As an SLP and a podcaster, I absolutely love listening to podcasts. In fact, I tend to get a bit caught up in the SLP podcast world. However, most of the podcasts I listen to aren’t SLP podcasts.
I love SLP podcasts.
However, sometimes I find myself wanting to listen to something that isn’t work-related at all. There are so many good podcasts out there, so I don’t exclusively listen to SLP shows.
I hope to do another blog post in the future with SLP-themed recommendations, but here are my top ten favorite podcasts that I find myself listening to again and again.
10 Podcasts I love
1. Happier by Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft
This podcast is my favorite podcast. I’ve listened to every episode, and get excited when a new episode comes out every week. This is a co-hosted show with segments on living a happier, more productive, more creative life. The hosts (who are sisters) are engaging and fun to listen to.
2. Feel Good Effect by Robyn Conley Downs
I love Robyn’s slow, easy style with this podcast. Robyn has a food/lifestyle blog I’ve been following for a long time, so when she came out with a realistic podcast about simplified wellness, I was in.
This show typically follows an interview format, although some of my favorite episodes are solo episodes where Robyn talks about what she thinks it means to be healthy. I find her approach balanced, realistic, and full of self compassion.
If you need a place to start, some of my favorite episodes are:
010 How to Create a Wellness Routine
017 What I Wish I’d Known When Starting a Wellness Journey
025 The Secret to Staying Gentle (When Life Gets Messy)
033 Self Care SOS (How to Nourish Your Soul Even When You’re in Survival Mode)
3. On Being with On Being Studios/Krista Tippett
I listened to this podcast for years on the radio, and now that I don’t listen to the radio much anymore, I make sure to download it.
This is perhaps the best interview show available, and covers topics like religion, philosophy, art, and politics.
Some of my favorite episodes have been from religious leaders and poets. I love curling up with this podcast and a cup of tea on a Sunday afternoon. I also listen to episodes on road trips with my husband, because we always have a conversation starter for the rest of the trip.
4. Online Marketing Made Easy by Amy Porterfield
If you are an entrepreneur and are already reading business books (raising my own hand now), you’ll love this podcast. This podcast covers topics like: email strategy, Facebook ads, how to start and finish projects, organization for entrepreneurs, and more.
I’ve been listening to this podcast for only a few months, and have already finished the first few seasons. I listen to this podcast during my workouts, so I churn through about 4-5 episodes each week.
My favorite thing about this podcast is that there’s actionable advice for every single episode.
At the end of the episode, you can download the detailed show notes with action plans.
This is one of the most practical and useful entrepreneurial podcasts out there.
5. The Goal Digger Podcast by Jenna Kutcher
This podcast is a great listen for anyone who owns a business. Jenna is a photographer and marketing expert. Although she does a lot of interviews, I find her solo shows are my favorite. She offers specific and helpful advice around marketing - everything from email lists to social media. Her advice is helpful, to the point, and practical.
6. Happier in Hollywood by Liz Craft and Sarah Fain
Elizabeth/Liz Craft is Gretchen Rubin’s sister and appears on the Happier podcast, my all-time favorite.
She started a podcast with her co-worker, Sarah Fain. Liz and Sarah write television show scripts, and listening to anecdotes about their lives in Hollywood is fascinating.
Although my own work life is nothing like Hollywood, I still get a lot from this podcast. I love hearing about their weekly celebrity sightings, how their new TV show is going, and their tips for managing their work lives.
7. Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations by Oprah
This is an audio-only version of the conversations Oprah does for the television show with the same name.
I don’t have a TV or way to watch these (and haven’t been watching much TV lately anyway) so this is a great way to listen to these interviews. Because, Oprah. Enough said.
8. Side Hustle School by Chris Guillebeau
This daily podcast features bite-sized (ten minutes or so) real-life stories of people starting up side hustles (becoming entrepreneurs on the side while still working full time). Chris’s weekly recaps offer specific advice that’ll get your side hustle started.
9. Awesome with Alison by Alison Faulkner
This is a fantastic all-around podcast that defies description, except to say that Alison is full of enthusiasm, and I listen to each episode as soon as it comes out. Alison is a branding expert, but her topics run the gamut from meditation, to creating goals, to Alison’s journey with anxiety.
If you see me smiling while listening to a podcast (or laughing), I’m probably listening to this one.
10. The Start Up Podcast by Gimlet/Alex Blumberg and Lisa Chow
This podcast follows businesses that are starting up. I’m currently listening to the first season, where Alex leaves NPR and tries to get $1.5-2 million dollars from investors to start up his own podcast company.
If you’ve listened to This American Life or Planet Money on NPR, you’ll be familiar with Blumberg’s podcasting style. I find Blumberg’s podcasting style relatable, honest, and compelling.
Since I’m in my first year (soon to be my second year) of podcasting myself, I found the first season’s topic fascinating.
Future seasons discuss the starting up of all sorts of different businesses, but I haven’t gotten there yet.
Even if you aren’t starting up your own podcast, if you are a fan of This American Life, give this show a listen. Blumberg is one of the greatest radio hosts/podcasters out there.
I hope this leaves you with at least a few ideas of some podcasts you can listen to now. I find myself listening to podcasts during my workouts, while cleaning the house, or while driving around in the car. Though I don’t always have time to sit down and read a book, podcasts are the perfect way to learn something new while also doing some of the “chores” of being a grown up. I hope this post introduces you to at least one new podcast you grow to love!
And of course, I couldn’t end this post without mentioning my favorite SLP podcast. I’m sure it comes as no surprise to you that it’s the one I co-host! If you’d like to listen, you can do so here.