5 Great Podcasts

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Are you into podcasts? I listen to them far too often—in the car, while I clean. Even my secret weapon for not hitting the snooze button involves podcasts. I turn on an episode that I'm looking forward to hearing right after my alarm goes off.

Here are five I love, and I'd be so excited to get your recommendations. 

1. Reply All
Who should listen: Internet nerds and folks that want a good belly laugh
What it's about: “‘A podcast about the internet’ that is actually an unfailingly original exploration of modern life and how to survive it.” – The Guardian. Reply All is mine and my boyfriend's go-to podcast for long car rides. It's always entertaining, and the hosts have a great dynamic. 
Where to start: The Secret Life of Alex Goldman

2. Buy the Book
Who should listen: Self-help nerds and people who aren't offended by very colorful language. Please, no children. 
What it's about: By The Book is half reality show, half self-help podcast, and one wild social experiment. A comedian and her skeptical friend live by the rules of a different self-help book each episode to figure out which ones might be life-changing. The hosts' husbands often weigh in hilariously. 
Where to start: The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up

3. Happier with Gretchen Rubin
Who should listen: Life-hack nerds and sisters
What it's about: Gretchen and her sister, Liz Craft, discuss good habits and happiness, and "their voices remind you that life is a human project that we're all experimenting with." - The New Yorker. I use so many little tips from this podcast daily. 
Where to start: Create a Standardized Vacation, a Deep Dive into Wearing “Clothes,” and Unpairing a Bad Habit.

4. More Perfect 
Who should listen: History nerds and folks that like stories with endings
What it's about: More Perfect connects you to the decisions made inside the supreme court's hallowed halls, and explains what those rulings mean for "we the people" who exist far from the bench. More Perfect bypasses the wonkiness and tells stories behind some of the court's biggest rulings. It also makes me feel like I'm learning about subjects that I wouldn't always seek out on my own. 
Where to start: The Political Thicket

5. The One You Feed
Who should listen: Mental health nerds and people who's feelings have feelings
What it's about: The One You Feed hosts inspiring conversations about creating a life worth living. I've learned many valuable lessons from this show, and there's something for everyone here—whether you're dealing with anxiety, grief, or procrastination. 
Where to start: Kristin Neff: Self-Compassion