Top 5 Podcasts That Inspire Me To Walk

I was late to the podcast game. I have friends who told me I would enjoy it, but I just never got around to it. About a little over a year ago, I downloaded Google Podcasts. There are several different podcast players you can download in your ITunes or Play Store. I have a Samsung phone, so I went the Android route.

I am quite the podcast fan now. I go on long walks almost daily, and if I'm walking, I'm listening. It keeps me going. I try to listen only when I'm walking, so that I always have something to look forward to.

Today, I am in the middle of an interview of Judd Apatow by Dax Shepard. I had to record something Judd said before I forget:

Judd said he did a lengthy interview with Warren Zevon who told him that the most important thing you can do in your life is tell your story. That summed up why I am doing this blog. I want to share my stories.

Now that I've recorded that bit of wisdom and got it out of my brain, I wanted to add two VERY helpful tips for the folks new to podcasts:

DOWNLOAD YOUR PODCASTS. It will help your data plan. If you stream them, it eats up data quickly. So I download them at home, with wireless, then listen to them. If you have unlimited data, then this isn't an issue for you. We do not. Downloading, listening, then removing from my downloads has allowed me to listen guilt free.

SUBSCRIBE to your favorites. It is free. That way you'll be alerted when there are new episodes.



WTF with Marc Maron

Marc is one of the first podcasters. He's been going at it since 2009. I truly enjoy Marc Maron's interviewing style. Marc is very intelligent and seems to have a good working knowledge of a little of everything. His guests are interesting and his chemistry with each of them is pleasing to the ear. He interviews a fair amount of celebrities, but he interviews a bunch of folks I've never heard of. I have appreciated the introductions to new people. Actually, I've learned a lot from Marc's podcast. I especially enjoy his honesty about his struggles with life. Nice to know I'm not alone.


Conan O'Brien Needs A Friend

I have been a Conan fan for many years. I consider myself an unofficial cheerleader for Team Coco. I have been rooting for him since his days at Late Night with Conan O'Brien in the 90's. Obviously, when that whole Leno debacle was going on I was completely in camp Coco. And honestly, although I used to like Jay Leno, after that crap, I have a hard time listening to him at all anymore. The exception being a very insightful interview that Marc Maron did with Leno on WTF. But I digress.

Conan's podcast is funny, interesting, honest, and WELL worth a listen. Start at the beginning and download from #1 on. It is currently in its second season, so you will find a lot of great listens in the first season. Once you start, you'll be a devoted fan.

Conan has his trusty assistant Sona Movsesian and his on air producer Matt Gourley as co-hosts of the show. Their banter is fun and they are not afraid to keep Conan in line. It is an enjoyable listen.


The Moth

This is a podcast that broadcasts stories from folks of all walks of life. These brave people get up in front of a sold out audience and tell a true story WITH NO NOTES! There is not one Moth podcast that has ever bored me. I adore this project. I've laughed. I've cried. They have become a part of me....truly! I go back and download previous episodes. Like the words of Warren Zevon I typed earlier: "The most important thing you can do in your life is tell your story." Whatever the form, share yourself!


Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard

Dax, is a great interviewer. He, like Marc Maron, has had challenges in his life. Some challenges were self inflicted, many were not. He is very insightful and not afraid to "go there"on many topics that many interviewers would shy away from. He's funny and entertaining and always truthful. I also enjoy his sidekick Monica Padman and their relationship. They are a good team. Monica keeps him real and performs a very educational "fact check" after every interview.


Fresh Air with Terry Gross

As we all know, Terry Gross is the grand dame of interviewers. I enjoy her program on NPR, but sometimes I come in on one in progress. What's great about this podcast, they are all there for the listening. It is great to be able to pause these interviews while I'm walking and come back. Or rewind when I want to hear something again. I've been a big fan of this program for more years than I care to count on NPR, but having it as a podcast is SUPERB!

