My Essential Podcasts (and why you should check them out!)

April 10, 2018

In the last year or so, I have become obsessed with listening to podcasts! It’s a great way to hear stories, news, advice, business strategies, and more. There’s pretty much something for everyone available in the podcast world. If you’re new to podcasts or are like me and always looking for something new to listen to, here are a few of my favorites.

For Business/Personal Growth & Development



Jenna Kutcher’s Goal Digger Podcast

Jenna Kutcher is basically a celebrity in the photography and creative industries. And for good reason! She is a real, down-to-earth woman who is not afraid to share her fears, insecurities, and flaws, and is so inspiring at how she overcomes and perseveres through the toughest seasons of life. Jenna and her guests talk a lot about being a small business owner in the creative industry and give a lot of practical tips and tricks to keep you moving forward in your business. But even for any readers who aren’t small business owners, Jenna talks about many topics that are things that women have to deal with on a regular basis. I highly recommend this podcast for anyone who is looking to grow as a human being or business owner!


Hilary Hendershott’s Profit Boss

Confession time: I suck with money. For a stretch of time I was living paycheck to paycheck and over-drafting my account multiple times before my next paycheck came in. And it sucked!! Along with student loan debt and other bills that come with being an adult (bleh) I just wasn’t doing well. I’m an emotional spender and have found that when I’m feeling down, I’ll go out and spend money, whether it’s on makeup, new clothes, or even just some food. Hilary Hendershott’s podcast Profit Boss has helped me massively to really analyze my spending habits and put critical thinking to each purchase. I’m still far from perfect, but I’m extremely happy with the progress I’ve made! For anyone who is tired of being stressed out about money, please subscribe to this podcast and dedicate some time to listening to it!


Cathy Heller’s Don’t Keep Your Day Job

What caught my attention with this podcast was obviously the name. If you’re an artist like me, you’ve probably heard the expression “Don’t quit your day job” a few times here and there. Cathy Heller, a musician and composer whose music has been featured on shows like Criminal Minds and Pretty Little Liars, is here to tell you that you CAN make a living doing what you love. There are many industries represented in Cathy’s guest stars, which is a nice change of pace when you’re used to absorbing a ton of information from within your own industry. For anyone out there who has always wanted to be their own boss, give this podcast a chance, even if it’s just for inspiration from others who have decided to make the leap to self-employment!



Personal Favorites



I don’t think there’s a way to ever possibly overstate how much we love this podcast. I’ve listened to it all the way through 3 times, and Richy has probably listened to it 7 or 8 times. Now, S-Town is difficult to describe because it’s part mystery, part character study, part journalism, and so much more. Be warned, it’s not for the faint of heart and is not meant for little ears. There is a bit of language and violence that can be hard to take in, but I promise, you won’t regret listening to this captivating story of an antiquarian horologist (an antique clock restorer) who lives in rural Alabama in a small town that he fondly refers to as Shi*town.




Dirty John

The music in the trailer was enough to sell me on this podcast narrated by a journalist with the LA Times! Dirty John tells the story of Debra Newell, a successful interior designer and single mom, who fell hard for a man she met on a dating app. But Debra’s daughters did not trust this man who kept coming around. There was something off about him. The trailer describes this podcast as “a tale of seduction and deception, about family and forgiveness, and the borderland between love and death.” I won’t share anymore than that, but know that by the end of this story, someone ends up dead.





The podcast that got everyone in to podcasts! I’m no different. I used to take the MARC Train (a commuter train, to clarify for non-DC residents) all the way from Germantown to Silver Spring every day for three and a half years. Typically I read a book, but I think I was in a reading-rut and not finding any book that really drew me in. (I had probably just finished a really good book!) So I thought I’d try out Serial to see if podcasts could occupy my time during the commute. I’d had multiple friends tell me how great this was, and I was immediately sucked in. I won’t spoil too much, even though many of you have probably heard about it in some regards, but it investigates the almost 20-year-old murder of a honor-roll high school student in Baltimore and tries to determine if her ex-boyfriend—now in prison for the crime—is innocent as he claims.



I’m not sure exactly how I stumbled across this podcast, but I saw NPR and read a brief description and thought I’d give it a shot. It did not disappoint! Hosted by two—later three—NPR journalists, Invisibilia deals with the “unseen forces” that drive us as human beings, ie. our thoughts, senses, fears, etc. So far I have only listened to season 1 and part of season 2, but if you are fascinated by the inner-workings of the human mind and would like to hear some really fascinating stories, you have to check this one out!


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