I can not work in silence. Though I don't mind a good sultry love song playing in the background of my workday (been loving Sam Smith's new album btw), I actually prefer listening to the musings of my favorite political, comedic, true crime, and entrepreneurship influencers of the podo-sphere. Yes I made that word up.
So if you're like me and get inspired by the sounds of other people chit chatting through your headphones, then buckle up because this is your guide to podcasts that are #WorkdayApproved.
1. Girl Boss Radio with Sophia Amoruso
Honestly, probably the podcast that inspires me the most-- Sophia Amoruso is such an icon of our generation. The absolute definition of and legit creator of the term "Girl Boss," New York Times best selling author, angel investor, founder of Girl Boss Media, and host of Girl Boss Radio, Sophia Amoruso is the queen of entrepreneurship. I first fell in love with her after reading her first book appropriately titled, Girl Boss, and have been obsessed with following her and her career ever since.
This podcast features a different girl boss each episode where they discuss her journey starting from her very first job, to her hardships and struggles, to her major accomplishments and inspiring tidbits, and her most recent girl boss moment. I seriously feel like a new woman after each episode, often dreaming of starting my own dream business right then and there from the confines of my cubicle... but then I calm down and start up a true crime podcast and get back to work. Seriously though- for my boss babes out there who are looking for a fun and inspiring listen, three words: Girl Boss Radio.
2. The Goal Digger Podcast with Jenna Kutcher
Photographer turned blogger turned mac & cheese lover, Jenna Kutcher, started the Goal Digger Podcast where she drops wisdom on female entrepreneurs. This one is more of a workshop-style podcast, so don't be alarmed if you want to pull out a notebook to jot down your ideas because you'll surely be inspired to build your future empire from the comfort of your swivel chair. From social media tips, photography advice, and marketing solutions, to over all lifestyle inspiration-- this podcast will not disappoint if you're looking to add a little motivational pep to your workday step.
1. Pod Save America
Four former aides to the Obama Administration link up to bring witty banter about the travesty that is the Trump era of politics by bringing on politicians, activists, and comedians for an informative hour of sheer fun. Buckle your seat belts, because it's a wild world we live in and these guys will give you the comedic relief you didn't even know you needed. The progressive conversation is a refreshing take on the insanely weird time we're living in, and the crew does a good job of making the current events we see on the news everyday slightly more bearable by at least...laughing at our pain? Anything that helps, I guess! *nervous giggle*
2. Lovett or Leave It
Jon Lovett, one of the creators of Pod Save America, hosts a live podcast in front of an audience where he invites a panel of comedians, activists, actors, and political pundits to discuss trending topics in a hilarious but accurate roundtable discussion. Consisting of different segments and audience-participating games, the laughs and fun are constant throughout this politically charged podcast. The best part? The Rant Wheel segment at the end of every episode. Let's just say... if you're a fan of Gogo Inflight wifi, maybe skip that part.
TRUE CRIME PODCASTS
1. Up & Vanished
Do I dare say this is my favorite podcast of them all? A coworker introduced me to this one, and I was hesitant at first but then got so hooked that I found myself obsessively googling all of the pivotal people, needing to know their every move in the midst of waiting for the newest installments. This true crime podcast follows the unsolved mystery of Tara Grinstead, former Georgia beauty queen and high school teacher, and the mysterious way she simply vanished in October of 2005. Follow documentary maker Payne Lindsey for a fast-moving investigation that due to the intense public interest of the podcast, has case updates in real time. My one warning? Prepare to be obsessed.
Serial pretty much paved the way for true crime podcasts, and it is definitely worth a listen (if you haven't already). The story follows a 1999 Baltimore killing of high school student Hae Min Lee, and the questionable arrest of a possibly innocent suspect. Follow along on the case of Adnan Syed, an ex-boyfriend turned possible murderer who swears his innocence to this day. Through trial reviews, prison interviews, and countless days of investigating the case, the question remains the same: if not Adnan, then who did it?
I'm a bit biased on this one, because I used to travel to Providence, Rhode Island for work and fell in love with the quaint little town full of colorful buildings, brick roads, and extremely steep hills. Oh, and a long history of crime and corruption, but that's all in the details.
From the creators of the gripping HBO documentary based on Robert Durst, The Jinx, Crimetown chronicles the impact of organized crime on the city of Providence. From corrupt public officials to honorable mobsters, this story follows the struggles the city has endured over the last 40 years and how distinguishing the good guys from the bad guys has proved to be the hardest feat to date.
Another highly addictive podcast, S-Town is a story you didn't know you needed until you've finished the series and are desperately yearning for more. The only downside to this one is it's length-- it only has seven episodes, but don't let that stop you from enjoying the peculiar story of John B. McLemore and his unassuming way of captivating your undivided attention (sorry email inbox). John reaches out to a producer, Brian Reed, to get him to investigate a murder in his small town, but the show quickly takes a turn to foster an unnerving interest into the happenings of John's life including a hunt for hidden treasure, family feuds, and so much more. Welcome to Sh**town, Alabama folks! Produced by the same team as Serial, this podcast is as much intriguing as it is tragic.
Is it obvious that this is my favorite genre?
FOR FUN PODCASTS
1. That's So Retrograde
A wellness podcast hosted by two fiery females- Elizabeth Kott & Stephanie Simbari, That's So Retrograde is such a fun listen and informative hour of ways to improve your spiritual wellbeing, mental health, and overall sanity. The girls are so silly and lighthearted that nothing is taken too seriously... well, other than the quality of their green juices, of course. With guests ranging from political activists to breathing technique specialists, this podcast is a relaxing way to spend your workday. Namaste listening!
2. Off The Vine with Kaitlyn Bristowe
Okay, total guilty pleasure I know... but I am seriously obsessed with this podcast. For those of you that don't know Kaitlyn Bristowe, she's a former Bachelor contestant turned Bachelorette who wins the internet when it comes to silly tweets and cute pictures of her golden retriever, Doodle. Her podcast, Off The Vine, features different guests each episode where a full bottle of wine usually dictates the candid conversation with some of the biggest names in Hollywood. Listen for some giggly fun and laid back banter with a super cool chick who I totally wish I could hang out with in real life.