Our Top 10 Podcasts to Listen to Over the Holidays

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By Spike Team, November 24, 2021
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If you’re in the United States, you’re preparing for the end of the year holiday season where you might be spending extended time in the car or at airports going to see friends and family. That time might seem wasted, but there are ways to redeem that time to learn, grow, and become a better you as you head into 2022. Our team loves podcasts while traveling, so we rounded up some of our favorite options.

 

 

Top Ten Podcasts for Holiday Traveling

1. Home Cooking 

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From Samin Nosrat (chef and author of the cookbook Salt Fat Acid Heat) and Hrishikesh Hirway (creator and host of the podcast Song Exploder), Home Cooking is a mini-series to help you figure out what to cook—and keep you company—during the quarantine. If you need help or just want some creative inspiration for your kitchen, we’ve got you covered.

 

Looking on the bright side of nearly two years of being stuck at home, many on our team have taken up hobbies like improving their culinary skills. The Home Cooking podcast is the perfect kitchen companion podcast to learn more about the art of cooking in a very approachable way.

 

Subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

 

 

2. Bad Blood

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She was once the world’s youngest self-made female billionaire. Now Elizabeth Holmes, founder of the blood-testing startup Theranos, stands accused of leading a massive fraud and lying to investors, doctors, and patients about the capabilities of her technology. If convicted, she faces up to 20 years in prison. But Elizabeth may be able to sway a jury with her charisma, highly unusual defense strategy, and the fact that key evidence has gone missing. John Carreyrou broke the Theranos scandal. Now he’ll take you into the courtroom as he examines Silicon Valley’s fake it-til-you-make it culture, and the case against Holmes.

 

The rise and from Theranos is something out of a movie, but it’s real life. The podcast is currently covering the trial, but you’ll watch to start at the beginning to understand how Theranos started, what it hoped to achieve, and how it all fell apart.

 

Subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

 

3. Unlocking Us with Brené Brown

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I’ve spent over 20 years studying the emotions and experiences that bring meaning and purpose to our lives, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s this: We are hardwired for connection, and connecting requires courage, vulnerability, and conversation. I want this to be a podcast that’s real, unpolished, honest, and reflects both the magic and the messiness of what it means to be human. Episodes will include conversations with the people who are teaching me, challenging me, confusing me, or maybe even ticking me off a little. I’ll also have direct conversations with you about what I’m learning from new research, and we’ll do some episodes dedicated to answering your questions. We don’t have to do life alone. We were never meant to. Unlocking Us is a Spotify Original from Parcast.

 

Unlocking Us is one of those podcasts that could only exist as a podcast. It’s incredibly deep, meaningful, and will stimulate strong conversations in your mind. It’s the perfect show to binge a few episodes on a long plane trip.

 

Subscribe on Spotify.

 

4. How I Built This with Guy Raz

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Guy Raz dives into the stories behind some of the world’s best-known companies. How I Built This weaves a narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs, and idealists—and the movements they built.

 

Being successful is more than just luck. It takes careful planning. In How I Built This, Guy Raz goes into detail about what has made the best entrepreneurs of our time successful.

 

Subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

 

5. True Crime Daily The Podcast

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True Crime Daily The Podcast covers murders, scams, investigations, and unsolved crimes across the country every week.

 

True Crime Podcasts have taken a life of their own over the past few years. Some shows focus on a single case, but others focus on multiple cases each episode. In True Crime Daily, you’ll have a new crime waiting to unlock here morning when you wake up. Download a few episodes for a long car ride and enjoy the well-timed SimpliSafe advertisements.

 

Subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

 

6. Office Ladies

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The Office co-stars and best friends, Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey are doing the ultimate The Office re-watch podcast for you. Each week Jenna and Angela will break down an episode of The Office and give exclusive behind the scene stories that only two people who were there, can tell you.

 

If you were a fan of the US version of The Office, you’ll want to binge Office Ladies. In each episode, “Pam” and “Angela” recap an episode, explain the back story, inside jokes, and take the listeners down memory lane.

 

Subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

 

7. Even the Rich 

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Our lives can be crazy, but you can take a break from it all with Wondery’s new series, Even the Rich, where co-hosts Brooke Siffrinn and Aricia Skidmore-Williams pull back the curtain and chat about someone else’s craziness for a change. They tell stories about some of the greatest family dynasties in history, from the Murdochs to the Royals to the Carters (Jay-Z and Beyoncé, that is). Because as Queen Elizabeth once said, “A good gossip is a wonderful tonic.”

 

Social media has made it even easier to follow along with the lives of celebrities. Even the Rich tells some of the best stories about family dynasties, power couples, and everything in between. One thing you’ll learn listening to the back episodes is even for the richest of the world, family drama is always just around the corner.

 

Subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

 

8. Freakonomics Radio 

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Discover the hidden side of everything with Stephen J. Dubner, co-author of the Freakonomics books. Each week, Freakonomics Radio tells you things you always thought you knew (but didn’t) and things you never thought you wanted to know (but do) — from the economics of sleep to how to become great at just about anything. Dubner speaks with Nobel laureates and provocateurs, intellectuals and entrepreneurs, and various other underachievers.

 

If you’ve ever wondered – is there something I am missing in my bank of knowledge, then Freakonomics Radio is for you. Past episodes include why is the US media so negative, the benefits of napping, and how stupid is our obsession with having freshly cut lawns.

 

Subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

 

9. This American Life

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This American Life is a weekly public radio show, heard by 2.2 million people on more than 500 stations. Another 2.5 million people download the weekly podcast. It is hosted by Ira Glass, produced in collaboration with Chicago Public Media, delivered to stations by PRX The Public Radio Exchange, and has won all of the major broadcasting awards.

 

This American Life is one of the most popular podcasts in the world. It’s downloaded over 2 million times each week. Each episode is designed to question your existing thinking, give you new perspectives, and help you go deeper in your thinking.

 

Subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

 

10. The Dave Ramsey Show

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Take control of your life and money once and for all. The Ramsey Show offers up straight talk from Dave Ramsey and his team of co-hosts. Millions listen in as callers from all walks of life learn how to get out of debt and start building for the future. Check out one of Apple’s most popular podcasts!

 

If you’re ready to make a change in your life in terms of your finances, The Dave Ramsey Show is a great place to start. It includes stories of how to eliminate debt, how to build wealth, and how to live generously. Segments include live call-ins and explanations of complex financial systems in laymen’s terms.

 

Subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

 

These are just a few of the podcasts our team is listening to now that we think would be a great addition to your holiday podcast travel. What are some of the ones we missed? Tweet us @spikenowHQ and let us know!

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