You may not know this yet but I am a bona-fide podcast junkie. I was what they call an “early adopter.” Something about the storytelling and medium just resonated with me. At present, I listen to no less than 20 podcasts ranging from business to branding to pop culture and true crime.

I’m all in, man.

A multitasker and information seeker by nature, I find that podcasts can be a great way to learn and be entertained while helping transform those mundane tasks (like those piles and piles of laundry) into an opportunity to further my knowledge or just have a laugh.

Not on board with podcasts yet?

How many times do you find yourself sitting at the orthodontist’s or doctor’s office just itching to stay productive in some way? Listen to a podcast.

Waiting it out in the car while your little one finishes dance class? Listen to a podcast.

Long commute and not feeling your music playlist? Listen to a podcast.

Have I convinced you yet? Great! Here are a few of my favorites you may want to try…

5 Fascinating Podcasts You Don’t Want To Miss!

 

1. Stuff You Missed In History Class

I’m  more than a little obsessed with this podcast. Over the past few years my passion for history has been expanding and this podcast is right up my alley. Hosts Tracy V. Wilson and Holly Frey are some of my favorite podcasters to listen to because I love their voices and their chemistry. The fact that they are hella smart is the icing on top of the cake. Also, this podcast is expertly researched which I really appreciate.

2. My Favorite Murder

If you’re into dark humor and true crime (and I so totally am) then My Favorite Murder is right up your alley. It’s a fun and snarky murder podcast hosted by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, who happen to be two huge fans of true crime stories themselves. I totally found it by mistake and was hooked from the beginning. (I was one of the few “Murderinos” who found them right when they launched.) Episodes range from Karen and Georgia revealing their favorite murder stories to listener’s hometown murders and live shows recordings. They’re wacky and random and uber-enthusiastic, so it’s hard not to be true crime obsessed right along with them.

3. Freakonomics

Super fascinating! Inspired by the books of the same name, Freakonomics Radio is hosted by Stephen Dubner, with co-author Steve Levitt. The tagline? Exploring “the hidden side of everything.” It is hard to point to a favorite topic because they are all simply fascinating. Don’t let the economics reference in the title steer you away, the hosts and the topics are easy to relate to. (Eight million downloads each month can’t be wrong!)

4. This American Life

If you like storytelling, you will love This American Life. Every episode (about a million people download each one!) features a theme and a few stories that center around it. Some topics are funny, some are happy, some have made me cry on the way to work. Best place to get started with this is the favorites page.

5. The Land Of Desire: French History and Culture

I found this enchanting podcast right before our visit to Paris and I’ve been hooked ever since! The Land of Desire is a fun, enlightening history podcast that tells the sometimes absurd stories behind the world’s favorite French cultural icons. Who first figured out how to eat snails? Why is haute couture so expensive? Are you supposed to eat the rind on Brie? It keeps me captivated and chuckling. C’est merveilleux!