A few favorite podcasts 

I’m the worst when it comes to hearing about the latest trends or happenings. Usually it takes my husband or a friend to fill me in on current events. Maybe it’s just this season of life I’m in right now where I’m head-down-laser-focused on raising little kids, but whatever the case is I’m glad I discovered the world of podcasts.

For those who don’t know, podcasts are basically like listening to a radio show except that you can listen to whenever you have time. Even though my days are filled to the brim with baby and toddler life, there are snatches here and there where I can listen to part of a podcast episode. The time I’ve found work best for me to listen to podcasts are when I’m doing housework which means that most of the time, it’s after the kids are in bed or taking naps. I definitely don’t listen to podcasts every day, because I have a few other hobbies (my husband would likely say I have too many…) that I also enjoy doing.

Here’s a list of the podcasts I’ve been listening to lately. Full disclosure: I rarely ever listen to episodes right when they come out. Many times, it takes me days or weeks to listen to an episode. And I don’t always listen to each episode — it just depends on the podcast.

The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey – This is by far my favorite podcast as of lately. It’s done interview style and Jamie talks with women from all sorts of backgrounds and walks of life, stay at home moms and entrepreneurs, and everyone else in between. Episodes run about 1 hour, so I’m always behind on listening. Good for anyone needing some encouraging  perspective outside of your own life.

Longest Shortest Time by Hillary Frank – One of the first podcasts I started listening to back in 2014, LST is relatable content for me at this life stage because the podcast is geared toward parents. Some episodes are more interesting to me than others but I do enjoy that they’re each very unique and usually only 20-30 minutes long. If you enjoy hearing really unique stories that stick in your memory for a long time, this is a fun podcast for that.

The Lively Show by Jess Lively – Another podcast I’ve been listening for some time now, I enjoy this one because it’s also in interview style and it’s mostly business related. Jess interviews guests who are entrepreneurs in some way or another, although some of the content has shifted in the last few months so I haven’t been as eager to listen lately every time a new episode comes out. I do appreciate the upbeat and positive nature of this podcast, which is refreshing in a world where negativity is commonplace.

Risen Motherhood by Emily Jensen & Laura Wifler – This podcast is just a couple weeks fresh and so far, I’ve really enjoyed it. These sister-in-laws take about 15-20 minutes to chat about what it means to intentionally raise kids through the lens of the Gospel. It’s conversational and lighthearted, even when sometimes the subject matter (I’m looking at you, postpartum body image) is a bit harder to listen to. They’ve only slotted the podcast to run for 5 episodes, but I’m really hoping they continue the show. Each episode is about 15 minutes – perfect for busy moms.

Serial from This American Life – If you haven’t heard about this oft controversial podcast, then maybe you’re a little like me and just aren’t into current events. (That’s okay, by the way.) This podcast draws me in for a couple reasons, one being the fascinating stories covered and two, how I’m left questioning certain ways of thinking. The way this podcast develops a story is similar to what happens at trials – presenting the defense and the prosecution. Intriguing for sure if you’re into that sort of thing. Also, the website is pretty sweet.

Pickled Okra by Elizabeth & Jolene – Elizabeth is a blog friend of mine from way back (probably as long as I’ve been blogging…almost 6 years) who lives in Oklahoma and her BFF Jolene lives in New York. This podcast is conversational, as they literally record their video calls and play the (edited) audio for us to hear. They are witty, love reading, traveling, writing and a million other things I can’t think of right now but that are of interest to me. It’s always fun hearing them post new episodes.

99% Invisible by Roman Mars – This one is a more recent addition and I’ve just started picking and choosing from the episodes that have caught my eye since there are almost 200 of them. You know all those random things we don’t really think about until someone actually says aloud? Like, where did fortune cookies come from or how did they have ice in India back in the 1800’s. Yes, this show answers those questions and more. So fun and I can’t wait to catch up on more episodes.

Stuff You Missed in History Class by How Stuff Works – Another recent addition to my podcast list, this one is great for history buffs and anyone who enjoys hearing about the unheard of, unpopular, or unspoken stories. I imagine I could spend quite a lot of time listening to this podcast, since the rabbit hole goes very deep. Episodes run 30-35 minutes which is really reasonable considering the subject matter.

Marriage More by Mandy and Jeff Rose – So far, I have only listened to one episode of this podcast, but I’m looking forward to catching up on some of the past episodes. The title really makes it obvious, but this husband and wife team come together in a warm, funny and lighthearted way to talk about marriage and how you can “make it more” by being intentional. I think this would be a great one to listen to together with a spouse and the episodes aren’t long, which is an added bonus.

Does anyone listen to podcast(s) these days? Not that I need more stuff to do, but are there any really awesome ones I’m missing out on? I’m all ears.

2 thoughts on “A few favorite podcasts 

  1. Ali Grace | Cookies & Grace says:

    Oh girl — I am ALL about podcasts lately. They’re just so great! Plus I’m too cheap to download any music on my phone, so podcasts have become my go-to thing when I can’t listen to spotify via wifi. I also love The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey! And Serial! Some of my other favorites lately are Around the Table, What Should I Read Next (I think you’d really like this one!!), This American Life, The Simple Show, and Sorta Awesome podcast. I’m going to have to check out some of the ones you mentioned! It just makes me smile that you love podcasts too. 🙂

    • Urban Wife says:

      Yay, podcast listeners unite! It’s also a nice break from always defaulting to music. 😉 Thanks for sharing those other podcasts with me – I hadn’t heard of a few and can’t wait to check them out!

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