As I write this, we are heading into Memorial Day weekend, the official kickoff of summer and Friday traffic! My friend Sarah messaged me this morning for my top podcast picks since I'm often posting my favorites on social media, and it inspired me to pull together some of my favorites for all of you.
Podcasts are not just for big road trips. I listen to them on my runs and just walking in the city. You can listen to them in bits and pieces on the way to and from work, expand your mind and learn some new things. Here's my top few and I'd love to hear from you so please send me your favorites. Happy listening!
Health - Personal Growth - Mind/Body
The Doctor's Farmacy by Dr. Mark Hyman. Mark Hyman is this best. He's smart, funny, vulnerable and curious. He brings on amazing guests and discusses the most important health topics of our day. One of my most recent favorites features Tim Ryan - and this is not a political podcast so don't get worked up about the title, "Why we need a president who cares about food."
The Broken Brain Series was an outgrowth of the original docu-series by the same name co-hosted by Mark Hyman (above) and Dr. Dhru Purohit, another extraordinary human being. Spoiler alert - our brains aren't "broken" but there's a lot of stuff we can do to get them running better. My mind was simply blown by "How to redesign the subconscious mind" with Peter Crone.
The Marie Forleo Podcast is one of my favorite podcasts. Marie is an amazing human being with a singular goal of helping us all become the people we were meant to be. She's funny, shares my love for 90s Rap and R&B, and her podcasts never fail to educate and inspire. Learn about the "Latte Effect" in this episode, "Want more money?"
Oprah's Super Soul Series
Need I say more? Listen to anything - honestly. they are amazing. But you can start with Oprah talking to fellow queen Brene Brown.
True Stories - Can't make this stuff up...
I love podcasts that dig into stories I wouldn't otherwise know about OR go back and relook at historical events through a new lens. These are a few of my favorites.
Dirty John. If you haven't already watched the show on Netflix, definitely listen to this first with discussions with the actual victims. Crazy.
Bag Man by Rachel Maddow. Spiro Agnew. I had NO idea. And if you haven't listened to this there's a 99% chance that you have no idea what really went down either.
Slow Burn by Leon Neyfakh. I think it's important to revisit history with the benefit of perspective and that's what Slow Burn does so well. I flew through the first two seasons of this podcast during my runs. The first deals with Watergate and the second the Clinton scandal.
Serial Season 1 by Sarah Koenig. My friend Sam turned me onto this podcast years ago when we were both training for some races. I haven't gotten into the later seasons but this first one was phenomenal and this story has been turned into a 4 part docu-series on HBO entitled The Case Against Adnan Syed. Again, I'd listen to how this all went down first here.