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My Favorite Podcasts




Today's post is slightly bookish related, but I thought a look into other kinds of media would be fun. So I want to talk about podcasts with all of you because they're my new obsession, and I'm always looking for more. If you haven't jumped on this ship, podcasts are amazing because they're hands free (so perfect for when you're jogging, cooking, or cleaning up), interesting, and easy to follow. I love listening to things, but I always lose my train of thought with audiobooks. The conversational aspect of podcasts make it easy to reorient yourself if you get distracted.
I listen to all kinds of podcasts, so, for the purpose of this list I'm breaking them down by genre. Let me know in the comments below if you're a fan of any of these podcasts or have more that I should listen to. Even though I subscribe to a million of them, I'm always running out of things to listen to.

On YA/Books/Writing:

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First Draft by Sarah Enni
Sarah talks about the writing process and YA books with the hottest authors in the industry. With major authors like Maureen Goo, Courtney Summers, Katie Cotungno, and Becky Albertalli, this is a treasure trove of insight into how your favorite books get published and what inspired them. I've tried out tons of YA related podcast, but this is the only one I've stuck with.

In Conversation:

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Dear Hank and John by John and Hank Green
So this one is a little bookish cause John and Hank are both authors, but there's not many mentions of books on this question answering podcast that feels like hanging out with your friends. This podcast is hilarious, endlessly entertaining, and shockingly thought provoking. 
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Make Out With Him by Lex Croucher and Rosianna Hals Rojas
This is the British Dear Hank and John for women to talk about friendships, relationships, and life. Rosianna works with John which was how I found the podcast. Also in question and answer format, this podcast is absolutely hilarious and delightful as well as slightly more raw than the others on the list which I really appreciate. Lex and Rosianna are open and honest with their listeners which makes you feel right at home.
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The Lady Gang by Keltie Knight, Becca Tobin, and Jac Vanek
If you want a dose of Hollywood and girl stuff, click over to The Lady Gang hosted by an ET host, former Glee actress, and fashion designer who talk about navigating life as a woman, and, more interestingly, the reality of being a part of the machine that is Hollywood. Every week they talk to a variety of famous people/entrepreneurs to give advice and tell their success stories. This podcast is pure fun and laughs.
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The Rula and Ryan Show by 104.1 KRBE
This is an ensemble radio show in Houston, Texas, but they have a podcast page where they post segments of the show which include games, podcasts, and special segments like Revenge and Roses that delve into people's lives and pop culture society. I've been hooked on this show since I listened to it on the way to school when I was probably way too young for it, and even though I've moved out of the city, I still make sure to check in every day via podcast.

Information:

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The Anthropocene Reviewed by John Green
I had a hard time figuring out how to classify this podcast because it's done in monologue as almost a reading of a critical essay. Giving a review of two seemingly random topics like the latest episode featuring Hawaiian Pizza and Viral Meningitis gives interesting insight and thought provoking questions about things that you've probably never thought about. Even though it's only five episodes old and currently on hiatus, it's one of my favorites on the list, and is truly designed for the real John Green fan.

On Cooking:

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Starving for Attention with Richard Blaise
This was the podcast that started my summer of ravenous podcast consumption (and, for a different post, my new devotion to binge watching Top Chef). While it's technically a food podcast, mostly it focuses on getting to know other chefs and hearing about both the chef world (from both Richard and his guests) and the food entertainment world which is super interesting even if you don't really care about food, and his wife and cohost, Jasmin, makes a great addition to the show.
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The Eater Upsell
I don't read Eater, but I stumbled on their podcast and fell in love. Again, this show isn't really about the food. It offers a study of restaurant culture, personalities, the industry, and the innovation that I find completely fascinating. 

A Book That Features a Podcast:


Sadie by Courtney Summers
To throw a book in here, over half of the book is told through podcast transcripts. I believe they're even putting out a real podcast version to celebrate the book's impending release on September 4. To learn more out the book, check it out here: review

Links of Interest:
Let's Get Lost: Review Here
To All The Boys Movie: Movie Review
Author Interview With Katie Henry: Interview Here
All We Can Do Is Wait: Review Here

Comments

  1. hey, you should totally look into fiction/audio drama podcasts! they've been my favorite thing (obsession) for a few years, i suggest the bright sessions, wolf 359, welcome to night vale, and if you want any other recommendations lmk!

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