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Favorite Podcasts (Society and Culture)

What are your favorite podcasts? I’m looking for some new ones since I’m going to be spending quite a lot of time walking in the future (not running)!

But before I get into that, GIVEAWAY Reminders!

And posts from this week:

And I would be amiss to not tell you all thank you all so much for the support and love that you have shown me as I start on my IVF journey. I have loved hearing from those of you who have, are, or are going to be embarking on your own fertility process, though I obviously wish that we didn’t have to deal with it. (Wondering what I am talking about?)

My intent is to discuss IVF in the same manner that I do running: yes, it is going to be a large part of my life, but there are other aspects to my life as well. I am not just a Crohn’s Disease patient, or a runner, or a foodie, or a healthy eating and living lover and advocate, or the wife of a doctor, or a fur mommy, or a Southerner living in the midwest. I am all of those things. These are all part of the Suzlyfe. My goal and hope in sharing my IVF story is to, as ever, educate, inspire, and connect (the mission behind my blog). We will figure out the balance–both in how to share and how much to keep personal and private. 

NOW, let’s lighten the mood, shall we? I love podcasts, and I’ve picked a few favorites in the past, but I thought it might be time to tell you all about the ones that I am currently loving that, dare I say it, have nothing to do with running, or really any sort of applicable use! Yep, these are informational podcasts that provide information for the sake of information. And great storytelling. I hope you will check them out and give me some more ideas in the comments!

My favorite podcasts looking at society and culture--from the designed world to stuff you should know!

Favorite Society and Culture Podcasts



I sped through these episodes. Heavyweight is a podcast about life-changing moments and the people involved in them. From a father who ordered that his ashes be scattered by a particular son on a particular hole of a particular golf course, to the guy who leant Moby a set of records that became the backbone of his greatest album, and beyond, these stories range from humorous to heartfelt and gut wrenching (like the story about bullying). The narrator is fantastic, and there is always some great humor and self deprecation involved.


Revisionist History

Malcolm Gladwell. that should be enough! This podcast is billed as a second chance, or reinterpretation, of certain aspects of the past. Gladwell is brilliant, the stories are interesting, and the application of those principles to today is really worthwhile. I really loved the episode about the “food fight” between Bowdoin and Vassar, and how their solutions also effect and address the poverty line in their students.


The Allusionist

OH MY GOODNESS I LOVE HELEN ZALTZMAN. She is freaking hilarious. And British. The Allusionist is for all of those of us who have ever wondered where the hell that word came from. Like Jenga. Or bra. Or step-sibling Or why certain cuss words are considered “worse” than others. The episodes are short, but they go deep, and they always leave you with a word of the day that I just DARE you to use (as Helen suggests) in an email!


99% Invisible

My grad school bud Sarah (who hosted us for brunch in NYC) suggested to me, and I am so glad that she did. 99% Invisible is to the designed world what Allusionist is to words. From looking at the SoHo Effect (which my grad school thesis examined) to the NBC Chimes, “99% Invisible is a weekly exploration of the process and power of design and architecture.” You will never look at food photography, McMansions, or think about ice or the letters written to the President the same way again.


Surprisingly Awesome

Concrete. Mold. Post Offices. Yoga. Flossing. Topics that seem mundane but that are actually surprisingly awesome. This is an AMAZING podcast, with fantastic hosts and you really do get your mind blown! 


Stuff You Show Know

Stuff You Should Know is my latest addition to podcasts that I am binge-listening to. From how polar bears work, to temper tantrums, to IVF, to flea circuses (!), if you have wondered about it, chances are that they are going to talk about it at some point. The hosts are funny, witty, and obviously know a lot about a lot, but I will warn you that they can get really ramble-y. Like, you’ll go from talking about kids to vomitoriums. In about 30 seconds. And not for the reason that you would expect. So, if you are ADD, you will love this.

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Looking for some more great podcasts? Check out my previous picks!

Alright, hit me with them: favorite podcasts! NO TED TALKS OR BUSINESS PODCASTS! I’m not looking to actually improve myself, people, just to be even more of a smart ass than before.

Joining Heather for Friday Favorites.

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  • Reply Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

    Haha! I think you should do a podcast of sorts. #truth
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    December 2, 2016 at 5:07 am
  • Reply Angela @ happy fit mama

    I’ve never heard of any of these podcasts. Thanks for adding to my ever growing list! I love Runners Connect and my friend’s podcast, Core Nourishment.
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    December 2, 2016 at 5:15 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’ll have to check out Core Nourishment! I already listen to Tina!

      December 4, 2016 at 6:48 am
  • Reply Jen

    So many podcasts I’ve never heard of! I tend to stick with fitness/health/nutrition podcasts, but I love venturing out to try new ones! Gotta check a few of these out!
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    December 2, 2016 at 5:39 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Let me know what you think!

