Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

What Podcasts Do You Listen To?

Today is my 44th birthday, so I’m extending the holiday weekend an extra day and saving the advice-giving for later in the week. In the meantime, I was wondering: Do you have favorite podcasts you like to listen to? Last weekend Drew took the kids to his brother’s in New Jersey to hang with their cousins and I had 50 blessed hours of solitude, which I used to do a puzzle, read a book, watch “Indian Matchmaking,” cook and eat whatever I wanted (which is more often than not sourdough toast with ricotta, sun gold tomatoes, one sliced hardboiled egg and a little salt and pepper—show me a better meal!), and I finally listened to a few podcasts I’d been meaning to check out. Because I don’t commute and I prefer listening to music on my walks and I don’t ever really have alone time at home, I don’t usually have the opportunity to listen to podcasts very often. Last weekend I listened to a few episodes of Call Your Girlfriend, Nice White Parents, and Michelle Obama’s new podcast. My favorite was Call Your Girlfriend. I could actually see listening to that one on a walk occasionally in lieu of music.

What about you? Do you listen to podcasts? (And if so, when is your preferred time for tuning in?) What are your favorites?

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    Part-time Lurker September 8, 2020, 9:27 am

    Happy birthday Wendy! I got hooked on “Crime Junkie” this summer while cleaning.

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    bondgirl September 8, 2020, 9:34 am

    Happy Birthday Wendy!

    There’s a few re-watch podcasts I’m thoroughly enjoying (Fake Doctors Real Friends, Talking Sopranos, etc.) as it’s fun to hear about old favorite shows and the actors dishing on some fascinating stories going on behind the scenes of the original production. Also discovered NowThis politics has a few shows on iheartradio and I’ve been getting into one of theirs called “Who Is?” They cover a lot of powerful figures in the US but mostly politics – and how they got to where they are now — for example: Joe Biden, AOC, John Roberts, Fox News, Mark Zuckerberg, Betsy DeVos, Chuck Schumer, etc. just to name a few. I like that they cover both Republicans and Democrats, as I get to learn a little something extra about them that I may not have otherwise known.

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    Copa September 8, 2020, 10:01 am

    I love podcasts! Used to listen to more than I do now, but still love ’em! I’ve also been listening to Nice White Parents and Michelle Obama’s podcast. I listen to the NYT podcast The Daily not quite daily, but very often on my morning walk with the dog. I’ve heard good things about Brene Brown’s podcast but have never tuned in. Some of my old favorite podcasts include: Death, Sex & Money, The Impact, Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel, and Ten Percent Happier. I often enjoy I Weigh with Jameela Jamil and will also occasionally listen to the Drunk Dietitians podcast (the latter isn’t the best show out there, IMO, but I have been trying for awhile to pay attention to my inner dialogue around body image and it’s a good one for that). True crime (Serial) is what first got me into podcasts and I still like a good true crime or investigative journalism story.

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    ArtsyGirl September 8, 2020, 10:04 am

    I love non-fiction podcasts.
    Favorite True Crime: All Killa No Filla (two British comedians run this one and have a disclaimer that “this is not hero worship, it just stops us from writing to them in prison”)
    Favorite history: Noble Blood (very well researched and most are under an hour so digestible)
    Favorite Comedy: My Dad Wrote a P0rno (had to stop listening to this while driving because I was worried I would put my car in a ditch)
    Favorite Political: Swindled (looks at corruption and takes no outside money)

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    • TaraMonster

      TaraMonster September 8, 2020, 4:55 pm

      The first time my husband and I decided to give My Dad Wrote a P0rno a listen, we were cleaning the house. Cleaning took forever because we literally were bent over laughing and had to keep pausing it.

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        ArtsyGirl September 10, 2020, 9:48 am

        I still cry-laugh when I think of the descriptive language describing The Duchess’s nipples being like “the three inch rivets which had held the hull of the fateful Titanic together.”

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    Carol September 8, 2020, 10:13 am

    Try sourdough toast, ricotta, drizzle with honey, drizzle with balsamic vinegar and thyme leaves over it all, and a touch of black pepper. I guarantee you it is delicious.

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    anonnaners September 8, 2020, 2:28 pm

    HBD!

    My favorite podcasts currently are Worst Year Ever, True Crime Obsessed, Scientology: Fair Game, D-Listed the Podcast, Decoder Ring

    This one’s over, but I’m working my way into it. If you’re in to history, check out The Second Decade

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      Bondgirl September 9, 2020, 7:27 am

      I love True Crime Obsessed!

