Soundbites: Podcasts

In the past 6 months, I’ve started to LOVE podcasts. There was only so much music that I could listen to on my 2 hour commute to work and 2 hour commute home. I’ve always been a fan of talk radio, so it’s just natural that I like podcasts. Listening to them is a great way to pass the time on my commute, at work, on a road trip or even while working out. Here are a few of my favorites that I’m listening to now.

Note: All of these podcasts are FREE and available on the Podcast app on your phone or online.


Radiolab is a show about curiosity. Where sound illuminates ideas, and the boundaries blur between science, philosophy, and human experience. This description, taken from their website, describes the show way better than I could. Every episode is something very unique or obscure, thought-provoking and range a variety of topics. There’s even an offshoot of Radiolab called Radiolab Presents: More Perfect, which dives into Supreme Court cases if you’re a political junky, like me.

Episodes to get you started: The Girl Who Doesn’t ExistPlaying God, More Perfect- The Political Thicket, The Buried Bodies Case, The Cathedral



I love a good crime story. Coming from Chicago, the second largest mafia city in the country, stories of political corruption and urban legends run deep. Crimetown tackles this idea, with each season taking a look at a different city in America. In its first season, Crimetown focuses on Providence, Rhode Island and the mafia ties to their mayor. This is also produced by the creators of HBO’s The Jinx, so you know it has to be good.

Episodes to get you started: Listen to this podcast in order, as each episode builds upon the last.


The Liturgists

This is a newer podcast for me. After a few women in my small group suggested I listen, I got hooked. The Liturgists looks at life topics from the lenses of science, art and faith. As someone who believes that science and faith can peacefully coexist, this podcast is refreshing and revitalizing. The episodes are pretty deep and are longer, so it’s definitely a mindful undertaking to listen, but you won’t be disappointed.

Episodes to get you started: (I listened in order, which I think might be helpful, but not necessary) Lost and Found (Part 1 and Part 2), Safe Church, Church Unity


Backseat Rider

Do you ever get into interesting conversations with your Uber or Lyft driver? Well, I do. And this is the premise of Backseat Rider– conversations in a Lyft car. Anthony Ponce, a longtime Chicago newscaster, quit his NBC Chicago job to drive for Lyft and create this podcast. Being from Chicago, I love hearing which parts of the city he’s in and just learning people’s stories. Think of this as a podcast version of Humans of New York.

Episodes to get you started: Paranormal, Trip to the Hospital, Connection


Honorable Mentions

Here are few more to check out:

What are your favorite podcasts? Comment below with your suggestions!


Posted by

Just another 20-something trying to figure out this whole adulting thing.

2 thoughts on “Soundbites: Podcasts

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s