latest podcast rundown & day 4, down!

February 5, 2016

Day 4 = going strong.

Still no Facebook urges.
Still no cheating!
Still not really finding any spare swathes of time, but I have been pretty productive at work.

After reading that Laura did an interview with Manoush Zomorodi (can’t wait to hear it!), I have decided that MZ NEEDS to have the Unplugged30 featured on her podcast, which is one of my absolute favorites.  I am slightly podcast obsessed.  I think it would be so much fun to be on one, and have even thought about recording one.  Because clearly I have enough time and energy for that.  Or not.

On that note . . .

Current podcast role call:
1) Note to Self – aforementioned podcast on the intersection of tech & life (with a decidedly feminine bent)

2) Happier – Gretchen Rubin & her sister waxing on about habits and happiness.  Immensely popular, it seems.

3) All Songs Considered – has overtaken #4 as my favorite music podcast.  Mostly mixes of new music and the occasional interview.  I love the mixes.  Current find from the last episode: AURORA

4) Sound Opinions – still love this music review podcast; I have been listening forever

5) Serial because obviously.  Though this season isn’t grabbing me quite so tightly as the mysterious (and still unsolved) case of Adnan Syed.

6 & 7) Marathon Training Academy & Another Mother Runner.  My running podcasts.  Generally only listened to while running, how meta.

8) Eliza Starting At 16.  Yes, I am listening to Gretchen Rubin’s daughter’s podcast.  It makes me feel SUPER old but feels like good prep for 10 years from now . . .

9) Planet Money.  I actually might like this more than Freakonomics now (though I still like both).  Oddly compelling for someone with no financial knowledge or business sense.

10) Pop Culture Happy Hour.  Book, movie, TV, etc reviews.  I don’t listen to every episode but somehow this often feels like the right choice for my Friday afternoon drives home.

I generally listen in the car.  I need to be careful not to completely crowd out music, because I really love just blasting music and relaxing (and maybe singing).  But oh, how I love podcasts for my commute!


  • Reply Emily March 10, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    I’m not doing the unplugged30 (although I am attempting to moderate my phone use, mostly around my kids) but I did want to let you know that you inspired me to finally quit looking at my phone in the car. Quit cold turkey this weekend and it’s been going great!

  • Reply Marci March 10, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    Serial is so boring this time! I’m glad you think so too. So disappointing. I love planet money and freakonomics. Also start up and question of the day. I need more podcast friends to discuss with! As a stay at home mom, listening makes me feel like I’m learning something new. I started happier when it first started, but it felt like topics all discussed in her books already.

  • Reply Catherine March 10, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    Try the Gimlet Media podcasts if you haven’t already! Reply All and Mystery Show are my favorites.

  • Reply Erica March 10, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    I have been loving the Happier Podcast. I’ve read all the books (Well, Happiness Project and Happier at Home, Better than Before is on my list), so having the podcast is a weekly reminder of some of the habits that I like to manage 🙂 I never got into Serial, I felt it was too hard to concentrate on it. I mostly listen to Podcasts while working (basic lab tasks and when I’m analyzing data) and running so I felt that it took too much focus. I will check out Note to Self and Eliza at 16 – I’ve been meaning to listen to both!

  • Reply Laura Vanderkam March 10, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    Thanks for linking! To clarify, I was interviewing Manoush about her productivity habits for an upcoming article I’m writing — I wasn’t on the show. Though it would be fun! I always love interviewing people who interview a lot of other people for their jobs. It makes for a good conversation.

  • Reply Lee Becknell March 10, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    I cannot get into this season of Serial at all. I’m off to check out your other recommendations though. Right now the only podcast in my rotation is This American Life.

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