Do you listen to podcasts? I actually prefer them to music when I’m commuting, and always enjoy hearing what people are listening to since there are so many shows out there that it can be difficult to discover new ones! This may sound a bit weird, but if I listen to one podcast for too many consecutive days without weaving in another one, I’ll suddenly get super tired of it and won’t come back to it for weeks. I don’t know what it is! Maybe some kind of unexplained redundancy? In any case, I basically like to rotate between two or three different podcasts and usually go back and pull from the archives (older episodes I haven’t heard before) when I’m caught up with the most recent episode. The two podcasts I’m currently most hooked on are How I Built This and Bad On Paper–they are totally different but both so good! HIBT is put on by NPR and has been around awhile so it may sound familiar, but Bad on Paper is relatively new so hopefully you can add it to your weekly rotation, too. Here’s why these two are my current favorite podcasts:
How I Built This: I’ve been listening to HIBT for about a year and it’s definitely the podcast I’ve stuck with the longest without tiring of it. Guy Raz (who has the best podcast voice), interviews founders of large, successful companies and inquires about their backgrounds, how they got their business off the ground, and what it’s like to be an entrepreneur. Each episode is so different yet so inspiring–there are so many good episodes it’s impossible to pick favorites, but a few come to mind: Sara Blakely of SPANX, Kate & Andy Spade, Barbara Corcoran, Eileen Fisher, and Susan Tynan of Framebridge. It’s very interesting to hear so much about the “face behind the name” of brands and products we know so well–some of which we encounter almost daily! This week’s episode is on Steve Madden and is really cool…did anyone else not know that he served jail time after starting his eponymous brand?!
Bad On Paper: The newest addition! I’ve been reading Grace’s blog for, I don’t know, seven years, and was so excited to hear that she and her friend Becca started a podcast. I put off listening for a little since the premise was initially discussing various young adult novels and that’s not my preferred genre, but after seeing Grace tease episodes on Instagram, it was clear they were discussing so much more! Each episode feels like you’re chatting with two friends and they talk about everything from products and Instagram accounts they’re loving, to anecdotes about life in the city, to books–not just YA anymore! I actually think Bad On Paper is the perfect complement to HIBT for my podcast-ADD self…they balance each other out perfectly.
What are your favorite podcasts? Any new ones (or oldies!) that have caught your attention? And does anyone have pod ADD like I do?!
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