We all enjoyed binging on episodes of Serial, but now that you’re caught up, you’re probably wondering, “What now?” No matter what beat you cover, Ed’s got you covered with eleven podcasts sure to inspire and hook you week after week.
If you want career and workplace content: Employee of the Month
Curious about how professionals like Last Week Tonight with John Oliver writer Josh Gondelman and UN ambassador Samantha Power got their start? Tune in to Employee of the Month as host Catie Lazarus chats with experts about what they do and crazy experiences they’ve had on the job. Melissa Bykofsky, senior editor at Woman’s Day and Redbook, says this is the podcast for career editors. “It gets you thinking of the people behind the face of the brand who could be great resources for stories, or stories themselves,” she explains.
For all things money: Her Money with Jean Chatzky
As the financial editor for NBC’s Today show, Jean Chatzky knows how many financial challenges women face and how rarely they receive advice specific to their needs. HerMoney, a podcast made for women, explores the financial planning steps necessary for living comfortably, along with open discussions with influential movers and shakers like Joanna Coles and Gretchen Rubin.
If you’re tackling the love and relationships beat: Modern Love and Neurotic Tornado
Modern Love, The New York Times column that features submissions from readers about love’s joys and tribulations, has now become a podcast. Celebrities read their favorite stories, while host Meghna Chakrabarti and editor Daniel Jones catch up with the original writers to see where they are now.
Neurotic Tornado, which is hosted by Yuvi Zalkow and Jackie Shannon Hollis, lives up to its name as a podcast that specializes in “all the beautiful messiness of being together.” Melissa Kirsch, deputy editor at SheKnows, says she’s fascinated by season three, when Yvi and Jackie cover an open marriage.
For anyone in tech and new media editorial: Reply All and StartUp
Bykofsky and Kirsch both recommend PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman’s Reply All, a podcast described as “a show about the internet.” The episodes are sprinkled with human touches, with stories on Email Debt Forgiveness Day and the tale of what really happened to the first person to ever broadcast their life via webcam.
StartUp digs into the realities of what it really takes to make it as a bootstrapping business and how companies can survive without the backing of massive corporate entities. Now on their third season, co-hosts Alex Blumberg and Lisa Chow talk to founders from a wide range of companies who need to make changes, but are stuck.
Talking race and gender, happy hour style: Another Round
In the first episode, hosts Tracy Clayton and Heben Nigatu declared, “Another Round is basically happy hour with friends you haven’t met yet. Grab a drink and yell along.” Backed by Buzzfeed, the podcast features lively debates over everything from African feminism and the dating world to social media, translating tramp stamps, and squirrels. “Buzzfeed gets what their audience wants in a podcast and translates their online prowess to the medium so wonderfully,” Kirsch says.
Calling all entertainment writers: Pop Culture Happy Hour
Linda Holmes hosts NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour, a roundtable podcast about what their staff is watching, reading, and listening to. Yes, this podcast touches on mainstream superhero blockbusters and HBO series, but it also explores YA fiction, Eurovision, and obscure Twitter accounts, among other pop culture happenings to be in the know about.
And if you’re just looking for good storytelling: The Moth, StoryCorps, and This Is Actually Happening
Ed knows that no matter what the medium is, there’s no better way for whippersnappers to unwind than by enjoying a personal narrative that speaks to the heart. NPR’s StoryCorps shares and preserves the stories of our lives while This Is Actually Happening probes us on the best, worst, and “Wait, what?” circumstances in life.
Recently showcased in an episode of HBO’s “Girls,” The Moth’s true stories told to a live audience have made a fan out of Bykofsky. “The people sharing stories on The Moth are true storytellers, often sharing everyday experiences in the most compelling and off the cuff way,” she says. “They don’t have notes or scripts; they just share their narrative from complete memory and are always captivating. These are the kinds of storytellers every features editor hopes to work with.”