Shows We Love
People often ask us about podcast recommendations. Maybe they haven't yet dipped their toe into the wide world of podcasts, or they've just finished Serial and want to hear more. Below is a list of shows we love to listen to, and you might too!
You might also appreciate this Magnificent List of 111 Female-Hosted Podcasts compiled by WNYC's Note to Self (listed below), which we were thrilled, surprised and delighted to find ourselves a part of!
Australian Appearance Activist and upcoming guest, Carly Findlay, also included us in her lovely blog post, Six podcasts about disabilities, illness and mental health that I love.
And check out our archived newsletters for even more podcast recommendations that haven't made their way to the below list yet.
Shows About Sickness and Health
The Mental Illness Happy Hour with Paul Gilmartin
"Weekly podcast interviews with comedians, artists, friends, and the occasional doctor. All exploring mental illness, trauma, addiction and negative thinking." Paul describes the show as "a waiting room that doesn't suck."
Recommended Episode: "Episode 103: Emily Gordon" The podcaster (Indoor Kids) and former licensed therapist opens up about her battle with Adult Onset Still’s Disease, her mentally-ill grandmother, rebelling as an adolescent, being a woman in the South, working with schizophrenic patients, and perpetrators and victims of domestic violence. They also talk about the importance of having emotional support, and how to distance yourself from people who are draining.
The Dark Place with Joel Kutz
"The Dark Place is a podcast hosted by Joel Kutz, where everyday people share stories about depression, anxiety, trauma, mental illness, and any pain that feels too taboo to talk about elsewhere. This is not therapy. It's just an open, non-judgemental space that hopes to show that if you're struggling, you're not alone."
Recommended Episode: "#22: Jessie Duke" At just 20 years old, Jessie is a badass filmmaker turning her Crohn’s disease diagnosis into a platform for compassion. For this hour she lets herself be vulnerable. Topics include being chronically ill, feeling isolated, dealing with the emotions around sex, and medication that makes you forget an entire month of your life.
Just Talking Podcast with Christopher Snider
"A Freeflowing Podcast With Purpose," Just Talking features conversational interviews with a variety of interesting people, many of whom are engaged in patient advocacy.
Recommended Episode: "318 - with Cara Gael" Cara talks about her long diagnostic process, explains what Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome actually is, and developing In Sickness + In Health.
Dear Friends & Family with Lex and Patty from ID Studios
"Dear Friends & Family is a show about living a full life with chronic illness with your hosts Patty & Lex. Patty lives with Fibromyalgia & Lex lives with Small Fiber Neuropathy. Together they explore the topics of life, love, and happiness with other people living a life involving illness."
Recommended Episode: "S18 In Sickness + In Health (Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome)" Cara talked to Lex & Patty about her weird body and starting her own podcast. You can find the episode on Sticher or iTunes!
The Pulse from WHYY
"Stories at the Heart of Health, Science and Innovation"
Only Human from WNYC
"Only Human is a podcast about about how health shapes our lives."
Recommended Episode: "Your Sanity or Your Kidneys" "Jaime Lowe started taking lithium when she was 17, after a manic episode...and for more than 20 years, the drug has been her near-constant companion....she learned last year that her long-term lithium use has taken a physical toll. It’s damaged her kidneys. Now, she faces a choice that’s not much of choice at all: an eventual kidney transplant, or going off the drug that has kept her sane all these years."
Death: the podcast with Ariane Elfant from It's New Orleans
"Death: the podcast tells the stories of personal experiences of death - fear of it, laughing at it, life-changing brushes with it, dealing with lost loved ones, and our own inevitable and unknown heart-stopping moment. Through confronting death we learn what it is to be alive."
The Story Collider
Not a podcast specifically about health, but features many stories related to medicine, health and illness. It features personal stories about science told live on stage... so it's like The Moth, but about science!
Featured Episode: "Erin Barker: Oh, Just Those Four Things?" You might have heard Erin talk about her experience with Vulvodynia and Interstitial Cystitis here on In Sickness + In Health, but in this episode of The Story Collider, she tells a hilarious story about how those conditions only made her give up four things; they just happen to be the four things worth living for.
