As an information addict and auditory learner, I am very into podcasts. I have a long list of subscriptions that all serve a specific purpose–entertainment, education, self-improvement, inspiration. Podcasts make great mid-day entertainment, background noise, workout distractions, and lullabies. If it’s new and noteworthy, I’ve probably listened to at least one episode, and if it’s widely known and recommended I’d probably love to geek out about it, promote it, or analyze it over a cup of froyo. Being a longtime podcast princess, though, I definitely have my faves. Here are five of them. Read on to find out more about the shows I’m most obsessed with…there’s fitness, pop culture, a little hometown nostalgia, and one that everyone else is obsessing over, too.

1. The Fit2Fat2Fit Experience

You might remember Drew Manning, host of The Fit2Fat2Fit Experience, as the super-fit personal trainer who famously put his own body {and thus, livelihood} on the line by intentionally gaining weight and going from fit to fat to fit. 2016 appears to be Manning’s year, as he not only hosts this budding health and fitness podcast, but also boasts a show based on his fit-to-fat-to-fit concept premiering next week on A&E! On the Fit2Fat2Fit Experience, Drew and his co-host {his wife Lynne!} interview fitness, health, and diet experts, celebrities, and personalities to get a behind-the-scenes look at all things wellness. In the last few weeks, they’ve posted shows featuring Chris and Heidi Powell from “Extreme Weight Loss”, Shaun T of “Insanity” fame, and YouTube trainer/fashion designer/Pilates goddess Cassey Ho. Unlike many information-driven podcasts, the show is both entertaining and easy to understand. I also appreciate that they really tend to stick to their subjects: fitness, weight loss, and healthy living. Tune in HERE.

2. Heather Dubrow’s World

I’ve seen MAYBE five total episodes of Real Housewives, but for some reason, I can’t get enough of Heather Dubrow! I literally can’t explain this one, guys. I just really like Heather. She’s amusing, and her show offers a peek into the world of an Orange County wife, AKA the ultimate escape-from-reality hour possible. Aside from the escapism, I tend to tune in for “lifestyle” tips and tricks, a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into reality TV, and Heather’s interviews with a wide range of celebrity guests. It’s great. Listen HERE.

3. The Jillian Michaels Show

I mentioned my obsession with Jillian’s show in a post solely dedicated to fitness podcasts, but her show is so good that I’m including it here again. Though the show is typically nested under the fitness heading, Jillian’s podcast isn’t really ABOUT working out. She might dedicate a segment or two to the latest fitness trends every other episode or so, but the show itself is more about living a full, vibrant, balanced life than it is about losing weight. Expect minimal TV talk, expert interviews, listener call-ins, and an XL dose of Michaels’ unfiltered personality. Tune in HERE.

4. The Dave Ryan Show

I’m a Minnesota girl, so I’ve been religiously listening to The Dave Ryan Show–live–since at LEAST 2005. Since I’ve been out of state for the past four years or so, though, I get my Dave Ryan In The Morning fix via iHeart Radio or the show’s podcast, which is available on iTunes. It’s a fun, funny, pop-culture-based talk show with likable, relatable hosts and random/entertaining/ridiculous games and bits. No other morning show comes close! {You can read more about Dave/the show HERE for a more complete picture.} I promise it’s not just a “Minnesota thing”, either–people from all over the world write, text, and call into the show to let people know that they listen to Dave, Falen, and Steve-o, so this recommendation is legit. Listen HERE.


The Jinx. Making a Murderer. Serial. The true crime genre is having a moment, and this podcast pretty much started it all. Since Serial {which is now in its second season} has been discussed. to. death. in virtually every form of media, I’ll try to keep this description short…Pretty much all you need to know is that the show chronicles the ins and outs of a single case for twelve weeks in expertly-produced, hour long episodes. It’s an excellent mix of information, story telling, and live interviews that will quickly have you obsessed and addicted. Bonus points for Mail Kimp. Tune in HERE.

Do you have a favorite podcast? Tell me all about it!



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