So many readers were feeling my last round of podcast recommendations that today I’m sharing four more podcasts I’m currently digging and the one app you really, truly should not live without.
I just CAN’T with this presidential election (unless Samantha Bee is talking about it), but staying engaged as a citizen is a responsibility I take seriously. Political podcasts like “The Run Up” are 100% more palatable than all the shouting on 24-hour news networks.
Honorable mention list of political podcasts: Slate’s “Political Gabfest” (if more conversation/less hard news is your vibe) and also from Slate, “Trumpcast” (which looks past the soundbites to figure out who Donald Trump really is).
The “Sporkful” had me at first listen when they interviewed Smitten Kitchen‘s Deb Perelman and Serious Eats‘ Kenji Lopez-Alt about the v. important issue of bagel toasting. (I mean…!) People who are passionate about food but not in an annoying, up-their-own-a**es kind of way will dig this mix of interviews with food lovers (think Jim Gaffigan and Dominique Ansel) and investigations into food mysteries like how to eat pho properly and whether any pizza is worth waiting in line for.
You guys, I dare you to listen to Anna Faris’ podcast and then not totally want to hang out with her. She’s charming, smart, and remarkably self-aware for, you know, an actor. Her interviews are fun and loose and incorporate a not-insignificant number of curse words. (So maybe not an in-front-of-the-kids listen?) You’ll learn zero from listening to this podcast, but laughing so hard you spit coffee all over yourself is good for your health, right?
If you’re not totally mom’ed out after reading all the links in your social media feeds and, you know, being a mom, this podcast about authentic motherhood will hit the spot. It’s honest, often funny, and so deeply relatable that you may suspect Hillary Frank has been spying on your family. I appreciate the brevity of the podcasts because, uh, they know you don’t have an entire hour to continuously listen to anything. (Except whining.)
And if you’d like to be lulled to sleep at night by a soothing British voice reading The Economist to you (who wouldn’t?), then put The Economist app on your phone right now. It’s subscription-based, so not free like a podcast, but the ease of being able to read OR listen to The Economist’s superb content is so, so boss.