As I switch gears from holidays and hosting kids to packing lists and beach vacation, there’s one thing I’ve been meaning to put out there for you guys for some time and am finally making the time to do so. My personal list of the best podcasts for traveling!!!
We found a crazy obsession with podcasts during one of the too many family road trips to Vail, CO. Riding I-70 from Indy to CO is a long and often boring road trip that crosses the entire North American Midwest. Throughout the years we listened to CD’s, watched DVD’s and even had playlists made for our trips. But it wasn’t until we tried the podcast thing that we actually wanted to keep driving! We usually stop in a side rod motel to sleep and cute the 20 plus-hour drive into two days. Not last time though.
Another thing I look forward to after finding my favorite podcasts is cleaning and organizing days! Even the kids ask for podcasts while they do their chores. Now, not all are good it all depends on your taste. Here I’ll be sharing my top faves – the ones I couldn’t stop listening to and the ones I like picking up from time to time and go well in small doses. Ready? Let’s do it:
SERIAL season One
As many of us podcast lovers I’ve started with Serial season One. I didn’t go to bed till 2 am on a cleaning day because I simply could not bear going to bed not knowing what happened. This is gripping, intense and you can’t help but develop opinions. It’s one that will be stuck in your mind for a long time! This podcast is hosted by Sarah Koenig (amazingly written, her voice is so pleasant and it’s easy to follow). Serial tells one story — a true story — over the course of a season.
I wasn’t into the other seasons as much as the first, which tells the story of a high-school senior named Hae Min Lee who disappeared one day after school in 1999, in Baltimore County, Maryland. The podcast investigates everything while speaking to Adnan (her ex-boyfriend) from Jail. It will keep you guessing over and over.
OVER MY DEAD BODY
Over My Dead Body was the first podcast we listened to as a family. There’s some violence and rough language but nothing that teens haven’t heard before. The case is still unsolved and being investigated (even though I have a good guess about who did it and you will too!), it will make you want to google it every day!!!
The rise and fall of Elizabeth Holmes. A Steve Jobs wannabe who was able to fool some of the most powerful men in politics and in Silicon Valley. Brian and I had our jaws dropped most of the time.
Money. Romance. Tragedy. Deception. The story of Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos is an unbelievable tale of ambition and fame gone terribly wrong. How did the world’s youngest self-made female billionaire lose it all in the blink of an eye? How did the woman once heralded as “the next Steve Jobs” find herself facing criminal charges — to which she pleaded not guilty — and up to 20 years in jail? How did her technology, meant to revolutionize healthcare, potentially put millions of patients at risk? And how did so many smart people get it so wrong along the way? ABC News chief business, technology and economics correspondent Rebecca Jarvis, along with producers Taylor Dunn and Victoria Thompson, take listeners on a journey that includes a three-year-long investigation. You’ll hear exclusive interviews with former employees, investors, and patients, and for the first-time, the never-before-aired deposition testimony of Elizabeth Holmes, and those at the center of this story. Click HERE to listen.
Man oh man, talk about getting ADDICTED! We drove through the night moved to the story of Dirty John. Honestly, I think this story fits into more lives than we can imagine but heck it’s still insanely crazy!
We listened to Dirty John was the first one we listened as a family (warning: not a family podcast at all, but mine are teens so up to your discretion).
Debra Newell is a successful interior designer. She meets John Meehan, a handsome man who seems to check all the boxes: attentive, available, just back from a year in Iraq with Doctors Without Borders. But her family doesn’t like John, and they get entangled in an increasingly complex web of love, deception, forgiveness, denial, and ultimately, survival. Reported and hosted by Christopher Goffard from the L.A. Times.
Dr. Death is another podcast that will keep your jaw dropped and your tush at the edge of the seat.
Dr. Christopher Duntsch was a neurosurgeon who radiated confidence. He claimed he was the best in Dallas. If you had back pain and had tried everything else, Dr. Duntsch could give you the spine surgery that would take your pain away. But soon his patients started to experience complications. And all they had to protect them was a system ill-equipped to stop the madness.
MAN IN THE WINDOW
If you like a good thriller you’ll love The Man in the Window.
In Man in the Window, Paige St. John, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter has uncovered never before revealed details about the man who would eventually become one of California’s most deadly serial killers. From Wondery and the LA Times comes a new series that traces his path of devastation through his victims’ eyes.
ROOT OF EVIL
This is one V hard to listen too, even though I couldn’t put the phone down. But this is NOT appropriate for kids or teens. Listen to it HERE.
When Elizabeth Short, also known as The Black Dahlia, was brutally killed in 1947, it gripped the entire country. More than 70 years later, it remains America’s most infamous unsolved murder. Many believe Dr. George Hodel was the killer, thanks to an investigation by Hodel’s own son. But murder is just part of the Hodel family story, one filled with horrifying secrets that ripple across generations. Now, through never-before-heard archival audio and first-time interviews, the Hodel family opens up to reveal their shocking story.
THE SHRINK NEXT DOOR
Once you start this one, you won’t want to put it down. Fair warning, start when you have time to finish 🙂
Veteran journalist Joe Nocera had a Hamptons neighbor: Ike, therapist to celebrities and Manhattan’s elite. He had star-studded parties at the vacation house. But one summer, Joe came back to discover that Ike was gone, and the summer house next door had never belonged to Ike in the first place. It was Marty’s, a therapy patient of Ike’s who had finally broken free from Ike’s psychological domination. THE SHRINK NEXT DOOR is the story of one therapist’s psychological manipulation as he crossed lines and defrauded his patients — and he’s still out there. Click HERE to listen!
THE MYSTERIOUS MR. EPSTEIN
This is the story of how a wealthy financier who was apparently able to elude justice for financial and sexual crimes from his first days as a young man on Wall Street, until the very end. Hosted by Lindsay Graham. Click HERE to listen to it.
You probably see a pattern here with the Wondery Podcasts. They’re by far my favorites simply because they’re done so well, easy to follow and pleasant reporting. I’ve listened to dozens of podcasts to date but theirs always get me excited to start and sad to finish!
It’s done by local ladies and a great one for commuting since they’re short and episodes are usually not related. Usually, about 45 min long and perfect for quick car rides or anything else you do that doesn’t require brain attention 🙂
Every week, Ashley Flowers will tell you about whatever crime she’s been obsessing over as if you’re sitting around talking crime with your best friend.
BONUS!!!! I had to have a space for my most inspirational and life-changing podcasts too.
Skimm’d from the Couch
I only listened to one of their episodes featuring Mel Robins. That’s when I fell completely 100% in love with her. Her story is so compelling you can’t help yourself but feel like you can conquer the flipping world after listening to it!
Click to listen:
Mel Robbins: “In every mistake… look for the message.”
Think, Believe & Manifest
With Constance Arnold. “Creating the life of your dreams as we discuss living life authentically and purposefully. My desire is to help you to determine specifically what you desire and how to strategically begin the process of creating that life. Every Sunday, I bring in the experts to assist you to Think, Believe and Manifest your life.” This is a radio show turned podcast. I highly recommend if you’re feeling stuck, lost or without a purpose. The messages are incredible (I’ve listened to multiple episodes and always get some kind of inspo from them!). Check them out HERE.
If you like what you saw, you might want to look some gadgets to listen to them. But truly all you need is a device that connects you to the internet and done!
Ok, I’m going to stop here because I can literally keep on going for hours and dinner must be made my friends! But I want to know if you have listened to any or all of these, what’s your fave and give us recommendations!!! Please and thank you 🙂