Podcasts are nothing new, but it wasn’t until this year I have become interested in them. I have found myself listening to them more than music. They can be entertaining, informative, funny, and sometimes shocking. Aimlessly searching for good podcasts is like looking for a needle in a haystack when you don’t know what a the needle looks like. Sounds impossible, right? All of the podcasts I listen to have been recommendations made by friends and acquaintances, or are hosted by people I know and follow on social media. They vary in length from 10 minutes to an hour. Here are the podcasts I listen to, in no particular order; hope you have a listen as well.
Dots, Lines, & Destinations
A travel podcast that covers airline & hotel related news and insights, as well as fun facts about different places in the world. It is hosted by three people (Seth, Fozz, and Stephan) who seem like they’re more friends than professional podcasters (I’m sure they’d get a laugh if they read that); however, the 45-ish minute long podcast is always enjoyable to listen to. It is obvious they are having fun, have chemistry together, and that they have a passion for what they’re talking about. Stephan, Fozz and Seth want everyone to learn while being entertained.
The $100 MBA Show
This 10-20 minute long podcast is my go to for my commute to and from work. It’s gives quick business tips about marketing, sales, work-life balance, and personal/professional growth. The host, Omar Zenhom, publishes an episode 5-6 times a week and always has something interesting to say. If you own a business, or thinking of starting one, you should consider listening. Sometimes I’m amazed that Omar is able to fully cover a topic in a short amount of time.
The Secret Room
I learned about this podcast from one of my blogger acquaintances, Kana from Life in Wanderlust. This podcast definitely falls under the “sometimes shocking” category. Not all of the episodes are family friendly or safe for work. If you’re familiar with PostSecret then you know the premise of this podcast. Someone will retell the story of their secret. The secret is really about anything in this person’s life. Some of the past secrets are: someone dated a mafia kingpin in Greece, betrayal and infidelity amongst best friends, or being a dominatrix and escort to put themselves through graduate school. Whatever the secret is,the episodes are always entertaining. There’s no knowing what the next episode will be about. I can’t wait!
Levar Burton Reads
Who can resist listening to LeVar Burton reading short stories? I certainly can’t! Listening to LeVar Burton takes me back to my childhood when I watched Reading Rainbow. He has one of the best reading voices of anyone I have heard. It is relaxing yet captivating. The short stories he reads have only one thing in common, “[LeVar] loves them”. They range from sci-fi to African folklore. Even if you never watched Reading Rainbow, you should listen to this podcast – you can say you read (or listened to) the book.
Saverocity Observation Deck
This is much like Dots, Lines, and Destinations (DLD), but different hosts and format. It is hosted by Joe and Trevor, who blog over at Saverocity. They typically have one or two guests who chat about just one or two topics and share related stories. Each episode is about 45 minutes long. Compared to DLD, this podcast is a little less industry news, but more miles & points information and getting more out of loyalty programs. I have just recently added this to my list even though they have released about 80 episodes. I like that they only talk about one or two topics. It stands out from other podcasts that try to cover too much in 45-60 minutes.
All of the podcasts I mentioned are available on Apple Podcasts, Android, and other various places. Whether it’s driving, cleaning my apartment, or relaxing, there’s usually a podcast episode or two that fit the mood. There’s so much information out there that I’m sure there are other podcasts that appeal to you. Leave a comment below with your favorite podcast – I’ll be sure to check it out.