Podcasts are a great source of information and entertainment. Some are life changing!! I play them in the car, on a hike, at the beach, while traveling, and when I cook. I also find listening to a good podcast before bed is great alternative to watching television since the flickering light of the TV can interfere with a sound sleep. Lucky for me, my husband is a podcast aficionado and passes along his favorites to me. Great podcasts stretch the mind and impart powerful ideas. So, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite podcasts of 2018.
My Top Five Podcasts of 2018
- Patrick O’Shaughnessy, CFA interviews with Boyd Varty on his Invest like the Best Podcast
Patrick O’Shaughnessy has many great episodes but his interviews with Boyd Varty are transformative!! Boyd grew up tracking wild animals on a game reserve in South Africa so he brings a unique and interesting perspective to the world. You will hear hair raising stories about life in the wild but he also shares his insights about nature and what it can teach us.
Boyd also does one of my favorite Ted talks, What I Learned from Nelson Mandela.
- Why a vegan diet is the single biggest positive change you can make for the planet, with Joseph Poore at Oxford University
Deliciously Ella (one of my favorite bloggers) is a vegan powerhouse who wants to change the way people think about plant based eating. She has a successful vegan blog, u-tube channel, several top selling cookbooks, a vegan deli in London, vegan food products, and now an inspiring podcast that addresses health, wellness, exercise, and running a business with her husband. I’ve enjoyed all of the podcasts but this one really stayed with me.
My second favorite is this one on cultivating happiness.
- The Food Medic with Dr. Hazel Wallace
Dr. Hazel is another interesting wellness guru but I found this particular episode very informative. Here she explains the difference between eating well and having the eating disorder – Orthorexia. Since many people haven’t heard of Orthorexia, the fear of eating “bad food”, her explanations come at an important time. With many trendy diets, it’s easy to go overboard to where eating well becomes an addiction rather than a healthy habit.
- Jack Kornfield The Heart Wisdom Podcast
Selecting one of Jack’s podcasts would be like selecting “one” Seinfeld episode. All his dharma talks are amazing and worth listening to. I’ve heard them all many times. Jack illuminates the concepts of Buddhism through stories, quotes and humor. Jack’s voice is meditative and his stories are highlights. When I listen before bed, I am lulled into a deep, luxurious sleep.
- Serial Podcast Season 3
Serial, a well done series produced by This American Life, is an eye-opening account of our biased justice system and how the law treats people of color here in the USA. This collection of episodes explores an average court in an average town in Cleveland but what is shared doesn’t seem average at all. In fact, many of the true accounts are highly unjust, unfair and in some ways hard to believe.
Season 3 had the most impact on me but they are all good.
Bonus Podcast for pure entertainment is S-Town
Shit Town is another podcast produced by This American Life. This 7 part series is about a suspected unsolved murder. The story has many twists and turns and takes you to unexpected places. Each episode leaves you wondering who is lying, who is telling the truth, and who is crazy!!!