I could easily make a "Top 25", but I have way too much to say about each one and it would be the longest post of all time. So, honorable mentions include Hardcore History, Wait Wait Don't Tell Me!, Build Your Tribe, Build a Badass Business, Freakonomics Radio, and The Sarah and Vinnie Secret Show.
5. The Jillian Michaels Show
"Jillian Michaels, America's Health and Wellness guru, brings you the Jillian Michaels Show. An entertaining, inspirational, informative show that gives you tools to find health and happiness in all areas of your life."
This is the first podcast I started regularly listening to a few years ago. Jillian Michaels is known as the relentless trainer from the Biggest Loser, but in reality she is a funny, smart, and caring individual. She is passionate about connecting with her audience and helping them better their lives in all aspects, not just relating to health and weight loss. Jillian and producer Janice Ungaro do segments on exercise, weight loss, what's new in Jillian's life, and Q&As. In addition to giving health advice, Jillian talks about how to build a business, overcoming emotional obstacles, and even how to better your love life with her "Love Doctor" segments. Jillian and Janice occasionally have guests on-- most frequently Dr. Katja Van Herle, a renowned endocrinologist in Beverly Hills. They also like to call and pester Jillian's mom and her partner, Heidi. I recommend this podcast to anyone who's interested in learning more about exercise and weight loss, or just needs a good laugh because Jillian and Janice are hilarious together.
"Tim Ferriss is a self-experimenter and bestselling author, best known for The 4-Hour Workweek, which has been translated into 40+ languages. Newsweek calls him "the world's best human guinea pig," and The New York Times calls him "a cross between Jack Welch and a Buddhist monk." In this show, he deconstructs world-class performers from eclectic areas (investing, chess, pro sports, etc.), digging deep to find the tools, tactics, and tricks that listeners can use."
I love Tim Ferriss's podcast because his objective is to find out what makes accomplished people so successful and to share what he learns with others. He interviews top photographers, professional athletes, popular musicians, best selling authors, and CEOs. Tim is an incredibly successful individual himself, so there's plenty to be learned from him alone in his shorter "in-between-isodes" where he discusses productivity and minimizing stress.
"On Radiolab, science meets culture and information sounds like music. Each episode of Radiolab is an investigation-- a patchwork of people, sounds, stories and experiences centered around One Big Idea. Hosted by Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, Radiolab is produced by WNYC public radio."
Radiolab is amazing. It's eye opening and shares different perspectives on various topics and stories. Every episode is different so this podcast never gets old. This is a great podcast to listen to while traveling or on your commute to work.
"The Modern Farm Girls Podcast with Diana Rodgers and Liz Wolfe is all about modern farming, homesteading, and sustainable Paleo eating."
Diana and Liz are basically my idols, and if there were more than two episodes and they recorded more than once a month this would definitely be my #1 podcast. Diana has many years experience and runs a CSA from her farm in Massachusetts, so she definitely brings years of experience to the table. Like myself, Liz is new to homesteading and learning as she goes, but she definitely brings a healthy dose of comic relief. I'm looking forward to listening to more episodes of this podcast as they're released.
"A practical and modern approach to holistic & Paleo/real food nutrition with a healthy dose of humor. Hosted by Diane Sanfilippo & Liz Wolfe (of Real Food Liz)."
Not only are Diane and Liz hilarious, they are incredibly knowledgeable about nutrition and how important eating "real food" is to our health. They start out every episode with a healthy dose of banter and follow it up with segments about what's new in the Paleosphere, Q&A's, Diane's cooking tip, and Liz's farmyard tale of the week. Some episodes are interview with people popular in the Paleo world, like Michelle from NomNomPaleo and J.J. Virgin. For women, I highly recommend listening to the Hormone Cure parts 1&2 with Dr. Sara Gottfried from March 2013. I am very excited about Diane's new podcast "Build A Badass Business" because I love the brand she has built and I am excited to learn more about building a business from her. If you are interested in real food, sustainable agriculture, natural skin care and pop culture references, definitely give this one a listen.
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