I started listening to podcasts a few years back while drafting architectural plans, and now there are special spots in my brain and in my day that embrace this way of learning and connecting.
I should say that these days, I don’t listen to podcasts when I am stressed or overwhelmed, nor when I am going to sleep. And I don’t listen when I am creating something that requires a depth of thought or being in a complete state of “flow”, and nor do I when I am with my kids (not for any reason of virtue–rather that it makes my brain hurt taking in so much information at once). In fact, I really only associate these particular activities with podcast listening: cooking tea, knitting, walking (alone), and lying in the dark trying to get a tiny human to sleep.
I find myself wanting to listen more in the winter time–maybe as an interior escape from the cabin fever that comes at this time of year. So I thought I might share with you some of the podcasts I am always excited to hear a new episode of, in case you might like them too:
- Slow Home is hosted by Brooke McAlary and comes out of the Slow Living movement. With a gentle tone, it celebrates minimalism, simplicity, and authenticity. Try: The Problem with Minimalism, Small Acts and Big Impacts with Jono Fisher, or Create More, Consume Less with Margy Heuschele.
- Katy Says is biomechanist Katy Bowman’s podcast about health, alignment and how to move in order to deal with the mechanical causes of ailments and poor health. That makes it sound kinda boring, but Bowman’s work has totally transformed my perspective on my body, on movement, and how I engage in the world around me (and I am in NO WAY a sporty or athletic person). If you have a body or live in the world, there is something for you in this podcast. Try: Babies and Movement Part 1 + Part 2, A Nature Education, or Stack Your Life for More Natural Movement.
- Living Homegrown is geared towards people with small inner-city gardens (or no garden at all) who wish to be “farm fresh, but without the farm”. It covers a broad array of topics and I have gained much inspiration from it. Try: An Epic Edible Garden, Slow Flowers with Debra Prinzing, or Fermenting Food 101–Troubleshooting.
- Away To Garden is a rich and broad interpretation of gardening, and it ranges from deep discussion of biology to the more woo-woo aspects of gardening. Try: Lee Reich on Planting Trees, Joan Maloof on Old Growth Forests, or Olivia Carril on Bees.
- Radiolab is a beautifully produced and very smart show at the intersection of science, philosophy, and human experience. Try: Colors, Henrietta’s Tumor, or From Tree to Shining Tree.
- And one for the kids! We love Sparkle Stories (although we only listen to the free ones) and it is easy to have playing in the background while my son plays quietly and I get something adult-y done… like collect my thoughts. They tell gentle stories that open up the imagination. Here are a bunch of free stories, and if you subscribe in iTunes, you will get a free one each week.
Looking at this list, except for the australian Slow Home, I realise these are all North American podcasts. This makes sense, as the birth of my podcast interest was in the USA, but I wonder if you know of some good UK ones that I might add to my listening menu?