      December 4, 2016 at 6:47 am
  • Reply Lisa @ Mile by Mile

    I always love hearing about new podcasts! I usually stick to the same ones but it would be good to branch out a bit!
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    December 2, 2016 at 5:49 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It never hurts to have options!

      December 4, 2016 at 6:46 am
  • Reply Sarah

    Rock and I are in download mode as I type this. Great post.
    Sarah recently posted…DIY Runner’s Gift For The HolidaysMy Profile

    December 2, 2016 at 5:58 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Let me know if you find any good new ones!

      December 4, 2016 at 6:42 am
  • Reply Coco

    Thanks for this ideas. I’ve taken to downloading podcast for plane trips. Not a podcast, but I enjoy the The Big Listen show on NPR, which is about podcasts — and highlights different podcasts every week.
    Coco recently posted…Five Great Gifts For RunnersMy Profile

    December 2, 2016 at 6:31 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well, there you go! Will have to check that out for ideas!

      December 4, 2016 at 6:42 am
  • Reply lacey@fairytalesandfitness

    Thanks for the suggestions. I do not have any to share bc I always download running ones since I am running while I listen to them. I guess I think it is motivation. But I think it’d be nice to just turn my brain off and listen to something totally different for a change.
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    December 2, 2016 at 7:00 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I totally agree (on the running motivation). Take a podcast out with your pup!

      December 4, 2016 at 6:40 am
  • Reply Emily @ My Healthyish Life

    These are fun and very different from my normal ones (health ((physical and mental)), sports and business). I listen to Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me a lot, but that’s nothing new πŸ™‚ Thanks for these!
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    December 2, 2016 at 7:14 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Oh, I haven’t done that one yet!

      December 4, 2016 at 6:40 am
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner

    I think I am the only person who does not listen to podcasts! When do you find the time for all of them?
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    December 2, 2016 at 7:37 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      On my runs (I don’t have personal podcasts, aka running friends!). Also, walking the dog.

      December 4, 2016 at 6:39 am
  • Reply kat

    I don’t listen to podcasts, but that last one that you mentioned sounds super fun! I might just have to give that one a try πŸ™‚
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    December 2, 2016 at 7:43 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      These are all great–super fun and nerdy πŸ˜€

      December 4, 2016 at 6:38 am
  • Reply Patricia @Sweet and Strong

    I was literally just saying how I want to start listening to podcasts on my way to work. I’ve never done one before, any suggestions for a first timer?!?
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    December 2, 2016 at 7:48 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      This American Life is a classic–a great first time podcast. Also, Criminal–it is about all sorts of aspects of criminality and justice–even saving a tree!

      December 4, 2016 at 6:38 am
  • Reply Cora

    Yes. Thank you. I was doing a random podcast search last week and there are so many out there that I really just needed someone to tell me what is good…. and pop here you are. Time to get smarter πŸ™‚
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    December 2, 2016 at 8:03 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It is like we have ESP

      December 4, 2016 at 6:35 am
  • Reply Erin

    I saw someone on Instagram mentioned The Moth and I totally agree! That’s a must-listen for me. I also enjoy Someone Knows Something which just released its second season. The creator delves into missing person cases, doing one each season. I also recommend Criminal but I see you included that in your previous round-up. I also started listening to Modern Love and enjoy that one as well. I also listen to Lore and Radiolab. Why, yes, I do listen to a lot of podcasts!

    December 2, 2016 at 8:25 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Oooooo I love these suggestions! I am going to check out The Moth first πŸ˜€

      December 4, 2016 at 6:35 am
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    YOU should host a podcast! Seriously. Denny can walk you through all the techy stuff.
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    December 2, 2016 at 9:56 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That’s what people keep saying. It isn’t that I haven’t thought about it, but I don’t know what I would talk about! Denny already has the running, life, and everything else taken πŸ˜€

      December 4, 2016 at 6:34 am
  • Reply Kelli @ Hungry Hobby

    I’m literally ALWAYS looking for new podcast suggestions! Thanks hot stuff

    December 2, 2016 at 11:02 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You got it, sexy b

      December 4, 2016 at 6:33 am
  • Reply Denny


    I could give you suggestions for days but here are a few:

    -Pop Culture Happy Hour
    -Drunk Ex-Pastors (Hands down, my fav show at the moment)
    -Radio Lab Presents: More Perfect
    -Science Vs
    -The Way I Heard It With Mike Rowe

    The first two in the list are weekly shows, the last four are all on some duration of hiatus at the moment (similar to revisionist history). If you need other suggestions (I’m only subscribed to about 40 shows) you know where to fine me.
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    December 2, 2016 at 11:14 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      LOVE me some Invisibilia, and I know how much you love Drunk Ex-Pastors. I think that my mom needs to listen to that. I am pummmmped

      December 4, 2016 at 6:31 am
  • Reply Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday

    I’m lucky to keep up with the one podcast I listen to, but I love them and want to listen to all of these. ALL OF THEM. And also yours, because I so totally see a podcast in your future. πŸ˜›
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    December 2, 2016 at 11:49 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well, you know that I like to talk πŸ˜€ We shall see.

