a life filled with stories

There are certain things that make life better. Podcasts are one of those things for me. I listen to them all the time. Apple makes it very easy to download podcasts with the podcast app. You subscribe to your favorite shows on iTunes and there you have it: all that interesting stuff for free. I thought I'd share my favorites with you. If you listen to some other good ones you want to suggest, please add a comment! Thanks!

First-person stories and short fiction pieces: touching, funny, and surprising. If I could pick one person to meet in the world it'd probably be Ira Glass. Listening to his program will make a better person out of anyone: stories help us grow and understand, they make us stronger and more flexible.

Dan Savage answers sex questions and yaps about politics. Listening to him is so much better than reading a column. He is awesome and funny, and the podcast will enlarge your views (and knowledge) not only on sex-related topics.

A podcast about the big questions and hard choices that are often left out of polite conversation. Host Anna Sale talks to celebrities and regular people about relationships, money, family, work and making it all count while we're here. Because confrontation helps.

Stephen Dubner, often together with Steven Levitt or other contributors, explores "the hidden side of everything," telling stories about the most various topics while teaching us to think a bit more creatively, rationally, and productively. Funny, engaging, challenging. "Think like a freak!"

On Radiolab, science meets culture and information sounds like music. Each episode is an investigation made of a patchwork of people, sounds, stories and experiences centered around One Big Idea. Hosted by Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich. On Radiolab, complicated issues make sense and scientific matters are inspiring.

A bold, daring show about parenthood and childhood with This American Life contributor Hillary Frank. Hillary talks about anything that's related to parenting, no subject is taboo. I don't have children, and yet I love the show.

Awesome new podcast from NPR. Invisibilia is about the invisible forces that control human behavior - ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions. Co-hosted by Lulu Miller and Alix Spiegel, Invisibilia interweaves narrative storytelling with scientific research. Amazingly reported.

Alex Blumberg knows how to make a story. He is one of the best at it. But can he turn this into a profitable business? Give the first episode a try and you won't stop.

The TED Radio Hour is a journey through fascinating ideas: astonishing inventions, fresh approaches to old problems, new ways to think and create. Based on Talks given by riveting speakers on the world-renowned TED stage, each show deals with one specific theme. For curious, interested people, an amazing source of useful information and knowledge.

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  • HilaryRWalker

    Love your round-up, Elisa! Some of these are definite favorites of mine too. You might also be interested to know that I publish a podcast with each of my Style Stories too! I share conversations about life, work, creativity, and design with my Style Story guests from around the country. Visit www.ourstylestories.com and you'll find the podcast in the sidebar of the blog. Hope you enjoy! Would love to hear what a fellow podcast enthusiast thinks of it. ;-)

  • elisapella

    Thank you @HilaryRWalker I am already listening to your last story. I love your voice and how clearly you set the scene. I'll keep listening! ๐Ÿ‘

  • rezamohammad11

    Its nice listeninig to something that love it!

  • elisapella

    Thanks @rezamohammad11 ๐Ÿ˜‰โœŒ๏ธ

  • rezamohammad11

    @elisapella ๐ŸŽง๐ŸŽต๐ŸŽถ

  • honeypenny

    I love freaknomics! I have so many podcasts I listen to. Currently my favourite is the Nerdist!

  • elisapella

    ๐Ÿ‘ hello fellow listener @honeypenny ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • orangegirl

    I love all of the podcasts you listen to. My list also includes 99% invisible, The Moth, NPR: StoryCorps, NPR: TED radio, and Vinyl Cafe.

  • elisapella

    @orangegirl I have to update my story! I recently started listening to The Moth I love it. I'll follow your other advice sand you definitely have to try SERIAL. โœŒ๏ธ

  • orangegirl

    Totally addicted to SERIAL but it's not for the faint of heart.

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  • kbasta

    Ooh, some great ones, & some I have to try! Thanks for the tips, E!

  • elisapella

    @kbasta let me know! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • journeyofnow

    I love podcasts as well. Wow, all my favorites are in your list!!!!! One that you may enjoy is, stuff to blow your mind.

  • labettarossa

    Anche se la storia รจ vecchia mi hai fatto venire voglia di scaricarli tutti (e ovviamente di ascoltarli tutti, subito!). Mi piacciono un sacco queste tue storie piene zeppe di suggerimenti.

  • elisapella

    @journeyofnow I am so sorry! I just read your comment. Thanks for the recommendation I will look for it. Meanwhile I also discovered Note to self. Really like it.

  • elisapella

    @labettarossa fallo! A me riempiono le giornate! E poi fammi sapere! ๐Ÿ˜˜

  • elisapella

    @journeyofnow Glad you like it!


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