My Top Podcast Picks

My personal favorite

My personal favorite podcast.

I am a huge fan of podcasts. I listen to them constantly – at work, at the gym, driving, wherever I can. I used to listen to talk radio because it helped me stay current and somewhat educated. But I didn’t enjoy it that much. First of all, I despise callers. Callers can be incredibly ignorant and annoying. Secondly, radio ads are the worst. They seem to be as long, if not longer, than the segments they interrupt. Podcasts solve all of that. There are fewer ads (they’re shorter too) and no callers! Yay! Plus, I can download individual podcast episodes to my phone to listen to them whenever, wherever.

If you’re not already on the podcast bandwagon, I highly encourage you to do so. I guarantee you’ll find at least one you’ll like. As of 2014, there are more than 150,000 English-speaking podcasts out there. And every single genre or topic you can think of has a podcast home (usually multiple homes). Whether you’re looking to educate yourself on a certain topic, stay up to date with current events, or just simply be entertained, there’s something out there for you. It’s awesome. I wish I could listen to so many more podcasts, but it’s impossible. There are too many. So I have streamlined my podcast listening to a select group of favorites. Need a place to start? Try one of mine!

Overall favorite:
The Nerdist Podcast
This is a comedy-based podcast where the hosts interview the best guests ever. They’ve had everyone on including Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Buzz Aldrin, Tom Hanks, and Morgan Freeman. They’re funny, insightful, and as the name implies, total nerds. Disclaimer: there’s some foul language.

Pop culture favorite: 
Doug Loves Movies
Comedian Doug Benson hosts this live podcast where he has well-known comedians, actors, and musicians on to talk about everything movie related. They play a bunch of movie trivia games so if you’re a movie buff like me, it’s super fun to play along. Disclaimer: Doug is often stoned during these episodes.

History favorite: 
Stuff You Missed in History Class
I am a total nerd about history. Each episode talks about a specific, obscure moment in history, in detail. It’s fun for when you want to bore your friends later!

Space favorite: 
StarTalk Radio Show with Neil DeGrasse Tyson
I’m also a total nerd about space. I love learning about stars, black holes, etc. And Neil DeGrasse Tyson is super cool. He doesn’t agree with Creationism, but he isn’t a jerk about it.

Bill Nye makes frequent appearances on StarTalk. How cool is that?!?!

Bill Nye makes frequent appearances on StarTalk. How cool is that?!?!

Food favorite: 
The Alton BrownCast
Alton Brown is the best chef of all time. He is seriously the coolest. So why wouldn’t his podcast about food be the best one out there?

Runner-ups:
Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing
Stuff You Should Know Podcast
All Things Considered Podcast
The Smartest Man in the World Proopcast
Mohr Stories

As for the best podcast player, there are a whole host of free options out there to play your podcasts, but if you’re willing to fork over a couple of bucks, the one I’ve been using is called PocketCast. It’s totally worth the money if you listen to podcasts regularly. It’s available to download for iOS and Android.

Do you listen to podcasts? Have a favorite podcast I don’t know about? Agree or disagree with me on any of these choices? Feel free to comment below!

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