When I first started podcasting (ahem, no, I don't have a podcast but my listening experience is such an integral part of my week that I am claiming it as my very own verb, to be had), I listened to a lot of Coffee Break French. Apart from the necessary phrase je suis fatigue, which I still declare on the regular, I've moved on from lessons in la langue française to podcasts on freelancing to political shows to the craft of writing. (The NYC-centric Brian Lehrer show has remained a steady, almost-daily touchstone through all my whims and .)
This is all to say that interests change, and the list below is entirely reflective of the moment and my fascinations. With that, here's a running list of my favorite podcasts, lately:
Creativity & inspiration
- Design Matters Debbie Millman's entertaining interview series with accomplished designers, artists, and writers.
- Magic Lessons from the brilliant Liz Gilbert. (Once, I heard her riff on creativity and it was so good.)
- Longform How longform, reported pieces get made and why, via interviews with writers. Good stuff on writer's histories and stories of how they developed their careers and found their stories.
- Bindercast from the women and gender variant writers out of BinderCon.
- #AmWriting (from writers Jess Lahey and KJ Dellantonia). These two have a funny and friendly rapport. (I'm knee deep in their archives and am still not entirely sure which one is talking!) Lots on time management, a bit on psychological self-care for writers, with the bulk of the conversations centering on the craft of writing itself.
- Print Run (from agents Laura Zats and Erik Hane). Well-paced, conversationally transparent and insider-ish.
Children's book publishing and librarianship
- The Horn Book Podcast A frame for looking at a kids' books with a critical perspective with a dash of reader advisory. In the archives, now, I believe.
- Books Between For grown-ups who help kids ages 8-12 connect with the books they love. Includes interviews with authors and round-ups of new middle grade books.
Freelancing and business
- Dear Handmade Life Nicole and Delilah host this informative show on running on your creative or crafty business. Lots for handmade makers but terrific for anyone who is self-employed and running their own show. (Bonus: every episode comes with a new drink recipe.)
- The Food Blogger Pro Podcast. Lots on productivity and prioritization of your time. Despite it's specific references to bloggers in the food space, there's so much advice in here for anyone who is working for themselves as freelancers or online business owners.
Beyond a Category
- Fresh Air Terry Gross! The master of the interview herself chats with actors, writers, and other news-makers.
- The New Yorker Radio Hour I'd like to think that the quirky, idiosyncratic format of this show is inspired by actual, old-timey radio but alas, I haven't spent any time in those kind of archives. There is usually a story or a kernel tucked in each show that gets me going in an unexpected research spiral.
- The Brian Lehrer Show Perhaps it's the time-slot it airs here in New York (10 - noon), but I often catch part of a live segment at some point every morning. His coverage since the 2016 election has been inclusive, hopeful, and practical.