9 Podcasts You Need to Know

Today I’ll be sharing with you guys the podcast post that I mentioned I’d do back in my how to balance your life post! I sit in a lot of traffic on a daily basis, especially since I make the commute from Manhattan Beach to Downtown LA. And trust me … when you get to sit in that much traffic you start looking for ways to make time go by faster. I like listening to podcasts when I’m driving because it’s a time that I can use to feed my brain and for personal growth. There are so many different podcasts out there, but I listen to a variety of shows that are both inspiring and entertaining! Here is my list of 9 podcasts that you need in your life!

1. Radiolab

Radiolab does such an amazing job of storytelling! All of their shows are super well produced and I love all the stories that they tell on this station. Recently I just listened to their story on K-pop and I learned even more about this crazy phenomenon in Korea. It was entertaining and I was totally hooked listening to this while I was driving home. There was also an episode on racism in debate that really moved me. I know nothing about debate, so listening to this episode really taught me something new as well as made me aware of social issues that I wasn’t informed on. It raised questions that I otherwise wouldn’t have thought about. That’s why I love Radiolab. The variety of topics really stimulates your brain in different ways! I won’t spoil it for you guys, but you definitely need Radiolab in your life!

2. Dear Sugar

I try to never miss an episode of Dear Sugar. They give advice and opinions on everything from love, sex, and relationships to just life in general. It’s always raw and honest. I always feel like I’m walking out of a therapy session when I finish an episode of this podcast! It’s like always having a close friend who is loving but can be brutally honest with me right there in my pocket.

3. Stuff Mom Never Told You

These are short 30-minute podcasts that focus on women’s issues. I love how they can take such serious topics and talk about them in a to-the-point, witty and objective way. This podcast touches on everything from infertility to women in Hollywood and I always feel enlightened after listening to Stuff Mom Never Told You. I can honestly say I learn something new everytime I listen!

4. This American Life

This American Life is filled with unique storytelling with smart and creative themes. Many times I find myself completely immersed in these stories. I laugh, I cry, and I’m always touched. It’s the one podcast that I feel is worth listening to every time. Each week there’s a new topic so I love how they always change it up. There’s tons of diversity within the stories and it’s basically like listening to a “movie for radio.”

5. Serial

This is the one podcast I listen to with Allen, it’s the activity we do together when we are winding down for the day. This podcast is, in my opinion, a brilliant piece of work. It’s as if I’m reading a book that I can’t put down! I won’t spoil the details on here but just to give you a quick run down it’s about a journalist who looking at an old murder case and is speaking to the people that were involved one way or another. This murder mystery brings the listener along with the journalist to make sense of what may have actually happened. We try to listen every night … now if only Allen would stop falling asleep in the middle of the episodes! It’s torture, but I have to wait for him before moving on to the next episode!

6. The Style Scout

This podcast is like listening to a fashion blog! Episodes of The Style Scout have insider interviews from the stylish people who rule the worlds of fashion, beauty, home, food. I also had the honor of being a guest on this show where I got the chance to talk about balancing out my career and motherhood. It hasn’t been an easy journey but I’m glad I could share my story with others and how I’ve been able to adapt my personal style in this new role of mine.

7. Wear Your Dreams

Wear Your Dreams is all about amazing women who turned their passions into their career. Created by Alice Oluyitan, the woman behind the successful GBEMI brand, this podcast is filled with motivation, inspiration, and great advice. Whenever I’m having a tough day, I’ll listen to an episode of this and I’ll be ready to take on the world!

8. Online Marketing Made Easy

This podcast speaks for itself! The woman behind this podcast, Amy, is a marketing whiz. Episodes of Online Marketing Made Easy are a must for anyone in the marketing game. She has thorough and detailed explanations and tips to help you bring your marketing to the next level!

9. #GirlBoss Radio

The Queen of #GirlBosses herself, Sofia Amoruso herself is the face behind this podcast. Every episode the Nasty Gal founder brings on guests to talk about their mark in their respective fields. From guests such as Courtney Love to Grace Helbig, this podcast never fails to inspire me. All of the episodes are very laid back and easy to listen to, it’s like sitting in on a conversation between friends!

10. Open Account

This podcast is done by one of my dear friends, Suchin and it’s all ab0ut something that’s not talked about enough: money! A person’s relationship with money can be complicated and Open Account addresses how people make it, how the spend it, how they can lose it and how they live with it! It’s inspiring, uplifting and most of all practical! Be sure to give it a listen.  

And there you have it, the 9 podcasts that you need in your life! 3 of these podcasts were introduced to me by a friend of mine Chloe Watts of Chloe Digital who is insanely successful in her field. A true girl boss herself. Here’s her roundup of podcasts that all girl bosses need to listen to to HERE! Do you have any podcast that you listen to that deserve to be on this list? Let me know in the comments below!


  • Rachel says:

    I’ve never listened to a podcast before, but the descriptions you gave on a few of them just added them to the list. Will come back and let you know how it went. Great post!

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  • Kate says:

    These are all such great suggestions Chriselle! I’ve been looking to find podcasts to listen to on a pretty regular basis and I think I’ll start with these! Thanks for the tips,



  • Heather says:

    I also love serial, radiolab & this American life. I’m surprised no one has mentioned modern love. Short 20 min podcasts but some very memorable love stories! I’m a sucker for a good love story. :)

  • Fang Ting says:

    How do you have so much time to do so many things?
    You inspire me to be a hardworking, always on-the-go working mum!

