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What I’m Listening To: Podcast Edition

In case you haven’t noticed, I’m a fan of podcasts. They inform and entertain me as I travel for business, work on my house, and train for a half marathon.

There’s no doubt that podcasts can shape who you are and what you believe.

I think there’s a time and a place for the entertaining ones and the ones that help me form my beliefs and causes. Several of you have asked about my favorite podcasts, so I thought I’d share them. Disclaimer: I don’t always agree with what the hosts and guests say. But I guarantee that they’ll make you think and they’ll make you laugh.

I Don’t Get It: Naz Perez, Ashley and Lauren Iaconetti

Shout out to my podcast partner, Ashley I., from our Almost Famous Podcast, and shout out to my good friend Naz Perez. These lovely ladies make me laugh and bring a female perspective to a lot of millennial issues. They’re frank, they’re fun, and they won’t sugarcoat any subject.

This American Life

Okay, so this is probably the most wellknown podcast in the country, but that doesn’t make it any less cool. This American Life provides snapshots of people and situations and what they’re going through. It never fails to surprise me and broaden my perspective about what it means to be an imperfect person in the modern world. Episode themes range from pirates to following rules (or disobeying them), and all of them will give you unique perspectives of, you guessed it, American life.

Revisionist History: Malcolm Gladwell

First of all, Malcolm Gladwell is an awesome man. He’s inspired so many people to rethink their lives through his many well-researched books, which prove that you don’t need to be famous or possess a supernatural skill to make a difference in the world. In his podcasts, Malcolm reinterprets historic events, and it is absolutely fascinating. I really enjoyed the one on underhand free throws, and I purposely avoided his podcast on golf (I don’t want my love for the sport to change).

The RobCast

Similar to Revisionist History, this podcast challenges me to think deeply about things I don’t necessarily want to rethink. Rob Bell brings a down-to-earth perspective about spirituality and just doing life with others. He challenges a lot of ideals, and he always comes from a place of grace and love.

The Ringer Podcasts

This is where I go for all things sports. I’ve been a Bill Simmons fan for a long time — despite his huge bias for the New England Patriots and the fact that he said my Mom was hot on his Bachelor-related podcast. You can find more podcasts on Simmons’ site, The Ringer, with content related to everything from the NBA and NFL to The Bachelor and a hilarious one on eating. My new life goal is to receive an invitation to be on House of Carbs and talk about the delicious food between the East and West coasts.

Up & Vanished

If you’re a fan of CSI, mystery novels, and all things crime, then you must give Up & Vanished a listen. A film director, Payne Lindsey, decided to give podcasting a try as he explored the intriguing cold case of Tara Grinstead, a teacher and beauty queen who disappeared in 2005. This podcast is not for the faint of heart — and we refuse to give you any spoilers — but you will not be able to stop listening as Payne interviews her friends and family and takes a closer look at the circumstances that caused a tiny town in Georgia, where everyone knows each other’s business, to go completely quiet about such a terrible mystery.

Red Rocks Church

Red Rocks Church is my home church in Denver. This isn’t exactly a podcast, but with my travels for work, I don’t make it to church every Sunday. When I miss a week, I try and listen. It’s definitely worth checking out.

By Ben Higgins with contributions from his crew

What makes you stop and listen? What podcasts do you recommend?

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20 Comments

  • Reply
    Whitni
    July 27, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    Thanks for posting these! Can’t wait to check them out. Why has no one commented yet? I’m acknowledging that I read this and appreciate it. Haha

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      Ben Higgins
      August 1, 2017 at 4:18 pm

      Haha, thank you! We hope you enjoy our recs!

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    Julianna
    July 27, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    Podcasts are awesome! I love them because like you said, they can entertain or educate you. I personally love listening to them when I’m doing chores like laundry haha- so multitasking at its finest!
    But TED Radio Hour by NPR is really great. The podcasts include bits from the TED talks and have all these interesting topics like the idea of success to the meaning of work. I listened to the TED “Food We Eat” and it was truly eye opening- gives you a perspective on the current food industry. Highly recommend that one. I also listened to Serial too and it is seriously the most interesting, captivating audio content I’ve listened to in a while.

