I admit it, I’m a podcast junkie. I’m like a dirty dish sponge of useless facts, so podcasts appeal greatly to my inquisitorial nature. I listen to them at work, I listen to them in the car, and I sometimes over enthusiastically tell my friends and family about the things I learn in them. Podcasts are a great way to dip your toes in a variety of disciplines without actually committing to a formal education, and I’m always interested in learning something about our time on this planet as human beings that I previously didn’t know before. So before you show up to wherever you have to be Monday morning without anything to inspire you or get you thinking, without further ado, I present to you my comprehensive list of awesome podcasts for all you glorious information seekers:
Dear Sugar Radio is by far my favorite of all the podcasts I listen to. Letter writers send their most raw confessions to these two “Sugars” authors Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond, and they flawlessly deliver the most holistically connected advice to their listeners that I’ve ever heard before. As a person enamored by our relationships with one another, I always come away from every episode with an “Aha!” moment as the subject matter often delves into our deepest intricacies as human beings. In addition to being incredibly empathic, these two are funny as hell. There’s something for everyone listening to Dear Sugar regardless of whether you relate to the letter writers or not, but chances are, in some way, you probably do.
The WANTcast by Katie Horwitch is another podcast that’s changed the way I look at my experience as a woman in this world entirely. WANT, which stands for Women Against Negative Talk is a movement aimed at giving us ladies the resources to strive towards and maintain a more positive and higher version of ourselves. An incredibly enigmatic host, Horwitch brings on a variety of different guests from across the board of different life paths and disciplines that creates an extremely comprehensive way to “move forward fearlessly” with our best selves, as she eloquently puts it. A must listen for all women (and men, honestly) interested in delving more deeply into the intricacies of the modern woman.
Interested in psychological processes or always wanted to know more about yourself but never had the resources to really get into the nitty-gritty of your personality? Then Personality Hacker is the podcast for you. Hosts Joel Mark Witt and Antonia Dodge don’t shy away from any topic that they feel will help you optimize your own mental processes to become a better and informed you. They also focus heavily on the Myers-Briggs system as a tool for personal development, but there is a ton of other information for anyone who wants to geek out over whatever disciplines you find fascinating in understanding yourself.
Invisibilia, Latin for invisible things, is hands down one of the most thought-provoking podcasts I listen to (in my humble opinion, of course) because they focus primarily on the forces of human nature that we can’t always see with the naked eye. Hosted by Alix Spiegel, Lulu Miller and Hanna Rosin the topics they cover bring about realizations about the broad spectrum of ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions we all experience as humans. Their commentary is particularly fascinating and raw as well, taking real human experiences and shining them in a light where every listener can take away something (if not several) new things to think and consider about humankind.
If you’ve ever dipped your toes into the wellness community, you might’ve come across as a technique called “tapping” or EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) which is a type of Meridian Tapping that combines ancient Chinese acupressure and modern psychology to “halt the fight-or-flight response” that causes unproductive stress in our lives. Nick and Jessica Ortner tackle emotional, physical and psychological traumas on The Tapping Solution Podcast by giving their listeners the skills to overcome stresses in life through tapping. This one is definitely a little more on the “woo” side of things for some people, and while I haven’t made tapping a big part of my wellness routine yet I’m becoming interested in doing so. If you are too, definitely check out their website and free videos on how to get started tapping.
Now I’m dying to know, what are YOUR favorite podcasts? Please holla at me in the comments below!