5 Podcasts That I Can't Quit

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ABOUT: "The Current began broadcasting in 2005 as a non-commercial, member-supported radio station based in Minneapolis / St. Paul, heard on 89.3 KCMP FM. Since then, the station has grown into a far-reaching community with members and listeners joining in from around the world. The Current brings listeners the best authentic new music alongside the music that inspired it, from local to legendary, indie to influential, new to nostalgic." 


2. Call Your Girlfriend

CYG ABOUT: "Call Your Girlfriend is a podcast for long-distance besties everywhere co-hosted by Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman, and produced by Gina Delvac. Every week, Aminatou and Ann call each other to discuss the intricacies of pop culture and the latest in politics. Since launching in 2014, we’ve built an audience of hundreds of thousands of listeners per episode. We’re highbrow and lowbrow, fiercely opinionated, and not afraid to realtalk each other about everything from menstrual cycles and body shaming to the Cheeto in Chief and workplace drama with devastating wit. We "highlight women who are agents, creators, movers, and shakers who have smart, interesting things to say. We also care deeply about the lived experiences of non-famous women who are just trying to get through the week. We’re here for every facet of women’s humanity.

Take that new year energy and boost your accountability, activism, emotional health and career goals with advice from some very wise women. Featuring Sabrina Hersi Issa, Sister District co-founder Lyzz Schwegler, friend of the podcast Virgie Tovar, and Shondaland's Jenn Romolini.


Modern Love: The Podcast is produced by WBUR and based on The New York Times’ popular series of weekly reader-submitted essays. Exploring the joys and tribulations of love, Modern Love: The Podcast adds new dimension to the popular New York Times column, with readings by notable personalities and updates from the essayists themselves.

Host Meghna Chakrabarti (WBUR) and Modern Love editor Daniel Jones (The New York Times) go deep, sharing some of the best stories about love today. You can follow @MeghnaWBUR and @danjonesNYT on Twitter.

New episodes are uploaded every Thursday.

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Tracy V. Wilson has loved stories and science for as long as she can remember. She joined HowStuffWorks as a staff writer in 2005, and she spent her first few years at the site destroying gadgets and mining patents, papers and interviews to figure out what makes things tick. In 2007, she took on the role of hiring and training HowStuffWorks’ new writers and editors. She became site director in 2010 and editorial director in 2014. Tracy cohosted the PopStuff pop culture podcast with Holly Frey; the pair now cohosts Stuff You Missed in History Class. Tracy’s love of history started to grow in college, with four required humanities courses that gave her a more holistic way to approach the past and how it affects the present. Tracy spends her downtime much like she spends her time at work: reading, writing, tinkering and brooking only the most delightful nonsense.


Holly Frey is an editor at HowStuffWorks and a cohost of Stuff You Missed in History Class. Her true historical passion is fashion from all eras. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and a small herd of cats. When she’s not obsessing over comma placement or talking about the past, she’s sewing, running, watching television, visiting a Disney park, rescuing animals, going to the movies, traipsing around town in a ridiculous costume or obsessing over delicious food. Sometimes, she does several of these things at once.

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TED Talks are videos that present a great idea in 18 minutes or less. They’re filmed at flagship TED conferences, independent TEDx events, and other programs. Their goal is to share Ideas Worth Spreading — in fields like science, technology, business, culture, art and design — around the world.

The first six talks from the small TED conference in Monterey, California, were released online in June 2006, with more to follow. The talks began to attract a global audience that grew into the millions — an enthusiastic reception that prompted TED to turn its website into the home of TED Talks, a lovingly curated, constantly growing series of talks and performances.

At the end of their first year, TED Talks had been watched two million times. By the end of 2009, that number had jumped to 200 million, establishing TED as an important platform. In November of 2012, TED Talks crossed the mark of one billion collective views. And in June 2015, TED.com posted its 2,000th Talk.


Five Podcasts That I Can't Quit was inspired by these five podcasts that I have been listening to for either months or years. I listen to them nearly every Wednesday while I'm cleaning. My iPhone will download all the new episodes on Tuesday night in preparation because of how habitual it has become. I love to hear the inspiring ideas being spread through Ted Talks, the relatable relationships being told in essays on Modern Love, the powerful opinions, and facts of Call Your Girlfriend (I've learned the most about being a woman, American, and intersectional feminist through this podcast), learning about history swept under the rug from Stuff You Missed in History Class, and finally, finding new artists that I can't get enough of from - The Current's Song of the Day podcast. All of these podcasts contribute to my love for personal growth, awareness, happiness, and well-being. I'm so glad to share them.

Much love,