In high school, my beloved newspaper, West Word, had a section where students shared what they were listening to. The section used to be called “What’s in Your Walkman?” and was then later renamed “What’s in Your Discman?” before becoming “What’s in Your iPod?”
I don’t think this section exists anymore — neither does the newspaper, sadly — but if it did, I’m sure eager young reporters would ask students what songs are in their iPhones. But in addition to songs, I’d imagine many would want to share what podcasts they’re listening to as well.
Since I’m sure you’ve been dying to know what podcasts this blogger is listening to, I’ll give you a little taste here.
Happier with Gretchen Rubin: This may be my favorite podcast. Gretchen Rubin is known for “The Happiness Project” and uses her research on happiness and human nature to come up with ways to make us live happier lives. She and her sister, Elizabeth Craft, discuss happiness hacks and tips you can try in your life. Finding an oasis, creating a spot of transition, and scheduling a “power hour” are among their many tips to make life a little more fun.
Note to Self: This is Manoush Zomorodi’s “tech show about being human.” I loved her book “Bored and Brilliant,” which she also discusses extensively on the podcast, about disconnecting from phones and technology to allow space for boredom and creativity. She discusses relationships and dating, parenting, work, and more from the perspective of our new technology that may or may not be making our lives better.
36 Questions: It’s a musical! It’s a podcast! It’s got Jonathan Groff! This musical, based on the study about the 36 questions that can make two strangers fall in love, walks us through the ups and downs of a couple figuring out their relationship. Without visual scenery and costumes, this musical does a great job of taking advantage of the podcast medium, using great sound effects and the amazing voices of Jonathan Groff and Jessie Shelton.
One Bad Mother: I’m several years behind on this one (to be fair, I’m new to the motherhood game), but it’s a great show that jokes about all things parenting. Biz Ellis and Theresa Thorn poke fun at topics like pregnancy, mommy wars, body image, birthday parties, and mom friends. It’s like gossiping with my girlfriends — but don’t tell the babies we’re talking about them!
The Longest Shortest Time: This is another show about parenting, but the complete opposite of One Bad Mother. It’s a sympathetic, understanding show in which host Hillary Frank explores struggles of all kinds in early parenthood — breastfeeding, labor, adoption, and all sorts of hopes and dreams that parents share. The stories are interesting and the show helps me look at my own experience under a new light.
Precious Little Sleep: For those of us parents too tired to read the sleep books, this podcast is a good summary of what to do and what not to do to help your little human get as much good sleep as possible, learning from host Alexis Dubief.
Other honorable mentions: Pregnancy Confidential (each week of pregnancy comes with an informative episode), Radical Candor (tips on being and working with bosses at work), A Slob Comes Clean (organizing and decluttering!), and Taking Note (keeping organized and staying creative, with the help of Evernote).
Let me know what podcasts you’re enjoying. As of now, I’m about 200 episodes behind in One Bad Mother and about 100 episodes behind in The Longest Shortest Time, so I best be getting to work!