I loooove podcasts. These days, I spend more time listening to podcasts than I do listening to music. There is something about listening to people talk in my ear that is so relaxing to me. I can zone out and really get into the story.
I listen to podcasts at the gym, cleaning my house, outside running, in the shower… the list goes on and on. I listen to a variety of podcasts, but they tend to fall into three main categories: true crime, health and wellness, and pop culture. If you are into any of the topics I just listed, here are 10 podcasts you absolutely have to listen to.
My Favourite Murder with Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark
Okay, before I jump into my explanation of My Favourite Murder… I have to note the most recent news that has been taking the true-crime world by storm. Guys. They caught the Golden State Killer. It’s unreal. And crazy. If you do not know this story, you have to do two things: listen to the emergency episode Karen and Georgia posted yesterday when the California police caught the guy; and more importantly, go to the closest book store and pick up I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara. Your mind will be blown. Trust me on this one.
This is currently my podcast obsession. I have listened to almost all 200 episodes in about 3 months! After raving about it non-stop, two of my close friends have also picked it up and now it’s basically all we talk about. We are full blown, dedicated Murderinos. My Favourite Murder is a true crime/comedy podcast hosted by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark (I’m a Georgia!) The ladies chat about current events in the true crime world for the first 20 minutes or so, then each one tells a new murder story for that week. It can get pretty gruesome, but it is absolutely fascinating. I am constantly telling my boyfriend about the story I listened to that day, although he really isn’t into true crime. I promise you, if you like true crime this podcast will be your next obsession. There is a great community that comes with this podcast; you can join the MFM Facebook page, and there are a ton of merch pages on Etsy, where I’m currently browsing through with my roommate. I was introduced to the novel I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara through the podcast, which is a fantastic read. My roommate and I are counting down the days until Zac Efron’s Ted Bundy movie Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile comes out because of MFM. No release date as of yet… sigh. SSDGM!
I won’t get too much into this one because there are only ten episodes which follow the same story, and I don’t want to ruin it for you! Atlanta Monster focuses on the case of the Atlanta Child Murders of 1979. It is done by HowStuffWorks and Tenderfoot TV, who also produced the famous Up & Vanished podcast. This is a good one to listen to if you want a longer story. It features a ton of news segments and interviews from 1979, which is interesting yet bone-chilling because of how detailed and insane the story is. It keeps you invested and you’ll want to catch up every week. Highly recommend.
S-Town has a very similar layout to Atlanta Monster: one new episode a week for 10 weeks or so. It is done by the creators of the famous Serial podcast. This story follows a man from Alabama who hates his small, corrupt town and decides to do something about it. It isn’t as dark as MFM or Atlanta Monster, so it is a great podcast for those just entering in to true crime. S-Town (meaning Shit Town) has twist after twist and will leave you wanting more. Awesome story line and great narrator!
Off the Vine with Kaitlyn Bristowe
If you are a fan of the Bachelor/Bachelorette, I’m sure you know and love Kaitlyn Bristowe. Personally my favourite Bachelorette and Bachelorette couple (with her fiancé Shawn). She is witty and carefree. Her podcast focuses primarily on Bachelor topics, but she also covers current events, pop culture, music and a bit of wellness. I like to listen to this one if I need something light to put on in the background. I especially love the episodes which Shawn B. is on; he has been my favourite contestant on the show and I love their chemistry together! Besides Shawn, Kaitlyn has a lot of great guests on, including country singers Walker Hayes and High Valley, Bachelor stars Carly Waddell, Evan Bass, and Jillian Harris and YouTube sensations Matt Bellassai and Grace Helbig. It’s the perfect podcast for both Bachelor fans and those looking to just chill out with some fun topics!
The Lady Gang
The Lady Gang consists of three badass, girlboss women: Becca Tobin (blogger and ‘Kitty’ on Glee), Keltie Knight (Entertainment Tonight), and Jac Vanek (previous scene girl and CEO of Jac Vanek Clothing). They cover all kinds of womanhood topics and have awesome guests. Some of my favourites have been Derek Hough, Crosby Tailor, RuPaul, Kate Somerville and Lea Michele. They aren’t afraid to open up about taboo topics and ask the things we all, as women, want to know. It’s a great choice for anyone who is into women in pop culture! I’ve learned a lot of from the experts they have had on the show.
