Between Wednesday and Thursday I spent more than 10 hours driving all by myself on a business trip. Fortunately my rental car had a way to plug my phone into the radio and I could listen to podcasts. Lots and lots of podcasts.
sunset over Bakersfield
In case you like podcasts as much as me (or in case you have a long drive coming up) here's what's currently in my podcast app. (note, none of this is linked because I can't figure out how to link to a podcast and trust that you can search within the app just as well as I could).
Long time favorites
After the Jump (with Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge)--good interviews with creatives
This American Life (with Ira Glass)--everyone knows this one, right? They recently re-broadcast one of my favorite episodes #293 A Little Bit of Knowledge
Craftsanity Podcast (with Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood)--the first podcast I got into, great interviews with creatives--I'm so glad she's back on the air
Freakonomics Radio (by the guys that wrote the book)--sort of pop-econ but typically thought provoking
NPR Planet Money--like Freakonomics, thought provoking and much more interesting than the title would suggest
From Scratch (NPR with Jessica Harris) She interviews mostly entrepreneurs--I really enjoy her distinctive interview style
NPR TED Radio Hour (with Guy Raz) Guy is a great interviewer and the guests are TED speakers so sort of guaranteed to have an interesting perspective. I like the themes (kinda like This American Life)
Radiolab from WNYC--you all know this one, right? So good.
Good Life Project (with Jonathan Fields)--his guests can be a bit hit or miss so I don't listen through every episode but he brings on lots of folks who are new-to-me and thus interesting
Unmistakable Creative (with Srini Rao)--I sort of get this confused in my brain with Good Life Project--read above description
Elise Gets Crafty (with Elise Blaha Cripe)--I love her blog and the podcast is more of the same can-do attitude and spirit
Thread Cult--if you're really into sewing
Destination DIY--if you can get past the theme song it's well produced with some interesting takes on DIY
While She Naps (with Abby Glassenberg)--I'm still not 100% on board with her style of getting recommendations from each guest but then just as I get annoyed I get some really great tip so I keep listening. As with Elise, I like the blog and the podcast is more of the same
Spilled Milk (with the gal from Orangette)--I have to be in the mood for this humor/food podcast but when I am I really like it
EconTalk (with Russ Roberts)--this sometimes is as boring as it sounds so pick and choose episodes but Russ is a good interviewer and his guests are thought provoking
New-to-me podcasts that I just downloaded this trip but have listened to at least one so I can say that at least one episode was interesting
The Craftsman's Road--interviews with woodworking people. If you like woodworking.
The Tim Ferriss Show--I think I find Tim a bit annoying but must admit he has some interesting conversations with interesting guests
99% Invisible--Seems like it's about design--I listened to an episode about a town for people who are so chemically sensitive they had to move to the middle of nowhere (in Arizona)
State of the ReUnion--I don't have this on the phone at the moment but it interesting--all about places/communities
Death, Sex & Money--a new NPR podcast. Jury is still out. I listened to the Dan Savage episode.
Launch Yourself and Employee of the Month--two separate ones with the same comment. I don't like them as much as I want to but I keep downloading episodes waiting for really awesome guests
And finally, one for Biscuit. She has a terrible time getting to sleep sometimes. She gets very anxious and worries about dying and gets into a loop where she starts crying and panicking. No bueno. After trying many things and staying up many hours arguing about the liklihood of imminent death we hit upon the idea of a meditation podcast. For the past week she's been using
Meditation Oasis--Sleep Meditation for Children. As the lady says, listen first to see if it's right for your kid but it works for us. Biscuit has never made it past a second play (so is always asleep within 30 minutes.) Previously she would stay up for hours so this is a huge improvement!
If you have any podcasts to recommend, leave them in the comments. Especially craft and DIY-related podcasts that aren't about knitting :)