This post was actually inspired by a few questions I got as part of my GLAM Weekly series — where I answer reader questions! I felt I had much more to say than just a quick answer and wanted to dedicate an entire post to this subject!
I get very wrapped up in stories and mysteries so watching shows and series is definitely a favorite way to unwind (and focus on something else other than Instagram) at night. I’m also an avid reader. I’m the kind of person that loves reading physical books — there’s something about turning a page for me. Unfortunately, I haven’t been making it to the library much and when I do, all the new releases are already taken, and I just won’t be that person to have stacks and stacks of books in my house — I already have enough clutter, so I’ve been resorting to downloading books to my iPad. I’m basically looking at screens all day long — and, that’s why I love listening to podcasts… I can give my eyes a much needed break and still listen to something entertaining.
If you haven’t listened to any podcasts before, first of all, you should. It’s the perfect way to pass time on a commute (and not feel like you’re wasting your life away), while traveling (I always download a few for long plane rides), while cleaning and organizing (because those are miserable for obvious reasons), and before bed (so you can unwind without staring at a screen). If you’re new to the Podcast world, I would 100% recommend starting with Serial — it’s the podcast that got people into podcasts and is one of the best stories I’ve ever heard.
I’m currently listening to the below list of podcasts all on rotation — that’s the great thing about podcasts, you can totally listen at your leisure.
THE CURRENT LIST
S-Town. Let’s just get this one out of the way. The producers that brought you Serial and This American Life (basically the best of the best) are also behind this brand new podcast. Brian Reed, the host and producer, just also happens to be an old friend of mine from my hometown. Our mothers grew up together, and we ended up at the same high school, both with a love of theater and did all the school and community plays together. Without all that, this podcast would still be one of the best I’ve ever listened to (although, it is a little funny listening to someone in your ear that you actually know)! Sorry, Brian! Without giving too much away, the story starts by Brian heading off to “shit town Alabama” to help solve a murder that seemed to be covered up by police and corruption — and turns into something entirely different. Get ready to binge listen and say goodbye to 7 hours of doing anything productive. It’s a podcast that broke records — being downloaded over 10 million times in just four days. WHY ARE YOU STILL READING MY BLOG?! GO DOWNLOAD IT!
Missing Richard Simons. Did you guys even know this guy was “missing?” Okay — me either. Again, I’m not here for spoilers, so I’ll just leave it at that. There’s only been a few episodes (and I’m actually behind on 1), but this story to me is just so beyond interesting.
Up and Vanished. After finishing Serial, I was in NEED of another mystery to get behind. The host, Payne Lindsey, was so inspired by Serial, he actually wanted to help solve a cold-case mystery. Lucky for him, he was already an established filmaker, and started investigating the disappearance of Tara Grinstead. I started listening to this as soon as the first episode hit and again, without giving spoilers, am still absolutely baffled that after almost 12 years of a stagnant case, the cops FINALLY MADE THEIR FIRST ARREST. Payne brought so much life back to this case and it’s honestly been insane to hear this all happen. Add it to your list ASAP.
The Skinny Confidential Him & Her Podcast. Moving away from murder mysteries for a second, this is a hysterical podcast by one of my favorite bloggers, Lauren from The Skinny Confidential. I’m a huge fan of actually reading her blog — she’s so brutally honest and blunt and her overall voice on topics (even non fashion related) is just refreshing. She started this podcast with her husband (and business partner) and it’s just great to hear a little insight on blogging from the both of them — half the time their conversations sound exactly like ours when we’re brainstorming content and business ideas.
Tiny Leaps, Big Changes. Such a great motivational podcast that covers a range of different topics with the theme being, “All big changes come from the tiny leaps we make every day.” I listen to it on and off and anytime I’m in a creative rut. What I love about this podcast is that you can go through the list and listen to topics that apply to you — it doesn’t need to be listened to in any type of order.
Stuff You Missed in History Class. I’m a constant Googler — my list of things I Googled in the last 24 hours is embarrassing (“when do tulips bloom” and “how to spell charcuterie” are just some I will subject you to). A website I love is How Stuff Works and when I found out that they were behind this podcast, I knew I had to add it to my list. Again, similar to the podcast above, you don’t need to listen to this in any type of order, and I usually run down the list and listen to topics that would interest me at that time. I’ve listened to episodes on how Moonshine is made, the Whiskey Rebellion (sensing a theme here), the story of crayons (I know, I’m weird but it was actually so interesting), and a bunch of others.
cAbernet and A. Couldn’t have a podcast roundup without my go-to. Anyone that knows me knows I’m a Pretty Little Liars fanatic (with a few of my girlfriends). Yes, we’re 30 and listen to a show about teenagers and what’s on the network formally known as ABC Family. We’ve had a group text for years and legitimately send each other questions and theories. We thought we were the lone weirdos as into this absurd plot until we discovered Cabernet and A — two women also in their thirties that are just as obsessed, just as entertained, and just as baffled as us. Except, they started a podcast to recap episodes while drinking Cabernet. I find myself hysterically laughing listening to it and don’t know what I’ll do when the show ends this summer.
Are you listening to any podcasts you love and think I would to?! Leave them below!