I want to like this one…

…but I’m struggling.

40+ Fitness is  a podcast that is about getting fit and being fit for those of us over 40.

I like its format–just 10-15 minutes long and I like the variety of topics. The production values have improved. The host no longer sounds like he is recording in a closet.

But the host Allan Misner has a laconic, slow-talking manner that makes me sleepy…Perhaps I’m used to trainers or fit people shouting at me?

If you want to recommend a nice, short, easily-digestible fitness podcast, let me know!

Want Information Overload to Disappear?

I posted about Note to Self & Infomagical Challenge before, but want to do it again as they just had their results show.

Note to Self is a podcast that tackles tech issues and tries to make them human. The Infomagical Challenge was set up to specifically tackle the feeling of information overload.

It’s a challenge you can sign up for, or just follow along. They assign specific tasks, goals, etc. then follow up with encouraging texts, emails, and a newsletter.  25,000 people signed up! Not only is that cool but it provided data points for researches to see who hit what goal and how.

I like the practicality of this podcast. Many episodes are short and usually very entertaining. Plus, real strategies for handling media. So give it a try. Or a listen.

Note to Self Infomagical Challenge

“The Needle & Gun Club”

I just started listening to FBI Retired Case File Review with Jerry Williams and this phrase came up. The Needle & Gun Club was the name of a quilting group some female FBI agents were in at some point.  Hollywood, make this TV show!

This podcast seems interesting, as it goes into nuts and bolts of cases and how FBI agents work. It also talks a lot about female FBI agents.  The audio isn’t great. Hopefully, content will win out…



For people who love hiking…

This podcast is for you, especially if you have ever dreamed of thru-hiking.

I listened to Sounds of the Trail on a recent long-drive. I suggest you skip the first two episodes and go to the third where the podcast really finds its footing, so to speak.

Some episodes focus on particular topics, like hiking with a partner or what hikers do off the trail. Otherwise, it follows a few hikers making their way either on the AT or PCT. Listen to the podcast to unscramble those acronyms.

It’s refreshing and transporting to hear people being  sopassionate about the outdoors and nature. The blister and poop tales of the trail are not for the squeamish, but this does give you a good idea of what it’s really like to do a thru-hike.  I will settle for listening all about it.

Valentine’s, Short and Long…

Planet Money put out a tribute to writers they love. It’s a cute, fun, and fast episode. Plus, you learn a few things, like the history of the Q-tip and how time travel is “the essence of finance.”  Planet Money, make this an annual thing!

Meanwhile, Tim Ferris has a long interview/Valentine with Seth Godin.  I guess I am drinking the Koolaid on one or both of these guys because I found it very interesting. “Money is a story.” Also, Seth Godin can go deep on the genre of sci fi literature. I mean, he has rules for sci fi and I respect that kind of commitment.

Any other sweet podcasts I’m missing? Let me know!



“Then I went and made a bad movie…”

This amazing Jamie Foxx interview on the Tim Ferriss Show has wrecked/made my day.

I had planned to write about how you don’t have to subscribe to podcasts. You don’t have to listen to every episode, except Serial Season 1.  You can just dip in, check out a few episodes, and leave.

I had done that with the Tim Ferriss Show. I’m not a regular listener but there was one episode I really liked. So I went back to find it. Scrolling through, I saw an episode in which Tim interviews Jamie Foxx. Except…

Except Tim doesn’t interview Jamie. Jamie Foxx talks and talks and tells amazing stories that end with “and that kid was Jay-Z” and “Then I went and made a bad movie” or “Ed Sheeran slept on that carpet.”

Amazing life story. Who knew?


Favorite Episode(s): Criminal

I was going to pick just *one* favorite episode of Criminal. I was going to pick “He’s Neutral,” a wonderful true story about the good side of human nature.

But visiting the site and browsing the episodes, I found myself thinking, “Oh, loved that one,” “Oh, that’s a really good one.”  Criminal is not Serial on a variety of topics. It’s stories about interesting and unusual crimes and criminals, and criminal detection.  It’s interesting and funny and sweet and sad.  It’s well-produced without a lot of fluff.

So browse the Criminal site and see what interests you there.

A few others I like: Ex Libris  (about a book theif,)  Gil from London (is your mom dating?), and Pearl Bryan (a crime becomes folklore).

What’s your favorite episode?


When You Need (Imaginary) Friends…

Like when you have moved across the country to a place where you don’t have any friends…That’s when imaginary friends can come in handy. Podcasts are a great resource for this, a friendly place where you can check in and laugh, where they talk about the type of things you’re interested in (tv, movies, current events, Kanye’s Twitter feud–wait a minute…) in a way that I’m interested in (serious to semi-serious to funny).

Here’s a quick list of some podcasts that for me feel like listening in on friends. Jam SessionCall Your GirlfriendHis & HersHappier

I used to be big on Slate Double X Gabfest, but I’m taking a break. It can be a bit too one-note for me…

Of course your imaginary friends may differ. Who are your podcast friends?