My Top 10 Favorite Podcasts

June 24th, 2014

In 2014, I discovered an amazing new world. Filled with endless knowledge, countless hours of entertainment, and an intelligent retreat from my daily commute.
Enter… The Podcast.
I feel like there are people who either listen to a LOT of podcasts, and other people who don’t listen at all. I have never met anyone in between. In 2014, I became the former.
If you are the later, and you have no idea what a podcast may add to your life… Let me explain to you.
A Podcast is like… meeting with that group of friends you have, that you know knows a LOT about music… And when you hang out with them you learn so much about music. The way YOU like to learn about music… From friends you trust, with similar interest.
Well, that’s pretty much what a Podcast is to me. Minus the “good friends” part, even though I do start to feel quite fond of the hosts I listen to often :)
So, today… I am going to share with you my top 10 most favorite general podcasts, both new and old. If you guys like it, I can go into detail about which Podcasts I recommend in different areas of interest (Design, Fashion, Pop Culture, Music, Etc…) at a later date. But today… Just my ABSOLUTE favorites that I have and will keep up with weekly.
1 // Relevant Podcast – Relevant Magazine is an amazing source for faith, culture, and intentional living. They have always been a media that I follow, wether it is reading their articles or buying their magazine, so when my husband introduced me to their podcast, I was hooked. The hosts are funny, I trust their opinions, and they are really amazing about covering everything from the humorous to the matters of the heart. Great music. Great culture. Great podcast.
2 // Elise Gets Crafty – This Podcast is actually relatively new. I have followed Elise’s blog for years now. She is one of the most inspiring women on the web, in my oppinion. She really marches to the beat of her own drummer, and stands the test of trendy blog time, in my book. Her content is a lot about small business, blogging, staying inspired, and mostly just everything that I am interested in all the time. She never disappoints. My favorite episodes so far have been Branding a New Venture and Starting a New Business.
3 // On the Grid – This is one of my more nerdy indulgences. These guys are all graphic and web designers who discuss everything from their tonsil removal surgeries, to their new chess app, to the future of web design. If you are into this at all, they are a great listen.
4 // After the JumpGrace Bonney (creator of Design*Sponge) interviews fun entrepreneurs and creatives. Pretty much every episode is really insightful, really quick (so much information in such little time!) and really inspiring. I always feel ready to creatively conquer the world after I finish this podcast.
5 // The Lively Show – I haven’t been listening to The Lively Show for long, but I have gotten really excited about the content of her episodes. She is super personable and relatable in her interviews. Also, I am excited to read more of her blog as well… YES. I love finding a new friend online that I have never heard of before, somehow. I just got totally excited about this one all over again. YEAAA.
6 // This American Life – As an NPR classic, this one is a no brainer. I rarely catch “This American life” on the radio, so I myself prefer to go on Benders where I listen to back to backs all day. That’s the healthiest way, right? These stories are sometimes sad, sometimes happy, sometimes inspiring, but always heart-stirring. Get a good cup of coffee and along Sunday morning, and this one is just the ticket.
7 // With Purpose – I am relatively new to the podcast, but Erin and Katie host some of the most awesome guests and lively podcasts. I have only listened to a few so far, but I can’t wait to dive in some more. I have 8 queuing up on my phone as we speak.
8 // Design Matters – This one is kind of a staple in the design community. If you read any blog, about any design resources, they will most likely be included. I honestly am not extremely personally tied to this one, but I do like to check in and listen once in a while, because the conversational definitely always teaches me something new, and usually makes me feel smarter for having listened.
9 // The Casual Observers – This weekend at the dog park, I ran into an old friend from highschool, and his new wife. He told me that among many other things he is doing with his life these days, him and some friends have started a podcast. He told me they discuss everything from X-Men to Chumbawamba, so naturally I said “where do I sign?” Can’t wait to listen!
10 // The Ted Radio Hour – I don’t know who wouldn’t love this podcast. There is something for everyone. Basically, they take the every TED Speaker, and sit down to talk with them about their talk haha. You follow me? It’s the meat within the meat that is the awesome of TED. So enjoy :)
So next time you are on your way to/from work… Sitting at your desk… On your lunch break… Think twice about cruising Instagram for an entire hour, and listen to a Podcast. Your hear and brain will thank you for it.
Do you have any amazing podcasts you’ve been listening to? I am DYING to know. This is my favortie thing. Sharing! Leave your favs in the comments below for me, and everyone else. Can’t wait to listen!!

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Maddie Richardson


Co-Founder, Marketwake Digital Marketer, Web Designer,
Atlanta Creative

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