03 November 2016

Clare's Podcasts Part I

This Summer, I started using that cute little purple app on my phone. Since then, I've laughed, cried, and learned a TON from Podcasts. My 45-minute commute to work is so much better. I have a pretty eclectic mix of Podcasts that I'm currently subscribed to, but here's my list of recommendations:


  • Some of these podcasts have been going for years. Don't go back to the beginning and try to listen to them all. Scroll through the feed, download the episodes of interest and start where you are. For newer podcasts with maybe 10 or less episodes, try to listen to them all. 
  • I started using the "Add to Up Next" feature recently and it has made the experience even better. All of my podcasts are in a playlist of sorts. I alternate between a funny one, serious, inspirational, and listen to several short episodes in a row. You can always move the order around but I typically have about 10 episodes in my Up Next queue. 

  1. Up and Vanished
    • My friend Lauren recommended this one several weeks ago and Up & Vanished has shot up the Top Charts on iTunes since. She'd grown up with the disappearance of Tara Grinstead as a Tifton, GA native. Now, there's new light being shed on the relatively cold case from Atlanta documentarian, Payne Lindsey. Between a mysterious fire several days after her disappearance to the local police reactions, this is a podcast to binge-listen. 
  2. Placemakers
    1. "Stories about the places we inhabit, and the people who make them". Slate Magazine, with help from JP Morgan Chase, has traveled throughout the country to spotlight inspiring stories of people who are making a real difference in their community. I enjoyed the episode about the development and renewal of East Lake, just east of Atlanta from one of the city's worst housing projects, to the revitalization from the East Lake Golf Course. An episode in Minneapolis focused on housing in aging LGBT communities. Listen to all these episodes, even the sponsored episode about Detroit. There's a lot of good people out there. Listen to them all. You'll be inspired. 
  3. Katie Couric
    • Katie Couric & Today Show were a part of my mornings for basically my whole childhood, so I love getting to connect with this smart, charming woman in a podcast. She hosts the show with a friend and former assistant, Brian. Their guests range from Julia Dreyfus to Thomas Friedman to Bob Costas. I really enjoy their conversations about society and politics. With less than 10 episodes total, go ahead and listen to the whole thing. 
  4. This Nashville Life
    • Country singer Kelleigh Bannen discusses her personal anecdotes and experiences while interviewing industry connections to discuss a different facet of life in the Music City. There's just 6 episodes, so if you're into country, Nashville or the hustle, listen to them all. 
  5. Embedded
    • Yet another fantastic NPR podcast where the hosts "go deep" on a subject. The episode titled "The League" about the NBA Development League is particularly interesting to me, but I've liked all the episodes. Currently on hiatus with more episodes coming soon. 
  6. Magic Lessons with Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Magic Lessons has broken my heart and glued it back together over and over. Eat Pray Love and Big Magic author, Elizabeth Gilbert, uses her infinite wisdom with assistance from her friends to guide people who are stuck in their creative lives. She gives them advice and follows up after a few months. Their conversations are spectacular and the people are spectacular. Enjoy this piece of heaven. 
  7. Grace n Guts - Motivation & Encouragement
    • My former roommate Marci started this podcast several months ago! With several short episodes and a great in-depth episode with a career coach, Grace n Guts speaks to a lot of the themes in my life right now. I'm so proud of her! 
  8. Revisionist History
    • I listened to Malcolm Gladwell's book Blink on audiobook several years ago, and I loved the way he spoke his book. It felt like a radio show more than simply reading. With Revisionist History, Malcolm Gladwell journeys back in time and explains why the way we think it happened, may not be the way it actually happened. My favorite is episode is about Leonard Cohen / Jeff Buckley / Rufus Wainwright's heartbreakingly beautiful song Hallelujah. Let's just say, the world's lucky to have that song. Gladwell's in between seasons right now, but their episodes from Season 1 make me excited for what lies ahead. 

Alright, this was too much and I still have 12+ podcasts to talk about so this is all for Part 1. Part 2 coming soon. 

Comment with your favorite podcasts! 

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