I’ll admit, I was slow to warm up to podcasts. I thought podcasts were basically boring talk radio shows that were better suited for people like my dad. Thankfully, my sister recommended the Serial podcast to me in its first season. Serial was a groundbreaking investigative journalism podcast, hosted by Sarah Koenig, narrating a nonfiction story over multiple episodes. It focused on a murder of an 18-year-old student and the conviction of her boyfriend. There were many twists and turns in the story, which questioned if police had really found the real killer, or if the boyfriend was innocent.
I was hooked. I listened to the podcast every week as a new episode was released, listening on my way to work, during my lunch hour, and even before my night class started. Gradually, I have expanded the list of my favorite podcasts and would like to share them with you!
My 10 Favorite Podcasts Right Now
Crime Writers On
True crime authors hold a pop-culture round table discussion about journalism, storytelling, TV shows and films. They review other podcasts, documentaries and all things true crime. They’re sharp, smart and funny.
My Dad Wrote a Porno
Don’t let the title scare you! This hilarious podcast features Jamie Morton reading a chapter a week of his father’s book with his best mates, James and Alice. Jamie’s dad, “Rocky Flintstone,” dreams up outlandish situations for his main character, Belinda, and the friends have a good laugh every week. Jamie, James and Alice live in London, and they make me want to pack my bags, move to England and hang out with them in the pub. This podcast is the best way to brighten any gloomy day. It’s NSFW, so make sure to plug in your headphones!
These Are Their Stories: The Law & Order Podcast
The husband-wife duo from Crime Writers On created this podcast where they discuss episodes of Law & Order with special guests. I grew up watching L&O constantly (thank you, TNT marathons) and enjoy listening to Kevin and Rebecca dissect the episodes with brilliant humor. Even if you haven’t seen every episode like me, you will enjoy their commentary on this classic TV series.
True Crime Obsessed
Patrick and Gillian, two self-professed theatre/pop culture nerds, review true crime documentaries with the most hilarious commentary. The bubbly personalities of these two make me smile and laugh, and then my coworkers ask what’s wrong with me.
The team from NPR’s Morning Edition bring you the “news you need to start your day – from politics to pop culture – in 10 minutes.” I listen to this every morning on my way to work, and I feel informed and ready to start my day. I love preparing for my day with this team.
Hosts PJ and Alex describe Reply All as a “podcast about the internet,” but it’s really about telling amazing human stories in modern life. One of my favorite episodes is “On the Inside,” which focuses on an inmate who writes a blog from inside a maximum security prison. The inmate, Paul Modrowski, is a man with autism who has been sentenced to life in prison for murder. The story evolves into an investigation about what really happened the night of the murder.
This American Life
I consider This American Life, hosted by Ira Glass, to be the godfather of all podcasts. The storytelling is brilliant, and they cover a variety of topics. One of my favorite episodes is “Dr. Gilmer and Mr. Hyde,” about a doctor new to town (Dr. Gilmer) who replaces another doctor with the same name who went to prison after killing his own father. The old Dr. Gilmer was loved by his patients, and the new Dr. Gilmer becomes fixated on “trying to understand how a good man can seemingly turn bad.”
WDW Prep to Go
This podcast comes from WDW Prep School, a Disney World trip planning site. The host, Shannon, talks strategy and ideas for planning your Disney World trip. I listened to all the episodes before I took my kids on our first trip to WDW, and it was super helpful. If you are thinking about taking a trip to Disney World, make sure to check this out!
Host Dahlia Lithwick, who writes about the Supreme Court for Slate, presents this podcast about the law and the nine Supreme Court justices who interpret it for the rest of America. If you could use a refresher on constitutional law, download this accessible, informative podcast. My favorite recent episode is “Nice Little FBI You’ve Got Here. Pity if Something Happened to It,” which dives into obstruction of justice.
Bitch Sesh: A Real Housewives Breakdown
I will admit, my guilty pleasure is watching the Real Housewives. Isn’t life all about balance? If you are a fan of the Housewives, check out this hilarious podcast by Casey Wilson and Danielle Schneider that breaks down the season’s wildest moments with special guests. “Don’t be tardy to the party!”
What are your favorite podcasts? Let me know what you recommend!