I first got hooked on podcasts after I had just moved to the Netherlands and commuted to Germany to see my boyfriend every other weekend – the drive was long and boring, and the Dutch radio programs (no offense!) simply didn’t keep me entertained for more than 2 blocks. A friend of mine had recommended Podcast Addict, an app which enables you to browse for all kinds of different podcasts, download them and listen to them from your phone, and I just got started by listening into some programs she had recommended.
Suddenly the drive could not be long enough – some shows really got me hooked and I started ‘binge-listening’ episode after episode – not only while driving, but also on the treadmill in the gym, while doing the dishes, etc. and now I actually find myself a tiny bit (ok, who am I kidding… a pretty large bit) addicted to my favorite shows, desperately waiting for new episodes to come out and telling everybody who listens about all the great things I learned from Radiolab.
If you haven’t heard of these shows, you should definitely give them a listen – at your own risk of slight podcast addiction, of course 😉
Here are my 5 favorite Podcasts
99% Invisible is hosted by Roman Mars and explores the ‘invisible’ aspects of our everyday life, architecture and design that we don’t think about, like inflatables or revolving doors – sounds very geeky? It is! But it’s also highly entertaining and provides you with great fun facts for the next party small talk.
Death, Sex & Money
The title describes the podcastpodcast in a nutshell – Anna Sale interviews super interesting guest about the ‘topics we think about a lot and need to talk about more’. Super refreshing and honest conversations that make you feel like you are sitting across the room from them in a private living room and not on national radio.
The Freakonomics podcast is a lot like Stephen Dubner and Steve Levitt’s books – only in smaller and (at least for me) more digestible chunks. Mai was ‘self-improvement month’ with a lot of super interesting episodes on how to get more grid or how to beat your friends and family at board games.
In my opinion, Radiolab is a lot like 99% invisible – in the best possible way, of course. They make episodes about topics you have never actively thought about, but after listening to their show, simply can’t get out of your head anymore.
TED Radio Hour
Every episode of the TED Radio Hour is sort of a compilation of different Ted Talks and interviews around a certain topic such as for example meaning of work, creativity or overcoming. To this date, there are approximately 150 hour-long episodes online, all hosted by Guy Raz.
Do you have a favorite podcast that is not in the list? Let me know in the comment section! I can’t wait to hear from you guys!