Top 10 Podcasts I’ve Listened To In 2017

Cheers to the season of “The Best Of’s” regarding everything from top albums to top baby names. If you’re wondering about what won (and lost) this year, odds are you’ll be able to find someone on the world wide web that’s talking about it. Go get em, tiger.

When I first heard the term podcast, I’ll admit that I really only delved as far as the next sermon would take me. I never entertained anything but Judah Smith, Craig Groeschel, Erwin McManus, and the likes. The only other thing I’d listened to was probably Serial. So let me just say… THERE’S A LOT MORE OUT THERE. Those are great and fine and necessary, but if you’re looking for something a little different, read on because I’m giving you my top 10 favs that I indulged in this year! (These weren’t all created this year, btw.)

Without further ado, and in no order…

In The Dark

In the Dark is an investigative podcast from APM Reports. Season 1 focused on the investigation of the abduction of Jacob Wetterling. Season 2 will be released in the spring of 2018.

If you’re a friend or family member reading this from Minnesota, UM LISTEN TO THIS. Odds are you’ve heard of Jacob Wetterling. And if you’re not from Minnesota, UM STILL LISTEN. It’s amaze. This podcast looks more at how the investigation took place. There are some fascinating – and frankly unbelievable aspects to this case. 


The New Activist

From IJF and Relevant comes The New Activist podcast. Each week you’ll hear from the activists and world changers tackling some of the world’s biggest problems.

I talk about this one probably the most. It keeps me dreaming, inspired, educated, and prayerful. Man, I love it. I’ve written about this one separately here.



Ten years ago, over three hundred men, women, and children disappeared from a small town in Tennessee, never to be heard from again. In this podcast, American Public Radio reporter Lia Haddock asks the question once more, “What happened to the people of Limetown?”

I gotta be honest about something… when I first started listening I thought this was a true story. AND I WAS FREAKED THE EF OUT. Because they were referencing real events, public figures, and APR, I just assumed it was real. But then it started to get really freaking crazy and so I did some digging… not real. BUT. Really, really good.


Up and Vanished

Up and Vanished is an investigative podcast that explores the unsolved disappearance of Georgia beauty queen and high school teacher, Tara Grinstead. The 11-year-old cold case file is the largest in the history of Georgia.

I’m a sucker for these unsolved mysteries. I’m in the middle of this one and not slowing down anytime soon. If you loved Serial, In the Dark, etc., you’ll love this one too. And to think that this guy was a noob to investigative work is pretty crazy. The production of this is v good.


For the Love

“For the love” of… People. Home. Stories. Family. Jesus. Community. TV. Travel. Culture. Food.

I eat this one up. I keep up with this one weekly and constantly find myself laughing out loud. How can I get to be as funny as her????? If you know me, you know I love Jen. Wrote about this one here.


The Shauna Niequist Podcast

Shauna Niequist hosts this interview-style podcast featuring personal conversations with leading writers, thinkers and leaders about life, relationships, purpose, family, and faith.

I’ve listened to all of this one. My favorite part is that she talks food and books at the end of every episode. I wrote up something on this here.


Pop Culture Happy Hour

Pop Culture Happy Hour is a fun and freewheeling chat about the latest movies, television, books, comics, and music.

I don’t listen to every episode, because honestly some of them don’t appeal to me, but I thoroughly enjoy listening to their opinion about different things coming out. It’s provided insight and questions to things I probably wouldn’t have thought about otherwise.


Balanced Bites

Each week, Diane and Liz dish on current topics in health, nutrition, and the Paleosphere as well as provide insights into listener questions – all with their signature wit and healthy dose of joking around that’ll make you feel like you’re spending the hour with two of your best girlfriends each week.

I’m kind of a freak when it comes to learning about health stuff, and these two have been really refreshing to learn from because they’re genuine and pretty blunt. They adjust their health to fit the season of life they’re in and I appreciate that. Listening to this keeps me focused on why we should care about what we put in our body in the first place.



Homecoming centers on a case worker at an experimental facility, her ambitious supervisor, and a soldier eager to rejoin civilian life – presented in an enigmatic collage of telephone calls, therapy sessions, and overheard conversations.

Frick, I was hooked right away on this one. I probably got through it in a few days. I wrote a whole segment on it right here. 


The Dave Ramsey Show

The Dave Ramsey show is about real life and how it revolves around money.

For a broke girl finally in the career world, this has been super helpful because STUDENT LOANS. Amirite? He’s straight forward, honest, and experienced. 


You may be asking where and when I make time to listen to so many podcasts… I commute about 40 minutes two times a day, which leaves a lot of room to explore the ever-growing podcast world. I hope you check some of these out! I did listen to others too, so if you haven’t found anything you’re interested in, comment below and I’ll help you discover something else!

I have a list of podcasts that I plan on getting through this next year, so keep your eyes out for other recommendations! One day I’d love to start a podcast. Tell me if that’s a good idea and if you’d listen.

Cheers and happy pod-ing!

Photo: Kelly Jean

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