When someone told me about podcasts in the early 2000s, I had mixed reactions; the idea is neat, but I did not have a device that supported them, and I thought they were cumbersome and unpractical. Back in those days, podcasts were only available on iPods, and to get the latest episodes; you had to hook your iPod to a computer to download them.
Thankfully, technology has progressed since the early days, and today podcasts are available on all smart devices and streamable. Just like when they came on the scene today, podcasts are still a source of education, entertainment, meditation, and so much more.
These days I am an avid podcast listener, and I enjoy listening to them when I walk, mowing, shovel (depending on the season), or drive. If you are new to podcasts or looking for new ones to add to your collections, read on for my favorite podcast.
If you don’t know what a podcast is or how to listen to them, check out this site by the Podcast Host; that page covers the basics in more detail than I can or want to get into this article.
Why I Listen To Podcasts?
- I love that people like you and me can create a podcast covering almost any topic.
- They allow an entrepreneur or people who have a topic they are passionate about to get their message out.
- Podcasts come in various topics, such as inspirational, educational, entertainment, and more. I can always find something to fit my mood.
- Today, podcasts come in flexible formats available on mobile devices and computers. Plus, now they are downloadable with cell service or WIFI so that you can listen to them on the go.
It Takes A Lot Of Work To Make Content
I want to take a quick sidestep to talk about content creators, as in those, who make podcasts and other content you consume.
Most content consumers do not realize how much time, self-doubt, work, and money content creators put into free content. Anyone who starts a blog or podcast deserves a lot of credit, even if it is not successful. Starting something new for the public is hard work.
When we search for information, I know the last thing we want to see is an ad or hear a sponsorship pitch. It was a hard decision to put ads on this site. I didn’t ad them to be greedy or to annoy you. After all, ads take away from the beauty of our hard work. In my case, the money I received from ads barely covers my costs, let alone paying for my time and effort. And this is true for others as well.
Be kind to the content creators you turn to for information, we are working hard, and we want to grow along with you. Independent content creators and content consumers need each other for help and support. Using affiliate links and or using sponsors links can help your favorite content creator achieve more than you can believe. We appreciate it!
Looking Back: My Favorite Podcast From 2021
There are a few podcasts that stuck with me this past year. These podcasts either added something to my life or made me think, and they could help or inspire you. These podcasts are not in any particular order.
You Out To Do A Story About Me: A Feel Good Story
I’ll start with one is from Beyond Bourbon Street, a podcast on New Orleans. I remember listing to this podcast while mowing the lawn, and if I remember right, the yard ran out before this podcast. Mark’s podcast was about a former NFL player, Jackie Wallace, who struggled with homelessness and addictions until a photojournalist helped him. If you need a feel-good story to restore your hope in humanity, this is a great story.
Exploring your limiting beliefs & finding your purpose with Kathleen Sinclair: Dealing with what holds you back
The next podcast that made me “think” this year comes from Zero to Travel. I remember listing to this podcast while driving through the western side of Iowa and into eastern Nebraska. Jason’s guest was Kathleen Sinclair, who discussed exploring our limiting beliefs and finding our purpose in life.
Today we have Kathleen Sinclair, who earned her master’s degree at 60-years-old, joined the Peace Corps at 63, and is now traveling the US in her trailer, living the road life. Kathleen and I are getting into deep conversations with this episode and talking about the universal themes that permeate throughout time and are ageless, how to conquer limiting beliefs that may be keeping you stuck, and finding your purpose in life regardless of age.From Zero to Travels podcast description
It Takes Courage to Be Who You Really Are: Be you!
The last one is more of a business/entrepreneur podcast by Kim Doyal. On this podcast, she and her guest bring up the point that you can do more if you are yourself. She said, “It costs you not to be who you are.” You have to decide what price you’re willing to pay… and let it be the price you pay to go for what you WANT.
You do not have to be an entrepreneur to get something from this podcast. This podcast will help if you are thinking about your dreams right now or making changes in your life with motivation, pivot points, or validation.
Extra Pack of Peanuts – Weekly
Extra Pack of Peanuts (EPOP) is the first travel podcast I subscribed to, and I still listen. 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. The show seems to be in transition, and I am interested to see where it is headed.
I have to give Travis credit for my conversion to travel backpacks. Travis talked about traveling light gave him freedom, and I knew overpacking slowed me down. I use Tortuga’s Travel Backpacks because of this podcast.
Zero to Travel – Weekly
Jason of Zero to Travel continues to inspire me; I enjoy his positive attitude on life plus his travel knowledge. He hosts various guests who share their stories and understand all things travel, plus his solo shows. Travis does not travel as much as when I started to listen to him, but his podcasts still cover current issues and stories about travel.
