Friday Musings: What I’m Listening To

Do you listen to The Moth Podcast? Start. The stories they broadcast blow me away every week. Funny, serious, heart-wrenching. The human experience on hyper drive. I can’t recommend it enough. 

I discovered podcasts about four or five years ago, and like TV shows, they keep getting better and better. I exclusively listen to them instead of the radio when I’m in the car and always have one playing when I’m cooking, cleaning, walking, working out, drawing, eating—basically anything the gives me an excuse to play a podcast. 

Here are a few of my favorites that I am listening to right now:

  • The Moth: The podcast mentioned above…fantastic stories and story telling, I would love to go to one of their live story telling events.
  • This American Life: An NPR classic, different themes each week with stories to match them—fascinating what they come up and often a great David Sedaris story thrown in.
  • Serial: You may have already heard of this one, a true crime podcast that takes you through the circumstances and evidence of not so cut-and-dry cases. The first season was about the murder of a teen girl in the 90’s by her ex-boyfriend, who still claims innocence (this case is currently under review in Baltimore and Serial is reporting on the hearing). The current season is about what happened in the Bowe Bergdahl case, from several different perspectives including Bowe’s—think Making a Murderer and The Jinx for radio.
  • The Minimalists: Mentioned their blog in a previous post, they answer questions from listeners on living a minimalist lifestyle and what that means for you.
  • Being Boss: Love these ladies! Geared towards the creative entrepreneur, however many of the guests they have on the show are inspiring for all aspects of every day life, from priorities to parenting to fitness.
  • Modern Love: A new podcast based on the The New York Times column by the same name, wasn't sure how I’d feel about this one, but like the Moth, the stories are both funny and moving…really liking it so far.
  • Freakonomics: I've been listening to this one since 2011. The research, guests, and ideas they discuss on this show are both fascinating and practical. This podcast is truly educational and presents knowledge in such a clever and relatable way. They cover the economics of all aspects of life, really delving into the social science behind how things work and why people do what they do.
  • Mad Money: I personally don't tune in, but Jim Cramer is Jeff’s favorite on investing advice and the current state of the stock market.

More on budgeting and priorities next week and we are working on getting some templates together. Have a wonderful weekend!