10 Podcasts That will Make Your Life Better

10 Podcasts

As some of you know, I work on a morning radio show.

This means I spend a lot of time editing audio, posting podcasts, and sharing the most embarrassment parts of my life on the air in front of thousands of people.

It’s also made me really appreciate the art of talk radio and broadcasting.

Or maybe I just really have a difficult time being alone in my head.

Either way, I often see posts on facebook and the twitters asking for suggestions for podcasts to listen to.

Seems I’m not the only one who has trouble being alone in their own brain.

I honestly don’t remember what I did before podcasts. These days, I put one on while I’m getting ready in the morning, when I’m driving to and from work, while I’m cooking dinner (on those rare occasions) and even sometimes when I’m exercising.

For the longest time, I hoarded podcasts like a child hoards candy. I was constantly seeking out new ones and was filling up every inch of my phone usage with various episodes on every subject on the planet.

Nowadays, I’ve limited my listening to shows that I know I will always enjoy-but they still range fairly wide in variety in terms of subject.

In case you are needing something new to listen to, or are just getting started in the world of podcast listening-here are my recommendations!

The One You Feed:

the one you feed

This is for anyone who wants to live a better life, and I’m pretty sure that’s everyone. The podcast is based on the parable of the two wolves, and aims to highlight how other people make the best decisions in life…. “how to feed their good wolf.”

I know it sounds a little new agey- but I promise you it’s not. Most episodes include an interview with someone who has been successful with creative, spiritual or life endeavors, and finds out how they were able to overcome obstacles and how they continue to make good choices.

It’s guaranteed to make you feel happy.

The Moment with Brian Koppleman:

the moment

For those of you who aren’t film nerds, Brian Koppleman is a writer/director/producer known for Rounders and Oceans Thirteen. I only recently started listening to this one, but I basically binged through every episode in a few days.

Each episode features an interview with someone of note, usually from the sports or entertainment world, and focuses on the pivotal moment in their career. It’s really interesting to me to hear people’s back stories, and he really knows how to do a great interview.

The Moth Podcast:

the moth

Who isn’t a fan of a good story?

Each episode features the best of the performances taped live from the Moth Stage. The storytellers are given a topic, and have a short amount of time to tell their stories on that theme.

They have made me laugh, and they’ve made me cry. They’re always worth listening to.

Mental Illness Happy Hour:

mental ilness
It’s hosted by comedian Paul Gilmartin, but don’t let that fool you. Sure, there are very funny moments, but Paul really gets deep with his guests.

I will warn you, they can be a bit lengthy, but I generally listen to every minute of it every week. His guests range from comedians to people he meets on the internet, but they all have interesting stories. He’s not afraid to ask the hard questions, and it can -at times- be extremely uncomfortable.

He tags every episode with the disclaimer that the podcast is “not a substitute for professional mental help, he’s not a doctor… it’s more like a waiting room that doesn’t suck. ”

The topics range from anxiety and depression to addiction and sexuality. It’s deep y’all. And extremely entertaining.

After each episode I always feel like I’m not the only crazy person on this planet.



This is a must for anyone who is a fan of This American Life (which I didn’t include because I assume everyone is already listening). I’ve been listening to this for years, and get super excited every time a new one pops in my feed.

It’s a little difficult to describe, but like This American Life, each episode is loosely tied together with a common theme… but a little more science-ey.

Here’s their description:

“Radiolab is a show about curiosity. Where sound illuminates ideas, and the boundaries blur between science, philosophy, and human experience.”

Happier with Gretchen Rubin:

This podcast is only a few weeks old, and I’m already hooked. I’m a big fan of Gretchen Rubin (The Happiness Project) and have read all of her books so I knew I’d give it a listen.

The show is hosted by Gretchen and her sister, Elizabeth, which already makes a good premise. Each week they highlight a few things that they have learned make their lives a little better and a little easier.

The best part? They’re less than 15 minutes, and serve as a perfect mood lifter to listen to while I’m getting ready for work.

Stuff You Should Know:


This show has taught me basically everything I know. Seriously.

Each episode is like reading a Wikipedia entry on something that you had no idea you wanted to learn about. From cheese, to ghosts, to earwax to the Easter Bunny… Josh and Chuck will teach you all about it.

Warning: After listening you are going to become that annoying person that sprinkles random facts into conversations with strangers.

You Made it Weird with Pete Holmes:

you made it weird

I’ve listened to a lot of comedy podcasts over the years, but this is the only one I really listen to every week. Pete Holmes is one of my favorite comedians, is a wonderful interviewer, and has the most infectious laugh on the planet. I love this show.

