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Favorite Podcasts

Favorite Podcasts

Just recently, my mother asked me to recommend some of my favorite podcasts, and that got me thinking -- I should really write a blog post about that!! I'll probably turn this into a series every few months if I end up finding new podcasts I love, but for right now, I'm definitely behind on these five! Check them out! 

Spirit of 608 Podcast: Fashion, Entrepreneurship, Sustainability + Tech

This may sound strange, because I know many people listen to podcasts pretty much only on their commute, but Spirit of 608 is my walking playlist. I'm listening too intently to be driving and listening at the same time!! But I've definitely gone to my local mall a few times and just listened to one of these episodes while getting my steps in. I love how host Lorraine Sanders perfectly blends all the concepts in the title, and finds amazing women to interview about their lives! One of my favorite episodes was 119: The Power of Doing Your Own Thing, featuring Annette Lasala Spillane, founder of the jewelry brand TARA. Lorraine is a great interviewer, going back and forth between comfortable conversation and rattling off interesting facts and stats. I definitely recommend this podcast if you're interested in any aspect of FEST (Fashion, Entrepreneurship, Sustainability, + Tech)!! 

NPR How I Built This with Guy Raz

There are so many NPR podcasts that could end up on anyone's favorites list, but How I Built This is my favorite! Three of the episodes I've enjoyed the most are the the January 8 episode (Kate Spade: Kate and Andy Spade); the October 16 episode (Bumble: Whitney Wolfe); and the August 7 episode (Rent the Runway: Jenn Hyman). I love hearing about how these entrepreneurs overcame struggles and eventually built huge, blockbuster businesses -- one of which, Kate Spade, I shop at and use her products frequently! It's definitely a great business podcast for non-business people, because it's done in the signature NPR way of perfect storytelling. 

Not Too Deep with Grace Helbig

We leave behind the business podcasts to go into my favorite humor podcast! Grace Helbig was one of the first YouTubers I watched, and she's remained in my subscription box throughout years of goofy, almost-too-smart content. I must admit, I'm kind of obsessed with Not Too Deep. Grace had a short-lived show on E! and she was an awesome host there, so it's no surprise to me that those skills translate to her podcast. With her co-host Jack Ferry, Grace manages to ask some of the silliest questions ever and she really keeps me laughing through the whole episode! I definitely recommend this podcast for your weekly dose of Internet-flavored hilarity. 

Popcorn with Mitchell Davis and Jack Ferry

Ah yes, a familiar name! This is the same Jack Ferry who co-hosts Not Too Deep, and Mitchell Davis is a frequent guest on that podcast. The concept of this show is that these two movie buffs get together with another guest or two, watch a movie from their childhood, and then dissect it. There's a little bit of a generation disconnect for me, because I haven't seen many of the movies they talk about, but the beyond-serious analytical tone Mitchell took in dissecting The Muppets Take Manhattan is maybe my favorite thing ever. 

Side Hustle School with Chris Guillebeau

Finally, this daily podcast combines all the business sense of my first two favorites with just a dash of humor from my second pair of favorites! I love the concept of a side hustle. Many of my friends will tell you that by "love" I actually mean "I am OBSESSED with side hustles." Listen, even seasoned girl bosses have to start small sometimes!! One of the best parts about this podcast is that the episodes are fairly short, so you can either listen to one a day and keep up with it, or you can do what I do and binge a whole bunch at once!! Regardless, it's a great look at what ordinary people can accomplish as a side gig without quitting their day job, and Chris' latest book, also called Side Hustle School, is awesome, too. 

What's your favorite podcast?! Tell me in the comments below! 

Until next time ~

XOXO, Maria

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