5 Podcasts That I Love (That Have Nothing to Do With Fashion or Chronic Illness)

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On a day to day basis, I’m dealing with a lot of Uber rides to doctors’ offices, walking to run errands, and chores that are physically painful for me. Something I find makes all of these things suck a little bit less is listening to podcasts (or audiobooks) to make the time pass faster. Not only are they entertaining, they’re often informative and the information I learn can make for excellent conversation starters.

Today, I’m sharing my current top 5 of podcasts (that have nothing to do with fashion or chronic illness).

My Favorite Murder

This is tied for my favorite podcast with the next title, but I will say that this podcast is not for everyone. There’s a lot of swearing, a lot of gruesome details, and a lot of really sensitive material. However, the hosts Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark are hilarious and thoughtful and bring awareness not only to the stories of victims of murder, but also bring awareness to mental illness and other important issues. I know the idea of a comedy podcast about murder sounds a little out there, but they do a really good job balancing their immense respect for the victims and the comedy aspect. I’m actually going to see them live in the fall, that’s how much I love this podcast.

Oh No, Ross and Carrie

Again, this podcast isn’t for everyone. There is swearing, though less than MFM, however the content is controversial. The hosts, Carrie Poppy and Ross Blocher investigate cults, religions, the paranormal, and pseudoscience. They’re also hilarious and endearing and so easy to listen to because their rapport is so strong.

Dear Franklin Jones

This podcast was a series about the cult leader Franklin Jones. It was an investigation run by Jonathan Hirsch, a survivor of the cult. This personal connection makes the story more intense and touching. Again, this story contains really mature and sensitive content, so listener beware, but I will say that if you have any interest in cults you will really enjoy this podcast. It’s also not too overwhelming if you’re just starting to listen because there is a set number of episodes (unlike the over 100 episodes of My Favorite Murder and multi-year backlog of episodes of Oh No, Ross and Carrie).

The Clutterbug Podcast

This podcast is run by the lovely Cassandra Aarssen, who runs a youtube channel with the same name as the podcast. She’s a professional organizer– but before you think she’s got her life together and is preaching from her high horse, she admits she used to be a “cluttered mess” (that’s in quotes because she actually wrote a fantastic book called Cluttered Mess to Organized Success) which means she understands people who suck at organizing (like me) and gives advice that is really easy to follow for us who aren’t as naturally neat. She’s so likeable and energetic and relatable and she’s a real person. She talks about her struggles as well as her successes and I can’t say how much I respect and appreciate that honesty.

Stuff You Should Know

This is the OG podcast. If you like podcasts and haven’t heard of SYSK, you must have studiously avoided it. This podcast talks about anything and everything and is well-researched and well-presented. It’s factual but entertaining. It’s lighthearted, easy to listen to, and there are so many episodes you can choose the topics you’re interested in, especially when you’re just getting started.

I’m always looking for recommendations, so if you have any podcast recommendations please let me know in the comments. And if you want a post on my favorite audiobooks, let me know that too!

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