This month Hubby and I are traveling to San Diego to visit family and attend Comic Con. Two weeks to get our geek on and also do some chilling out, we both need it. One essential item we both pack in our carry on bags are our iPods, we don’t leave home without them! Loading them up with playlists and podcasts are an important pre-travel task. So for this month’s favorites I thought I would share the podcasts that I enjoy. All these podcasts I also listen to on my 40 minute drive to and from work. They work for all kinds of commutes!
- The Splendid Table – Hosted by Lynne Rossetto Kasper, The Splendid Table is a food focused podcast. She brings in great food writers and chefs to share their secrets. My favorite segment is ‘Key Three’ where the chef shares the key three recipes in their repertoire. At the end of each episode she opens the phone lines to callers and answers their every question. It is a podcast where I learn something new every episode.
- KCRW’s Good Food – Good Food is a food podcast that is based out of Los Angelos. Some of their segments don’t pertain to listeners outside of the area (Market Report and Jonathan Gold’s restaurant guide) but they are still interesting to listened to from produce and restaurant education. What I love about this podcast is that is discusses the culture of food with the top writers, chef and food enthusiasts. Each podcast has a theme which gives you 2-4 perspectives about the theme.
- NPR Food – Once a week NPR releases the Food podcast which is a round-up of all their food related news stories. It is a great what to stay up to date on the latest food news.
- The Lively Show – I recently found this podcast and was introduced to Jess Lively. This is a new podcast but right out the gate she provides a strong message and format. Jess Lively focuses on intention driven life. Each episode she interviews a guest (many from the blogging world) and discusses unique parts of their story and how intention has impacted their life. I love listening to The Lively Show on my Monday morning drive to work, it gets me into an intentional frame of mind for the week!
- The Alton Browncast – Alton Brown. Enough said. However, after you listen to a few episodes you realize it is much more than food. I have learned about art and touring production along with many food topics. He is a gracious and enthusiastic interviewer, asking his guests very thoughtful questions and giving each one the opportunity to share their own point of view.
- The Joy the Baker Podcast with Tracy Shutterbean – Joy and Tracy are all about girl talk! Topics very from week to week but when I need some girl time they hit the spot. They sprinkle their episodes with food or blogging talk but mostly it is about everyday life and new experiences. Plus their theme song is catchy.
- Jay Today – I discovered Jay at a Social Media conference recently. He was a thought provoking speaker and when he mentioned that he started a daily 3 minute podcast I subscribed immediately. Speaking from experience he shares thoughts, advice and new ideas about business and social media.
- Ted Talks (audio): Ideas Worth Spreading – There are many different Ted Talks podcast but when I love about this one is that each one is 5 – 20 minutes of insightful messages from a variety of speakers, across various industries. Each one has a message to share and even in the short time I listen, I walk away with a new insight. I recently listened to the one by Sting and was blown away about his journey to rediscover is song writing, it’s a very personal story but it helps to understand his music in a new way.
- NPR Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me – It’s a news quiz game show! You first think that a game show about news is going to be boring but with a new panel of three comedians each week they find the humor in major and some off-beat stories each week. It is a fun way to test myself on how current I am with the world’s news.
These podcasts are the ones that I listen to each week and each satisfy a different interest or curiosity. Which podcasts are your favorites? Did any of mine make your list?