These Popular Podcasts Make You Think and Give You Hope
Podcast Index reports that as of early 2023, there are more than 4 million podcasts available now. But why do people listen? Podcast recording platform Riverside states that “74 percent of podcast listeners tune in to learn new things, while others listen regularly for entertainment, to keep up to date, to relax, and for inspiration.” Great reasons! So if you’d like to add a few more podcasts to your lineup, here are some to try.
Popular Addiction Recovery Podcasts
Just as inspirational movies and books about recovery help you create a broader community, so do recovery podcasts. When you have an opportunity to hear another person’s story of triumph over adversity, it reinforces your commitment to sobriety.
Therapist Duane Osterlind suffered through addiction and great personal tragedy only to discover his purpose: “I want people to find reliable information about addiction treatment and research. I want people to know that it gets better with the right support and knowledge.” The show features different guests with expansive views on addiction and recovery.
Elizabeth Chance says she was 13 when she had her first drink. It was 1981. Then, “on August 14, 2006 I asked for help, strangers helped me and God gave me the willingness to listen and take direction and the hope that life could be, and would get, better.” Her podcasts address many personal subjects as well as the wide net addiction casts over individuals, their family, and friends.
Also known as the “One Day at a Time” podcast, show host Arlina has been sober since 1994. She uses the podcast and live chat experience to explore numerous addiction and recovery topics, but also to “share the lessons that have transformed and shaped my life through struggles and successes.”
Top Inspirational Podcasts
Whether you tune in while exercising or spend a quiet evening working on a hobby, these podcasts offer a motivational lift.
British broadcaster Day sets a totally different, but award-winning, tone with this show, which is “a celebration of all of the things that haven’t gone right. Every week, in a one-on-one interview, a guest discusses what they have learned from failure.”
Author and life coach Shetty gets to the heart of hard topics with a stream of celebrity guests and thought leaders. His purpose? “To make wisdom go viral. On Purpose podcast brings fascinating conversations with some of the most insightful people in the world straight to viewers all over the world.”
Dr. Joy Harden Bradford’s approach “focuses on making mental health topics more relevant and accessible for Black women and she delights in using pop culture to illustrate psychological concepts.” The weekly podcast focuses on “health, personal development, and all the small decisions we can make to become the best possible versions of ourselves.”
Native Americans have a legend about the two wolves inside of us: one is filled with negative emotions and acts, the other radiates all aspects of good. Which one you feed is up to you. Eric Zimmer took this parable and expanded it into a podcast to explore “practical wisdom for a better life.”
The intent behind host Gregg Clunis’ podcast is “we believe that the personal development process is unique for everyone and requires a personal approach. That’s why our podcasts help people improve their lives through data-driven decision-making and a personalized approach to behavior change.”
Where to Find Podcasts
Riverside also reports specific reasons why people don’t listen to podcasts. “Almost 50 percent of non-listeners say they don’t know where to find podcasts, while others report being overwhelmed by the number and choice of shows out there.” Hopefully, with the list above, you can narrow down options by your specific interests and choose to add on from there.
Now, where to find them. The majority of podcasts are hosted on streaming platforms such as:
- Amazon Music
- Apple iTunes
- Player FM
You’ll also find them as extensions of many traditional broadcast channels, such as KNEO, NPR, and WYNC.
Most podcasts are free to listen to, but sometimes have ads either in the beginning of or periodically throughout the episode. However, most streaming platforms require a subscription for full access to more selections.
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