Our fave podcasts (2019 edition)

From inspirational to something that’ll make you laugh, there’s a podcast for everybody. Here are some of our favourites!


2018 was a pretty big year for podcasts and our team dove right in. We saw some of our favourite podcasts end (miss you, 2 Dope Queens), saw a show create their own behind-the-scenes pod (The Good Place), and saw many new ones sprout up. Always a fan of storytelling, we’ve got a wide spectrum of topics that we enjoy and who doesn’t love a good podcast recommendation? We know we sure do, so here’s what we’ve been listening to!

Gabriella Rackoff

What is one of your favourite podcasts that you’ve been into lately? I’ve been into Waking Up with Sam Harris for a while – it’s an all time fave.

What’s it all about? Sam Harris is a neuroscientist and an expert on meditation, but his podcast is largely about politics, society, and culture. He holds long-form interviews with a variety of people including authors, journalists, and academics, and he’s not afraid to have real conversations about controversial topics.

For the newbies, what’s a good episode to start with? Start with his interview with the author Yuval Noah Harari.

Some of my other favourite pods include: How I Built This, The End of the World With Josh Clark, 10% Happier, Escaping NXIVM    

Where/when do you like to listen to podcasts? On public transit and in bed, especially when I have insomnia.

 

Brittany Giles

What is one of your favourite podcasts that you’ve been into lately? Las Culturistas

What’s it all about? As you may have guessed, it’s all about culture. Comedians Matt Rogers and Bowen Yang (who now writes for SNL!) talk to a guest about what’s going on in culture, what drew them to and made them care about culture, and each episode ends with the “I don’t think so, honey” segment. Here the hosts and guests pick one person, thing, or phenom in culture to really go off on and rip apart for precisely one minute. I’m a sucker for sharp, funny commentary on modern culture. 

For the newbies, what’s a good episode to start with? You can jump in anywhere, but the Sabrina Jalees episode is excellent!

Some of my other favourite pods include: Keep It, Frontburner (think The Daily, but Canadian!), Jen Gotch is Ok Sometimes, Reply All, My Favourite Murder, Still Processing, Dr. Death, and Uncover: Escaping NXIVM.

Where/when do you like to listen to podcasts? I love to listen to a podcast while cooking, in the bath, or while walking home from work.

 

Kaitlyn Ward

What is one of your favourite podcasts that you’ve been into lately? Up and Vanished

What’s it all about? Up and Vanished is a gripping true-crime podcast, created by Atlanta filmmaker Payne Lindsey. Each season focuses on a cold case surrounding a missing person and Payne Lindsey investigates, researches and interviews members of the community. The resulting podcast is equal parts chilling and intriguing, and completely addicting.

For the newbies, what’s a good episode to start with? Anyone interested must start with season 1, episode 1. The first season investigates the 2005 disappearance of beauty queen and high school teacher Tara Grinstead from her home in Ocilla, Georgia. Originally intended as a 6-episode series, Up and Vanished evolved into 24 episodes with numerous bonus episodes as more and more information came to light. I don’t want to give too much away, but the podcast was a crucial part in reigniting the largest case file in the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s history.

Some of my other favourite pods include: My Favourite Murder, Serial, Reality Life with Kate Casey

Where/when do you like to listen to podcasts? While I don’t have a long commute to work, I mostly listen to them in short snippets during this time. I also enjoy listening to them during long car trips.

 

Connor O’Brien

What is one of your favourite podcasts that you’ve been into lately? The Dollop

What’s it all about? A comedian reads a story from American history to his friend, who has no idea that the topic is about. Never has a podcast made me laugh like a lunatic at my desk as much as this one.

For the newbies, what’s a good episode to start with? Episode 12: The Rube, and Episode 177: Jock and the Boston Marathon Women are definitely two of my favourites.  Although I would probably just start at the beginning because they’re all pretty great. Honourable mention though to Episode 250: Phantom of the Open which is also pretty amazing.

Some of my other favourite pods include: Honestly, I listen to way too many podcasts. On the Grid / Working File (A podcast about design practice and the world), My Brother, My Brother and Me (A comedy advice podcast by three brothers), Ear Hustle (Stories told by inmates at San Quentin Prison) are a few that i would recommend.

Where/when do you like to listen to podcasts? Mostly either during my commute, or while I’m working if I can find the time and it’s not too distracting.

 

Jamie Gillingham

What is one of your favourite podcasts that you’ve been into lately? CBC’s Writers and Company

What’s it all about? Canadian treasure Eleanor Wachtel interviews writers about their work and their craft. (Are you still awake?)  

For the newbies, what’s a good episode to start with? This one with Zadie Smith is A++

Some of my other favourite pods include: Honestly, I don’t really listen to podcasts that much. (Don’t @ me.)

Where/when do you like to listen to podcasts? Usually when I’m making dinner or early in the morning on Sundays

 

Erin Bury

What is one of your favourite podcasts that you’ve been into lately? Second Life

What’s it all about? It’s hosted by Hilary Kerr, an entrepreneur who founded WhoWhatWear and MyDomaine, and focuses on interviewing successful women who have switched careers somewhere along the way, and who are now enjoying success in their “second life.”

For the newbies, what’s a good episode to start with? A few faves: Candace Nelson, the founder of Sprinkles Cupcakes; Alli Webb, the founder of Drybar; and any of the celeb episodes – Jessica Alba, Mandy Moore, Lauren Conrad

Some of my other favourite pods include: My day-to-day go-tos are Reply All, How I Built This, Criminal, Only in Toronto (BlogTO’s podcast), Planet Money, and Freakonomics. For binge seasons I loved Dr. Death (about a killer doctor), Uncover: Escaping NXIVM (about one woman’s escape from a cult), and The Habitat (about a group of people who simulate life on Mars as part of a NASA experiment).

Where/when do you like to listen to podcasts? I listen to at least 1-2 hours of podcasts daily – while I’m getting ready in the morning, on my way to/from work and the gym, while I’m cooking or doing laundry, while I’m driving, and on my way to/from meetings. I’m obsessed!