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        anonnaers September 12, 2020, 6:44 am

        I really appreciate how much Gillian and Patrick respect the victims and rage at the perpetrators. I’ve tried other True Crime podcasts and they’re just a bit too….celebratory?

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    BlackBear September 8, 2020, 4:41 pm

    Happy birthday!!

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  • Moneypenny

    Moneypenny September 8, 2020, 5:03 pm

    Happy Birthday!
    I listen to podcasts while I’m working. I used to listen to them while commuting.
    Some of my favorites, which I admit are mostly history/crime related:
    I Hate It But I Love It (two fun women writers rewatch movies and talk about them)
    The Bowery Boys (talks about New York City history)
    You Must Remember This (talks about Hollywood history and is pretty much my favorite podcast)
    99 Percent Invisible (about design and culture)
    Noble Blood (Royal Crimes over the centuries)
    Revisionist History (Malcolm Gladwell’s podcast)

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    Mel K September 8, 2020, 5:51 pm

    Shameless plug, but since you brought up podcasts and I’m a very long-time DW reader 🙂 A friend and I are actually building a podcast recommendation site: podnods (dot com). We have the beta out which is a little bare bones — you search for a podcast and get others similar. We are also going to be launching a more full featured version of the site soon (a month or so) where you can get a recommendation feed. If you sign up for the email or follow us on twitter we will let you know when that launches!

    For myself, I like intelligence squared us debates (a nice intellectual policy discussion), forever35 (beauty, skincare, mental health), and campfire radio theatre (horror stories). I would totally also listen to a DW podcast if you ever made one!!!

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    Ange September 8, 2020, 7:07 pm

    I tend to lean towards comedy so I really enjoy Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend or the Ron Burgundy podcast. Will Ferrell does a whole podcast in character as Ron and it’s so off the wall and hilarious. I also enjoy And That’s Why We Drink which does a supernatural and a true crime story each time.

    Im not sure how many listen to Australian podcasts but I also love the one by comedian Wil Anderson called Thirty Odd Foot of Pod which is a ripoff of Russell Crowe’s band name Thirty Odd Foot of Grunts. He also has a more introspective one called Wilosophy that I quite enjoy when I’m in the mood for it.

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    Vathena September 8, 2020, 10:26 pm

    Ooohh I definitely need to check out some of these! I love Michelle Obama’s new podcast. If you haven’t listened to Oprah’s “Super Soul” podcasts where she interviews Michelle Obama, those are great. I could listen to the two of them talk all day long. Otherwise I lean towards politics/news/culture podcasts, like the “Pod Save” group (Pod Save America, Pod Save the People, etc), and the NPR podcasts like Hidden Brain, It’s Been a Minute, and Code Switch. (Gene Demby, one of the co-hosts of Code Switch, jokingly referred to a “group of white people” as “a murder of bros” a few weeks ago and I’m still chuckling over it.) I also like Slate’s parenting podcast, Mom and Dad are Fighting.

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    GertietheDino September 9, 2020, 9:43 am

    Happy Belated Birthday Wendy! I listen to “This is Nit a Story About…” Quick, incredibly fascinating stories.

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    anonymousse September 9, 2020, 10:08 am

    Happy birthday, Wendy!

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    Leslie Wisan September 9, 2020, 2:27 pm

    Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me from NPR
    How did this Get Made – Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael (sp?) and Jason Manzoukis (sp?)
    Black on the Air – Larry Wilmore
    Ologies – Alie Ward
    The Dollop (not as frequently since I’m not driving that much) – two white guys
    Weirdest Thing I Learned this week – Popular Science

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  • Miel

    Miel September 10, 2020, 4:41 pm

    My new pandemic daily routine includes listening to the Psychology in Seattle podcast/Youtube channel, with Dr. Kirk Honda. I really like his series reacting to the show 90 days fiancée. Maybe sounds bad at first, but his amazing empathy, and his expertise as a therapist turns this trashy show into such a great jumping board to discuss relationship dynamics, communication patterns, attachment styles, past trauma, and understanding your own relationship needs and behaviors.

    He truly feels like one of the nicest, most sane and empathic person on YouTube right now. I listen to him while cooking or knitting and when I need to regain faith in humanity.

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    em September 11, 2020, 1:29 pm

    just discovered “you’re wrong about” and am obsessed. also love “true crime obsessed” and “obsessed with disappeared”

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