When it comes to how the world receives their entertainment on the go, podcasts seem to be the new wave. The Read was the first podcast that I’ve ever listened to and it was the only one for a long time. But since my discovery, I’ve been listening to a lot of different podcasts that have helped me in different ways — whether to inspire, motivate, and teach me a new skill or if for just pure entertainment. My daily commute no longer only consists of me blasting trap music to and from work, but also podcasts. Additionally, I’m also listening to them to help me beast through my workday.

I wanted to share a few of those with the hopes that may be of interest to you so you can power through the rest of your week. Let me know of any podcasts that you are currently subscribed to below in the comments. I’m always open to suggestions!

Entertainment, Society, and Culture

My favorite podcast of all time will probably always be The Read as previously mentioned. It was one of the first podcasts that I’ve ever listened to. I’ve followed Kid Fury for quite some time now and I’m a huge fan of his glow up. He and Crissle are the perfect dynamic duo for the type of show that it is and the topics that are discussed.

The Read Podcasts

After listening for years, I discovered a few podcasts that have a similar structure and I have truly grown to love them as well.

The Friendzone
Small Doses
Black Girl Podcast
Still Processing

Science & Tech

I’m a STEM major so of course, I was overjoyed when I happened upon these where I could listen to all the nerd talk my heart desires.

Code Newbie
Black Girl Nerds
The Science of Social Media
Developer Tea
Learn to Code with Me
Star Trek

Inspiration, Health, & Wellness

My absolute favorite podcasts that fall in this category are Black Girl in Om and Food Haven Podcast. But here are a few others that are also pretty dope.

hey, girl
Supersoul Conversations
One Church LA
The Potter’s Touch

Black Girl in Om Podcasts

Career & Business Talk

Hands down, my favorite podcast in this category is NPR’s How I Built This. It features personal talks with CEOs of major businesses and how they were created. It’s amazing to hear how all of these companies came to what they are today. Aside from this podcast, I’m also a fan of the following:

Myliek Teele’s My Taught You Podcast
Heart + Hustle
Side Hustle Pro
Making Oprah, Obama

Money & Finances

Dave Ramsey was the reason homeownership for me was that much more attainable. So besides his podcast where he really does NOT hold anything back with his callers (which I love), here are a few more podcasts that are really good with providing information in regards to being financially intelligent and responsible:

Two Black Guys with Good Credit
His & Her Money Show
Clever Girls Know

Here’s another good mention: Redefining Wealth. It isn’t the typical finance podcast but it provides you with the spiritual and mental balance so that you’ll be able to make sound and intelligent decisions regarding your finances.

Stories and Narratives

Atlanta Monster Podcast

Hands down? Atlanta Monster is my absolute favorite. It is a podcast that retells the true story of a man accused of killing young boys in the city of Atlanta years ago, while unearthing a slew of discrepancies along the way. Narrative podcasts are really interesting to me whether it’s fiction or non-fiction. Here are a few to check out:

Ear Hustle
You Had Me At Black

News & Politics

Here for all things Angela Rye and her podcast 1 on 1 with Angela Rye, and Black on Air with Larry Wilmore. I’ve also included a few others that you all may love.

Pod Save America & Pod Save the People
Code Switch
Crime Stories with Nancy Grace

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  1. cece

    February 15, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    I keep hearing about podcasts! They sound awesome. I downloaded a podcast app on my phone, but that’s as far as I’ve gotten so far. I need to go ahead and give it I try.

    1. Rae

      February 15, 2018 at 2:51 pm

      Lol! Yes, you definitely need to take it a step further and start listening to AT LEAST ONE podcast. Lol!

  2. Bee Lola

    February 15, 2018 at 1:15 pm

    I’ve listened to The Read on and off for the last 2 years and I’ve loved it, most days. I love your list and how you break it down because for the longest I mostly listened to the news: BBC Africa, HBR, and a lot of the NPR. Will definitely give a few of these a try.

    1. Rae

      February 15, 2018 at 2:50 pm

      I LOVE almost everything NPR produces in the podcast world. Is BBC Africa a podcast? You know I’m completely obsessed with all things Africa and I want to digest as much as I can.

  3. Elise

    February 23, 2018 at 7:35 am

    when i scrolled through this post, my thought was “nice podcasts! but not really something right up my alley, i guess” until i saw atlanta monster. i’m a sucker for true crime / unsolved cases and this might be perfect for me! thanks for recommending!

  4. Erika

    April 21, 2018 at 12:41 pm

    I’ve been wanting to get into podcast but was never sure where to start. I literally just subscribed to this whole list…. and am currently getting all my life listening The Read talk about Beychella. Major thanks Rae for putting me on.

  5. Brandy

    May 3, 2018 at 10:20 pm

    Podcasts are pretty cool. I just started listening to a few comedies on Podcast (like Laura Clery), but I’ll definitely check these out. :)

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