Hayden’s Favorite Podcasts

The internship I currently have this summer requires a lot of computer work, as I’m in the marketing department. I can’t listen to music or videos with lyrics or people talking while I’m writing or reading, but this summer I’m mostly working on my skills using different kinds of software that would be beneficial to understand when I start applying for jobs in publishing in the future. So basically I’m not doing any reading or writing right now, which means I can listen to all the music and videos I want!

But music goes by too fast. Songs are too short, I always find myself wishing they would last longer. Plus, if I go through a phase where shuffle is giving me songs I’m not in the mood to listen to, I waste time trying to find that ONE song I want to listen to for four minutes until it goes on to the next song. Which ends up being a song I’m not in the mood to listen to . . . You get it. It’s a vicious cycle.

I enjoy videos because they’re longer, but I also don’t like them when I’m trying to work because I can’t sit and actually watch them. Watching the videos is half the experience, yes? If it’s a funny video, you need to be watching it. If it’s a video by your favorite beauty guru, you need to be watching it. I enjoy watching funny videos and makeup videos, but I need to give them my full attention.

I’ve never understood the point of podcasts until now. I can’t believe I’ve been missing out this whole time, but to be fair, I haven’t had a need for them until now. So, here’s a (short) list of the podcasts I listen to while I’m at work.

1. Jenna & Julien Podcast

Maybe you’ve heard of Jenna Marbles? Maybe you’ve watched her videos? I’ve been watching them since middle school. Granted I don’t watch them every week, but when I do find the time to watch them I make sure to catch up on all the videos I missed.

Jenna is one of the YouTube Greats; she’s been around for what seems like forever (in the BEST way). I recently found out that she and her boyfriend, Julien (who is equally as awesome), do a podcast together! I was trying to watch one of Jenna’s videos at work a few weeks ago and was struggling, constantly having to rewind because I missed something. As I was watching, I realized that Jenna and Julien’s constant banter is part of what makes the videos enjoyable. I did some clicking around on YouTube and discovered their podcast together, and I’ve been hooked ever since.

They’ve been doing it for a few years, so there’s loads of content out there to catch up on, which I’m 100% doing. I easily listen to four or five of their podcasts a day, and sometimes I feel ridiculous because I’ll start laughing to myself and I have to try to stay quiet so no one will hear me and think I’m even more insane than I am. But whatever.

2. Elvis Duran and the Morning Show ON DEMAND

This one is a MUST!!! I love these guys.

I started listening to them because of my mom, actually. She listens to their radio show every morning. When I’m home from college and getting ready in my bathroom, instead of playing music like I normally do, I’ll listen to their show playing on the radio in her room. They’re so entertaining, and they always have the best guests. They have the best discussions, too. I love them.

Shout-out to my mom for having great taste and telling me they have a podcast so I can still listen to their show when I’m not listening to the radio in the morning.

3. Reading Women

This is a very recent discovery for me, I found them just a few days ago on my bookstagram. The episodes I’ve listened to so far have been so captivating. I love their voices, I love their topics (book lovers, take note!), I love everything about them. Highly recommend this one. Plus, you get to hear them interview some great authors, which is super beneficial (and inspiring) for young writers. Go check them out, maybe they’ve interviewed your favorite author, or maybe you’ll make a new discovery!

4. Conspiracy Theories

Okay, so this one is a little hit-and-miss for me. I think conspiracy theories are super fun to listen to (Jenna & Julien have a few episodes where they discuss conspiracy theories, which is what led me to this), but of course some of them are super out there and kind of meh. While I think they do a good job of explaining the conspiracy theory and everything, sometimes I get bored listening to this one, but that’s only because they aren’t enthusiastic and making jokes like the other podcasts on this list. This one is very mellow and factual, but interesting.

I shouldn’t say “boring,” it’s more like you need to be in a certain mood to listen to this one. You need to be ready to hear about some crazy conspiracy theory shit, ready to take it all in without any extra content involved. If that makes sense. It does to me at least.

The show has great ratings, and I understand why, because a lot of the episodes I’ve listened to are enjoyable. Some of the episodes I’ve had to click out of, though, but I genuinely believe it’s because I wasn’t in the right mindset for it. I thought I was, but once I got there I realized I needed something more energetic.

Hmm . . . That’s probably because I listen to these while I’m working, and I need something more stimulating. I think I’d recommend this podcast for a calm evening at home, or before bed or something to get your brain thinking. Not when you’re feeling energetic. Unless this is super duper your thing, then listen to it whenever you want.

How I Listen

I’m sure some of these are available on YouTube, like the Jenna & Julien Podcast. But I actually just use the Podcasts app that comes on all Apple devices. You know, the app that you probably deleted right away because you knew you’d for sure never ever use it? (Yeah, I did that on my phone. Luckily I didn’t on my iPad, which is the device I use.)

If you deleted the app, there’s probably some way to get it back. I’m not sure what that is, but where there’s a will there’s a way, right?

Also, these podcasts are all free to subscribe to, which I was surprised by. I think that’s part of the reason I deleted the app; I had no idea what podcasts were, but I guess I was convinced whatever it was would cost money. Even once I started using the app I was convinced some things would cost money. Still when I go to check out other podcasts I hesitate to make sure it’s free before I subscribe. I’m assuming it’s all free.

Oh, and none of this is sponsored. I probably didn’t need to add that, but hey, one never knows anymore.


Do you listen to podcasts? What are your favorites? Leave a comment!

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