify until a year and half ago. Now, I’m completely hooked. I find that listening to podcasts while I work out is so much more enjoyable than listening to music. They also make time pass more quickly when I do laundry or clean my room. These are my top 5 favorite podcasts that I listen to almost every week in case you need a little something to spice up your routine. Full disclosure – I’m really into true crime.
- New episode every Monday
- True Crime
If you claim to be a true crime fan but you don’t listen to Crime Junkie, I hate to break it to you, but you aren’t a true crime fan. Consider this podcast the gateway drug of true crime podcasts. Episodes are short and sweet (~30 mins), cover one case, and get straight to the point. Although the show has two hosts, it is not very conversational like other true crime podcasts, and Ashley (the main host) is very focused on the story. What I love most about this pod is that it has a wholesome mission. Although many of their older episodes cover very famous cases, they often take on cases around their local area of Indianapolis or unsolved cases that their fans request that don’t get much media coverage. For unsolved cases, they always provide resources to help at the end of the episode as well.
My Favorite Murder
- New episode every Monday and Thursday
- True Crime
Like Crime Junkie, My Favorite Murder is one of the most popular true crime podcasts on the internet. Unlike Crime Junkie, however, it is way more chatty. I don’t have a preference between chatty and narrative style podcasts, but I do find that the banter between hosts helps alleviate the heavy content that they cover. Both hosts read a case and talk back and forth during the whole episode. Because of the conversational style of the show, episodes tend to be longer and last about 1.5 hours.
Wine & Crime
- New episode every Thursday + a bonus episode once or twice a month
- True Crime / Comedy
Alright, this is the last true crime podcast, I promise (but you can’t say I didn’t warn you). Wine & Crime is also very conversational, but definitely has more of a comedic element than the two other true crime podcasts. Each episode is based off of a theme that is often requested by their fans and they pair a bottle of wine with each episode based on that theme. Before they get into the crime, they give a background on each wine that they feature. This info is definitely a plus when it comes to sounding sophisticated around your friends. I also love that this podcast includes background and psychological information about the type of crimes that they cover each week. AND they cover two cases. Because it’s so information packed and conversational, most episodes are close to two hours. Perfect for a road trip!
The Daily by The New York Times
- New episode every day
I don’t listen to The Daily as much as I used to just because the news right now is especially stressful, but this podcast is great when it comes to political coverage. At school, I found it difficult to find the time to sit down and watch the debates with my full attention. The next morning, however, The Daily would have a thorough run down ready for me. Instead of jam packing their episodes with quick summaries of multiple anxiety-inducing headlines, they go in depth on one relevant story. I love this because they recruit the help from experts in whatever industry that they cover and interview them so that the information is reliable. Most episodes land at less than 30 minutes, so it’s perfect for your morning commute (or your WFH morning coffee).
Unlocking Us with Brené Brown
- New episode every Tuesday
Brené Brown is a pretty famous researcher in the world of human psychology and feelings of vulnerability and longing. Her description of this podcast states: “I’ve spent over 20 years studying the emotions and experiences that bring meaning and purpose to our lives, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s this: We are hardwired for connection, and connecting requires courage, vulnerability, and conversation.” Although she says we are “hardwired for connection,” I find that social media and the constant hustle of everyday life limits the connections that we have with each other. Of course, we now live in a time of limited connection because we must, and it is teaching us how precious those moments really are. I believe that the world post-coronavirus will be much more connection-conscious than ever before. Nothing will be taken for granted. This podcast dives deep into how and why we struggle with building true connection, and learning from Brown during this time will definitely help make life after quarantine all the more sweet.