Tim and I started dating just before I left for college, and I made many, many 3-hour trips back home during my freshman year. Podcasts quickly became my favorite way to pass the time, and I still listen to them on a daily basis. I would rather listen to a podcast than music 99% of the time, especially as I drive, get ready, do housework, or exercise. If you’re sensitive to annoying voices like I am, you’ll love this list! Each of these podcasts bring light and life into my day, and feature hosts that I would love to spend an afternoon with. Whether you’re an avid podcaster or not, there should be something for you on this list.
The Good Life with Stevie & Sazan is hosted by my favorite influencers, Sazan and Stevie Hendrix. This couple loves God and loves people, and they’re shining their light in a dark, superficial industry. It might sound silly, but listening to them on Instagram, Youtube, and this podcast always warms my heart. Also, they have one of the world’s cutest babies. The Good Life covers topics from business to dating to cancer, and every guest they’ve had has been a winner. My favorite episodes are “Battling Fear in 2018,” “The Power of Influence,” and “Our Untold Love Story.”
The SHE Podcast is a brand new show from Jordan Lee Dooley, one of Instagram’s most well-known Christian influencers. She flows from vulnerable to inspirational in one breath, and she’s all about motivating women to walk into their God-given dreams. I loved her “Overcoming Imposter Syndrome” episode, which also talks about how she got started in the industry.
The Bible Binge is hosted by two of my favorite podcasters, Knox McCoy and Jamie Golden. Every episode, they recap a different Biblical event, cast the characters as famous celebrities, and receive “gentle rebukes” for any theological slip-ups in the episode. I love this show because it makes me feel like I’m learning more about God’s Word, but also makes me laugh until I snort. My favorite so far has been the David and Bathsheba episode from Season 3.
This is Knox and Jamie’s first podcast, and it’s perfect for anyone who loves pop culture, needs a laugh, or wants a break from politics and current events. This podcast has kept me awake on overnight drives and makes me laugh out loud more than any other. My absolute favorite episodes are “Flavor Town”, “the Nos of…” series, and “Pop Culture Conspiracy Theories.”
What Should I Read Next is easily my most-played podcast, because I’m always looking for more books to add to my reading list. Anne Bogel has a great podcast voice too, which doesn’t hurt. In every episode, she asks her guests to talk about three books they love, one book they hate, and what they’re reading right now. Then, she recommends three books based on their reading personalities. I’ve gotten so many recommendations from this show, and Anne will be my ride-or-die podcaster till the end of time. This week’s episode, “The Stories Behind the Stories We Love to Read,” is one of her all-time best.
The Happy Hour is the first podcast I ever listened to, and it came to me when I most needed a friend. Jamie Ivey is an author, mom, and worship pastor’s wife from Austin, Texas, and she makes every episode feel like a coffee date with your best friends. She hosts guests that are killing it in business, ministry, social justice, or publishing, and every single woman on her show has overcome darkness in an inspiring way. My favorite interviewees have been Jessi Connolly, Emily Lex from Jones Design, and Logan Wolfram.
Desert Island Discs has been streaming on British public radio for over 70 years, and it’s stood the test of time for good reason. Every episode, a different celebrity shares the songs, book, and luxury they would bring with them if they were castaway on a desert island. Singers, actors, directors, thespians, authors, athletes, and academics have all graced the stage, so there’s something for everyone. My favorite part about this show is how much you learn about each guest. Each song that’s chosen has a special story attached, and it’s beautiful to hear world-famous celebrities get so vulnerable. My favorites interviewees so far have been Hugh Bonneville, Matt Smith, Ed Sheeran, Dame Judi Dench, Mairi Hedderwick, and Mary Berry.
If you love stories or have little ones in the car with you, this is a podcast the whole family can enjoy. Each episode features a kid-friendly folktale narrated by a full cast, and you may recognize some of the voices from your favorite (grown-up) TV show. My favorite stories have been “Thunder and Lightning”, “Onions and Garlic”, “Clever Manka”, and “Share and Share Alike”.
I hope this list leaves you with some new shows to subscribe to. Give them a listen while you’re driving home from work, walking to class, sitting in the pickup line, or cooking dinner, and let me know what you think. Feel free to share this list with a friend and subscribe to my email list in the upper righthand corner. Have a beautiful weekend!