      December 4, 2016 at 6:30 am
  • Reply Annmarie

    I didn’t get a chance to read your IVF post yet but I will be thinking of you <3 These podcasts look awesome, I will have to check them out!
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    December 2, 2016 at 12:44 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thanks, Annmarie!

      December 4, 2016 at 6:27 am
  • Reply Morgan @ Morgan Manages Mommyhood

    Oh man, when I was in college and interning at a non-profit I would do so much busy work/stupid mind numbing stuff and i would listen to SO MANY podcasts. I LOVED Stuff you should know, but I also loved Stuff Your Mother Didn’t Teach You and This American Life. BUT one fo my favorites then and now is Totally Married – I started listening when it FIRST started and i just got engaged and they actually addressed one of my questions. They are seriously so funny and so awesome – Elizabeth also started Totally Mommy (it all started with Totally Laime, but they ended that one a while ago, though the archives are awesome.) and I know that before they had their first, they were struggling to get pregnant and talked about it a lot in a funny and open way.
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    December 2, 2016 at 12:49 pm
  • Reply Ange // Cowgirl Runs

    I LOVED Revisionist History and I NEED a second season.

    Words?! Oh yes. Both my mom and I are obsessed with the roots of words (I should have taken latin…..and become a doctor, but that’s another story).

    I just finished the polar bears. I feel like SYSK is two super nerds with little social skills talking about….stuff. Sometimes it’s amusing, but I’m already an intolerant and impatient person, so I don’t think it’s one I could listen to back-to-back.

    LOL @ I’m not looking to improve myself. Seriously TED Radio hour (I know but whatever, I don’t always listen). The one on food from November was awesome.
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    December 2, 2016 at 4:33 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hear you on them getting a bit too off topic sometimes. But that is what fast forward if for, right?? And I took Latin, so you will love the Allusionist.

      December 4, 2016 at 6:25 am
  • Reply Farrah

    I was listening to a lot of podcasts when I was on my OB rotation but now that I don’t have to drive and I’m just walking to/from work every day, I’ve just been…playing Pokemon Go, hahaha. I should get back into listening again! I could technically do both, and these all sound so interesting!
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    December 2, 2016 at 9:32 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Oh, you and your Pokemon go πŸ˜€

      December 4, 2016 at 6:23 am
  • Reply Megan @ Meg Go Run

    I love podcasts! The only one already listen to that you mentioned is SUSN. Here are non politics non reality show podcasts I could recommend for you… Stuff You Missed In History Class, The Ezra Kline Show, Fresh Air, This American Life, Savage Lovecast, This American Life, Real Crime Profile. Let me know if you try any! Fresh Air has Archie’s going back yearrrrrrrs. If you go to you can go to the search bar and type in anyone you can think of and filter it for just Fresh Air. Terry Gross has interviewed everyone!
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    December 2, 2016 at 10:43 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I love This American Life, so I definitely need to check out these other ones! Have you listened to Criminal?

      December 4, 2016 at 6:23 am
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    Sooo I’m a bit late to the Podcast party as I never really listened to them until recently. I’ve been listening to Christy Nockel’s Glorious in the Mundane podcast when I walk and I LOVE it. She pretty much just talks life and family with friends at her dining room table and it’s so so good!
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    December 4, 2016 at 5:45 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Oh, that sounds fantastic! I will definitely have to check it out!

      December 5, 2016 at 1:06 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    I’m so glad you like 99% Invisible!!! I have the hugest nerd crush on Roman Mars. And yes, Helen Zaltsman is the best! She’s so funny. Lots of the radiotopia shows are really good. I’ve been hearing about surprisingly awesome, I’ll have to check it out!

    December 4, 2016 at 10:26 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m obsessed with Helen. I have a girl crush on her πŸ˜€

      December 5, 2016 at 1:05 pm
  • Reply Jen @ Chase the Red Grape

    Not to toot my own horn or anything but the Chase the Red Grape podcast is pretty damn amazing πŸ˜‰
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    December 5, 2016 at 1:34 am
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      December 5, 2016 at 1:03 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ RunWiki

    I’m always looking for new podcasts– thank you for the inspiration!
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    December 6, 2016 at 9:29 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You will love these, Lisa! Great for you to take a load off with.

      December 6, 2016 at 1:23 pm
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    I”m so behind the times! I haven’t really done podcasts yet. Clearly I need to change that!
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    December 7, 2016 at 7:13 am
  • Reply San

    I am an on and off podcast listener. I get bored quickly. Thanks for the recommendations. I forgot, I used to listen to “Stuff you should know”… I should go back to it.
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    December 8, 2016 at 6:01 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      There are so many episode options–I”m sure you can find one you like!

      December 9, 2016 at 12:23 pm

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