The Podcast

A Few Podcast Recs

September 12, 2019

I tend to lean towards information/personal development in my podcasts, with a smattering of fun/artistic content (music).

the queue!

Here are the most listened-to ‘casts in my queue right now:

(PS: Do you think they will always be called “podcasts”? I’m assuming the root is from iPod, which doesn’t even exist anymore, though it is how I first listened to them! The name already sounds so antiquated to me!)

1- Up First. NPR’s 10 minute news podcast. Basically the only form in which I currently consume news. I listen to this at least 2x/week.

2- Lead to Win with Michael Hyatt. Totally random, but I enjoy his podcasts (usually in the form of a list of tips) on organization and leadership. I especially like it when his daughter participates (though she is currently on maternity leave). He just launched a new podcast called Focus on This centered around planning! Other productivity podcasts that I periodically listen to include Getting Things Done (yes, with the original GTD-master, David Allen), Beyond the To-Do List, and Productivity Paradox (with Tonya Dalton, owner of Inkwell Press). And Laura‘s super-quick Before Breakfast is in my feed too — I am so impressed that she releases episodes DAILY.

3- Money podcasts: How to Money, Her Money, and Marriage Kids & Money. Love them all. I don’t listen to every episode of each (too much!) but have learned a great deal from them. (These 3 have fairly varied vantage points/perspectives, too which is nice).

4- Happier. Still love this podcast – and just enjoy hearing what the sisters are up to. My favorite ones are when the share personal stories or goals.

5- The Mom Hour, The Girls Next Door, The Lazy Genius – all are parenting related but also just fun to listen to. I’m also trying out 3 in 30 in this genre. Oh, and I also enjoy Spawned which has been around forever!

6- Safe for Work is a work themed podcast that is also in an entertaining format.

7- Physician Podcasts I’m Trying Out – I don’t know any of these well, but I have been sampling some eps of Empowering Women Physicians, The Hippocratic Hustle, and Life & Littles with Dr Mommy MD. I have also pitched myself as guests to a couple of them 🙂 We will see how that goes.

8- Random total candy podcasts that I enjoy include Forever 35 (who doesn’t like to hear about serums?) and By the Book (hilarious but also sometimes moving podcast about self-help books). I also love Anne Bogel’s What Should I Read Next and #AmWriting whenever I am in the mood to think about books.

9- Fun stuff: My favorite music podcast is now NPR’s All Songs Considered, and I listen to nearly all of their “mix” episodes and Friday New Releases. I like NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour when the topic is of interest, too.

10- Old guard – I still like Freakonomics (which seems to be on hiatus?) and Planet Money and the occasional episode of This American Life.

(AND, obviously I have to include Best of Both Worlds on this list! There is so much great content out there that I feel very grateful that people have spent time listening to us!).

In this week’s episode you get to hear where I was rejected from college!

YEAH – I know that’s quite a list!! I auto-download everything into an app (Podcruncher) but I do NOT listen to every episode of every podcast — I pick and choose and delete the rest weekly. I listen in the car, while running, while doing chores (sometimes) and I always listen at 1.5 speed except for music podcasts.

I didn’t include links here because I think that would have taken forever (sorry) and I want to run, but if you have trouble finding any of these and are interested, let me know!

What do you listen to?


  • Reply Caryn Hart September 12, 2019 at 7:19 am

    I think you and your listeners would also like “The Moth.” It has been around for a long time, but upon a friend’s recommendation, I recently discovered it.

  • Reply Lisa September 12, 2019 at 8:03 am

    This is a great list! One more to enjoy: Moms Don’t Have Time To Read Books with Zibby Owens

    She has recorded some fascinating interviews with many popular authors

  • Reply Lisa of Lisa's Yarns September 12, 2019 at 8:50 am

    Great list! I found “how to money” after Laura mentioned she was interviewed on there. I also don’t listen to every episode but I like their perspectives on things. I find personal finance super fascinating. I work in the finance industry so have a lot of knowledge but they tend to cover one off things I wouldn’t encounter in my job – like today they had a question about solar panels.

    My favorite podcasts are WSIRN, Happier, Didn’t I Just Feed You (about feeding a family), Crunchy Cocktail Hour (2 moms who are trying to live greener/cleaner lives), and Young House Love has a Podcast (about home improvements – they are on hiatus right now but should come back soon). I also love investigative reporting podcasts like In the Dark and Dr. Death. Super super fascinating although difficult to listen to at times.

  • Reply Liz B. September 12, 2019 at 9:32 am

    Thanks for the list! Excited to try out Michael Hyatt’s podcasts. I love his book, “Free to Focus.” I love the “Happier” podcast, too. Listening to Gretchen and Elizabeth talk just brightens my day! Interested in trying out “What I Should Read Next” to amp up my reading game, as well as some of the recommendations up above.

    I’m currently listening to “Best of Both Worlds” and “Before Breakfast” (of course), Christine Kohi and Asha Dornfest’s “Edit Your Life” (I think they would be great interviewees for BOBW!), Tonya Dalton’s “Productivity Paradox,” and occasonally, “The Dave Ramsey Show” (although, he sometimes gets a litte too preachy for my taste). Some speech-language pathology podcasts I enjoy are “Speechie Side Up,” “TiLT” Parenting,” and “SLPs Wine and Cheese.” I listen to “BOBW” and “Before Breakfast” religiously every week (sometimes multiple times), but pick and choose episodes between the others, depending on how much time I have during the week. I’ve currently started attempting to learn Spanish through the Pimsleur App, so that’s what I listen to on my morning commute.

  • Reply omdg September 12, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    I don’t listen to a lot of podcasts because I spend minimal time in the car. But! I did listen to This American Life on a recent road trip to a wedding, and it was really interesting!

  • Reply Tatjana September 12, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    I listen to you but have a really eclectic taste otherwise. Azeem Azhar’s Exponential View on technology and future is the most consistently thought-provoking, illuminating podcast, both because he is very smart AND great listener and because his guest choice is amazing.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger September 12, 2019 at 3:39 pm

      Ooh that sounds awesome I’m going to download a trial ep!

  • Reply Nikki September 12, 2019 at 4:51 pm

    Great ones! I would add Death, Sex & Money and Still Processing to my list. Reply All is a fun one for tech stuff! And I’ve still been following Manoush Zomorodi on ZigZag and Note to Self. I also enjoyed Double Shift which I learned about from BOBW and am excited for their second season.

    For the kids – Ear Snacks is a super cute podcast

  • Reply CBS September 13, 2019 at 4:56 am

    For parenting – I like Mom and Dad Are Fighting and What Fresh Hell but only if it’s on a topic I’m interested in. I also like the Motherhood sessions. The Cut also does some good think pieces and interviews. Mom Brain is a new addition to my feed and I find it slightly hit or miss.

  • Reply Lou September 18, 2019 at 6:04 pm

    The slow home podcast – about quality of life, basically, and mindful and ecological consumerism/minimalism. Yet it’s fun, and upbeat! Some fascinating interviews, always thought provoking, and just a lovely pair of voices (Australian couple with 2 kids). It’s one of the few podcasts where I listen to every thing they release! Highly recommended.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger September 19, 2019 at 5:56 am

      oh yes I’ve heard the female host before! Brooke McAlary, right? I should go back and check out this podcast.

  • Reply Kelsey December 8, 2019 at 1:00 am

    I really like Mormon and the Methhead. I also like the Moth, This American Life and Ologies! Thanks for the list. I’m going to check them out.

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