Seven Great Podcasts Worthy Of A Listen

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Katherine Oakes

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We’ll be honest, the ability to keep up with current trends, events, and even the regular news can disappear into the everyday demands of being a parent. However, even if you have to give up on reading the morning paper or spending hours with a good book, that doesn’t mean you have to give up on getting a healthy helping of brain food altogether. As a mama, your best alternative is a podcast!

Podcasts are convenient, entertaining, and informative digital audio shows that are great for busy moms with little time to on their hands. The hardest part about jumping onboard the podcast train is choosing which one to listen to. So in order to make it a little easier on you, we handpicked seven great podcasts to listen to while in the car, as you cook, or even during a morning workout.

HBR Ideacast
A weekly podcast produced by the Harvard Business Review, which runs anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes long and features leading thinkers in business and entrepreneurism, and discusses innovative ideas in the workplace. It’s a finger-on-the-pulse kind of podcast that happens to have brilliant guests with surprisingly relatable and practical advice. Don’t be alarmed if you find yourself well-versed on the topics of human genomes and creative management…and like it.

Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell Me! 
As a mother, you might find yourself more informed on the newest schedule change of your kid’s favorite channel than you are on what happened during the latest presidential debates. So to avoid having to cram a month’s worth of current events into the only free hour you have during the day—nap time—sit back and enjoy a funny, entertaining, and informative podcast, instead. Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me! will give you all the news you need and a good belly laugh (or 5) to boot.

For a podcast that makes you think, Invisibilia tackles topics about everyday “invisible forces” that affect our human behavior like, “Are Computers Changing the Way We Think?” and what’s likely to be your little guy’s favorite, “How to Become Batman”. Plus, it’s hosted by two super cool, smart women. What more do you need?

The Longest, Shortest Time
The Longest, Shortest Time calls itself “The parenting show for everyone”—and they mean it, too. Hosted by This American Life contributor Hillary Frank, this podcast delivers thought-provoking stories that have unique yet universal messages at their core. This show has a little something for every parent out there and plenty to enjoy.

Magic Lessons
The New York Times Best-Selling author, Elizabeth Gilbert, hops into the hostess seat with Magic Lessons and we couldn’t be more thrilled. With a deluge of wisdom, inspiration, and everyday guests in genuine pursuit of making the most of their creative passions, Gilbert addresses the stress, frustration, and magic of overcoming challenges with creativity and inspiration. It also doesn’t hurt that her voice makes you feel like you’re getting the biggest and best bear hug ever. Magic Lessons is a wonderful combination of personal development and practical wisdom for the business-minded mama.

Serial Season 2
Maybe you haven’t listened to Serial, Season One, but you’ve most definitely heard of it. Spearheaded by another smart and engaging hostess, Sarah Koenig tells the story of a U.S. soldier who walked off on his post in Afghanistan in 2009 and was held by the Taliban for nearly 5 years. So yeah, it’s pretty heavy, but unlike reading your favorite page-turning mystery or thriller, it’s incredibly captivating because it’s true.

Last but certainly not least, is the new podcast by Gaiam, which features real people’s stories of the way in which meditation and mindfulness has transformed their lives, including a hard-working mama who found a new and more nurturing side of herself through this practice. Listen to Untangle for encouraging stories of compassion, self-love, and kindness, as well as discussions from experts who have devoted their lives to the subject of untangling the mind.

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