I have a mild podcast obsession. I’ve almost always got one playing in the background while I drive, cook, do laundry, knit… the list is endless. Similarly endless is my list of favorite podcasts. People frequently ask me for my recommendations, so here they are, in some particular order.
This page is always under construction! Enjoy, and please feel free to comment with any questions or recommendations of your own!
Today’s dumpster fire (aka politics)
Vox Media’s The Weeds
This is my all time favorite podcast. Ever. For the rest of my life. Hosted by Ezra Klein, Sarah Kliff, and Matt Yglesias, The Weeds is a twice weekly dive into the details of today’s hottest hot-takes and the deeper policy issues that underpin our government (the show is at its best when it does the latter.) I learn so much every week, and many episodes are evergreen enough to be listened to much later. Plus: they have a great Facebook group (called “The Weeds”) where you can continue the conversation with other fans and Vox staff.
Crooked Media’s Pod Save America
Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Dan Pfeiffer and Tommy Vietor perfectly encapsulate my profound anger towards American politics right now. While aimed largely at Democrats (the hosts are former Obama staffers), this is a must-listen for anyone who is concerned about the fate of the Republic in the hands of Trump. More importantly, they match their righteous anger and engaging commentary with substantive calls to action to help protect the rights we hold dear. While you’re at it, listen to everything else Crooked Media does. It’s all good.
Listening options and episodes found here.
Slate’s Political Gabfest
The gabfest is a long-running political podcast classic. Hosted by John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon, and David Plotz. The arguments are always heated, with great banter and balanced analysis (I can always count on Emily to distill complex legal issues that get swept away in many other shows.) Plus, the cocktail chatter at the end of the episodes always leaves me with new and interesting factoids.
Find them here.
To inspire deep thought (about everything.)
Vox Media’s The Ezra Klein Show
My principle goal in life is to end up on this show. Ezra Klein is one of the smartest minds in journalism right now, and his interviews are some of the best conversations I’ve heard. His main criteria for a guest is that he think’s they’re interesting. Thus, his conversations range from politics to animal ethics to mindfulness and everything in between. I have to be careful when I share these, because I invariably want to caption each one with “the most important interview of the year.”
Gimlet’s Reply All
This is a pure, fun show about the wonder and woe of the internet. The show is filled with raucous laughter and fun stories. My favorite segment is when the hosts bring their older boss on the podcast and explain tweets to him that he didn’t understand. As someone who often doesn’t understand meme culture, I also find this immensely helpful.