First and foremost I want to say this are NO paid partnerships or affiliate links here. These are really just my favorite podcasts.
We are a media family. From movie nights to streaming services, websites, social media, and all the rest, we are tech-savvy and connected. Sometimes it overwhelms my senses and I get to a point where I just cannot sit through another episode of anything visual, and like all millennials, we don’t have live tv, only streaming, so it’s not like channel surfing is really a choice either.
Instead of mindlessly accepting whatever I can stream without satisfaction, I spend a couple of hours a week in the world of podcasts. I love to listen to everything from serialized fiction reminiscent of old radio shows to straight news. Here I’ve compiled a list of my Top 10, must-listen podcasts that I think you would enjoy or benefit from in your week!
These are not ranked, they are just listed by category, so feel free to skip the ones you might not connect with and please comment and suggest some more podcasts for me to explore.
Leaving Toxic Religion
I grew up a willing member of a toxic church. It wasn’t until I left that I realized how deeply it damaged my self image, my relationship with faith, and my mental health. These podcasts have been instrumental in my healing and growth. Sometimes knowing you aren’t alone is enough, and no matter how obscure your pain, please, please know you are not alone. There is a community out there…and they probably have a podcast.
Last but not least we round off the list with a little bit of humanity. There are no politics or religious slants here, and honestly no predictability. The next podcast carries live readings of first-person accounts that can teach you anything from how a rabbi ended up in a cop car less than a month after being assigned to a new synagogue to how human trafficking can just be the end of a very bad date. I have learned about senior citizens dancing and undocumented immigrants being sent back to their home countries. I have learned about love and hope and despair in serious and comedic ways. All from one little show.
Well, there you have it, my list of must-listen podcasts. You can find links to all the shows below or click directly on the pictures.
Please, tell me what you’re listening to and Happy New Year!