Tuesday, July 11, 2017

My Favorite Podcasts

I love podcasts!  If there's a subject or genre that interests you it's a pretty safe bet there's a podcast for it and if you listen to it and decide you don't like it or if you just decide you don't want to listen to it anymore you unsubscribe and *poof* gone.  No commitment no money lost no nothing.  Here are some of my favorites:


What Should I Read Next - hosted by Anne Bogel, the creator of Modern Mrs. Darcy this is hands down my favorite book podcast.  She talks about an enormous range of books because each episode has a different guest and they all have different books they love, hate and want to read.

The Babysitters Club Club - 2 30 something guys are reading their way through The Baby-Sitters Club books and discuss them in DETAIL.  They have all kinds of crazy theories regarding what's really going on that gets pretty entertaining.  As a fan of the books when I was a kid I've really enjoyed revisiting my old favorites without having to reread them!

Smart Podcast, Trashy Books -  I'm picky on this one because not every show is a winner for me.  I don't really care for the ones where it's just the bloggers sitting around talking so I tend to skip those.  I absolutely love Sarah Wendell's interviews with authors though.  She asks great questions and really does a great job of keeping the interview interesting and entertaining.   My favorites are probably her interviews with Jill Shalvis and Sherry Thomas.


True Crime Garage - These guys cover a wide range of crimes from recent to as far back as the 1930s.  While Nick and the Captain do seem like friends there isn't a huge amount of banter.  They go into detail on the crime and really explore the whodunnit aspect while staying respectful to the victim.

The Vanished - This podcast focuses on people who have gone missing.  There are tons of interviews with friends and family members as well as with law enforcement. If you like the show Disappeared on ID than you really must listen to this one.

Thinking Sideways - This one is all over the places on subjects covered.  From murders to historical mysteries to missing people to unexplained events this one has it all.  Most of these don't have a set resolution but they do a great job at presenting all the available theories and their own opinions based off their research.


Stuff You Missed in History Class - This is one probably most people have heard of but it's one of my favorites.  They cover such a huge range of topics that I'm always learning something new and I really like the hosts.

The History Chicks - A new episode only comes out every month or so but they have an extensive backlog and the episodes are fascinating!  They're in depth hour + length shows and they're great about really putting the historical figures in context.  I just finished the Lucille Ball episode and have a whole new appreciation for her.

Most Notorious - This one really could be in the crime section but since the focus is pretty much exclusively historical crime I'm putting it here.  Basically the host interviews the author of a true crime book each episode and it's absolutely fascinating.  He's covered well known cases like H.H. Holmes and the Bloody Benders and lesser known cases like the conman Soapy Smith and The Bath School Massacre of 1927.


Sidedoor - This is done by the Smithsonian and it's so fascinating!  Each episode is around 20 minutes long and features 3 stories that are loosely under 1 topic.  My favorite one so far was called Gaming the System and it talked about people sending their children through the postal service, trying to find loopholes in the citizenship laws in the early 1900s and the song "Rock Island Line".

The Lazy Genius - This is a lifestyle podcast from Kendra over at  The Lazy Genius Collective.  Her focus is really on only worrying about the things that matter too you and she talks about all kinds of things from reading to cooking and all kinds of random stuff.

The Simple Show - This is similar to The Lazy Genius podcast in that it covers a range of stuff from family friendly traveling, to reading, to just about anything else that appeals to the host, blogger Tsh Oxenrider.

Again With This - This is my new favorite but I love it dearly!  This show is all about Beverly Hills 90210 and it's fantastic.  The hosts are hilarious, I love the clips they play from the show and their screen shots are amazing.  I really want to go back and listen to them discuss the first couple of seasons which I actually watched but until then I'm really enjoying them make fun of season 6!

Happier with Gretchen Rubin - This is probably the first podcast I subscribed too but I still really enjoy it.  I really liked Rubin's book The Happiness Project but I didn't really feel like I liked her.  After listening to this I've changed my mind and I love the differences between her and her sister.  Plus, it's always nice to have a weekly reminder about making myself and my household happier.

So those are some of my favorite podcasts!  Are any of these your favorites?  Any that aren't on my list that I need to listen too?



  1. I really need to check out the crime podcasts. I have been looking for something new lately. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Yay! More Podcast recommendations. I love the Babysitters Club Club. It's one of my favorites! And I like Stuff You Missed in History Class. I really like History Chicks, but I haven't listened to a lot of it at this point. I actually love Smart Podcasts Trashy Books. My favorite episodes are the ones with the other bitches. But I love the interviews too. Even when I think I'm not going to be interested in who is guesting, I always am drawn in.

    I need to look into Side Door and The Lazy Genius. Also that one about 90210!

  3. I've never actually listened to a podcast but it sounds interesting. I like how you can tailor it to fit the topics or things you like. I've been a fan of the blog Trashy Books since Day 1, and have never even listened to them. You give some really good ones for me to try. Hugs...RO

  4. I haven't listened to a lot podcasts. Most of the ones I've listened to are ones that have their own narrative arc like Serial, and S*Town. CBC has all their shows available on podcast, and I always enjoy Under the Influence which examines the advertising industry. Also the old Vinyl Cafe with the late Stuart MacLean.
    Also available on podcast stations is Cabin Pressure, a hilarious radio comedy from BBC. Benedict Cumberbatch is on those, if that is a selling point.

  5. I've been wanting to try more podcasts, having only listened to one series before but absolutely loving it, however I've always felt a little overwhelmed. Books & crime are my thing, so thanks for the recs!

  6. Wow there are so many podcasts now! I think The Babysitters Club Club sounds like a riot. I should find one about all the shows I watch ha ha, but then I'd probably get sucked in and never get anything else done! Thanks for sharing these. :)

  7. These podcasts are interesting. I've actually never listened to one. I guess I should check them out.

  8. I have been wanting to find good podcasts, I honestly didn't think they were doing a lot of them any more. One of my favorites is Welcome to Nightvale. I need to finished listening to them, they are funny!

  9. I really want to listen to some podcasts. I love the idea of them, but between, books, audios, work and Royals I don't know. Maybe I could try sampling while I work.

  10. OK, I really need to listen to that Babysitters Club Club! This is a great list.

  11. I have never listened to a podcast but that True Crime one sounds great.

  12. Like you I decided to hang in there with the Sarah Wendell podcasts but only listen to what interests. Certainly not the group ones where all they do is squawk! I enjoy What Shall I Read Next and also Gretchen Rubin and have also gone with Happier in Hollywood, insights into the writer's room is fun!

  13. I haven't tried a podcast in years, thanks for bringing that to my attention because I would love to try them again. You brought up some good suggestions. I will report back.

  14. I definitely have some I need to start - I want to get caught up on Welcome to Night Vale first. :)

  15. I don't know what it is, I can't get situated with any podcasts. It isn't that I don't like the subject matter... I love the things that come up about the Harry Potter books on Witch Please, but I start getting fidgety even if I am doing something with my hands! Every time I try to listen to one of their podcasts, all I can think is I wish it was a blog post, or a booktube show. Ha ha. I'm weird!

  16. I don't always remember to try the Happier tips but just the reminder to try to be happier in your life is a good kick in the butt. I'm passing along all of the crime podcasts to my daughter who is majoring in criminal justice!