Several years ago, when I first heard about podcasts, I didn’t “get them,” and I never thought the platform would amount to much. To be honest, I thought they were dumb. Well, I was wrong, and these days, podcasts have influenced my life in many ways; for one, I have this website!
Over the past few years, podcasts became a part of my daily routine, and in a small way, encouraged me to start this site (along with friends). This article covers my favorite podcast, but if you don’t know what a podcast is or how to listen to them, check out this site by the Podcast Host; they cover the basics in more detail than I can or want to get into with this article.
Why Listen To Podcasts?
- Every day, people like you and me create podcasts, and they are coving topics that other media do not cover.
- Podcasts come in a wide variety of topics, from inspirational and educational to entertainment and more.
- They come in a flexible format available on mobile devices and computers, and many are downloadable for when cell service or WIFI is not available.
Extra Pack of Peanuts – Weekly
Extra Pack of Peanuts (EPOP) is the first travel podcast I subscribed to, and I still am. Travis and his wife Heather are world travelers sharing their experiences with other travelers. EPOP includes overseas and domestic travel plus information on traveling with children.
EPOP focuses on budget travel and getting the most out of point programs. Travis likes sharing his hacks with credit cards for free or reduces coast travel.
Zero to Travel – Weekly
Jason of Zero to Travel continues to inspire me, and I enjoy his positive attitude on life plus his travel knowledge. He hosts a variety of guests who share their stories and understanding of all things travel plus solo shows as well.
He and Travis (from above) often appear on each other programs, plus they host a community and podcast together, more on that later (Location Indie).
Betty In The Sky With A Suitcase – Monthly
Betty in the Sky with a Suitcase is less of a “how-to” and more of a travel entertainment show. The show is traveling through the eyes of a flight attendant and her travel companion, Herman, a plastic turtle with suction cup feet.
In these podcasts, besides a good laugh, Betty shares her travel stories and tips.
My favorite part of her show is the stories she shares about how people behave when they travel, and when other flight crew members share their funny stories.
If you fly regularly, you will appreciate this show. Occasionally Betty in the Sky does have adult situations and language.
TravelCommons – Monthly
Travel Commons, hosted by Mark Peacock, a (mostly business) traveler based out of Chicago, IL, offers fun travel stories with practical tips for business and casual travelers. I appreciate his light-hearted yet practical stores and advice. Mark also enjoys a craft brew and shares that enthusiasm.
Travelogue – Archived
In December 2018, Travelogue produced its last podcast, and I hope they bring it back.
Check out Travelogue’s archives for their timeless content. Subjects include traveling with family and groups, plus a fantastic episode on what to do when everything goes wrong; many of their location suggestions are still current.
The round table discussion podcast does contain adult language.
Beyond Bourbon Street – biweekly.
Mark of Beyond Bourbon Street shares his love of his hometown, New Orleans, LA. After listening to Mark’s podcast, you’ll want to return to New Orleans or visit the Cresent city for your first time.
Mark produces solo shows and invites various guests to share their New Orleans (and beyond) experiences and knowledge.
Beyond Bourbon Street covers insider views of New Orleans, everyday life, festivals, museums, history, snowballs, food, and even what it takes to moving there, plus more.
Drink & Learn – Sporadic
Drink & Learn, hosted by Elizabeth, a drink historian, and Abigal, a bartender extraordinary, share their knowledge of all things drinking.
If you enjoy mixed drinks, hard liquors, and history, this podcast is for you.
If you find yourself in New Orleans, you are in for a treat with a Drink & Learn host drinking tour! Think about it; you can learn about drinks, sample them sometimes at the bar they started, and learn the history of Cresent City
Organ Music – Varied
In case you didn’t know, I am a church organist, but I like the classical and lighter sides of the organ world.
Below are a few organ podcasts I enjoy either around the house or when I am out and about. Each show brings something different to the table. Each show features historic performances, often history of the organs or organist, plus various organs from 100-year-old pipe organs to modern digitals and Hammonds too!
The Organist Encores is a UK-based show and featuring theater (cinema) organs and organists from around the globe. A fun way to add something different to your life.
Stories And Exploration
Podcast Playlist – Weekly
This show, produced by the CBC, will help you discover new podcasts from all over. Each show features podcasts meeting the theme of the day for each show.
If you are new to podcasts, this show could be a great one to start discovering shows.
This American Life (And Related) – Weekly
This American Life podcast is the same show as heard on many public radio stations.
Host Ira Glass is a fantastic storyteller and journalist all in one, and he brings stories to life. The stories This American Life covers the everyday life of ordinary people that have done interesting things. Sometimes these stories include local politics plus stories with more of a global reach. There is a little something for everyone.
S-town is a single-season show based on Brian Reed’s interaction with John B. McLemore, plus his friend and family. The show has mature language and situations.
For those who like unsolved cases, you’ll love, Serial. There are a few seasons, each with a different situation.
The Moth – couple times a week
The Mouth podcast consists of stories told by amateur storytellers sharing their experiences on the given topic. All the offerings in a show share a common theme. This show is also on many public radio stations.
Need To Sleep?
Sleep with Me helps you relax and fall asleep.
Scooter tells wondering stories with speech varied patterns, including studdering, that helps to shut your brain off. Each story wanders in a way that makes your mind find it difficult to follow, allowing you to relax.
This podcast helps to shut down my ADD brain many nights.
This podcast may sound odd, but it works for me; it may take you a few tries before it works for you.
Ted (Variety of shows and schedules)
Ted stands for Technology Entertainment, and Desing and the show contain many talks of everyday people doing extraordinary things. There is a topic for everyone to explore in these podcasts.
The Brendon Show – Weekly
The Brendon Show, hosted by Brendon Burchard, encourages high-performance habits within your reach. He helps people to realize what we are capable of achieving.
Kev’s Favorite Entrepreneur Podcasts
Fizzle – Weekly
The Fizzle Show helps entrepreneurs not only get started but keep going in their journey, so they do not fizzle out.
This show accompanies the Fizzle online community that I am involved with; if you are interested in joining me, check them out here. The online community includes courses and group coaching.
Courage and Clarity – Weekly
Steph started Courage and Clarity for the ladies, but several of us guys following as well. Her shows help promote a different angle for creating your own business.
Steph is a friend to the Fizzle team and appears on many of the older episodes. Steph produces solo shows but often brings a guest along to share their thoughts and experiences.
Location Indie – Weekly
I mentioned this podcast above; Travis from EPOP and Jason from Zero to Travel team up and host this show to encourage people to live a location independent lifestyle.
They focus on entrepreneurship and becoming a digital nomad. However, even if you are not interested in being a digital nomad, you’ll still get a lot out of this show and community.
Pat Flynn – Weekly
Pat has several podcasts to help you with your business and motivate you. He is the founder of Smart Passive Income, and to add to those teaching, he hosts two podcasts.
Ask Pat 2.0, where he offers coaching calls to his listeners in various businesses and stages in those businesses. The other podcast is The Smart Passive Income Podcast, where Pat and his guests share their thoughts of running a successful online business.
I hope you enjoyed discovering my favorite podcasts; this is a handful of the ones I listen to and feel free to ask about others. I like to keep my podcast library fluid with new ones and let go of the ones I outgrew.
Like I said in the begging when I first heard of podcast eons ago, I thought they were, well, dumb, and I didn’t get it, but I have changed my mind. A week doesn’t go by without listening to several shows a week.