Since I am not a fan of audiobooks or the radio (and sometimes I need a break from the Hamilton soundtrack…), I usually fill my commutes with podcasts. Podcasts are a great way to get a daily dose of comedy, positivity, or insight on specific topics.
I’ve been listening to podcasts for a couple years now and have found some really great ones that I think everyone should give a try at some point in their life.
Wonderful! is a podcast hosted by Griffin and Rachel McElroy, a husband and wife super duo. This podcast is based completely on positivity. Griffin and Rachel post an episode every week where they talk about the things they love. This ranges from music albums, video games, food, and so much more. The whole point of the podcast is to talk about the things that are wonderful in their lives. They end each episode with listener submissions so that everyone gets to hear what makes others’ lives wonderful.
My favorite thing about this podcast is it’s positivity. It has given me a new appreciation of the small things in my life that make me happy. I also think that Griffin and Rachel have really great banter throughout every episode. You can tell they work really well together (personally and professionally) and I enjoy hearing them talk every week.
4. Myths and Legends
The Myths and Legends podcast was started by Jason Weiser because of his love for traditional English literature. The Myths and Legends podcast brings you stories from folklore, fairy tales, mythology, etc. that have shaped our world. Some are stories you’ve heard tons of variations on (think Disney princesses or Grimm fairytales), others are stories that are seldom told.
This podcast spans generations and cultures. Jason shares stories from cultures you may not know and does an excellent job researching each story. With every story he provides his own commentary which provides an interesting look at classic tales.
As a book lover, this podcast is everything. It gives me a chance to listen to classic stories that may not be written down and shows me origins of stories that are being told today. Jason is a wonderful, funny host and this is one of my favorite podcasts to listen to on a long drive.
3. Cold Case Files: The Podcast
As a lover of true crime, this podcast is one of my favorites. If you’ve ever watched Cold Case Files on A&E, you’ll probably love this podcast. It is Cold Case Files in audio format. This podcast explores cases that have been cold for years and what it took to solve these cases. With breakthroughs in forensic technology and the advent of social media, cases that have been cold for decades are coming back into the the light.
Cold Case Files: The Podcast is hosted by Brooke Gittings. Brooke provides interesting insight to these cases. In addition to Brooke’s commentary, this podcast also includes interviews with detectives and others involved in the cases.
2. My Brother, My Brother, and Me
I think MBMBaM is might be my favorite podcast. It’s the podcast that got me into podcasts. MBMBaM is “an advice show for the modern era” (Maximum Fun). Three brothers (Justin, Travis, and Griffin McElroy) take questions from Yahoo Answers and listener submission and provide hilarious “advice”.
This podcast has been going strong since 2010 and the brothers get funnier with age. The three of them have great chemistry and bounce jokes off of each other almost professionally. Sometimes they have guest-perts (Lin Manuel-Miranda, Jimmy Buffet) who they interview, sometimes they have surprise segments (Munch Squad, Haunted Doll Watch), but they always answer your questions and provide you with the best possible advice they can come up with.
The McElroy brothers are hilarious and I always find myself laughing when I listen to them. If you want to learn more about MBMBaM or any of their other shows, check out their website! For more information about MBMBaM specifically, check out Maximum Fun or iTunes.
PS. My Brother, My Brother, and Me has a TV show. If you want to watch the McElroy brothers in their hilarity and give really great advice, check it out here!
PPS. They also have two other podcasts that sporadic, but hilarious. If you want to list to the only annual, eternal podcast in existence, check out Til Death Do Us Blart. The McElroy Brothers Will Be in Trolls 2 follows the McElroy Brothers’ journey to get parts in the Dreamworks movie Trolls 2.
1. My Dad Wrote a Porno
MDWaP is probably the best podcast in production. Ever.
This podcast is based on book. A book that happens to be an erotic novel written by one of the hosts’ dad. Jamie Morton’s dad, Rocky Flintstone, is the author of the internationally renowned novel Belinda Blinked.
Jamie Morton is joined by his friends Alice Levine and James Cooper as they read through Rocky Flintstone’s Belinda Blinked series. They release a new episode every Monday (appropriately named “Porno day”) and a footnotes episode on Thursdays where they dive deeper into the Flintstone lore and have special guests. Some of these guests include Michael Sheen, Nicholas Hoult, and Mara Wilson.
I have had the most fun listening to this podcast. Belinda Blinked is gross and terribly written, but the most hilarious erotic novel to ever exist.