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My Favorite Podcasts to Listen to While I Work

My Favorite Podcasts to Listen to While I Work

But first an update.

Since I know you all are dying to hear an update about our evenings with Richard Simmons, let me just say this. Richard is hardcore. We have been varying our routine (as any good aerobics-doer does) so we have been doing Sweating to the Oldies for two nights and then Sweating to the Oldies 2 one night. Sweating 2 is longer and harder than the original. It includes floor work (such as crunches) and weights. Then this weekend we got all wild and crazy (ever go crazy on the weekends?) and tried Sweating 3. This one is an hour long and sheesh…a few of my teens were slacking and ready to give up before it was over. Laugh all you want but Richard means business and now I may have to burn Sweating 4 and 5.

So yeah. Needless to say, my favorite time of the day (okay, second favorite, obviously morning coffee is my first favorite) is after I’ve exercised. It feels so good to be done.

And now, on to my favorite podcasts.

Part-Time Genius

Part-Time Genius is one of my very favorite podcasts. Every week Will and Mango pick answer burning questions such as, “Why do rats keep outsmarting humans? Will it ever be possible to live without sleep? Was Genghis Khan a progressive mastermind? Is cryonics real?”

Their show is clean, kid-friendly, and always entertaining. You will probably even learn a few things along the way.

Terrible, Thanks for Asking

I have just discovered Terrible, Thanks for Asking and very quickly working my way through the archives.  The podcast site has this listed in the description, “You know how every day someone asks “how are you?” And even if you’re totally dying inside, you just say “fine,” so everyone can go about their day? This show is the opposite of that.” Host Nora McInerny shares real stories about real people who don’t always have happy endings. McInerny also wrote a book, It’s Okay to Laugh (Crying is Cool Too) about how she became a widow at age 27. I am currently reading the book and really enjoying it.

My life is messy, friends, and I could totally answer the how are you question, with, “Terrible, thanks for asking” except that isn’t socially acceptable. So I’ll probably smile and make a joke instead. Terrible, Thanks for Asking is a refreshing reminder that other people’s lives are messy too.

The Minimalists

Of course, I listen to The Minimalists podcasts where they discuss, minimalism. I always find Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus inspiring. Their thoughts are as deep as their closets are empty. I especially like to listen to this podcast as I clean (and declutter) my house.

The Purpose Show with Allie Casazza

A podcast for moms who want to leave a legacy of intention and joy. No more counting the minutes till bedtime!

That is Allie’s description of the podcast. If you are a mom looking for ways to enjoy motherhood and marriage more, this is the podcast for you. You should also check out her blog.

True Crime Garage

True Crime Garage is definitely one you want to listen to while earing your Treckz Wireless headphones. This podcast discusses unsolved true crime cases. They don’t go into too many gory details but were your kids to listen they would probably imagine murderers lurking in every nook and cranny of their worlds.

Locked Up Abroad

Locked up Abroad tells the stories of people who have been,  well, locked up abroad. Let me give you a little hint, you don’t want to go to prison in another country. Most of the people in these episodes made dumb decisions and paid an incredibly high price. Having a bad day? Listen to this and you’ll find out your problems aren’t quite that bad.

Dirty John

Dirty John tells the true story of an older woman named Debra and how she was taken in and utterly deceived by conman John Meehan. This podcast is written in a great storytelling format. There are lessons to be learned in this story and it it is just good old-fashioned storytelling.

Young Charlie

Young Charlie is a podcast about Charles Manson, his life growing up, and how he came to be the founder of his “family”. A word of warning, this podcast does include gory details of the Tate and LaBianca murders. If you are okay with that and have an interest in Charles Manson you will enjoy this entertaining (if horrifying) podcast.


In five hilarious, heartbreaking and raw episodes IVFML podcasts tells the story of infertility and fertility treatments that Anna Almendrala and Simon Ganz underwent on their path to parenthood. This podcast does have a good amount of swearing and dark humor, so you probably don’t want you kids listening to it.

And then, of course, Missing Richard…but I already recommended that podcast here.

What are your favorite podcasts? I am always looking for my next favorite podcast.




  1. Grace

    In Sight is a great true crime pod. It’s clean (relatively) and the hosts do their due diligence on each and every case. No dramatics. Same with The Trail Went Cold.

    I’m partial to Pod Save America, StarTalk with Niel DeGrasse Tyson, but the first is from durn libruls like me and the second involves real science, so might not be up your alley.

    • Renee

      Thanks. I *do* try to limit the number of true crime podcasts I listen to…or at least mix it up with non-crime shows 🙂 Don’t worry, I’m not afraid of libruls or science. Thanks for the suggestions!

  2. Carrie G

    My favs are 2 very different ones –
    The Way I Heard it with Mike Rowe – a modern day “The Rest of the Story”
    And Read Aloud Revival – great encouragement for connecting with your kids thru books

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