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Abby's Favorite Podcasts

Abby's Favorite Podcasts

Since Austin and I have 30min+ commutes, we love listening to podcasts and rarely do our tastes overlap.  I thought I would take the time to list out my favorites and Austin can follow up in a separate post with his. There are a few podcasts that we listen to on long road trips together and those are the best because we are both engaged, either laughing together or having a really great discussion. Take a listen to some of my favorites and tell me yours in the comments!

 

Conversations

 

For The Love with Jen Hatmaker

I've read some of Jen's books and follow her on all the social media channels. She is spunky, hilarious, tough as nails, compassionate, and so well spoken. I love listening to her conversations with strong women who are making a difference in this world. 

Favorite Episodes: Ep 2 with Brene Brown, Ep. 4 with Annie Downs, and Ep 8. with Amena Brown

Another Round 

Another Round covers everything from race, gender, pop culture, politics, jokes, and thoughtful and profound interviews (with Lin Manuel Miranda, Cory Booker, Hillary Clinton). I always laugh and I always learn something.Tracy actually went to my college and had a very different experience than I did, which has really opened my eyes to my cultural blindspots.

Favorite Episodes: Ep. 28 Madam Secretary, What's Good? with Hillary Clinton, Ep. 58. The Job of Pettiness with Ashley Ford, Ep. 37. The Room Where It Happens with Valerie Jarrett, Ep. 30: FrimFram Fittlesworth with Lena Dunham (I die laughing at game "British White Guy Names"- hilarious!), Ep. 47 Don't @ me with Bim Adewunmi

Oprah's Super Soul Conversations

This podcast is the audio version of her TV show on OWN. Oprah never fails to dive into the nitty gritty and reveals wisdom through others' life experiences and stories. 

Favorite Episodes: Tony Robbins, Sheryl Sandberg, Brene Brown Part 1 & 2

How I Built This

Interviews with entrepreneurs about how they built their businesses are so inspiring. You see a lot of patterns and similarities of previous failures, persistence, and following gut instincts.

Favorite Episodes: Five Guys, Barbara Corcoran, Patagonia  

 

Religious

Southland Christian Church

Southland was my church in Lexington during college and I haven't found a church since that has been such a good fit for me. Jon Weece is the lead pastor and blows my mind every time! 

Favorite Recent Series: Triple Threat, Camouflage

Risen Motherhood

While I'm not a mother yet, I love listening to Emily and Laura discuss different challenges and how they overcome them through biblical principles and genuine grace and joy.

Favorite Episodes: Having a Child With Special Needs, How Discipline Helps Us Communicate the Gospel, Raising More Than Just Good Kids, Adoption and the Gospel,  Infertility, Miscarriage and Motherhood.

The RobCast

Rob Bell has been an influence in my spiritual life since I was in youth group and we would watch his super deep videos. I really connect with how he is always searching for answers and always asking the hard questions. His podcast is no different.

Favorite Episodes: The Wisdom Series, Water for Everyone with Scott Harrison

 

Stories

My Dad Wrote A Porno

Ok, this podcast is hilarious. I cry from laughing when Austin and I listen to it together while driving. It's absurd! Three British friends read an erotic novel chapter by chapter that one of their dads wrote after the 50 Shades of Grey success. It is so bad, it is a comedy. They make fun of every line and while it gets pretty raunchy, you don't really notice because you're laughing so hard. There are 3 seasons/3 books so plenty of binge worthy content.

Favorite Episodes: You just have to start at chapter one!

S-Town

One of the most popular podcasts of all time. The online synopsis gives the best description without giving too much away-- "John despises his Alabama town and decides to do something about it. He asks a reporter to investigate the son of a wealthy family who’s allegedly been bragging that he got away with murder. But then someone else ends up dead, sparking a nasty feud, a hunt for hidden treasure, and an unearthing of the mysteries of one man’s life."

Favorite Episodes: Start from #1!

 

Political

Pod Save America

Part of a new media company from the young staff of Obama's administration, it's political commentary with a young moderately liberal slant from those who have been in the thick of it. I laugh, feel inspired, and cringe every episode. Being Obama's former speech writers and policy experts, there is no shortage of intellect between these 30-something men and I truly enjoy learning a lot of the back story of current events in the news. 

Episodes: Any of the most recent episodes as they stick to news stories of that day.

Vox's The Weeds

This podcast is aptly named as you get into the weeds (or nitty gritty details) of policy and laws that come across congress' desks. They also report back on studies done in other countries and provide a good well rounded approach to explaining laws that are on the table. It's dense and dry, but I always learn something even on topics I feel well-versed in. 

Favorite Episodes: Understanding The Opioid Epidemic, Weeds in the Wild: Sarah Goes to Kentucky, Jared Kushner: International Man of Mystery

Divided States of Women

This one is a new one for me, but I love the concept. Two female friends- one liberal, one conservative- talk about current events without arguing! Say what?! It just proves that for most Americans, there is more that we agree on than disagree. 

Favorite Episodes: Can you be a conservative and a nasty woman?

 

Entertainment

 

The Hollywood Reporter Awards Chatter

Scott Feinburg is a really great celebrity interviewer. Even when listening to someone I feel like I know a lot about, I learn more about their history and their experience playing these great roles. He mainly interviews those who are promoting their shows that are getting a lot of buzz during award season. The Oprah episode is a personal favorite.

Favorite Episodes: Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Julia Louis- Dreyfus, Andy Cohen, Jerry Seinfeld, Aziz Ansari, Amy Schumer

 

Off Camera with Sam Jones

Sam Jones is more a friend to celebrities than a reporter. He's their peer which makes for really fascinating conversations about actors' work experience and personal life and what led them to their careers. 

Favorite Episodes: Dax Shepard, Kristen Bell, Mindy Kaling

 

Educational

Malcolm Gladwell Revisionist History

From the author: "Revisionist History will go back and reinterpret something from the past: an event, a person, an idea. Something overlooked. Something misunderstood." Gladwell does a deep dive into one subject each episode and changes your perspective with his detailed research and findings. 

Favorite Episodes: Food Fight, A Good Walk Spoiled

"Dream House" Hunting in Palm Beach

"Dream House" Hunting in Palm Beach

Fall Reading List

Fall Reading List