My Favorite Podcasts

Podcasts seem to be all the rage these days. It took me a long time to properly get into them because I never really found one that stuck with me, until I discovered my #1 favorite podcast Potterless! Now that I’ve listened to a whole bunch more, I feel like I have a good selection to recommend to you.

I love having background noise while I do the dishes, walk my dog, and tidy my house. Boredom and me don’t get along very well (thanks ADHD!), so I try to avoid it at all costs. Podcasts are a great way to stimulate your mind and learn new things (or just laugh at silly jokes) while doing otherwise boring tasks.

I’ve embedded an episode via Spotify, but if you search the podcast + episode you should be able to find them on whatever podcast app you use!

Potterless ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Join Mike Schubert, a grown man reading the Harry Potter series for the first time, as he sits down with HP fanatics to poke fun at plot holes, make painfully incorrect predictions, and rant about how Quidditch is the worst sport ever invented.

This is the podcast that got me into podcasts. There are plenty of Harry Potter podcasts around, but none compare to Potterless: its unique format of someone reading the books for the first time is so fun! And if you have the same sense of humor as Mike, it will surely make you laugh out loud. Wizard on!

Books Unbound ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Unbinding books to get to their heart with Ariel Bissett and Raeleen Lemay!

Books Unbound has quickly moved to second place in my list of favorite podcasts ever. (Maybe slowly getting to first place now that Potterless is done with the original series.)

Hosted by OG BookTubers Ariel and Raeleen, they talk about everything related to books & reading, and recommend books to listeners. I find myself ‘saving’ the episodes for when I don’t feel like reading so their enthusiasm can motivate me to pick my book back up. They also do a book club every once in a while where they read a book (and give listeners time to read the book) and discuss it in a special episode. I joined in with the book club for The Memory Police and although I didn’t like the book much, the experience made it all worth it!

The Real Weird Sisters ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Two real weird sisters break down the Harry Potter series chapter by chapter and delve into special topics related to the Harry Potter universe. Podcast episodes may contain spoilers from the entire Harry Potter series.

I started listening to this podcast while I was in the middle of re-reading the Harry Potter series, listening to the audiobook chapter and then the corresponding podcast episode of The Real Weird Sisters. The hosts Alice and Martha — two truly massive fans with a lot of Potter knowledge — discuss the chapter in detail, often going off on tangents, and sometimes including hilarious impressions. I love the running jokes that keep coming back, so definitely start listening from book 1!

After finishing the book, they do “moviecasts”, and every once in a while they do “special topic” episodes, like the Sorting Hat (where they sort characters from pop culture), reactions to other Wizarding World things like A Very Potter Musical and Fantastic Beasts, and even role play The Hunger Games featuring Harry Potter characters as contestants.

Reading Glasses ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Want to learn how to make the most of your reading life? Join Brea Grant and Mallory O’Meara every week as they discuss tips and tricks for reading better! Listeners will learn how to vanquish their To-Be-Read piles, get pointers on organizing their bookshelves and hear reviews on the newest reading gadgets. Brea and Mallory also offer advice on bookish problems. How do you climb out of a reading slump? How do you support authors while still getting books on the cheap? Where do you hide the bodies of the people who won’t stop talking while you’re trying to read? Mallory and Brea engage in a weekly discussion geared towards all kinds of book lovers — no matter what you read or how you read it.

This was one I hard to work hard to get into, but now I can’t imagine not listening to a new Reading Glasses as soon as the episodes releases. I like to listen to these on the last evening walk with my dog before I go to bed with a book, to get pumped for reading!

The Minimalists ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus discuss living a meaningful life with less.

I’ve had my ups and downs with this podcast, sometimes finding it a bit pretentious but most of the time enjoying it a lot. These conversations go deep, and that’s what I love about this podcast. It gets me thinking! I love listening to this while I’m decluttering or doing chores around the house. Bonus: this podcast is entirely audience-supported and has NO ADS!

By the Book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Half reality show, half self-help podcast, and one wild social experiment. Join comedian Jolenta Greenberg and her skeptical friend Kristen Meinzer as they live by the rules of a different self-help book each episode to figure out which ones might actually be life changing.

If you love self improvement but are too lazy to read self-help books, this is the podcast for you. Many of the books covered are still on my to-read list and knowing I have a By the Book episode to look forward to, I pick them up much sooner than I would have otherwise (or decide to drop them because they’re apparently terrible). After each regular episode, they post an “epilogue” episode where they discuss all the comments and reactions they’ve received from listeners based on the previous episode.

Whether or not you decide to pick up the book they ‘review’, you will be inspired and motivated, or at the very least entertained.

I love this review by Sealion80 on iTunes and couldn’t have said it better myself: “By the Book is like belonging to a book club, but no one cares if I show up without reading the book.”

