I have said it before, and I’ll say it again. I’m inherently kind of lazy. I hate cleaning my house. I would honestly be happy to sit and watch Netflix or read a book or just DO NOTHING. I’m a mom, I’m tired!
But in reality, that’s not possible. There is a ton of ish to do in this place, and I need some motivation. That’s where podcasts come in.
If you’ve never listened to podcasts, they are just basically radio shows that anyone can create and post in a podcast app. I use the stock iPhone Podcast app (free, and comes on every iPhone) but there are others that are also well reviewed. Android has options available, and you can also listen to many of them on your computer. Podcasts are free to listen to.
You can find podcasts about any interest you have. I love listening to true crime podcasts, because many of them are tough to stop listening to! When I have to clean the house, I just pop in my headphones and listen. I’ll also do it when I’m wrapping Christmas gifts next month!
I’ve discovered some podcasts are better than others. Being a former radio producer, I’m a bit of a snob when it comes to production value, so keep that in mind. There are some that you will literally not be able to shut off, and others that are great pick me ups or just generally fun to listen to. Here are my favorites:
This is a newer, true crime-esque podcast put out by the LA Times. It’s only six episodes, so you’ll get through it quickly. It is SO FREAKING ADDICTING.
Dirty John tells the story of a woman who meets a man using an online dating service. He seems great at first, but it turns out he really isn’t who he seems to be. You will not be able to stop listening to this one– it is well produced and such a compelling story.
I am specifying Season 1 here, because there were two seasons and the first was much better to me than the second.
Serial got me hooked on podcasts. This was my podcast gateway drug.
Serial tells the story of Adnan Seyed, who was convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend while in high school. The evidence is questionable and it really makes you waver on what you think happened.
This is a longer podcast, but it’s another true crime story of a missing woman from a small town in Georgia. The host, Payne Lindsay, is able to uncover a lot of information about her 12 year long disappearance, and without giving too much away, is able to find out enough to help crack the case.
If true crime’s not your jam, try Happier. I really liked Gretchen Rubin’s Happiness Project, and this podcast is kind of a spinoff of that. She and her sister, Elizabeth Craft, talk about little ways to find more happiness in your life.
S-Town is just flat out excellent storytelling. This is another one that is a short six episodes, but you will just not be able to stop listening. So many of my neighbors were listening to this one, we had a special meetup to discuss it.
S-Town is the story of a man named John who reaches out to This American Life producers about what he thinks is a scandal in his town, and they go down to investigate. They story takes a turn early on, and mystery after mystery unfolds.
If you’ve read my about me page, you will learn that I started my blog to quit my Real Housewives addiction. Sad but true.
Bitch Sesh is a Real Housewives breakdown show, hosted by the hilarious Casey Wilson and Danielle Schneider. Even if you aren’t a RH fan, you will love it.
If you love Oprah as much as I do, this is a great three part podcast on the evolution of her show. It’s excellent.
What podcasts am I missing here? Anything I should be listening to?