We might be a bit biased, but the Another Mother Runner podcast is our absolute favorite! Yet occasionally we want to a non-running show, whether we’re listening while pounding out the miles, cleaning the house, gardening, or commuting.
Here are a few of our favorites to add to your list. (And if you're new to the podcast scene, host Sarah walks you through how to download + listen, at the bottom of this post.)
A welcome antidote to the myriad true crime podcasts—and yes, I listen to those too—Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone is just plain fun. Every week, she and her co-host, Adam Felber, bring on two experts to give advice on everything from Monopoly (don't buy Boardwalk and Park Place!) to tattoo removal. The best part, though, is the house band (rotates weekly: usually a local musician), the laughter coming from the people crammed into the studio, and the unexpected places the conversations meander. — Dimity
A joyful, slightly absurdist podcast hosted by the charming Ian Chillag, who does one-on-one unscripted interviews with...inanimate objects. (Okay, they're really comedians.) Who knew a can of cola or a lamppost (my two favorite episodes!) had such deep thoughts and insight to share? The show makes me laugh--and think. Season Two just kicked off. —Sarah
Warning: If you listen to this podcast other than in the comfort of your own home, you should be comfortable with laughing in public. A lot. Comedian and actress Nicole Byer (Girl Code, Nailed It!) tries to answer her own question every week with fun guests and pressing topics. —Maggie, AMR Social Media Manager + Podcast Co-Host
Pretty much every Sunday morning, I go for an hour-ish run while the sun comes up and listen to this podcast. I love the range of guests she gets and the smart, smart, vaguely spiritual, and deeply intellectual conversations she has with thinkers and creators. Some favorites have included Tracy K. Smith (my current literary crush), Bobby McFerrin (delightful: he sings!), Maria Popova (so smart it makes my brain hurt), Alain de Botton (on love and work), and poet Mary Oliver. Everyone needs to load that one up in their listening queues right now; it fills me with joy and inspiration. —Tish, AMR Columnist + Podast Co-Host
This deeply nerdy podcast never fails to engage and delight me, even if I’ve never given a single thought to what my voice-crush Roman Mars is talking about. A recent standout is this episode on color and Articles of Interest, which is a series about clothing. Remember: Always Read the Plaque. —Adrienne, AMR Columnist
Gervais is a high-performance psychologist who brings on those at the top of their game in sports, life, and business. As a trained psychologist, he has an ability to dig deep with the right questions and weave the dialogue together into the bigger picture of what it takes to achieve high performance on the path to mastery. —Coach Liz, Triathlon + Running by Heart Rate Coach
It's a discussion of all of the "Sex and the City" episodes. I recently started watching the series because I had never seen it before. And since I'm the last person on Earth to do so, I don't have anyone that I can chat about it with! So I found this podcast of two friends discussing the episodes. It's quite amusing though sometimes it's a little explicit, as the show isn't exactly family-friendly. So that's a no-kids-around-podcast! —Coach Jenn, Train Like a Mother Club 5K + Relay Training Programs
Not sure how to listen to a podcast?
If you're an iPhone user open the purple Podcast app (to the left)) and start searching for shows by name.
If you're an Android user, Stitcher is a good free app. (Start with Another Mother Runner, please!)
On the search returns page, click on the show you want. Then tap on the + sign next to an episode that interests you. To download the episode (meaning you can listen to it when you are offline, great for running), tap the little cloud icon next to episode description.
If you know for sure you want to listen to more episodes, click on the Subscribe button. Then, when a new episode hits, you'll be notified and have the choice to download it.
Want a few more details? Here's a super helpful step-by-step guide.
Spotify is also an increasingly popular platform for podcast-listening. And there are myriad free podcast apps, including Soundcloud and TuneIn Radio. Pocket Casts is a very popular app as well; it's available for a small fee.
Need more suggestions?
If these suggestions haven't triggered your phone-tapping finger, the Week in Podcasts is one of our absolute favorite sources. Fun fact: Michael Yessis, who complies this newsletter, is the only person who was a guest at the weddings of both Dimity and Sarah!