Jenna + Julien Podcast
There are few things that make me laugh harder than Jenna Marbles and her boyfriend Julien Solomita. I have been watching Jenna since the beginning (she started her channel in 2010), and I think her videos get funnier as the years go by. I’m often sitting at my desk on lunch with tears streaming down my face from laughter. Julien has a vlog channel which I love; I could spend hours catching up on videos. My admitted obsession is shared with some friends and my sister, and I maaaay be getting my boyfriend into Julien’s vlogs as well (hehe). The Jenna + Julien podcast doesn’t cover one specific niche, but instead the two just chat about whatever they feel is important that week. Sometimes they play games, sometimes they chat about pop culture and other times the conversation is a bit more serious; covering topics such as politics, grieving and finances. Although the topics can be more serious, they try to keep the tone light and ultimately it is a really enjoyable listen. I also really like that you can actually watch the podcast recordings on their other YouTube channel, Jenna + Julien. Sometimes I will choose to watch them record when I’m at home getting ready or cleaning. It’s great to have both options! I will always love Jenna and Julien and this podcast is a staple of mine.
The Balanced Blonde: Soul on Fire with Jordan Younger
I found The Balanced Blonde podcast through YouTuber Marissa Lace, who I have been watching for years now. Marissa, who focuses on wellness and beauty, was a guest on Jordan’s podcast and I tuned in after seeing social media promotion about the episode. After really enjoying that episode, I decided to see what else was out there and haven’t looked back. Jordan isn’t afraid to step outside the box to cover topics on wellness and spirituality, which I personally really enjoy. She has opened my mind to a lot of new things in the spirituality world, and I appreciate that. Jordan has covered topics including health food trends, kundalini, human design, acupuncture, hormones, manifestation, astrology, celestial channeling and breath-work. It’s a great podcast to relax and unwind to. I love to listen to listen to it while I’m outside walking; I am really able to concentrate on what it being said and block out any rattled thoughts.
Dear Sugars with Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond
I’ve mentioned Dear Sugars on my blog before, and I’m still listening to them each week! Cheryl and Steve cover the tough topics, but in a very compassionate way that allows listeners to learn and examine their own choices in life. They have had amazing guests on, including Hillary Clinton, Esther Perel and Oprah Winfrey. I love Cheryl, she is a strong writer and feminist whom I really admire. Steve has a calming voice that I could listen to all day.
Earn Your Happy Podcast with Lori Harder
Earn Your Happy Podcast is quite popular in the health and wellness podcast community. Currently in the top five of the health category, Lori Harder is a 3x fitness world champion and model turned wellness junkie. She knows her stuff and has a wide range of topics covered on her podcast. She covers exercise, food, meditation… anything under the giant wellness umbrella. I like that Lori’s podcasts are all different lengths. Some of them are only 15 minutes, but others can reach an hour or more. I like the shorter versions to listen to when washing dishes or having a shower; I don’t have to pause it and pick it back up at a later date. Lori is super upbeat and positive and she has a way about her that immediately puts me in a better, more mindful mood. She also runs a wellness retreat called the Bliss Project which I would love to attend, but it’s all the way in California and das esspensive (channelling my inner Kathleen Lights here).
Breaking Beauty Podcast
This is the newest addition to my podcast favourites, and it is the only beauty podcast I listen to. Breaking Beauty is a Canadian podcast, and hosts interviews with some of the biggest names in the beauty industry. I am a skincare consultant for Sephora, so I really appreciate that many of the guests are founders of big skincare brands. Tiffany Masterson of Drunk Elephant, Mathilde Thomas of Caudalie and Lev Glazman of Fresh are all featured, to name a few. I have learned so much from this podcast; information I have been able to use to sell products in store! I love understanding the passion behind brands. I appreciate the time and effort that goes into each ingredient and makes me want to support the brand! I am excited to see what other guests they will have on in the future!
I hope you have found some inspiration in my recommendations! I love each and every one for different reasons and love to share them with others. Happy listening! I’ve got to go finish reading I’ll Be Gone in the Dark!