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    Allie McIlvaine
    July 27, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    As a podcast fanatic myself, I LOVE THIS POST. This American Life gives so much insight into the different perspectives of people across our country and around the world. I especially love how they interject some comedy and fiction pieces here and there too. I listen to it religiously driving to work! Malcom Gladwell has been an inspiration to me too. I’ll definitely have to start listening to some others on your list. RobCast sounds right up my alley. My recommendations for you include: Radio Lab, Almost Perfect, and Invisibilia. Hope you check them out and enjoy!

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    Alison Mae
    July 27, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    I’m so intrigued just by reading the brief descriptions of these podcasts! Discovering podcasts was absolutely one of the better moments of my life, I can’t wait to check these out, thanks for the post!

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    Nicole Iserman
    July 27, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    Bethel church (out of Redding, California) and Kris Vallaton from Bethel have some great podcasts. Probably some of my favorite.

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    Christina
    July 27, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    You should check out Beautiful Anonymous.
    The host, Chris, is literally an empathetic genius & the real life stories are highly addictive 🙂

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    Jordan
    July 28, 2017 at 10:52 am

    S Town is a fantastic one to add to the list! I love the dialogue and unique story. It consists of 8 episodes roughly an hour long. It’s more like binge watching a show on Netflix – only listening to it. Once you start you’re not going to want to stop so give yourself some time. Ten out of ten, definitely.

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      Ben Higgins
      August 1, 2017 at 4:16 pm

      Okay one of our contributors is obsessed with S Town. So good. Thanks for bringing it up!

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    Nicole H
    July 28, 2017 at 11:52 am

    I love the Ben and Ashley I almost famous podcast! It’s the first I’ve listened to honestly, and I’m completly addicted. As a batchelor nation obbsessed fan I find it interesting to hear their point of view on the current season. Keep it up, and I’m definitely going to check out some of the podcast you recommend. Thanks!

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    Sandy
    July 28, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    I love podcasts! You have similar favorites. A few I’d add are How I Built This — awesome show about entrepreneurship — Up First for the days news in under 15 minutes and — Note to Self about technology and how it has melded into our lives.

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      Ben Higgins
      August 1, 2017 at 4:14 pm

      Entrepreneurship is an important subject to us, especially right now. We’ll check it out!

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    Magdalena A.
    August 1, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    Pod Save America and the rest of the Crooked Media (they have a website!) podcasts are very informative and keep me sane. They are definitely partisan (they’re former Obama aides) but they have some great guests from both sides of the aisle and they really do a great job of wading through to the most crucial news while being super funny.

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      Ben Higgins
      August 1, 2017 at 4:13 pm

      We’ve heard great things about Pod Save America, and we’ll give it a listen! Thanks for the rec!

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    Kelly Ackerman
    August 2, 2017 at 5:50 am

    Love this! We love you, E & G Podcast loves you…. so check them out too!

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    Kelsey Culver
    August 2, 2017 at 7:53 am

    I listened to Red Rocks church online and absolutely loved it! Very similar to the Yorba Linda service online as well! Thank you for sharing that.
    P.s. I think it’s amazing how you use your fame and turn it into something positive and change people’s lives from it!
    Keep it up Ben Higgins.

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      Kelsey Culver
      August 2, 2017 at 8:26 am

      Friends Church Yorba Linda *

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    Tara Jamieson
    August 2, 2017 at 11:38 am

    Ben you have to check out the EandGpodcast. Geoff and Ian do a great job at covering bachelor nation!!!!! They have the best interviews with past contestants!!!! Keep being awesome!!!

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    Laura
    August 4, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    I’m obsessed with podcasts, so glad you’re doing one, it’s been great! I listen to almost all the ones you mentioned, and quickly binged up and vanished when I discovered it a few months ago. However, besides Almost Famous, the podcast I look forward to the most every week is the E & G podcast. Not just because of their positive take on the bachelor franchise, but because these are just fun and funny guys to listen to and “hang out with” as they go on tangents about other stuff too. Also, I Hate My Boss is an interesting workplace podcast. I hate the name they chose, resisted listening for awhile, but they’ve covered great topics and good advice. Finally, Twenty Thousand Hertz is a neat podcast with quick episodes about sound, including the history of the NBC chimes, hearing loss, and the history of accents.

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    Janelle
    October 5, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    So great!

    I feel like Serial is a good one…definitely binged it. Up and vanished – close second.

    CL Equipping – deep faith conversations.

    Anything pretty much by Judah Smith, City Church.

    Love your suggestions as well!!

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