Looking for podcasts to listen to at work? Or while you’re driving, cleaning, etc? Or, are you as obsessed with podcasts as I am and looking for new listens? It’s by far my favorite medium these days so I thought I’d share my Top 9 podcasts I listen to at work or while I’m cleaning/organizing and driving…
Why I’m Obsessed With Podcasts
I’m obsessed with podcasts, as in for each day of the week I know which one I look forward to – and it’s my favorite part of the day. I listen to them mostly when I’m editing photos and working or while I’m getting ready. While it’s normally a solitary activity, sometimes Fred Baby and I will listen to one together in bed while we fall asleep or occasionally on a drive. But I have the same excitement about podcasts as I did in the beginning days of blogs. You too?
So without further ado, here are my 9 favorite podcasts!
9 Podcasts I Love To Listen To While I Work
Updated as of September 22, 2021
You may remember me gushing about the Smartless podcast here, but hosts Sean Hayes, Will Arnett and Jason Bateman are hilarious together. They’re friends in real life and you feel like you’re just another friend in the room listening to their witty banter and gentle ribbing. There’s a surprise guest each episode, mostly other celebrities but sometimes luminaries in fields outside of entertainment, however that’s almost beside the point because the real appeal is the chemistry between the three hosts.
Speaking of Sean Hayes, he also co-hosts the Hypochondriactor podcast with his friend, doctor AND comedian, Dr. Priyanka Wali, where they have a celebrity guest on each episode and talk about a medical ailment they’ve had or have. Sean is a classic hypochondriac and is always so funny and relatable.
Life Is Short With Justin Long
Justin Long and his brother Christian seek to “peek inside the heads of real people to learn how they find meaning in life.” As brothers, they’re very cute together and their chats with guests — who are mostly celebrities — are entertaining, interesting and never too heavy. I love this for a light listen.
Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend
I’m Team Coco for life, so it’s no surprise that Conan O’Brien’s podcast is one of my favorites. The premise, as the name suggests, is that Conan has met thousands of celebrities over the years as a talk show host, but doesn’t know very many of them in real life. This is his attempt to get to know them better. 🙂
Now on Spotify, Armchair Expert is by far my favorite podcast (I’ve been an #armcherry from the very beginning, as you’ll see below). There are several podcasts under the Armchair Umbrella that I love and are worth checking out too with notable faves being: Monica and Jess Love Boys, Race to 270 (Best Friend Aaron Weakly!!), Experts on Expert, Nurture vs Nurture with Dr. Wendy Mogel (where you get to listen to other people’s therapy sessions), and We Are Supported By (hosted by Kristen Bell and Monica Padman).
Where Should We Begin With Esther Perel
Speaking of getting to listen to therapy sessions, this is just that– listening to couple’s counseling. If you’re a fan of In Treatment on HBO, this is the real life version.
Works For Us With Rachel Zoe and Rodger Berman
This is Rachel Zoe and her husband Rodger Berman’s podcast, in which they interview other couples about their relationships. It’s highly entertaining and interesting to hear how other couples operate, however my favorite episodes so far have been the one in which just Rachel and Rodger talk about their own relationship, and a solo episode with Rodger where he recounts their relationship just from his point of view.
A Beautiful Mess Podcast
This lifestyle podcast is by the founders and sisters, Elsie and Emma, of the blog A Beautiful Mess. And while it probably is additive, you don’t have to be a reader to enjoy the variety of topics they discuss — everything from home renovations to running an Airbnb business to blogging tips and more. Emma recently shared her new son’s birth story, which was a favorite episode of mine. Another favorite: Elsie and Emma sharing their experience growing up in a fundamentalist church. It’s real, vulnerable and a great listen.
Sibling Revelry With Kate Hudson and Oliver Hudson
Kate Hudson and brother Oliver Hudson host this podcast in which they interview other siblings (usually one famous, the other often not). It’s evolved into more than that and is funny and often heartwarming. Oliver is very open with his struggle with anxiety and it certainly made me feel less alone.
Do you listen to podcasts while you work? Are any of these in your rotation? Have any favorites?
Tell me, tell me!
