Love, Joleen: 10+ Favorite Must-Listen Podcasts in 2019

Thursday, April 11, 2019

10+ Favorite Must-Listen Podcasts in 2019

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I love podcasts! Podcasting (originally known has "audioblogging") has an interesting history, dating back to the 80's but gaining popularity in their current format in 2004. "Today there are more than 115,000 English-language podcasts available on the internet." Isn't that unbelievable? I've only been listening to Podcasts for two years or so now myself, but in that time they've completely changed the way I consume content. There is truly something for everyone and pretty much any interest available, as proven by this eclectic list. Here are my 10+ favorite must-listen podcasts in 2019. 

Society & Culture

If I'm Being Honest with Katie Crenshaw — This is such an important podcast, and I can't recommend it enough! Katie has an incredible way of helping you not to feel alone in the world, and she doesn't shy away from hard topics. If you're not already reading her blog or following her on Instagram, go do that now. I am inspired by Katie's daily IG stories and authentic blog posts, and her podcast is no different. Katie gives a platform to the unlikeliest of voices. Her interviews are really like being a fly on the wall during a friend's conversation. I always finish an episode feeling so honored to have been a part of it in some way. I love learning about people and what they've grown through. I think this podcasts tops my list because it appeals to me on an emotional level. I think it's so important for us to realize, especially in our current political climate, how similar we really are... and even if you don't relate to the topic, you should still find ways to relate to this other human being. Her podcast merch reads "honestly human", and there are few things more beautifully authentic than that. 

TV & Film

The Rewatchables  My husband turned me on to this podcast with Bill Simmons, one of his favorite podcasters. The Rewatchables takes an in-depth look at re-watchable movies, often with "cult" followings. It's a fun podcast, with lively conversation prompted by Q+A's and audio clips from the movie.

Faith / Mom Encouragement

Don't Mom Alone (formerly "God Centered Mom")  — This is the podcast that really turned me onto podcasts. For more than half a decade, Heather MacFadyen has cultivated a community for mothers. She transitioned from writing online to interviewing mentors on “God Centered Mom” in 2013, and today the podcast has been downloaded more than 7 million times. She covers topics like marriage and motherhood, infertility, faith, family, mental health, and so much more. You can search episodes by topic, here. (This podcast is categorized under Kids & Family on iTunes).

Homeschool / Education Enrichment at Home

The Homeschool Sisters Podcast — This is my favorite homeschool podcast. Cait and Kara are just two quirky homeschool moms sharing their favorite resources and interviewing mentors on a variety of subjects. They laugh a lot and it's super contagious and fun. They talk about homeschool philosophies, share tips and resources, share book lists, what they call gameschooling, and more. They don't take themselves too seriously and don't claim to be experts (though they are super knowledgable), which I really like as well! 

The Mason Jar — The Mason Jar is a podcast hosted by Cindy Rollins, and dedicated solely to the Charlotte Mason philosophy of homeschooling and life. "All Charlotte Mason, all the time" is the podcast subtitle. There haven't actually been any new episodes so far in 2019, but it's worth noting this one to listen to the archives. Cindy Rollins is the author of Mere Motherhood: Morning Times, nursery Rhymes, and My Journey Toward Sanctification

Brave Writer with Julie Bogart — Julie Bogart is a homeschooling-alum mom of 17 years and 5 kids. She is an authority on the subject and a mentor to countless many through her online writing and language arts program, Brave Writer. She's also the creator of Poetry Teatime, which we've adopted in our own homeschooling. She has five seasons of interviews that will boost your confidence and offer you so much encouragement as a homeschool parent. Julie Bogart is the author of The Brave Learner: Finding Everyday Magic in Homeschool, Learning, and Life

Read-Aloud Revival — "The Read-Aloud Revival podcast helps parents, homeschoolers, and teachers make meaningful and lasting connections with kids through books. Join host, Sarah Mackenzie, author of the USA Bestseller, The Read-Aloud Family and Teaching from Rest, for interviews, tips, and helpful booklists that will help your whole family fall in love with books."
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Management & Marketing / Business

The Goal Digger Podcast — "Host, Jenna Kutcher, shares productivity tips, social media strategies, business hacks, and inspirational stories that can help you design your dream career."

Sunstone Digital Marketing — This podcast is created by 365 Atlanta Traveler, specifically for destinations and attractions, but I find useful as a travel content creator as well. Lesli Peterson and Sue Rodman are family travel experts and the hosts of the podcast. They discuss topics such as digital marketing on a budget and social media strategy. They offer a wealth of seasoned advice on the subject. 

How I Built This with Guy Raz — I have been a fan of NPR for years, and I love Guy Raz as a host and interviewer. This is one of my favorite podcasts to listen to! It's so fascinating to hear from the creators of some of the most notable brands, on how they got their start. 

True Crime

My Favorite Murder — What would a podcast list be without a True Crime category?! And OBVIOUSLY My Favorite Murder tops the list. (Hey, Murderinos!) If you've been living under a rock, MFM is a true crime comedy podcast by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark. These ladies are hilarious and I had the privilege of seeing them Live at the Fox last year. So fun! Note: If cursing is something that offends you, this is not the podcast for you. Otherwise, SSDGM!

Jensen & Holes: The Murder Squad — This is a BRAND NEW podcast but I'm adding it to the list because holy crap it's Paul Holes! (I'll have you know I am literally wearing my ♡ Paul Holes tee at this very moment, thankyouverymuch.) But seriously, if you follow true crime, you've likely heard of Paul Holes regarding The Golden State Killer and other notable cases, such as Zodiac, Laci Peterson, and Jaycee Dugard. He's collaborating with true crime journalist and internet sleuth, Billy Jensen. You can read all about them, here. I am *so* excited about this podcast, as they dig into cold cases. Special guests so far have included Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark from MFM. 

Truth & Justice with Bob Ruff — Originally titled Serial Dynasty, host Bob Ruff dove deeper into the case against Adnan Syed and the events surrounding Hae's murder, after being captivated by the story on Serial. (Serial was the first podcast I ever listened to.) Now in it's 6th season, this former arson investigator and Fire Chief, presents cases to the "Truth & Justice Army" (podcast listeners) and seeks their help via crowd sourcing in the search for answers. You can find the cases covered in this podcast, here

Bonus: Kids & Family 

But Why: A Podcast For Curious Kids — A couple of years ago I shared my favorite preschool podcasts, and included "But Why". Another awesome NPR Podcast; it's really geared toward children of all ages. My son is 6 now and we both love and learn from it! If you're looking for a great family podcast to listen to in the car, I definitely recommend this one. 

I am always interested in hearing new [to me] podcasts. Do you have a favorite that I don't have listed here? Leave a comment and tell me about it! 

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