At Ink & Well, we are obsessed with podcasts. Every day we listen to something new that changes us a little bit. If you're not on the podcast train yet, please get on at the next stop. Listening to the brilliant, moving, FREE content that's out there promises to enrich your life during your otherwise stagnant time. You can learn about leadership while unloading the dishwasher, hear about a legal case with a crazy twist while you drive to a meeting, or lose yourself a great story while you exercise. However you choose to listen, making time for this content will add depth to your conversations and make you feel like you're still learning, even though, for most of us, our school days are in the rear-view mirror.
Here are some picks from Jennifer and Alee, owners of Ink & Well.
Women of The Hour: This is my favorite podcast of all time. In a weird way, I view it as Lena Dunham's love letter to women everywhere. This miniseries about friendship, love, work, bodies and more will inspire you to live the life you really want to live while opening your mind. Celebrate femininity in its many forms with this incredible, smile-inducing, open, honest podcast.
Criminal: Did you know that there's a murder case in which an owl is an actual suspect? Or that there was a nurse nicknamed Jolly Jane who, in the late 1800s, committed a series of murders by injecting patients with morphine? Or that the first use of PMS as a defense in a criminal trial was in 1981? Hear the stories behind these wild facts and more with Criminal. Just beware that some episodes may convince you that death is immanent.
Serial (Season 2): Everyone remembers when Serial Season 1 was all anyone talked about. Now, back with season 2, Sarah Koenig delves into the well-known story of Bowe Bergdahl who spent 5 years held captive by the Haqqani network in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Koenig delves into the story from the moment Bergdahl left his post to what's happening with his case today. My favorite part thus far: [phone ringing] man answers, "Hello?" Koenig to the audience, "That's me, calling the Taliban. Next time on Serial."
Stuff You Should Know: Want to know how makeup works? What about gossip? Or even how psychology works? Listening to this podcasts regularly guarantees that you'll have something interesting to add to a conversation and something mind-blowing to teach your friends. Even if it is about how maggots can be good for healing.
Our go-to's still include This American Life and TED Radio Hour. These are updated weekly, so there's always something fresh and exciting. This past week's episode of This American Life featured a story I'm still obsessed with. A 15-year-old boy travelled more than 1,000 miles all by himself in pursuit of a life as a part of his favorite science-fiction writer's family. This writer, a man the boy had never met, meets him with kindness and respect, giving him the strength to make it through the rest of his challenging childhood.
Needing some work and life inspiration? Podcasts have you covered there too. Here are our favorites:
Elizabeth Gilbert's "Magic Lessons": The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Eat Pray Love released a new book titled Magic Lessons in September of 2015. She rolled out this podcast just before the book released... applying the messages of Magic Lessons to real life situations and bringing in some of her famous friends for input and advice. The result is a 12-session podcast that is non-stop encouragement the curious and creative looking for inspiration. I loved every session, but especially the last one from Brene Brown. If you can only listen to one, this would be the one I'd recommend.
Elsie Gets Crafty: Brand developer of the GET TO WORK BOOK® which provides tools to help you get your goals organized and do the work to reach them, Elsie Joy has a fabulous podcast called Elsie Gets Crafty. It's a weekly podcast that talks mostly about creative small business. She has three seasons and I've only started to dig into her content, but every session has been full of encouragement and motivation for launching and running a small business. ON FINDING THE WORK YOU WERE MEANT TO DO was a highlight for me, and one I'd recommend starting with.
The Minimalists: This podcast has been challenging and inspiring on a whole 'nother level. I don't think I will ever be able to commit to and live out a fully "minimalist" lifestyle, but every session I listen to has great nuggets that can be applied to everyday life. Authors Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus write and speak about living a meaningful life with less stuff. They have been featured on ABC, CBS, NBC, BBC, TODAY, NPR, TIME, Forbes, The Atlantic, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and National Post... just to name a few. If you are willing to be challenged on our need to live with all the stuff we do, then give this one a listen.
We are so passionate about podcasts, we've become a little obsessive about sharing the glory with everyone who will listen. So why not grab a set of headphones and tackle the last half of that spreadsheet while listening to something mind-blowing?
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