I tend to be in the car about 117% of my day. Between work, carpool, running errands, volunteer work, etc., I feel I am in the car more than I am home. Because of that, I started looking for a variance from just listening to the radio.
I have explored different topics, genres, checked out the top charts, featured providers, etc. Over the past year, I have come up with a list of my favorites, depending on my mood (and if the kiddos are in the car!). These are about 90% kid friendly. There is an occasional curse word or 2, but BELIEVE ME, there are not many. I have 3 two-year-olds, so the last thing I want them to do is to repeat something that will have people giving me a side eye.
Ted Talks Daily: Covers everything from physical health, sexual health, and mental health, as well as current topics that can affect each. There are many different versions of Ted Talks, but this tends to be my go-to.
4 Sistahs Podcast: This is a group of four black women, who are all therapists, that promote self-love, mental health, wellness, and sisterhood. I love their candor and honesty, and how they use current events to teach life lessons. Special plus: They are Raleigh local ladies!
Mother Like a Boss: This is a candid mom having honest conversations, on how to navigate motherhood, while not forgetting our womanhood. I have implemented several tips from her podcasts, that have helped me get a better handle on mom-life.
Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations: Oprah’s personal selection of interviews with celebrities, leaders, bestselling authors, as well as health and wellness experts, keeps me focusing on my overall well-being. I tend to listen to this one on longer drives because I always end up thinking and reflecting afterward.
Secrets of Wealthy Women: The Wall Street Journal provides tips and education to financially empower women of all financial backgrounds. This one, I usually listen to twice, because I don’t want to miss anything!
The Right Time with Bomani Jones: Sports journalist Bomani Jones talks about sports, current events, pop culture and social topics. Bomani is great at keeping me entertained while provoking my thoughts. He’s one of my favorites to listen to on politics. He educates without being pushy, condescending or lecturing.
Side Hustle Pro: This podcast spotlights women who have turned a side hustle into a profitable business. I love how it encourages women to follow their passions, but doing so intelligently. I also listen to these episodes more than once sometimes!
Dear Sugars (Not appropriate for kiddie ears!): This podcast has conversations about relationships – romantic, family, and with yourself. Conversations are based on letters from anonymous fans and are just as enlightening as they are entertaining. I’ve found myself sitting in the car to finish listening to an episode, before going into the house!
Forever35: This podcast keeps me laughing. These 2 women are friends that talk about everything! They talk about life, relationships, children, product reviews, health, anxiety, etc. And each episode features guests discussing their self-care routines.
Gastropod: This podcast satisfies my proud inner (and outer!) nerd. Each episode discusses the history and science behind a food or farm-related topic. The episode on who invented mac and cheese, was the one that sold me! This is an easy listen, that even my 10-year-old enjoys!