The Longest Shortest Time with Hilary Frank, now on Earwolf
"A 3:00 a.m. bedside companion about the ups and downs of parenthood." I have not, do not, and will not ever want to be a parent, but I've listened to every single episode of this show because it's so good. A show about parenting and families, there's enough pregnancy and childbirth related episodes to file it under shows related to health.
Recommended Episodes: If you need a good cry, "The Shortest Day" will definitely get you there, but they're not all sad! If you've ever had a run in with an obnoxious doctor, you'll appreciate "Pediatricians, They're Just Like Us!"
Chronic Sex with friend of the podcast, Kirsten Schultz
You may remember Kirsten from episodes 10 and 14, and now she's started a podcast of her own! The Chronic Sex podcast is "about how chronic illnesses affect self-love, self-care, relationships, sexuality, and sex."
She Does with Elaine Sheldon and Sarah Ginsburg
"She Does features conversations with creative women making their mark in the field of media. Each episode centers around an intimate conversation yet digs deeper into each woman's background, philosophy and process through artful audio documentaries soundtracked by music made by women."
Another Round with Tracy Clayton and Heben Nigatu from Buzzfeed Audio
They "cover everything from race, gender and pop culture to squirrels, mangoes, and bad jokes, all in one boozy show."
The Tell Show with Summer Anne Burton and Isaac Fitzgerald from Buzzfeed Audio
"Through a mix of party games, interviews, and live performance-style storytelling, Summer, Isaac and their guests tell stories they haven't shared publicly before—and reveal things about themselves you’d normally never tell a stranger."
Internet Explorer with Ryan Broderick and Katie Notopoulos from Buzzfeed Audio
"BuzzFeed editors Ryan Broderick and Katie Notopoulos explore the weirdest corners of the internet, so you don't have to."
Death Sex + Money with Anna Sale from WNYC
"A podcast about the big questions and hard choices that are often left out of polite conversation. Host Anna Sale talks to celebrities and regular people about relationships, money, family, work and making it all count while we're here."
The Sporkful with Dan Pashman from WNYC
One of the best food shows you'll ever hear, "It's Not for Foodies, It's for Eaters."
Recommended Episode: "Comic Maria Bamford Risked Her Life For Ice Cream" "Eating an ice cream cone in a pool of blood may just be the perfect metaphor for Maria Bamford's darkly funny comedy."
On The Media with Brooke Gladstone and Bob Garfield from NPR & WNYC
"While maintaining the civility and fairness that are the hallmarks of public radio, OTM tackles sticky issues with a frankness and transparency that has built trust with listeners and led to more than a tripling of its audience in five years."
Recommended Episodes: "A Skeptic's Guide to Health News and Diet Fads" and their other "Consumer Guide(s) to Breaking News..."
Note To Self with Manoush Zomorodi from WNYC
"Is your phone watching you? Can wexting make you smarter? Are your kids real? These and other essential quandaries for anyone trying to preserve their humanity in the digital age. Join host Manoush Zomorodi for your weekly reminder to question everything. "
There Goes the Neighborhood from The Nation and WNYC
"An in-depth look at the gentrification of Brooklyn, from the developers to the mayor’s plan for affordable housing, to the integral role that race plays in the process."
Two Dope Queens with Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams from WNYC
"Join the 2 Dope Queens, Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams, along with their favorite comedians, for stories about sex, romance, race, hair journeys, living in New York, and Billy Joel. Plus a whole bunch of other shit."
On Being with Krista Tippett from Krista Tippett Public Productions
"On Being opens up the animating questions at the center of human life: What does it mean to be human, and how do we want to live? We explore these questions in their richness and complexity in 21st-century lives and endeavors. We pursue wisdom and moral imagination as much as knowledge; we esteem nuance and poetry as much as fact."
Recommended Episode: "Doris Taylor - Stem Cells, Untold Stories" Using stem cells, Doris Taylor brought the heart of a dead animal back to life and might one day revolutionize human organ transplantation. She takes us beyond lightning rod issues and into an unfolding frontier where science is learning how stem cells work reparatively in every body at every age.
You Must Remember This with Karina Longworth, part of the Panoply network
A podcast that covers "The secret and/or forgotten histories of Hollywood's first century." Karina takes the listener on a journey through the lives of stars from Buster Keaton to Madonna, and did a really, really good series on Charles Manson.
