hello hello!! i’ve hit a bit of a reading slump lately, BUT i’m back to being obsessed with another form of media: podcasts! i got into podcasts a few years ago and wanted to write a blog post sharing my faves then. but knowing me and my procrastination, that never happened. so here it is. (better late than never.)
rather than sharing an extensive ~guide~ to podcasts, here are some that i’ve been loving lately. (if you want a guide for beginners, don’t know how to get into them, etc, let me know! i’m thinking about writing a separate post for that.)
so THIS is the podcast that kinda got me back into them. i got a new york times subscription and started listening to The Daily daily (hah) and feel so much more ~cultured~. i actually know what’s going on in the world?! and feel like an active participant?! weird.
this is one of the few podcasts i automatically add to my queue whenever there’s a new episode. i love listening to how athletes train, what they eat, how they recover, and what they do to feel their best self. being an athlete (ballet dancer) myself, i always found it really cool when others talk about their training regimen and way of life.
BON APPÉTIT FOODCAST
another recent fave!!! i feel like everyone goes through a phase of cooking show obsessions, but i didn’t reaaaally go through that. INSTEAD i have a cooking podcast obsession!! 😀 but seriously. the creators and moderators of this pod are so great. the interviews are conducted really well and i could listen to their random convos for hours. listening to this makes me feel like a chef??? this is what cooking shows do to you. time to sprinkle some couscous and go to the farmer’s market.
one of my faves from when i first began my podcast journey!! sarah enni conducts the most inspiring and insightful interview conversations i’m,,, emo. especially since most of the people she interviews are YA authors! i don’t want to be an author/writer (at least not in the near future?! never say never), but this pod makes me want to write and appreciates writing as an art.
there was a time when i would listen to 99% invisible episodes like, every week. sadly, i’ve been a little behind on their episodes BUT i can always count on them. :’) roman mars, the host of 99pi, has such a good podcasting voice. i feel simultaneously calmed and interested. their topics are also really fascinating. the idea of the pod is to talk about the design/aspects of life that are “99% invisible” to our daily lives, like the stickers on fruits, squirrels in central park, and the building of la sagrada familia.
ASIAN BOSS GIRL
i recently discovered ABG (i love the name!!) and love their convos!! i’ve only listened to a few episodes but their energy is one i’d like to encompass. three asian-american friends in their 20s & 30s having conversations about life and anything in between. good energy i tell ya.
WHY’D YOU PUSH THAT BUTTON?
i love things digital!! and this podcast is one of my faves ever!! why’d you push that button comes from the verge (one of my favorite publications) and has conversations and research about the things the internet makes us do. liiiiiike why’d we unfollow someone? or use close friends on instagram? or does the internet promote ghosting? internet questions!!
HEY, COOL JOB
mary h.k. choi has become one of my favorite writers of all time. and she has two podcasts!! she hosts hey, cool job, in which she interviews her friends on their cool jobs, and hey, cool life, a micropod on mental health. personally, i like hey, cool job better because i looooove conversations. and these conversations are some of my favorite. i don’t even know her or these friends or their industries but it doesn’t matter?? i just like listening to them talk??? i swear i’m not a creep.
K-POP DAEBAK W/ ERIC NAM
i wasn’t sure if i wanted to add this pod because it low key feels like one i would stop following intently after a couple months but… who cares. we’re here! i’m not SUPER into k-pop but listening to this podcast makes me WANT to get super into k-pop. or at least it updates me on the new songs that are releasing and gets to know k-pop artists better.
usually, k-pop artists seem so far removed. even though they’re on variety shows and seem true in interviews, i can’t help but believe it’s all a brand (which it is) and not a person. (that’s how i feel about almost all celebrities but continuing…) this pod helps me see the artists for who they are: people who want to make music in this saturated industry. they become more human and relatable and ALSO eric nam is hilarious.
i almost didn’t include s-town, but i could not forget!! s-town was what made me get into podcasts in the first place. it’s a discontinued series, so i don’t listen to it anymore but I MUST INCLUDE. prior to s-town, i tried to get into podcasts but could not bring myself to pay attention. but this came around and it was like bingeing a book. i found myself forcing myself to do menial tasks to listen to it. so would highly highly recommend and it’s a forever fave. :’)