He and Travis (from above) often appear on each other programs, plus they host a community and podcast together; 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. This show covers travel through a flight attendant’s eyes and her travel companion, Herman, a plastic turtle with suction cup feet.
Betty’s podcasts of stories and tips provide me with hardy laughs and entertainment. It is fun to hear the stories of flight crew life, how travels behave when they fly, and what goes on behind the scenes. If you fly regularly, you will appreciate this show. Occasionally the podcast has Sky does have adult situations and language at times.
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. Travels with Kev is mentioned a few times on the show! Thanks, Mark, for the shout-out.
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 New Orleans’ insider views, covering topics of everyday life, festivals, museums, history, snowballs, food, and even what it takes to moving there, plus more.
Drinking & Cocktails
Drink & Learn – Sporadic
Drink & Learn, hosted by Elizabeth, a drink historian, and Abigal, a bartender extraordinary, share their knowledge of all things drinking and crafting cocktails.
If you enjoy mixed drinks, hard liquors, and history, this podcast is for you. One of my favorite podcasts was about my favorite cocktail, a Wisconsin Style Brandy Old Fashion, If you are looking for advice on making cocktails at home, such as what spirits to stock and barware will need, give them a listen.
If you find yourself in New Orleans and love cocktails, treat yourself to a Drink & Learn host drinking tour! Think about it; you can learn about the city of New Orleans, the origins of drinks, and sample as you go. Sometimes you can go to the bar where drinks originated and sample it where it all started!
Stories And Exploration
Podcast Playlist – Weekly
Podcast Playlist, produced by the CBC, helps you discover new podcasts from all over the world. Each show features podcasts based on the theme of the day. This is a great show if you are new to podcast listening.
This American Life (And Related) – Weekly
This American Life podcast is the same show you can hear weekly on many public radio stations, but, in some cases, without the bleeps, if someone uses a word not suitable for on-air broadcasting.
The host, Ira Glass, has a way to bring the story of everyday people to life. The stories This American Like tells cover a gambet of topics, including community politics, stories with a global reach, and refreshing heartwarming stories. This American Life has a little something for everyone, and they also produce the shows Serial and S-Town.
S-town, a single-season show, is based on Brian Reed’s interaction with John B. McLemore and John’s relationship with others and his community. The show does include mature language and situations.
If you like unsolved cases, you’ll love, Serial. There are a few seasons, each with a different problem.
The Moth – couple times a week
The Mouth podcast consists of amateur storytellers who share their experiences on the day’s given topic. This show is also on many public radio stations. The Moth gathers these stores from story slams they host around the country. If you love stories about everyday people, give this podcast a try.
Ted (Variety of shows and schedules)
Ted stands for Technology Entertainment, and Desing and the show contains everyday people doing extraordinary things. These podcasts are great for discovery and inspiration. There is a topic for everyone to explore in these podcasts.
Need To Sleep?
The host, Scooter, tells the listeners of Sleep with Me wandering stories with speech varied patterns to shut your brain off. Scooter tells stories that your mind finds difficult to follow, so in theory, it gives up, allowing you to relax. This podcast may sound odd, and it is, but it works for me. Be aware it may take you a few listens before it works for you. I find this podcast helpful to shut down my ADD brain on many nights.
The Brendon Show – Weekly
The Brendon Show, hosted by Brendon Burchard, encourages high-performance habits that are within your reach. He helps people to realize what we are capable of achieving. Not only does Brendon talk about the topic of the day, but he also gives you an action plan to help you apply the lessons to your life.
Kev’s Favorite Entrepreneur & Learning Podcasts
Fizzle – Sporadic
The Fizzle Show helps entrepreneurs get started and keep going along their entrepreneurship journey so people do not fizzle out. Currently, this show is sporadic; the back library is worth sorting through for wisdom.
The Fizzle show accompanies the online Fizzle community, a paid online community I am involved with, and if you are interested in joining me, check them here. The Fizzle community offers courses, coaching, roadmaps for getting started, and web hosting. Even if you already started a business, Fizzle is there to help you encourage and help you grow.
Pat Flynn – Weekly
Pat Flynn is well-known within many entrepreneur circles, and he has a few podcasts to help you grow a Smart Passive Income. Pat’s podcasts help you create and grow your business, along with motivating you along your journey. Ask Pat 2.0 is a podcast of coaching calls where he coaches his listeners in various business stages for growth and success.
Start With This – Twice a month
The Start With This podcast helps writers and creatives with the problems that they face. Check out their podcast about imposter syndrome, especially if you are in the arts or a creative.
I hope you are discovering new podcasts; this list 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. This list is by no means complete, and the intention is to get you interested in a podcast(s), so you can discover ones that fulfill your needs. Happy hunting!