My Favorite Podcasts

If 2016 was the year I [re]-discovered reading, 2017 was the year I discovered podcasts.

Call me late to the party but I really, really didn’t understand the whole podcast thing for a long time. But it’s actually super easy [especially on iPhone] and there are quite a few podcasts I enjoyed or ended up subscribing too this past year.

I mostly have listened to podcasts in the car when driving. When I have my kids I tend to use one of my earbuds because most of them aren’t necessarily meant for kids, though I have heard there are some good kids podcasts I might look into this year because if anyone knows us at all they know we spend a fair amount of time in the car. So feel free to leave any suggestions.

Here’s my list:

In the Dark: This was my first podcast and I was drawn to it because it is Minnesota based and about the Jacob Wetterling case. There is SO much information in this podcast that I’d never heard before. Season Two is coming out this spring and I’m anxious to hear it.

S-Town: Oh my word. If you can get past the insane Southern accent, this story will draw you in. It’s investigative journalism at it’s best as Brian Reed from NPR and Serial meets and follows John, a man who hates his Southern Alabama town and has suspicions about an unsolved murder from years earlier.

Serial Seasons 1 & 2: Neither season is related to the other but both story’s keep you captivated. Season one tells the story of Adnan Syed, who is currently serving time for the murder of his girlfriend in 1999. It’s an eye opening look at the justice system and you’ll be left with lots of questions on if he did it or didn’t do it. Season 2 tells the story of Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl who was held captive by the Taliban for five years. You’ll hear in depth conversation about his experience in the Army and his life experience and again, you’ll be left wondering what really happened.

Sorta Awesome Show: Such a cheesy name but such a good show. I started listening to this show over the summer on long walks. There’s a new episode each week/ Four women talk about just about everything under the sun- from parenting to ethical shopping to social media boundaries to friendship. Most shows have made me laugh.

Smartest Person in the Room: This podcast is done by Laura Tremaine, she’s also been a part of Sorta Awesome show up until the new year. I haven’t listened to a ton of her episodes but each episode includes an interview with someone “smart” on the subject at hand. A couple of my favorites: Mind Body Series- Eating Disorders and Viral Series- Professional Bridesmaid. This podcast has also inspired a few of the books on my To Read list.

Parent Cue: This was another podcast I discovered over the summer and would dive into on long walks. With a Christian focus, Carlos Whittaker and Kristen Ivy delve into various parenting topics and issues with eternal significance.

Honorable Mention podcasts

For the Love with Jen Hatmaker

The Shauna Niequist Podcast

Where Should We Begin with Esther Perel [Not for little ears!]


Are you into podcasts? What podcasts are you listening to? 







  1. I love The Popcast with Knox and Jamie and The Lazy Genius Podcast. I also sometimes listen to The Simple Show and What Should I Read Next.

  2. Oh, and to add to that, Serial is my NUMBER ONE favorite (the first day I started listening to it I changed my ringtone to the Serial theme song and I still haven’t changed it). I listened to S-Town and it was OK. I will have to check out the other ones you mentioned!