A couple of weeks ago (or maybe it was months), I asked on Instagram for not only your favorite podcasts, but for specific episodes that either inspired, made you laugh, made you think, or that you simply really enjoyed. Before you jump into the post, I also ask that if you’re reading this post and want to add something to it, please send me a DM or preferably, leave a comment below. I’ll edit as we go!
Your Favorite Podcast Episodes
Below is what you all came back with:
Ricky Gervais | Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend
Comedian, actor, writer, producer Ricky Gervais sits down with Conan to discuss getting a laugh out of the worst of humanity, the upcoming season of his Netflix show After Life, and finding out his heroes are just regular people. Plus, Conan shares what he’s learned about tech in the days of quarantine.
Drug Testing | The Office Ladies
This week we’re breaking down Drug Testing…JINX! Buy Me a Coke! We start off this episode by checking in with Kentapedia (Kent Zbornack) to get some facts straight on the shooting schedule. Jenna gives some Micheal Scott trivia, and we get a little deductive sass from Dwangela. Then we get into Michael’s fear of being drug tested, Dwight’s hilarious struggle with helping Micheal pass his drug test, and Jenna does a deep dive on what could possibly make your urine green. Finally, Jenna talks about the three taps on the coke can moment. And we dig into the deleted scenes to find who left that joint in the parking lot.
Glennon Doyle | Armchair Expert
Glennon Doyle is an American author known for her #1 New York Times bestsellers Untamed and Love Warrior and bestseller Carry On, Warrior. She chats with the Armchair Expert about her struggle with addiction, falling in love with a stranger and her realization about forgiveness. Glennon talks about overcoming societal memos and Dax questions if following your personal truth is a realistic goal. They discuss the responsibility of highly sensitive people. And why control and love are inherently at odds.
Andrew Marantz | Armchair Expert
Andrew Marantz is a journalist, staff writer for The New Yorker magazine and author of Antisocial: Online Extremists, Techno-Utopians and the Hijacking of the American Conversation. He sits down with the Armchair Expert (pre social distancing) to discuss working as a journalist and specifically his time researching internet trolls and the direct ways in which they impact society. He talks about his experience getting to know many white nationalists. And the revelation they aren’t always people you would expect. Dax wonders if there is an effective way to attack hateful ideologies without forgoing free speech. And Andrew encourages social media companies to implement more foresight.
Comparative Suffering, the 50/50 Myth, and Settling the Ball | Unlocking Us with Brené Brown
We have collectively hit weary. This is especially true for the brave folks on the front lines of this pandemic and for the people who love and support them. And, it’s also true for all of us. In this episode, I talk about strategies for falling apart, staying connected + kind. And giving ourselves permission to feel hard things.
I’m Sorry: How To Apologize & Why It Matters | Unlocking Us with Brené Brown
This two-episode special is based on a course that Dr. Harriet Lerner and I did together on her groundbreaking book, “Why Won’t You Apologize?: Healing Big Betrayals and Everyday Hurts.” You can expect authentic, hard conversations (and one helluva role play) about making mistakes, healing hurts, and being brave. Harriet is a friend, mentor, and teacher. Her work has shaped my career and made my life better. During a time of deep uncertainty and anxiety – when many of us have struggled to be our best selves all of the time – apologizing has never been more important. Click here for Part 2.
Grief & Finding Meaning | Unlocking Us with Brené Brown
“Ocean of Dick” with Tiffany Haddish | The Endless Honeymoon
This week Moshe and Natasha discuss various happenings in their neighborhood Nextdoor group. Then they go bunker to bunker with Joe Mande to discuss drum circles, watching the news, and Bill Maher. Then, they listen to some secrets and give advice to a caller whose husband’s weed habit has intensified during the pandemic.
Molly Millwood joins the podcast today as our first author in our first ever book club. If you have read her incredible book To Have and To Hold: Motherhood, Marriage, and the Modern Dilemma…you know how powerful her message is. We both consider this…
There’s Something About Mary (1998) | Double Impact
We’re spending another episode in the late 90s this week with the 1998’s tasteless yet sweet comedy, There’s Something About Mary. This movie is very much in what we would call a ‘high risk category’ with regard to how well it holds up. So it’s a juicy exploration this time around. But you know what to expect, it’s all in there – all that good stuff – so dig in!
Burnt My Grundle | Absolutely Not by Heather McMahan
On this episode of the Absolutely Not Podcast, Heather relives her emotional journey after having hot coffee spilled on her vagina in the Starbucks Drive-Thru. The Grundle is crispy, the attitude is sassy and for some reason she is super thirsty…..ya know like actually thirsty. Heather hits the Absolutely Not line and from this batch of voicemails its ABSOLUTELY apparent that everyone has lost their friggin minds!
