A Podcast Fiends' Top 5 Recommendations

By Amelia McLear

Amelia McLear
Amelia McLear

Great news to all “Serial” podcast fans—NPR has announced that seasons 2 and 3 will be released starting this fall!  I don’t know about you, but I couldn’t stop following the twists and turns of that true-life murder mystery.

Ever since listening to “Serial”, I’ve become obsessed with finding more great podcasts. And there is a ton, on really any topic you could be interested in from food to fashion to sports to wine.

Here’s my recommendations of a few great podcasts that have got me hooked:


1) The Longest Shortest Time. From the same producers as “Serial,” comes a podcast about the challenges and rewards of parenthood, especially the early years. (So appropriate right now with our 9-month-old).  Try: “When Are You Going to Be Normal Again?” from March 18th.

2) Burnt Toast. From the folks at the beautifully curated Food52.com, comes a podcast that they describe as “conversations about the things that didn’t make it on the blog.” It’s about cooking, food culture, recipes and more. Try: “Dinner Between Two People” from April 22nd.

3) HBR IdeaCast. A weekly podcast that is connected with the Harvard Business Review. It features snack-able content related to the business & management world, with interviews featuring academics, CEO’s and writers. Try: “Your Brain’s Ideal Schedule” from March 26th.

4) The Right Reasons. The guilty-pleasure of podcasts!  Made especially for reality show watchers (especially all you Bachelor/Bachelorette fans!), this podcast features Grantland pop culture writers Juliet Litman and David Jacoby as they dissect and judge each week in reality TV. Try: “Bachelorette Coitus Confirmation” from June 26th.

5) Happier with Gretchen Rubin. My new favorite podcast!  Each week, author and happiness guru Gretchen Rubin discusses a happiness “stumbling block” and a “try this at home” feature to help illustrate what little things people can do to increase their everyday happiness. Try: “The One-Minute Rule” from February 24th.

These are my top five podcasts, but I feel like I have barely scratched the surface though of what’s out there.  I would love to hear what podcasts you recommend!


Bonus! Did you know the Girls on the Grid editors have two podcast interviews out in the world?!  It’s true! Local podcasters Serious Talk Seriously with host Johnny Flores, and also Hooks and Stone with co-hosts Anthony Van Hook and Melody Stone, both have had Girls on the Grid on for a chat. Check them out! (links below)

Serious Talk Seriously Episode 47: Girls on the Grid

Hooks and Stone Episode 22: Girls on the Grid Get Down with Some Common Ales



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