Monday, 25 July 2016

4 Podcasts You'll Love (from someone who never thought they'd love podcasts)

I honestly never thought I'd be interested in podcasts. I didn't think they'd be able to hold my attention, and I had no idea when I'd have time to listen to them anyways. Yet, in the past year I've discovered four podcasts that I sincerely love and enjoy.

1. Serial (Season 1)

The podcast that began the trend (at least for me) of really getting into onto a podcast. From the very first episode Rob and I were hooked, and we binge-listened (is that a term?) to the whole thing in a few weeks. Serial is hosted by Sarah Koenig. It unfolds a true murder story over the course of the season and discusses whether the convicted, Adnan Syed, is truly guilty of murdering his ex-girlfriend. Sarah shares conversations she has with Adnan and the evidence both for and against his guilt. This podcast is so gripping! Rob and I often listened to it in bed together before we fell asleep.

2. What Should I Read Next?

My friend Sara tagged me in this podcaster's Instagram feed not too long ago, and it is my new favourite! Anne Bogel (Modern Mrs. Darcy) hosts different guests each week. She has them share their favourite books, a book they hate, and what they're currently reading. After some great bookish discussion, Anne makes recommendations to her guest based on what they've talked about. If you love learning about new books, hearing strong opinions about books (without spoilers), and want to be inspired to read more, check out this podcast. I've been listening to it while I run, and I swear it makes my workouts just fly by because I am so interested in the conversations I'm hearing.

3. Room in the Trees

I have loved and followed the artist and author Sabrina Ward Harrison for nearly 15 years. I was first introduced to her with her book Spilling Open: The Art of Becoming Yourself. She is dedicated to living a full, authentic life, and I have always connected with her work. She has a new podcast with Trent Reynolds where they discuss life as a creative person. I've also listened to this podcast while going for a run, and it is a great one to listen to in the mornings (maybe on your commute to work if possible) when you're setting your intentions for the day.

4. Grownups Read Things They Wrote As Kids

This podcast will make you cringe, laugh, cry, and remember every single awkward thing you did when you were younger. The premise is pretty simple. People read their diaries, journals, and letters from when they were younger. If you enjoy the podcast, you'll also want to check out the documentary on Netflix called Mortified Nation. It's a video version. They sometimes have live events as well, so I'm really hoping to check one of those out next time it's in Toronto.

I never thought I'd really be interested in podcasts at all, and now I don't want them to end! I think next I'm going to check out One Bad Mother. It's about the "thrills and embarrassments of motherhood" while striving for "less judgement and more laughing."


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