It goes without saying that there are many more podcasts that I enjoy. I subscribe to 30 right now, but these 5 are my MUST LISTEN choices. Some of the 25 have a political bent, and to be quite honest, I just can't handle too much of any political anything anymore. It overwhelms me. That may be why I have so many subscriptions to podcasts I can't quite listen to yet.....if you wondered. And, another point of honesty, I am a creature of habit. If I like something, I stick with it and at this age I may not venture off my path often. I like what I like and get stuck in my rut. To know me is to love me.

In case you want to know all the subscriptions I currently have (remember, to subscribe is FREE) I list the other 25 here. Some I have never listened to....yet. Some, are great, but for one reason or another, I don't obsess about them. I'll make a note beside each.

The other 25 in no particular order:

  1. Keep It - Haven't listened yet.

  2. Lovett or Leave it - Haven't listened yet.

  3. The New Yorker Radio Hour - Haven't listened yet.

  4. Sound Opinions - Haven't listened yet.

  5. It's Been a Minute - Listened to several, but it is very real, and reality and I don't mesh right now.

  6. NPR Story Corps - Haven't listened, but I need to. I love stories.

  7. Curious Nashville - LOVE this podcast. It didn't make the top 5 only because I'm all caught up on these. They are short segments, and my walks are long. I like longer shows so I don't have to get the phone out and decide what else to listen to.

  8. Personal Best - Haven't listened yet.

  9. Ear Hustle - Haven't listened yet.

  10. My Dad Wrote A Porno - These are freaking funny. But I can only do them in short spurts. They are more than freaking funny...they are freaking H.I.L.A.R.I.O.U.S. There are full of ADULT themes, so if that makes you squeamish, don't listen. But many of these have had me bent over in the park crying laughing. Very...VERY...funny!

  11. The A24 Podcast - Haven't listened yet.

  12. Ted Radio Hour - I listen to this off and on. Sometimes Ted Talks remind me of a cult performance. So I take small doses.

  13. Ted Talks Daily - I listen to this off and on. Ditto #12.

  14. Still Processing - Haven't listened yet.

  15. This American Life - Listened to a few. It is VERY good. I think I forgot to return to this one. I shall now.

  16. The Way I Heard it With Mike Rowe - Haven't listened yet.

  17. The Comedy Cellar: Live From The Table - Haven't listened yet.

  18. Amy Schumer Presents: 3 Girls, 1 Keith - Haven't listened yet.

  19. Never Not Funny: The Jimmy Pardo Podcast - Haven't listened yet.

  20. Comedy Bang Bang - Haven't listened yet.

  21. Cocaine and Rhinestones - Listened to a few. Learned a lot. Enjoyed them. But they don't seem to be posted regularly.

  22. Here's The Thing With Alec Baldwin - Listened to many of his older episodes. Enjoyed them. Alec can get to be a little much, sometimes. A little too dramatic in his interview style. I wish he would lighten up. He is very funny, but it doesn't come across many times in this podcast. I recently listened to his interview with Judith Light and enjoyed it, although it was a bit dense. I noticed that the format has changed a bit from his older episodes. I think one of the last interviews I listened to before the Light interview was his talk with Paul Simon. There were parts of that interview that were so strained and uncomfortable, I just had to shut it off because of the tension. That is probably why it has been a minute since I listened. I can't take too much of anyone else's tension.

  23. The Three Questions With Andy Richter - Good podcast. I like Andy, and he's a good interviewer. However, sometimes he gets a little too excited and talks over the guest. I've noticed this on many male podcasts especially if the subject is female. They don't mean to, they are not doing it maliciously, but it is just the way of this world. I've enjoyed this podcast. It is new this year, but I don't enjoy it as much as my top 5.

  24. Brought To You By.... - This used to be called "Household Name". I LOVE this podcast. VERY educational. So many subjects I didn't know I wanted to learn about. It is put out by Business Insider. Highly recommend this one.

  25. Mobituaries With Mo Rocca - Haven't listened yet.

And there you have it. I'm sure my subscriptions will change as time goes on. I know there are new podcasts out every day. I need to widen my horizons in the podcast world.

That is all.

Carry on.

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