Top 10 Podcasts Not Just for Well-Being Pros — 2021 Edition

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We typically recommend health and wellness titles; this year has been anything but ordinary, so we’re doing something different here, too. These podcasts invite you — and those you serve — to take a break from the news… glimpse other aspects of life, feel more connected, and find inspiration:

  1. Duolingo. Tickle your brain and boost language skills with intriguing narratives in French and Spanish (for English speakers) and English (for Spanish speakers).
  2. How I Built This with Guy Raz (NPR). Go behind the scenes with innovators, entrepreneurs, and idealists discussing how they got their work up and running as well as lessons along the way. Don’t miss these episodes: Angie’s BOOMCHICKAPOP with Angie and Dan Bastian; Patagonia: Yvon Chouinard; and Stonyfield Yogurt: Gary Hirshberg.
  3. JUMP. Join Traveling Jackie on trips to nearby and far-flung locales. Get the inside scoop with segments like Walking the West Highland Way in Scotland and Glacier Mountaineering in the Himalayas with NOLS, then list destinations to explore when the pandemic is over.
  4. Modern Love. Enjoy real-life love stories with all their twists and turns; this show is the audio version of the popular New York Times column.
  5. On Being with Krista Tippett. Explore a wide range of essential topics with this Peabody award-winning program that cultivates understanding and shared human experience. Recent titles include Love is the Motive, Music as Medicine, and Listening to the World.
  6. Outlook (BBC). Listen to these extraordinary first-person stories from around the world and you’ll sense the planet getting a little smaller with each installment.
  7. Revisionist History. Take a deep dive with bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell as he offers fresh takes on overlooked/misunderstood ideas, people, and events.
  8. StarTalk. Discover something fascinating about astronomy and other captivating topics in this Webby award-winning science series hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.
  9. StoryCorps (NPR). Tune in for tales that’ll touch your heart with meaningful conversations. These interviews, shared on radio shows and the podcast, are archived in the Library of Congress. With a mission to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world, StoryCorps is the balm many of us need now.
  10. The Moth. Catch personal monologues that inspire, entertain, and kindle empathy… recorded in front of live audiences by people across the globe. Why not submit your own saga?

What are your favorite podcasts? Please share in the comments below.

Happy listening!


Beth ShepardBeth Shepard
Well-being consultant, educator, writer |National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach |ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist |Lifestyle medicine advocate |25+ years in wellness |Jazz enthusiast.

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