As Americans are asked to practice social distancing, many of us are spending more time at home. If you find yourself looking for something to listen to as you work from home, cook dinner, workout, or you just want to take your mind off things, here are 10 binge-worthy podcasts to pass the time.
10 Podcasts You’ll Want to Binge NOW
IF YOU NEED ADVICE
It’s easy to feel defeated after a failure, but author and journalist Elizabeth Day reminds us of the lessons we can learn from life’s setbacks. Each week Elizabeth interviews a special guest to discuss times when things didn’t go according to plan and how interviewees grew from those challenges. People rarely talk about their mistakes openly, but “learning how to fail in life actually means learning how to succeed better,” says Elizabeth at the beginning of each episode.
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Gretchen Rubin, best-selling author of The Happiness Project and Better Than Before, hosts a weekly podcast all about happiness. With her younger sister and co-host, Elizabeth Craft, the two explore practical ways to achieve happiness, answer questions from listeners and discuss common obstacles in life. In light of the recent health crisis, this is an excellent option for tips and tricks on combatting stress, anxiety and worry.
IF YOU NEED A POP CULTURE FIX
Knox McCoy and Jamie Golden describe their weekly pop culture podcast as “the Denzel Washington of podcasts: solid, dependable, hard-working and charmingly humorous.” And we couldn’t agree more. Pop culture news is everchanging, and it can be hard to keep up with. We are grateful for Knox and Jamie for keeping us informed on the latest celebrity news, Urban Dictionary terms, movies and more.
Hosted by Jad Abumrad, this podcast dives deep into the life and legacy of one of country music’s biggest superstars: Dolly Parton. In this nine-part series, Jad interviews other musicians, author Helen Morales and even Dolly herself to answer the question of “What is Dolly Parton’s America?” Although the series has already come to an end, the show is easy to binge because you won’t have to wait for answers.
Sometimes the best therapy is a vent session with your girlfriends. Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman do just that each week and have built a cult following doing so. After their lives took them to different parts of the country, the two friends turned their weekly phone call check-ins into a popular podcast. As a listener, it feels like you’re on the phone talking to your own best friend, whether it be about the latest Netflix show you’re binging, personal struggles or politics.
IF YOU LIKE TRUE CRIME
“Be weird, be rude and stay alive” is the mantra of Brit Prawat and Ashley Flowers. The two self-proclaimed “crime junkies” host a weekly podcast analyzing various murders, kidnappings, serial killers and cold cases. Brit and Ashley have a special appreciation for cases that are less well-known, hoping to shed light on the victim’s story and bring justice for the families involved.
Ten miles of open spaces and walking trails make up the Delphi Historic Trails. It also happens to be the location of one of Indiana’s most famous cold cases. With a recording of the killer’s voice as evidence, investigators are still looking for answers three years later. Join Barbara MacDonald, Dan Szematowicz and Andrew Iden as they work feverishly to uncover the truth of what happened to 14-year-old Liberty German and 13-year-old Abigail Williams.
IF YOU NEED A LAUGH
“The Office” may be leaving Netflix next year, but Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey (aka Pam Beesly and Angela Martin) are still giving fans their fix. Each week the two co-stars break down an episode of the hit television show and take listeners behind the scenes of what went on behind the cameras. Even if you’ve seen “The Office” well over 100 times, this podcast gives a refreshing take on the classic television show.
Everyone’s voice deserves to be heard … even the avid “Yelpers” of the world. In this podcast, Christine Schiefer (of And That’s Why We Drink) and her brother Alex conduct dramatic readings of one-star reviews. From upset brides to angry hospital guests and gas station customers, this podcast provides instant comedic relief.
The idea for The Guilty Feminist came to comedian Deborah Frances-White after attending a women’s march and going into a department store to use the restroom. Distracted by trying on face cream, when Deborah went back outside, the march was over. Each week she interviews guests to finish the phrase “I’m a feminist but …” by exploring their personal hypocrisies and double standards.
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