My Favoritest* Podcasts

[*Because I was an English major, which gives me license to invent my own words.]
  1. 1.
    Sorta Awesome with Megan Tietz
    This is where it all started for me. This podcast has truly changed my life, as have the Facebook and Voxer communities that have sprung up in its wake. Megan and her cadre of cohosts talk about all sorts of things, from favorite Netflix binges to the Enneagram, from the nature and practice of friendship to makeup tips, from lifehacks to parenting philosophies, from mindfulness to setting boundaries with family as an adult. It is a fun ride every week, and I always learn something.
  2. 2.
    Lore with Aaron Mahnke
    I love this one so much - a historical exploration of legends, myths, and folklore: their content, their causes and evolution, their reception, and what we can learn about human nature from them. It's sometimes creepy - occasionally quite creepy - but oh so delightful. And Mahnke, a master storyteller, is good at digging up stories you haven't heard.
  3. 3.
    What Should I Read Next? with Anne Bogel
    Book-talk and literary matchmaking with a delightful, brilliant, winsome host (the blogger also known as the Modern Mrs. Darcy) and a new interesting guest each week.
  4. 4.
    Old-school radio drama meets 21st century media and technology. An entire village-worth of townspeople vanished, and years later the niece of one of them decides to investigate what really happened. The world eagerly awaits Season 2.
  5. 5.
    The Black Tapes
    Another fictional podcast, this one ventures into the world of horror, told in an investigative reporting style like Serial. Dark but I really enjoy it.
  6. 6.
    Personality Hacker with Joel Mark Witt and Antonia Dodge
    This husband-wife team tackle the Myers-Briggs, the Enneagram, the Graves Model, and all kinds of other personality-typing systems, questions, and limitations in an engaging and enlightening way. I cannot believe they give away their podcast episodes for free - the information in them is so valuable and accessible that I think anyone else would be charging through the nose.
  7. 7.
    The Popcast with Jamie Golden and Knox McCoy
    Pop culture is awesome and hilarious, at least with these two quippy folks as your guides. I cannot keep up with them, but I adore them. Jamie Golden has a glorious Alabama accent to go with her fabulous sassiness; Knox is so opinionated and intellectually engaged in his silliness - he is the perfect foil for her. It's an excellent pairing of hosts.
  8. 8.
    The History Chicks
    They aren't making any more of these, but there are loads of episodes to explore, each a deep dive into an influential woman of history (a handful of whom are fictional). They give you the whole scoop, going way past a Wikipedia page and reminding us all that all humans - even the long-dead - are complex, baffling creatures with their own stories.