The 10 Best Podcasts: Working from Home

This was actually written by Morgan. As a pooch, I'm not that into podcasts! - Penny

Everything I know I learned from a podcast...

Well perhaps not everything! But, as anyone who's met me knows I start a lot of sentences with 'I was listening to a podcast and....'.

Working from home, podcasts keep me sane! Sure, I talk to the dogs, but some days, I don't talk to another human between 8am and 6pm! I can definitively state that without podcasts I would be loopy! 

Podcasts are the ultimate way to multitask. Between working, drawing and trying to build a small business, I haven't had time to pick up a book for months, let alone the mindfulness to concentrate on it, without my thoughts wandering to tasks left undone, and ideas I must jot-down-this-instant!!!!

The wonderful thing about podcasts is that you can listen while you're walking the dogs, driving, drawing, or cleaning. When I'm up to a particularly compelling part, I sometimes even continue to listen while doing the grocery shopping (I love self-serve checkouts!). 

The other great thing about podcasts is that they cover such a broad range of subjects. It doesn't matter what you're interested in or what you're trying to learn there's almost certainly a related podcast. I listen to learn, and I listen to laugh. 

Like many people, my gateway into the podcast world was a hilarious Ricky Gervais podcast, some time in the 2000s. Once I'd given all his podcasts and audiobooks a thorough listening to, I went in search of something else, and stumbled on Stuff You Should Know, specifically an episode on the great Chicago fire. It was a slippery slope from there, I fell in love with the whole 'Stuff' suite of podcasts, particularly Stuff Mom Never Told You, and Stuff You Missed in History Class. 

So, without further ado, here is a list of my favourite podcasts at the moment. This list is by no means static, so stay tuned for updates here! 

Hilarious

Sometimes when you're working from home, you just need something funny to pick you up. 

This podcast will have you in stitches! It is just as the title says, adults reading their own diary entries, letters and school assignments from their younger years. Not only does it make me laugh out loud, it also makes me feel relieved that perhaps I was a 'normal' teenager after-all! 

Cameron Esposito and her wife Rhea Butcher host this stand-up comedy show from Los Angeles. The stand-up is exceptional, and Cameron herself is both hilarious and educational!! I love having these wonderful women in my ears. 

From the researchers of QI, this podcast focuses on little known, interesting trivia. If that sounds dry, rest assured the hosts are hilariously quick-witted and not afraid to throw in some rude jokes from time-to-time. 

This podcast is the new kid on the block, and they start with a hilarious bang! As a guilty feminist myself, I find it refreshingly honest. 

Addictive

When you've got a full day of mind-numbing work to get through, there's nothing better than getting lost in a podcast series. 

I would be remiss if I did not mention Serial Season one. Although, I haven't listened to it since it first came out, I have revisited it through other related podcasts such as Undisclosed, Crime-Writers on Serial and more recently the Truth & Justice podcast with Bob Ruff. This is a fascinating insight into the US judicial system, and very addictive, once you head down the rabbit hole. 

Dan's passionate delivery, brings history to life. I love the Ghengis Khan series, Wrath of the Khans, in particular. With nearly six hours of material, in this series alone it will keep you occupied for a long time! 

Easy to listen to 

Interesting and educational, but not too taxing on the brain. Perfect when you need to do data-entry or some such terrible task! Blech! 

Husband and wife team Justin and Sydnee (and now baby Charlie), discuss the strange things humans have done throughout history, in the name of medicine. From strapping a live chicken to a buboe (this image has stuck with me from one of their earliest episodes) to crystal healing, the couple dissect all sorts of 'cure-alls' in a fun, upbeat, and interesting show. 

As I mentioned, this is one of the first podcasts I started listening to, and it remains an old favourite. Josh and Chuck, have an easy, conversational manner that keeps all topics entertaining, even the ones you don't think you'll be interested in. 

Drawing and Design

Hearing from other creatives, can be very inspiring. 

This podcast is no longer in production but the full archive is available and it's a must hear for illustrators. Perfect inspiration when you've lost sight of your destination. 

Debbie's voice is very soothing, and her interviewees are always interesting. This is a podcast for those times when you want to tear up the canvas, throw yourself to the floor, and start scouring Seek for a 'normal' job. There's nothing like hearing other people's success stories to motivate and inspire. 

These podcasts are a wonderful tool to keep me sane, and motivated, and to stop the walls of my home office from closing in. Of course, there are thousands of others out there, and some will speak to individuals more than others, but I hope this list helps you get started.