99% Invisible with Roman Mars from Radiotopia
"99% Invisible is a tiny radio show about design, architecture & the 99% invisible activity that shapes our world. Each episode is a sound-rich deep dive into a single topic."
Recommended Episode: "Awareness" an episode about the history of the HIV/AIDS awareness ribbon.
Reply All with PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman from Gimlet
It's "A Show About The Internet."
Recommended Episode: "#42 Blind Spot" It's a familiar story for a lot of us, a woman starts experiencing strange symptoms that a long string of doctors struggle to diagnose, but it ends with something of a twist thanks to the internet.
Mystery Show with Startlee Kine from Gimlet
"Mystery Show is a podcast where Starlee Kine solves mysteries." It's whimsical and hilarious, and it's the best.
Sampler with Brittany Luse from Gimlet
A podcast about podcasts.
Call Your Girlfriend with Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow
"A podcast for long distance besties everywhere." Aside from recapping other recent events in news and pop culture, they have a segment called "This Week in Menstruation," which is of course the best.
The Bindercast with Leigh Stein and Lux Alptraum
"The BinderCast is the only podcast exclusively devoted to women and gender non-conforming writers and their careers. In each episode, [they] tackle the essential questions of making it as a writer."
Longform with multiple hosts from Longform.org
A weekly podcast of interviews with longform non-fiction writers about their process and careers.
Talk Nerdy with Cara Santa Maria
Science communicator, Cara Santa Maria, talks to people in different fields about their work and interests.
The Struggle Bus with Katharine Heller and Sally Tamarkin
"A weekly advice podcast hosted by BFFs. Climb aboard the struggle bus and join in as Katharine and Sally discuss listener-submitted questions and problems and offer the best solutions one could hope to get from co-hosts whose credentials are: 'They have lots of feelings and opinions.'"
Dear Sugar Radio with Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond from WBUR
"The universe has good news for the lost, lonely and heartsick. Dear Sugar—the cult-favorite advice column from The Rumpus—is back, but this time speaking right into your ears. Hosted by the original Sugars, Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond, the podcast fields all your questions — no matter how deep or dark — and offers radical empathy in return."
What's the Point with Jody Avirgan from fivethirtyeight
"What’s The Point is a short weekly conversation that highlights data’s growing influence and brings in the people who are using it in surprising ways."
Recommended Episode: ".04 Doctors and Data" Dr. James Hamblin, writer for The Atlantic, discusses how big (and bad) data will affect your next visit to the doctor.
Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting
Reveal "holds the powerful accountable and reveal government fraud and waste of taxpayer funds, human rights violations, environmental degradation and threats to public safety. We consistently shine a bright light on injustice and protect the most vulnerable in our society."
Recommended Episode: "A mountain of misconduct" Reveal teamed up with New Hampshire Public Radio health and science reporter Jack Rodolico to unveil 40 years of alleged abuse and neglect of people with disabilities at specialty rehab centers across the U.S.
Crybabies with Sarah Thyre and Susan Orlean from Earwolf
"The commercial with the soldier returning home for the holidays, the song about moving on from a bad relationship, a kid reading an Archie comic at a bus stop: these things always manage to make Sarah Thyre and Susan Orlean cry. Join Sarah, Susan, and an incredible guest, every other week for a discussion on the best eye exercise out there: tickling your tear ducts"
The JV Club with Janet Varney from Nerdist
"Join proud dork Janet Varney as she explores the highs and lows of the bygone years with some of her favorite women as they talk their way through the terrible teens into adult-lescence. Warning: This Podcast Contains Sincerity."
The K Ohle with Kurt Braunohler from Nerdist
The K Ohle is a multi-format podcast hosted by comedian Kurt Braunohler, the man who brought you the Kickstarter to hire a skywriter to write "How Do I Land?" He is also responsible for the Comedy Central webseries, Roustabout, in which he rode a jetski from Chicago to New Orleans to raise money for Heifer International. Most recently he drove a giant butt across the country.
Recommended Episode: "#82: The K Ohle with Lauren Cook" Kurt chats with Lauren Cook (his wife) about Lyme disease, which she recently found out she has had for 8 years.