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June 29, 2018

The Three Podcasts I Can’t Turn Off

Words: Christen Hammons
Photo credit: Melanie Pongratz

Living in Southern California, I’ve had to accept the fact that there will be traffic no matter what time I’m on the road. My 15-mile commute to work takes 50 minutes on a good day. Times that by two, and then by five, and even those with the worst of math skills can see that I spend a lot of time in my car. Over the years I’ve tried different ways to pass the time behind the wheel. Audiobooks, calling my family (over Bluetooth, of course), and talk radio are just a few things I’ve done. They work, but I have one sure-fire way of passing the time while staying entertained: podcasts.

Podcasts make everything better. At least, that’s what I think. They’re my number-one way of making a dreadful task somewhat enjoyable. When I’m doing the two things I dislike most — driving and doing dishes — I always have one on.

I thought I’d share three podcasts I currently can’t get enough of, though I should add that I stress that these are MY favorite. I think so much of this depends on your personal tastes and what you like to listen to and learn more about. There have been plenty of podcasts that have been recommended to me that I just didn’t enjoy, and that’s OK. There are an endless number of podcasts out there just waiting for us to find them and press play.

My Top Three Podcasts:

  1. What Should I Read Next?

If you’re not as big of a book nerd as I am, you may not like this. Since I’m never without a book in my hand (and a spare stashed in my purse), this is my absolute favorite. The premise is simple: host Anne Bogel asks her guest to share three books they love, one book they don’t enjoy, and what they’re currently reading. From there, she recommends three books for the guest to read next. This podcast has leveled-up my reading life.

  1. Forever35

Hosts Doree Shafrir and Kate Spencer are two friends who like to talk (a lot) about serums. While that’s true, this podcast is so much more than that. The hosts, as well as their guests, talk about simple self-care routines, and discuss issues many woman face, like anxiety, depression, adult friendships, and more. They often talk about their own vulnerabilities and I find myself nodding along, happy to know I’m not alone. They also do this with a fantastic sense of humor. Just a warning, there is some explicit language.

  1. Sorta Awesome

The Awesome Manifesto includes the hosts’ belief that “everyone has an inner sparkle” and their love of “a perfectly soft T-shirt.” Three friends host this podcast that talks about things all Bella Grace readers love: celebrating the everyday, books, tips for making life a little easier, and more. Listening to them feels like a conversation with your best girl friends.


I have at least another handful of podcasts I listen to regularly, but these are the three I drop everything to listen to when a new episode is available. They’re the three I recommend to people over and over again.


What are your current favorite podcasts?

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