Dudley and Bob with Matt Sideshow: (DISCLAMER-I’M ON THIS ONE)

Ok, so I know I might be a little biased, but I really do think we have a show that everyone should be listening to. Every day at 9:30 am when the radio show ends, the cast sticks around and records an uncensored podcast. The topics are all over the map. Some are hilarious, some are disgusting, and some are really heartwarming.

You do have to be a subscriber to listen to the show, but the first 30 episodes are free. You’re missing out if you aren’t in on our weird little world.

Mexican Mustache and Madam: (DISCLAIMER-I’M ALSO ON THIS ONE)


I guess you could say this is somewhat a spin-off of the Sideshow since the three of us are all involved with the radio show and work at the station. You could also call it a weekly conversation with three friends who are trying to figure out life and also like to talk about a variety of topics… Or as we call it,  a “podcast novella.”

Whatever you want to call it, my weekly podcasting session with CJ and Chuy is my favorite time of the week. It’s like therapy. Only funnier. And with more fart jokes.

We’ve just put out our 60th episode, and for those of you who are already listeners-this one features the Dudleys!

(For those of you who don’t know – Dale is the host of the Morning show I’m on, and he’s kind of a legend here in Austin. )

The show can also be found on iTunes by searching “Mexican Mustache and Madam” or “Darkives.”

Also, if you’re new-start from the beginning! It’s a journey.

So what else should I be listening to? What’s your favorite podcast?


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  • Biana Perez

    Like so many other people I started my podcast listening with serial and I’ve been itching to get back to listening to some!! Thanks for sharing these!! xo, Biana – BlovedBoston

  • Danielle

    I know there was life before podcasts but I choose not to acknowledge it. Regular Features is a great comedy podcast but be warned it is very NSFW. Still, definitely worth a try!

  • http://gretchruns.com Gretchen Braun

    Yay! I’m so happy that you posted this. I read the Happiness Project years ago so I’d be really interested in listening to her podcast (plus gotta support my fellow Gretchens in the world!)

  • http://pinkypersistence.blogspot.com/ Pinky

    I’ve never listened to a podcast, ooops! BUt I hear great things about them. Thanks for sharing these, I’ll have to investigate :)!

  • http://theramblingllama.blogspot.com/ Melissa The Llama

    You know, I might be in a very small group of people, but I’ve never listened to podcasts. Should I decide to start, I think this would be a great list to start with! :) lol.

  • CJ Morgan

    That #MMM podcast is so poorly planned and executed I can’t even listen. Shame on you for sharing!

  • http://www.carissajaded.com Carissa

    Serial was so good! I can’t wait til the next season. But there’s a lot to listen to in the mean time!

  • http://www.carissajaded.com Carissa

    Oh yes. There’s no such thing as “NSFW ” at my work haha. Especially the Sideshow podcast. I’m adding it to my feed now!

  • http://www.carissajaded.com Carissa

    You definitely should! It’s short and sweet and I really love her!

  • http://www.carissajaded.com Carissa

    You should try a few out! They’re great for killing time in your car. :)

  • http://www.carissajaded.com Carissa

    Haha Well at least it’s one less addiction and time killer. Though you might find you enjoy them!

  • http://mwaonline.blogspot.com Mwa

    I’m going to check some of these out! My favourites so far are from BBC Radio 4: women’s hour, in our time, thinking allowed.

  • http://www.entrepreneursintraining.net/ Paul Middlebrooks

    Nice list!
    I’ll add my favorite podcast to the mix: Big Picture Science. It’s like radiolab but not quite so fluffy- about triple the great information in the same amount of time.
    Of course, I’m partial to my own as well- Entrepreneurs in Training (www.entrepreneursintraining.net)- but its kinda heavy on the edu side of edutainment (it’s my wife’s and my journey to become online entrepreneurs).

  • Allison Cintron

    Carissa! I’m obsessed with podcasts too. I recommend ‘With Special Guest Lauren Lapkus’ and ‘Guys We F****d’. The first is an improv podcast and she is one of my favorites from the Comedy Bang Bang podcast and got her own, yay! The latter is about sex hosted by two female comedians. Laughs and sex, two of the best things ever! It also describes itself as the anti slut shaming podcast. Right on!

  • http://www.carissajaded.com Carissa

    YES Thanks allie! I’m adding these to the list. I actually found myself completely out this morning and it has been a sad day.

  • http://www.carissajaded.com Carissa

    Thanks Paul! I’ll check that out. I love science-y things!

  • http://www.carissajaded.com Carissa

    Oh thanks for the suggestion! I’ll check it out!