    -singapore fan

  • Chriselle! I can’t thankyou enough for sharing our podcast, we are so happy to be apart of this blog post. I’m so in love with podcasting and am so excited to listen the other shows you shared. If your up for a chat we would love to get you on the show- I love speaking to Style Publishers! Thanks for all your beautiful, inspiring content – hope to speak soon :-)
    Alice x x x x x

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  • Marina says:

    Thank you for sharing! I will definitely check those you’ve recommended. I’m personally listening to all Freakonomics Radio podcasts with Steve Dubner, he is the best!

  • Mara says:

    Thanks for the leads on podcasts. Two of my favorites are “Sounds True: Insights at the Edge” and “On Being”. Both of these podcasts deal with Psychology and Spirit.

  • Scott Penton says:

    Thanks for this list. I’ve been listening to podcasts since 2004 but there’s always new one’s popping up all the time. Another that’s good for business is Entrepreneur On Fire by John Lee Dumas.

  • lararashii says:

    Thank you for sharing! :)
    Listening to podcast has been a new hobby for me, I’m currently istening to design life and invisibilia.

  • Call your Girlfriend, Another Round, and Happier definitely are my main stays in terms of podcasts! I am looking forward to trying some of these out too. I love podcasts!

  • Tenz says:

    I will definitely be giving these a listen, I really like bulletproof radio podcasts!

  • Carmen says:

    Dear Sugar sounds pretty interesting & always relevant. Serial is a great choice as well; you really can’t go wrong! :]

    // ▲ itsCarmen.com ▲

  • Diana says:

    Love this list – thanks for sharing! Checking out Dear Sugar right now!

    Diana | http://www.thechicdiary.com/blog

  • Great list! Thanks for sharing!
    Mademoiselle Coconath

  • sahara says:

    Thank you so much. I subscribed all of them!



  • vanessa says:

    Nice post dear! really love it!

  • livusha says:

    Definitely a16z podcast!

  • shweta says:

    i love recommendations because there is just too much to choose from


  • Thanks for sharing these!! I listen to This American Life and have been hooked on it for years!!


  • minear says:

    Among these 9 podcast, I have only listen to American life on Stitcher. I hope I can find all these podcast on stitcher as well.
    Thanks for sharing,

  • Yoonjeong Choi says:

    Thank you so much for the great post, this is what I need,
    Love ,

    Yoonjeong Choi

  • Vicky T. says:

    I was never a fan of podcast but the ones you shared sounds so interesting. I’ll have to give it another try


  • Elizabeth T. says:

    Totally loved this post Chriselle! :) I’m always looking forward to book recommendations, so podcast recommendations are definitely very new, but also something that I know will be so fun and interesting <3 Serial sounds like such a great podcast to listen to, so I know why you must be hooked 😛 Hahaha and it's sweet of you to wait for Allen :)

    XO, Elizabeth

  • Awesome advices. I feel very special and cared for. Makes me feel vain and good today. Of course, I need an occasional reality check, but I will do this on mu own. Thank you for your web site.

  • Carolyn says:

    these sound amazing! I must add them on my to-listen list


  • You should be a guest on MY podcast!!!!

  • Ari says:

    Podcasts have been my obsession lately. Thanks for the suggestions.

  • Ruth says:

    Thanks for sharing! I had no idea Sophia Amoruso had a girlboss podcast! Definitely going to try this one out :)

  • Alice says:

    Great list! Definitely going to try listening to some of these, they’re all new to me!

    xo, alice / T Y P E N U

  • Milana says:

    I love Filler podcast and Ladygang
    The first one i love the most and basally it’s an interviews with different creators and arty persons.

  • sasa says:

    Cool! I was listening to Serial:P

    Shall We Sasa

  • Ashley says:

    I love Radiolab! Now I have to check out all your other suggestions, thanks! :)

    XOXO, Ashley

  • Monika says:

    Thank you for this post! It is ideal timing!

  • Ev says:

    Great post! :)


  • Mikayla says:

    Thanks for this tips, Chriselle! I’ve honestly been wanting to get into podcasts, but had no clue which ones were worthwhile. I’m excited to start Serial (:


  • Thuy says:

    These are all new to me. Thanks, Chriselle :) I currently listen to Garance Dore’s new podcast the most but I sometimes listen to The Fighter and The Kid and Joe Rogan’s podcast when he has highly intellectual conversations. Not into the stand-up stuff.


  • Polly says:

    Dear Sugar and Stuff Mom Never Told You sounds like podcasts I would enjoy! Thanks for sharing!


  • Yesss, I’ve been waiting for this post! thanks for shring, I’ve picked 3 new podcasts for myself! Some of my all-time favorites are #GIRLBOSS radio, Stuff you should know, The lively Show, This is your life and Make it happen. I did a whole blog post, explaing why I love each of them: http://www.alinaermilova.com/2016/02/my-5-favorite-podcasts.html


  • Georgia says:

    Great post I love podcasts! My faveourite is ‘The Lady Gang’ 3 girls living and working in Hollywood who have different guests on every week. They’re so funny and honest.. Highly recommend!xxx

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