I have become a podcast addict. I listen to them while I work, while I’m driving in the car, during my nightly walks, to pump me up through workouts (when I’m not listening to these hype-up songs, that is) and even now, as I type this blog post.
In the last few years, I’ve had the great pleasure to help launch and nurture some podcasts, too. Many of them are on the list below, marked with an asterisk, and I hope you’ll check them out.
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But if you’re looking for a few absolutely awesome shows, along with a few hidden gems that are still up and coming, here are my picks!
(UPDATED JUNE 2018)
I truly listen to and love every single show I’ve included here. But there are some standouts that are appointment listening for me. The moment a new episode comes out, I download it and listen to it that day. (Others, I let queue up and then I binge listen!)
Here are those VIP shows.
Regan Jones hosts this show and even if she weren’t my friend and a client, I would tell you that this is one of my absolute favorite shows. This Unmillennial Life is “the podcast that offers a roadmap through midlife for women who’ve fallen into a generation gap” and whether it’s eyelash extensions and boosters, the elusive full night’s sleep or CrossFit — yay or nay — this show always makes me laugh and learn.
This should surprise nobody who knows me…I am a super fan of The West Wing Weekly, just as I am a super fan of The West Wing.
Joshua Malina — who starred in this and my beloved Scandal — co-hosts with Hrishikesh Hirway and they break down each episode in depth, often with show creator Aaron Sorkin, members of the cast and crew or real-life politicians who admit that they, too, are super fans.
Pod Save America, Lovett or Leave It, Keep It and basically anything the Crooked Media team puts out:
I don’t hide it: I’m very active and engaged in politics and in public policy. I will sit and watch my podcasts app, refreshing it over and over, until the newest episode arrives.
As a true Friend of the Pod, I even went to a live event:
Every episode is a must-listen. He brings on his friends from Hollywood but also, some unknown voices who have amazing stories. He’s honest, funny, he makes me cry…it kind of has it all.
Nicole has been a great friend of mine over the years and I love watching her grow and succeed. Her Blissful Bites podcast is a great mix of interviews with entrepreneurs, marking and business tips and more. Even if you don’t sell a product or work in the food industry at all, I think you’ll really enjoy and appreciate this. It hasn’t been updated in a while but the archives are awesome!
Love, love, love. So much goodness, and again — the tips and stories that Bjork shares are just fantastic, and the show is produced in a way that just makes it so fun and easy to listen to.
Danielle and Jamie are my friends. My sometimes-lawyers. Some of the smartest and funniest people I know. And their podcast is a MUST LISTEN for anyone who is an influencer or wants to become one.
John and Sherry are beloved in the blogging world, and the podcast just showcases their personalities and expertise so well. I love the interviews, the little games they play, the lifestyle and DIY tips they sprinkle throughout and all of the small but really smart production choices they’ve made with the show itself (hello, occasional sound effects).The Podcasts You NEED (Plus, Hidden Gems You'll Love)Click To Tweet
Other Favorites and Hidden Gems
- *Healthy in Real Life: The Fitnessista Podcast
- Run Eat Repeat
- The Ali Damron Show
- The Lively Show
- Behind the Membership
- Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations
- NPR’s Hidden Brain
- The Marie Forleo Podcast
- The Goal Digger Podcast
- Katie Couric
- The Longest Shortest Time
- Ali on the Run Show
- The Creative Leap
- The Get Paid Podcast with Claire Pelletreau
- Clients on Demand
- Blogger to Author — special note: you can listen to my interview with Dr. Beth here!
- Boss Files with Poppy Harlow
- How I Built This
- 30 For 30
- Entrepreneurs on Fire
- Boss Girl Creative
- The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey
- Simple Pin Podcast
- I’ll Have Another With Lindsay Hein
- Smart Passive Income
- Online Marketing Made Easy With Amy Porterfield
- Heart, Soul & Hustle
- The School of Greatness With Lewis Howes
- *Orlando Lady Boss
- *The Body Kindness Podcast
- Glambition Radio with Ali Brown
- *Growing Bolder Radio
- *FitFluential Radio with Kelly Olexa