On a drive to an early appointment, I chose to take the longer route using less traveled roads skirting around a congested school zone, an endless array of poorly timed street signals, and heavy traffic consisting mostly of disgruntled morning commuters sipping from their coffee laden travel mugs.
The extended journey was an ideal time to listen to a favorite podcast!
This got me to thinking of creating a list of podcasts that are worth a listen, and this blog post was born. Happy listening!
IF YOU have an inquiring mind
CHECK OUT Stuff You Should Know
WHY IT'S WORTH A LISTEN An entertaining and informative podcast with an A-Z list of topics, and with shows dating back to 2008, there are plenty to choose from. Listen to hosts Chuck and Josh discuss everything from icebergs to barbed wire!
TRY THIS EPISODE What Makes Us Yawn
IF YOU seek inspiration
CHECK OUT The Good Life Project
WHY IT'S WORTH A LISTEN Inspirational life stories from big names and not so big names. Join host Johnathon Fields as he engages in deep conversation with his guests including authors, inventors, artisans, entrepreneurs and more.
TRY THIS EPISODE Adventures in Kindness | Leon Logothetis
IF YOU are in the mood for a true, entertaining story
CHECK OUT This American Life
WHY IT'S WORTH A LISTEN Self described as "little movies for radio". Hundreds of entertaining episodes. Hundreds of stories. There's a little bit of everything here.
TRY THIS EPISODE Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time
IF YOU want to follow your dream
CHECK OUT The School Of Greatness
WHY IT'S WORTH A LISTEN No dream is too big. Through inspirational conversations with entrepreneurs, world class athletes and influential celebrities, host Lewis Howes finds out what makes great minds great.
TRY THIS EPISODE Pen Jillette: Building The Longest Running Act In Vegas
IF YOU have a car, know someone with a car, or have ever ridden in a car, and like to laugh
CHECK OUT Car Talk
WHY IT'S WORTH A LISTEN Mechanic brothers Tom and Ray, aka 'Click & Clack, The Tappet Brothers', host a hilarious call-in radio talk show from their hometown of Brookline MA. Listen in as they diagnose the often quirky automotive issues of callers. This is one of the funniest ways to spend an hour. I've been listing to this show for years and was greatly saddened by the passing of Tom in 2014, at which time the show ended. Thankfully, the shows have been reformatted into a Podcast and are worth a second listen.
TRY THIS EPISODE The Super Magliozzi Brothers
IF YOU seek meaningful discussion
CHECK OUT On Being
WHY IT'S WORTH A LISTEN Engaging conversation with host Krista Tippett, revolving around the 'questions of meaning in 21st-century lives and at the intersection of spiritual inquiry, science, social healing, and the arts.'
TRY THIS EPISODE Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn: Truth, Beauty, Banjo
IF YOU want to get to know the creator behind the art
CHECK OUT The Creativity Habit
WHY IT'S WORTH A LISTEN Join host Daphne Cohn as she builds meaningful conversations that gently delve deep into the life of creatives including artists, writers, and designers, all the while keeping it real and making both the guest and audience feel at home.
TRY THIS EPISODE Murphy Funkhouser Capps
IF YOU like interesting conversation
CHECK OUT Here's The Thing
WHY IT'S WORTH A LISTEN With his distinctive, deep voice, host Alec Baldwin (actor and a frequent talk show guest himself) brings listeners into the lives of public figures including artists, celebrities, policy makers and performers.
TRY THIS EPISODE Ben And Jerry Warm Up
IF YOU like true stories
CHECK OUT The Moth
WHY IT'S WORTH A LISTEN Stories told on the Moth podcast are true as remembered by the storyteller. And they are told live with an audience. They will make you laugh. They will make you cry. They will inspire you. Choose from a vast library of episodes going back to 1997.
TRY THIS EPISODE All At Sea
IF YOU need a pick-me-up
CHECK OUT Meditative Story Podcast
WHY IT'S WORTH A LISTEN Relax into an immersive story combined with brief mindfulness exercises. I cannot say enough good things about this podcast. You owe it to yourself to check it out! It's perfect for any time when you require a rest, and a welcome break during your day.
TRY THIS EPISODE The Perfect Photograph I Never Took
Have a favorite podcast? Include it in the comment section below!