My Favorite Podcasts, Pt. 1

I've been a podcast fan ever since my drive to DC back in 2013--nothing passes 22 hours on the road like listening to other people talk.

Lately, I've been stepping up my podcast game and have some recommendations, some from friends, and some that I've found on my own. This will be a few posts long, so come back for Part 2.

Fun and Entertainment:

My Dad Wrote a Porno: Imagine your dad, in retirement, writes an erotic novel which he self-publishes. So what do you do? Gather two friends and make a podcast where you read each chapter aloud and comment on it. Did I mention they're British?

The Baby-Sitters Club Club: I'm only a few episodes in on this one, but given my love of these slow recap podcasts (see The West Wing Weekly and Gilmore Guys), and the fact that this is one of my favorite book series, I'm predicting a good thing.

Sleep with Me: Ironic that I put this under Fun and Entertainment. Because the point of this podcast is to put you to sleep. It is neither fun nor entertaining. Read more here.

People I want to Be Friends With

Still Buffering: This is my new favorite podcast. Three sisters, two in their 30s and one age 16, discuss common topics about teen life--everything from food to shopping to body image, with the older sisters talking about their experience and the younger one talking about hers. Their rapport is delightful and, being in the same age group as the older sisters, it brings a heavy dose of nostalgia. Also, they're friends with Lin-Manuel Miranda!

Call Your Girlfriend: Billed as "a podcast for long distance besties everywhere", two friends who live across the country from each other cover current events and whatever else they want to talk about. It can be a bit preachy at times, and they can be self-involved, but always good for a few laughs or "I know that's right!" exclamations.

Happier: I think I've written about this before? Author Gretchen Ruben (The Happiness Project) and her sister Elizabeth Craft, a TV writer, talk about happiness tips and ways to find happiness in your life. I find their rapport so refreshing and their topics genuinely interesting (noticing a theme? I like podcasts with sisters, haha)

I Want it That Way: Perhaps the most risque podcast I listen to (and I listen to a porno on tape, basically), this is Bustle's sex and relationship podcast. It answers questions you're afraid to ask, and questions you didn't know you had, and is just a refreshingly honest and frank look at dating, sex, marriage, etc. by some cool ladies.

Adulthood Made Easy: So, I love Real Simple. Like a lot. And they came out with a whole suite of podcasts a year or two ago. Some were about cooking, relationships, romance, but this one is the only one I stuck with. Sam Zabell, a RS staffer and quasi-recent college grad, hosts this podcast that covers everything someone needs to know for being in the real world for the first time. It started out talking about how to find an apartment and navigating your first holidays at home as a "real adult", but has expanded to some more niche topics, like how to know when feeling down is really depression, how to use credit cards responsibly, dos and don'ts of moving in with a significant other, being a bridesmaid, etc. I don't listen to every episode, but I usually enjoy the ones I do make time for.

So there's a start as to the podcasts I'm listening to right now. What podcast are you obsessed with at the moment?