What did parents do before podcasts?
As a new mother, there are many chores I do everyday that are mind-numbingly dull: washing bottles, folding laundry, sweeping floors, etc., and having something entertaining to listen to vastly improves my mood as I complete necessary-but-boring tasks.
Plus, when Troy needs to be fed and/or changed at 3:30 in the morning and rocked back to sleep, and I have to keep myself awake without talking to him (or risk losing any kind of sane sleep schedule), a good podcast is vital for my sanity.
These are some terrific podcasts that I enjoy during the day, and in the middle of the night. It’s by no means an exhaustive list of “The Best Podcasts Ever” - these are just the ones I listen to regularly and enjoy. One tip: I’ll typically use earbuds, so I can keep one ear free for Troy.
1. The Nerdist
Chris Hardwick’s conversations with the guests on his show, which range from actors like Jon Hamm and Neil Patrick Harris to comedians like Tina Fey and Conan O’Brien, make you feel like you’re listening in on a conversation among friends. It’s always enjoyable, but can get a bit explicit – one more reason to use earbuds!
2. The Pod F. Tompkast
Paul F. Tompkins begins his podcast/variety show with a charming ramble that will begin in one place and end somewhere completely unpredictable. It also includes a sketch from his live show, an interview with his friend and fellow comedian Jen Kirkman, and an episode of “The Great Undiscovered Project,” in which Paul juggles seven different impressions. It’s very funny and entertaining!
3. The Longest Shortest Time
There are a million things you can feel inadequate about as a new parent, most of which are things everyone else feels too. Listening to the stories on this podcast literally keeps me sane!
4. The Dave Ramsey Show
This podcast is the first hour of a radio call-in show dedicated to teaching people about money and how to get out of debt. Before I began listening, I couldn’t tell you the difference between an IRA and an APR – and the sum of my ”investments” lived in my checking account. Not anymore! Thank you, Dave Ramsey!
This podcast is about, as the authors put it, “the hidden side of everything.” Listening to this will make you reexamine everything you take for granted, from sumo wrestling to the name you choose for your child. It’s entertaining and informative!
6. This is Your Life
Hey, fellow bloggers! This podcast has tons of great information on how to build an audience! Required listening – it will be on the test.
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