My Favorite Podcasts - The Boston Day Book
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Do you listen to podcasts? I prefer to read books over listening to audio books, because I find them hard to follow as I can’t commit to 10+ hours of listening in a row. Podcasts are a great way to inspire, motivate, and learn… and the time commitment is just right! Here are a few of my favorite podcasts that I’ve been enjoying lately…

Oprah’s Supersoul Conversations

Growing up, Oprah was always on at our house when 4pm hit. My mom enjoyed watching Oprah chat with inspirational guests, and I often looked forward to the show, too. For those that enjoy Oprah, you’ll savor her podcast where she dives into conversation with esteemed authors, experts, and leaders in just about every field. I recently listened to this interview with Holocaust survivor and author (who published her first book at age 90!) Dr. Edith Eva Eger about courage and how we can choose to be free. It’s definitely worth a listen!

The Goop Podcast

I’m neutral on Gwenyth Paltrow, but I certainly don’t subscribe to everything that Goop believes in and stands by. I find many of their articles and philosophy to be too fear-mongering for me, but I do thoroughly enjoy the Goop podcast and find myself hitting refresh to see if a new one is available. Similar to Oprah’s Supersoul Conversations, I find that Gwenyth Paltrow and her co-host Elise Loehnen do a great job of asking hard questions and fostering dialogue that makes you think more deeply about your own life. I recently listened to this interview with therapist and author Lori Gottlieb on suffering versus pain, and why you should follow your envy.

Tara Brach

Tara Brach’s meditative voice is very soothing, and I like how she uses humor to balance the intense topics she discusses. Tara offers some meditations on her podcast as well as talking about topics like courage, forgiveness, and other subjects that promote living your best and most present life. I really enjoy revisiting her meditations like this one — such beautiful visualizations that foster receptivity and softening.

How I Built This

Every booming business has a beginning. It can be easy to forget that companies like Whole Foods or Zappos started out with just a concept. I love listening to both large and small company founders and how they began, stay inspired, and what’s next for them. My favorite interviews include this one with Zappos’ founder Tony Hsieh and this one with Glossier’s Emily Weiss.

I have also enjoyed countless episodes of This American Life (Matt and I listened to so many of these when we were in Prague for 8 weeks in 2015.) TED Radio Hour, and Coffee + Crumbs.

I know people love true crime podcasts, but I haven’t found one that I’ve been able to really get into. Do you listen to podcasts? If so, what are your favorite ones to listen to, and how do you incorporate them into your day?

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