A few months ago I recommended some of my favorite podcasts (and received some great recommendations back!), because there is rarely a time when I don’t have a podcast playing in the background. While all of my previous recommendations (especially Dear Hank and John, Overinvested, and The Liturgists Podcast) are still high on my priority list, I have since added some new ones to my queue!
Big thanks to blogger Jesse for recommending this one to me. Sofie Hagen and Deborah Frances-White are European comedians who record their shows about “the feminist ideals we hold and the insecurities and hypocrisies that undermine them.” They start each show with a series of “I’m a feminist, but…” confessions that create a safe place to laugh about all the ways we fail to be as body positive and self-confident as we profess to be. They’ve done shows about exercise, apologizing, femininity, and many more, and I look forward to each new episode every week.
This is a new podcast that I only just discovered, but I LOVE it. Vanessa and Casper go through one chapter of Harry Potter per week with all the intentionality and methodology of a Bible study. Each episode they read with a pre-determined filter such as loneliness or white privilege, and at the end of each episode, they randomly choose one sentence and use lectio divina to go deeper into the message of the book. OMG if ever there were a nerdy podcast just for me, this is it.
Recommended to me by a friend’s sister on Facebook, SMNTY is a twice-weekly podcast in which Cristen and Caroline discuss women-centric issues with an amazing degree of research and humor. They cover topics as low brow as Saggy Boob Science and as high-brow as The Unfinished Business of Working-Class Equality, and no matter the topic I am always fascinated!
Ingrid Nilsen and Cat Valdes are YouTubers that I’ve never watched, but that doesn’t stop me from really enjoying their podcast about generally focuses on relationships. They’ve covered crushes, sexuality, dealbreakers, and they just finished a three-part series on break-ups (rejected, rejector, and friendship breakups). They make me want to grab a friend, go out for food, and talk about our lives…but instead I’m just sitting at home listening to someone else do those things. Maybe they should cover that issue next?
In a singular departure from “two people talk about a thing,” this podcast features just one man, Jason, retelling “stories you think you know, but with surprising origins. Others are stories you might not have heard, but really should.” I’m mostly drawn to the episodes about mythology I’m already familiar with, like Greek heroes, Norse gods, or the Knights of the Round Table. But sometimes I listen to something new, and it always makes me long for…Rick Riordan to create a new YA series.
Inevitably, as with every new creative thing I discover, now I want to start a podcast!! If only I had the knowledge, skills, and talent to pull it off.