Happier with Gretchen Rubin
Happiness expert Gretchen Rubin hosts this self-help podcast with her sister Elizabeth Craft. Each episode includes advice on how to form good habits and how to know yourself better. Gretchen and Elizabeth share personal experiences that guide and encourage listeners on their journeys to living happier lives. Far from a kitschy self-help guide, both hosts offer practical, real-world advice on how to improve personal relationships and to make each day more successful. Gretchen Rubin is the best-selling author of The Happiness Project and Better Than Before.
Lit Up with Angela Ledgerwood
Former editor at Cosmopolitan Angela Ledgerwood interviews authors of new books about their interests, their thoughts and opinions, and their work in this literary-centric podcast. Each episode is wonderfully candid and offers insight into the featured author’s life and thought process. Readers and writers alike can enjoy this podcast for the chance to keep up with new releases and to hear from authors about their craft.
Stuff You Missed in History Class with Tracy V. Wilson and Holly Frey
This podcast offers down-to-earth explanations of misunderstood or over-simplified historical topics. The hosts often build episodes on listener requests. Since these requests are sometimes inspired by pop culture, such as the Jacobite Rising of 1745 referenced in Outlander, this podcast offers a great opportunity for listeners to dig deeper and discover more about historical topics never learned or just forgotten.
Within the Wires with Janina Matthewson (written by Jeffrey Cranor and Janina Matthewson)
Brought to you by the team behind Welcome to Nightvale, Within the Wires is a quirky serial fiction podcast narrated in the form of a relaxation guide. In a science fiction, The Giver-esque, society, citizens are provided a set of cassettes that will guide them toward “relaxation, focus, and total body awareness.” Listeners are encouraged to “listen, remember, and comprehend,” but the narrator also reminds the listener that there are some things “you should not remember.” By going through the relaxation study cassettes (presumably as the listener), you discover the disturbing nature of the world in which the study is created.
In Our Time with Melvyn Bragg
A wonderful aid for college students and lifelong learners alike, BBC’s In Our Time informs its listeners on such topics as history, science, philosophy, culture, and religion. Each episode is hosted by Melvyn Bragg and features guest experts on their respective topics. Take notes, because every 43 minute episode is packed with information. If nothing else, enjoy Melvyn Bragg’s British, soothing voice.
Pop Culture Happy Hour with Linda Holmes
NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour is a roundtable discussion featuring host Linda Holmes and various guests. This podcast tackles various media such as popular movies, television, music, and books. Each episode offers intellectual insight into recent pop culture happenings, discussing the roles and impact of new media on our culture.
We hope you give some of these podcasts a chance, if you haven’t already. If you have any favorites that aren’t mentioned in this list, please feel free to suggest them to us! We always have room for something new.