Top 5 Podcasts

by Courtney Sirotin on January 29, 2012

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My very favorite thing to do is listen to audiobooks and podcasts while I’m driving or exercising. In doing so I am whisked away within my head and completely entertained.

In compiling this list I conducted a thorough and scientific survey of my brain consisting of the vast demographic of…me. Granted, what constitutes good entertainment is extremely subjective so unless you have my sensibilities (i.e. motherhood and two X chromosomes) this list may be completely useless to you. Regardless, and without further ado…

Top 5 Podcasts

#5 Manic Mommies

These two working moms podcast once a week. They complain about (and celebrate) their husbands, kids and hectic lives. I like them because they are imperfect and blunt. For better or worse, they appeal to a wide audience and don’t push too many boundaries. I do wish they were just a little bit more manic, but I find the topics they discuss relevant and I enjoy the magazine style of the show (lots of segments that keep things moving). Since they have tons of past episodes I always keep a few on my iPhone for when I don’t have anything else to listen to, and that’s an important slot to fill. This podcast is a work horse dedicated to keeping you entertained.

#4 The Because Show

This is a podcast from three smart mothers who don’t talk much about mothering. They live in LA and have interesting lives. This podcast is more daring than Manic Mommies in topic matter and the women are more gritty and flawed. They do everything from book reviews to make-up tips, with a lot of inappropriate and juicy stuff in between.

#3 We’re About To Be Friends

Joy the Baker hosts this podcast in which she candidly interviews interesting women, primarily in the blogging and food industry worlds. She has a knack for making the women she talks to open up…as if to a friend (hence the name of the podcast). Its interesting to hear honest and humorous stories from women I’ve always been sort of interested in…if that makes any sense? Like Aarti Sequeira, who won Season 6 of Food Network Star and hosts Aarti Party on the network. If you read a lot of food blogs this is a great podcast for you.

#2 Joy The Baker

Joy the Baker along with Tracy Benjamin (Shutterbean) talk weekly about completely irrelevant (totally relevant) things. Joy is single and dating while Tracy is married and mothering, so they come at things with different perspectives. They are basically just quirky and interesting people and they talk to each other the same way I would talk to my friends so it’s fun to listen to them. Tracy also has a weird style of talking in terms of pacing and inflection, so that’s interesting too. I am always excited for Thursdays when their new episodes drop.

#1 Mike & Tom Eat Snacks

Ahh! This is my absolute favorite podcast EVER! These two guys (Michael Ian Black and Tom Cavanagh) are smart as whips and listening to them is like riding an auditory roller coaster. The premise of the show is simple: they pick, eat and rate a snack during each episode. Snacks may include anything from Cheetos to clementines. The guys take a lot of hilarious tangents in the process of rating the snacks but they do take the snack game very seriously. As pointless as their podcast sounds, I think it provides a legitimate service to the snacking industry as I very often find myself seeking out snacks they have rated, good and bad, simply because of their compelling discussions. Anyway, if you take nothing else away from this blog post just please listen to at least one episode of this podcast!

Hot Contenders

For Crying Out Loud

This is a podcast hosted by Adam Corolla’s wife, Lynette Carolla, and a lady named Stefanie Wilder Taylor (married to one of the members of Duran Duran) who I gather has written some parenting books and works as a writer in LA. I found these women cold and standoffish when I first started listening to them but then they started to grow on me. The podcast centers a lot around parenting and while we seem to have different sensibilities in that arena, I really enjoy their topics, guests and how candid they are. Also, as with most people I start off not liking, the more I get to know these women the more I relate to them. (I hate it when that happens!)

The Jillian Michaels Show

Jillian Michaels is very confident and thinks highly of herself. I find myself listening to her podcast for two reasons: 1) I rather like to dislike her and 2) she has excellent advice. In listening to her podcasts I have determined that she is an extremely perceptive and intelligent person…and she would be the first person to agree with me 😉

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

JERILYN February 2, 2012 at 3:53 am

Awww – thank you for the review!

Jerilyn @ The Because Show


AMY February 2, 2012 at 4:05 am

Yeah, thanks! Lord knows I’m flawed, but I’ve never been called gritty before. It makes me feel so…urban.


COURTNEY February 2, 2012 at 1:58 pm

I’m delighted I could enhance your street cred!


JASON SIROTIN February 5, 2012 at 5:14 pm

I can’t believe you got a ReTweet from Michael Ian Black! No fair. I think it’s cheating though because you wrote an article about him. I’m currently writing an article about Katy Perry so I can defeat you in this contest that I have created in my head.


ALAT-ALAT KESEHATAN May 31, 2012 at 9:27 pm

I am not rattling fantastic with English but I find this real easygoing to read.


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