The Podcasts That I Can't Live Without
Since I moved, my commutes to and from work have become longer (not by much.. but still). Getting on the subway without your headphones in has become such a taboo. We won't be caught dead without little white earbuds shoved into our ears. "Don't talk to me, don't look at me, don't come near me", that's the new vibe. Sometimes I'm not even listening to anything, guilty as charged, I just want to be left alone. When I AM listening to something, however, 9 times out of 10 it's one of the podcasts discussed in this post. A few of them are educational, a few of them solely for entertainment purposes, but all of them a great way to pass the time! To me, podcasts provide way too much value to pass up, so here are a few of my faves:
Easily my favourite podcast on the planet. These ladies are savage, hilarious, and completely neurotic (just like me) which is why I love them so much. Hosted by Becca Tobin (you'll know her from Glee), Keltie Knight (she's from Entertainment Tonight), and Jac Vanek (of THE Jac Vanek Clothing), they get together every Tuesday, and most recently every Thursday to provide us with laughs, tears, and everything in between. No topic is off limits on The Lady Gang either! With killer special guests such as Ru Paul, Becca's co stars from Glee, and (so far) a third of the cast of Queer Eye, the ladies discuss relationship problems, bodily fluids, and how to be the most bad ass lady boss around. When I'm not embarrassingly laughing to myself on the subway, I'm learning a ton about what it means to be a woman in her late twenties/early thirties, and how to combat all of the trials and tribulations that come with living life as a female.
An extension from the The Skinny Confidential brand, the Him & Her Podcast is hosted by Lauryn Evarts and her newly married husband Michael Bosstick. The two of them battle it out every Tuesday in a war of wits, household chores, and fabulous experts/celebrity guests. She discusses blogging, health foods, and fitness, and he shares tips related to business, media, and economic growth. Some of my favourite guests have been Charlotte Cho of SokoGlam (obviously!), hormone expert Candace Burch, and Jackie Schimmel of The Bitch Bible podcast. There's never a dull moment with these two. If you're looking for loads of value, an awkward moment here and there, and a barrel or two of laughs, this podcast is for you!
Wednesdays are reserved for Jonathan Van Ness, obviously purely for educational purposes (but also because my love for JVN is never ending). Every week he starts with a question that he's been curious about getting the answer to: Did social media make artists need to be business people too? How to apply ethics to everyday life?? How can we be less rude to bees??? What was Jonathan like as a kid???? Hear from doctors, experts, some of JVN's Queer Eye co-stars, and even Jonathan's MOM. I can't get enough of his open heart and open perspective, making every person and every topic feel relevant and acceptable. This "little baby" is a national treasure!
Sex ed ain't got NOTHING on Emily. I (along with thousands of other listeners) join Dr. Emily Morse every Tuesday and Friday for some serious low-down on everything related to sex and sexuality. She shares her fave tips, tricks, and toys with her audience, as well as her special guests! Some fabulous names include Nico Tortorella from Younger, S-FACTOR founder Sheila Kelley, and even Lauryn and Michael from The Skinny Confidential! Emily is educational, bold, a whole lot of fun, and nothing can match her love for lubrication.. Enough said.
I have to be completely honest, my love for podcasts wouldn't exist without Adrian and the guys from Stuff You Should Know. This one is Adrian's favourite, and the first podcast I have ever listened to. A mix of comedy, history, and serious facting, these guys will TEACH. YOU. EVERYTHING. From "How the Stanford Prison Experiment worked?", to "Genghis Khan: Madman or Genius?", and even "How Twinkies Work?", you will quickly become a walking encyclopedia of random facts and trivia (I know Adrian did..). The amount of research that must go into each of these episodes would put anybody to sleep, but this podcast is by NO MEANS dull or boring. Think of it like Spark Notes for all of life, time, and history! Definitely worth a listen.
What are some of your fave podcasts? Do you prefer to learn, laugh, or lose it over the most recent gossip? Give me some more recommendations!