Whenever I need a break from my current audiobook (and I’m not dancing it out to some 90’s throwback playlist) I like to turn on a podcast. Because I’m usually listening to these while folding laundry, taking the kids for a walk, staining a tabletop or taking a shower, I’m not looking for anything too heavy. I’m not really hoping to educate myself – if it happens, then fab, but it’s not my priority. And Sweet Jesus, parenting podcasts are like one big wet fart in my opinion. I am never doing something enough, always doing something else too much, my kids are going to grow up to be psychopaths and we eat too much gluten. No thank you, I do not need to forfeit an hour of my time to end up feeling stressed out and mediocre at momming. (If you have any parenting podcast suggestions that don’t stink, feel free to share!)
And so, I give to you, 4 podcasts that are light-hearted, sometimes laugh out loud funny and most importantly still understandable when listened to at 1.75x.
Podcast #1: Young House Love Has a Podcast
John and Sherry Petersik run YoungHouseLove.com, one of my favorite DIY & home decorating blogs. Last year, they began a podcast to complement their blogging, and it is just SO FUN. Every episode has insightful interviews, fun quizzes and ends with a segment called “we’re digging” where they recommend products they’ve tested or own in real life. The episodes are short & sweet, only 30-40 minutes at 1x speed, and they come out every Monday.
Podcast #2: Bitch Sesh
Holy hell, is this one funny. I laugh out loud listening to Casey Wilson & Danielle Schneider gab about everything real housewives. That’s right, this hour long, once a week podcast is dedicated to dishing on everything Bravo – from Southern Charm to the Real Housewives of Dallas, these two witty ladies tear apart fashion disasters, awkward confrontations and steamy hookups. Each host has their favorites (Casey loves Shannon, Danielle wishes she would stop talking about how much weight she has gained whilst shoveling a crostini in her mouth) but you will love them both.
Podcast #3: Reply All
Reply All is about as close as I come to bettering myself and learning something via podcasts. Show length varies widely on this one, and the topics are just as diverse. There was the one about the telephone scammer that Alex (one of the hosts) let remotely connect to his computer, the one where they go on a mission to retrieve a camera left in an NYC taxi cab and the one where PJ (the other host) befriends a group of Stolen Valor vigilantes who hunt down military imposters. I also find both dudes’ voices to be not annoying, which is no small feat.
Podcast #4: What Should I Read Next
This is one of my biggest resources for new book recommendations. Anne Bogel, the host of this show and the blogger behind ModernMrsDarcy.com, interviews one guest each week and asks for three books they love, one book they hate and what they’re reading now. Based on those responses, she then offers them three book recommendations that she thinks will become new favorites. Anne does a good job of ensuring that the same books & recommendations don’t pop up episode after episode, so you’ll get some new titles every week (the show releases new clips every Tuesday). These are a little on the long side (about 1 hr), but they move quickly. Anne also puts the books discussed in the episode in the show description, so if you take a peek and determine you HATE the guest’s 3 favorite picks, then you can always skip that week (as I have done many a time).
I am always looking for new podcasts to add to the rotation, so if there are others that you swear by share with the class!