According to a recent CBS News poll, two-thirds of Americans listen to podcasts at least once in a while, including 23% who do so a few times a week. The explosion of podcast content means that there is too much great content. Nobody has time to listen to every episode of their favorite podcast. So I’ve started this running list of the very best podcast episodes for grownups. These are the ones that I text to my besties and my kids because they shouldn’t be missed. I’ll figure out how to better organize this list as it grows. But for now, here are some podcast episodes that you simply must check out.
Very Best Podcast Episodes – Added May 2019
Abby Wambach: Wisdom from the Wolfpack (Beautiful Writers Podcast) – Listening to soccer star turned leadership guru Abby Wambach being interviewed by life coach Martha Beck gave me all the feels. Check out my review of Abby’s book, Wolfpack, HERE.
Gretchen Rubin on The Four Tendencies and The Whole30 (Do The Thing Podcast) – If you’ve ever felt really stuck, this is the podcast for you. Whole30 founder Melissa Urban and bestselling author Gretchen Rubin discuss the Four Tendencies (Upholder, Questioner, Obliger, and Rebel), how each tendency relates to inner and outer expectations, and how knowing your tendency can help you be more effective in changing any habit.
Candice Bergen: Memoirs and Collaboration (Beautiful Writers Podcast) – Candice Bergen is a national treasure. She’s every bit as irreverent and whip smart as you’d hope.
Chelsea Handler: Life Will Be The Death of Me (Not Too Deep with Grace podcast – I’ll be honest, I read a couple of Chelsea Handler’s earlier books and I wasn’t really a fan. But Chelsea has changed, and she chronicles that change in her new book “Life Will Be The Death of Me.” In this podcast, she shares how making a career of telling the truth has led to her figuring out how to be a better person. It’s raw, honest and authentic.
The Alpha Wolf by Elizabeth Gilbert (The Moth Podcast) – This is not an interview with Liz Gilbert. It’s Liz reading a (true) story she wrote about the terminal illness and death of her partner and what it taught her about living. Have your tissues ready. It’s wrenching and beautiful.
Glennon Doyle, Being A Good Ancestor (Good Ancestor Podcast) – I wish I could make every white woman I know listen to this one. Layla Saad, a black, muslim author activist and speaker talks to another author and activist, Glennon Doyle about parenting, mental health, addiction, recovery social justice, faith, and connection.
The Fourth Trimester with Kelly Leveque (Off The Record Podcast) – For the first time, nutritionist, author, and holistic health coach Kelly LeVeque goes off the record about her emotional birth story. This is a must-listen for anyone wanting to feel life’s raw beauty.
You can see all of my previous reviews HERE. Be sure to comment or message with me your favorite podcast episodes for grownups.