I Hate Everyone with Jackie Schimmel of The Bible Bitch Podcast | Absolutely Not by Heather McMahan
On this episode of the Absolutely Not Podcast, Heather has dear friend and fellow shit talker extraordinaire, Jackie Schimmel in the studio. They both look as equally hideous on zoom as they do in person. So no surprise there. The girls discuss trying to stay motivated, where they are on the emotional roller coaster that is quarantine and how much they are both starting to literally hate, well, EVERYONE. That and more!
Influencer Deep Dive, Part III | Be There in Five
In the finale of this influencer-centric trilogy, Kate tells all. The first two were more based on influencer behavior during COVID-19. But this episode is more of a general discussion of Kate’s thoughts toward the business of monetizing being a person. Based on listener questions, she reviews her thoughts on the influencer business model as a whole, breaks down the heyday of Pinterest and OG blogging, expresses concern for how the industry is talked about, the lack of credit given to women for what is essentially category creation, reviews theories on rules of thumb for Instagram pricing, discusses the podcasting business model, her own intentions in the realm of influence, experience with affiliate links, how influencers make money, and so much more! Enjoy.
“Diana to Meghan” Series | Even The Rich
How did Meghan Markle go from a game-show hostess to the fiancee of a prince. And then decide “Nah, not for me”? Harry and Meghan’s decision to step back as royals took the world — and their family — by complete surprise. In our first four-episode series, we ask: Was the writing on the wall? And what did everyone wear along the way?
“The Murdochs” Series | Even The Rich
What’s black and white and read all over the world? In this new four-part series, we look at the in-fighting, back-stabbing, and the many marriages of Rupert Murdoch and his children. The fight in the Murdoch clan to take over the media tycoon’s empire is so juicy that it inspired HBO’s hit series “Succession”. Well, we have a secret: the real-life story is even juicier. The true heir will control a multi-billion dollar conglomerate with the power to elect presidents. In this episode, young Rupert Murdoch transforms a single newspaper into a global media empire. He hopes one of his kids will take over someday. There’s only one problem: Rupert can’t decide which kid.
#699: Fiasco! | This American Life
Stories of when things go wrong. Really wrong. When you leave the normal realm of human error, fumble, mishap, and mistake and enter the territory of really huge breakdowns. Fiascos. Things go so awry that normal social order collapses.
#255: Lauryn Solo Q&A – Baby Weight, Breastfeeding, Night Nurse, & Favorite Baby Products | The Skinny Confidential
In this episode Lauryn answers all your burning questions- everything from how much weight she’s gained to why they picked Zaza’s name to night nurses inquiries to breastfeeding/formula details. She gets into it. If you’re interested in pregnancy, be sure to check out her & Michael’s episode on their birth story.
#266: If You Are Struggling in Quarantine, Do These Things ft Ryan Holiday | The Skinny Confidential
On this episode we are joined by Best Selling Author Ryan Holiday. This is Ryan’s 3rd appearance on the show. On Today’s episode Ryan discusses how stoicism can assist our perceptions in quarantine. We discuss how stillness and reflection can help get us through challenging times. We also discuss how to shift our minds to recognize things happening “for us” instead of “to us”. If you are struggling in quarantine this episode is for you.
#158: The Case of the Missing Hit | Reply All
A man in California is haunted by the memory of a pop song from his youth. He can remember the lyrics and the melody. But the song itself has vanished, completely scrubbed from the internet. PJ takes on the Super Tech Support case.
Alone in a Pandemic | Modern Love
Living alone can be liberating, maddening, joyful … lonely. It also might feel very different today than it did several months ago.
Can This Pandemic Make Us Better People? | Next Question with Katie Couric
On this episode of Next Question with Katie Couric, Katie interviews Bozoma Saint John, the Chief Marketing Officer at Endeavor and an all around trailblazing businesswoman who has broken glass ceiling after glass ceiling in Silicon Valley and beyond. Bozoma, who goes by Boz, and Katie talk about what makes brands and leaders authentic and how to help others during this trying time, even when you’re feeling depleted yourself. Boz also shares the lessons she learned about overcoming adversity. And her own personal crisis after her husband died and how she found her way back to her career and the things that bring her joy.
Bozoma Saint John is someone Next Question listeners will want to get to know because Katie and Boz are cooking up something exciting to be released in the Next Question feed very soon. Stay tuned for that. But in the meantime, take a moment to learn a bit from Boz about how to excel by being your true self.