The Sustainable Minimalists Podcast ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Sustainable Minimalists Podcast is where sustainability, minimalism, zero-waste living, decluttering, parenting + conscious consumerism intersect. Stephanie Seferian offers eco-friendly tips + incremental strategies for responsibly cutting through clutter as a means to more fully enjoy life’s sweetest moments.

This podcast combines many of my interests! The episode topics are almost always something I’m interested in learning more about and this is another one I love listening to while doing housework. Whenever I feel a slump in my sustainability journey, I put on an episode of this podcast (either the newest episode or something I’ve already listened to to refresh my memory) and get right back to being the annoying treehugger I am.

Crime Junkie ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Crime Junkie is a weekly podcast dedicated to giving you a true crime fix. Every Monday, Ashley Flowers will tell you about whatever crime she’s been obsessing over that week in a way that sounds like you’re sitting around talking crime with your best friends. The storytelling is straightforward and free of rabbit holes so the cases stay suspenseful and are easy to follow. If you can never get enough true crime… Congratulations, you’re a Crime Junkie!

When I first discovered this podcast, I only listened to the episodes that sounded most interesting to me, but now I just listen to any and all episodes they upload. I especially love listening to this on evening walks with my dog when it’s dark outside for the ultimate full body chills. They cover anything from missing person cases and conspiracies to murders and serial killers. Listening to true crime audiobooks is just never as good as listening to Crime Junkie.

Happier with Gretchen Rubin ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Gretchen Rubin is HAPPIER, and she wants you to be happier too. The #1 bestselling author of The Happiness Project and Better Than Before gets more personal than ever as she brings her practical, manageable advice about happiness and good habits to this lively, thought-provoking podcast. Gretchen’s cohost and guinea pig is her younger sister, Elizabeth Craft, a TV writer and producer living in Los Angeles, who (lovingly) refers to Gretchen as her happiness bully.

My morning podcast. I love starting the day off right with an episode of Happier and have the entire day to think about the “try this at home” tips and how I’m going to implement them in my life to become happier, more productive & more creative! The great thing about this one is that you don’t have the follow any particular order, you can just listen to any episode you’re interested in.

TED Talks Daily ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Every weekday, TED Talks Daily brings you the latest talks in audio. Join host and journalist Elise Hu for thought-provoking ideas on every subject imaginable — from Artificial Intelligence to Zoology, and everything in between — given by the world’s leading thinkers and creators.

Do you ever watch a TED Talk on YouTube while doing something else and think: “This could’ve just as easily been a podcast”? Same. So I looked it up and it turns out, they have many talks in podcast form! I don’t listen to every episode, but I pick and choose which topics I’m interested in and listen whenever I’m in the mood to learn something new.

Universiteit van Nederland 🇳🇱 ⭐️⭐️⭐️

De beste wetenschappers geven antwoord op spraakmakende vragen. Zo leer je in colleges van 15 minuutjes waarom muggen altijd jou moeten hebben en hoe robots ons leven redden. Van donkere materie tot verliefdheid bij dieren: alles komt voorbij!

Een beetje zoals TED Talks Daily, maar Nederlands! Ik vind het fijn dat deze lezingen kort zijn en een specifieke vraag beantwoorden. Sommige afleveringen zijn duidelijk beter dan anderen, maar het is sowieso altijd een goede manier om de tijd door te komen.

De BOOS AntiCoronaDepressiePodcast 🇳🇱 ⭐️⭐️⭐️

De BOOS AntiCoronaDepressiePodcast, waar we de luisteraar in deze vreemde tijden van het coronavirus gaan proberen niet BOOS, maar BLIJ te maken.

Ik loop echt hele afleveringen achter op deze podcast omdat ik telkens de afleveringen vermijd waarvan ik de gast niet ken (wat meestal zo is, want wat is Nederland), maar dit is echt een hele leuke vrolijke podcast! Ook zeker veel diepgang, maar het doel is om je blij te maken. Ik weet niet hoe relevant dit nog gaat zijn na de coronacrisis, maar aangezien we er nog wel een tijdje mee moeten dealen heb je nog genoeg tijd om in te halen!

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    May 28, 2020 at 2:37 PM

    Another great podcast is The Fundamentalists! Where comedian Elliott Morgan and philosopher Peter Rollins talk about philosophy, often in concert with actuality or at what points they might be in their lives. It’s great, very interesting, but also funny!

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    October 5, 2020 at 6:20 PM

    My absolutely favourite is “Short Cuts” by Josie Long on BBC Radio 4. It’s described as “brief encounters, true stories, radio adventures, and found sound” and I just love the potluck of cool sounds, stories, and radio documentaries! Every episode is 30 minutes as well so they’re easily digestible.

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