My 9 Favorite Podcasts To Listen To At Work
From August 2018
This is Dax Shepard’s podcast that he hosts out of his attic at home (don’t you love that?). He mostly interviews celebrities, but the conversations are just really good and natural. Dax is VERY open about his past struggles and that encourages others to open up as well. It’s entertaining and informative and I just love hearing people’s backstories and gleaning more about human nature. His good friend, Monica Padman, is the co-host and at the end up each episode they have a segment going over everything that might need clarification or that Dax might have mistakenly said. Have a listen; I think you’ll love it. Favorite episodes: Kristen Bell (first episode with his wife), Mila Kunis, and Dax’s Mom.
Bad On Paper
I started listening to this podcast because I follow one of the co-hosts, Grace Atwood, on Instagram. Grace is the blogger behind The Stripe and she’s just always very real and honest and has the best beauty reviews. Along with her friend, fellow co-host Becca Freeman, the premise is that each week they talk about a book they’ve read — kind of like book club in podcast form. But, as with every book club I’ve ever been a part of, there’s a lot of talking about other things as well, and that’s what’s so great about Bad On Paper. It feels like you’re just hanging out with two best friends, hearing about their latest obsessions, beauty products, and highs and lows. Bonus: This podcast got me back into reading fiction. More on that in another post!
Boss Files with Poppy Harlow
As the tagline says, Boss Files features conversations about business, leadership and innovation. I always love hearing success stories and this podcast is always motivating and interesting. Favorite episodes: Sara Blakely, Misty Copeland, Arianna Huffington, Diane von Furstenberg.
The Goop Podcast
A podcast with Gwyneth Paltrow? Sign me up! Actually, GP doesn’t host every interview, but I especially enjoy the ones she does. This podcast covers a lot of wellness, which I’m very interested in, especially those around the topics of nutrition and autoimmunity. There have been several interviews with functional medicine doctors and alternative healers and I appreciate that there’s a space for this. That said, there are a few people who have been guests where I’m not sure about their legitimacy (Dr. Gundry and The Medical Medium) – but that’s just my perception. However, I enjoy hearing all the different viewpoints nonetheless. Favorite episodes: Oprah, SJP, Dr. Mark Hyman.
How I Built This With Guy Raz
Guy interviews entrepreneurs to hear how they built their companies. These interviews are always warm, friendly, insightful and inspiring. Guy is a pro, asking the questions we want to know, and I love his voice. Favorite episodes: Kate and Andy Spade, Drybar founder Ali Webb, SPANX founder Sara Blakely, Chipotle founder Steve Ells.
Jen Gotch Is Ok.. Sometimes
I have been a follower of Jen Gotch since Bando’s beginning days of flower crowns and headbands. It’s been amazing to watch her build Bando into an empire and a highly engaged community. Jen has been EXTREMELY open on social media about her battle with mental illness and this podcast is an extension of that. While that probably sounds heavy, it’s not. Jen is so funny and relatable, this podcast is a must for anyone who struggles with mental illness or knows someone who does. It’s also the reason I now look forward to Tuesdays (when new episodes drop). Favorite episodes: Any in which her Dad, Dr. Jamie14, appears.
Kevin Pollack Chat Show
I’ve always loved talk shows and interviews with comedians and celebrities. This is that but instead of getting to hear a 5-minute chat with a celebrity, you get to hear them talk for over an hour. The vibe feels kind of throwbacky (is that a word?) and it’s always just a fun time. Favorite episodes: Larry David and Jon Hamm.
Hosted by WhoWhatWear and MyDomaine co-founder Hillary Kerr, who I love, Second Life interviews women who have made a major career change. If you’ve ever felt stuck and like you want to make a change but just aren’t sure how, this podcast is for you. Favorite episodes: Lauren Conrad, Jen Gotch, Kelly Oxford.
WTF with Marc Maron
I think this is the first podcast I ever listened to and it’s still one of my very favorites. Comedian Marc Maron is one of the best interviewers ever, and his candid talks with everyone from Sarah Silverman to Barack Obama are endlessly entertaining. Favorite episodes: Sarah Silverman, Anthony Bourdain, Amy Poehler.
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