Fun Podcasts for Weird Women

 

I was going to name this blog post Podcasts for Women Who Work from Home ...but these are going to be podcasts for a certain person that likes a bit of weird in their life

I'm into listening to: Scary, murdery, paranormal, woowoo, and silly podcasts

Of course, these are in addition to all those normal ones like This American Life, Radio Lab, or Invisible...but the ones listed below are great fun and add a bit of drama to your regularly scheduled programming.  Enjoy!

The Strange and Unusual Podcast

THE STRANGE AND UNUSUAL

One-woman show spoken in story-like fashion about the reasons behind strange occurances

criminal podcast

CRIMINAL

Amazing host voice.  Tells real stories of criminals and victims to weird crimes.

the black tapes podcast

THE BLACK TAPES

This one is a bone-chiller but SO good.  It's in mockumentary format, but you forget all about that soon enough.

done disappeared

DONE DISAPPEARED

Hilarious parody of the Up-and-Vanished podcast. Humor and crimes, what could go wrong?

my favorite murder

MY FAVORITE MURDER

Super funny hosts talk about their love of hearing murder stories.  It's weird, yeah, but you can't not.

Astonishing Legends

ASTONISHING LEGENDS

Two dudes talk conspiricy theories and make it super interesting and sometimes sciency.

 

Podcasts & Audiobooks to listen to while painting, drawing, and designing

 
podcasts and audiobooks for creatives painting drawing designers

My other post, Podcast for Women Entrepreneurs, is so popular (thank you Pinterest!), I thought I'd share my favorite podcasts (and audiobooks) for listening to while being creative. 

Unless I'm writing emails, making calculations, or reading through a prompt, I'm probably listening to a podcast or an audiobook. When I'm doing those other things, it's likely I'm listening to something instrumental or folk-y on Spotify.

Get your iTunes ready, and check out my favorite podcasts

(listed by theme; I won't state the obvious ones likes Serial, Radiolab, or This American Life, because, duh.)


PODCASTS

---CRIME---

Criminal
"Hi, I'm Phoebe Judge; this is Criminal." Probably the best opening line to a podcast I listen to. Her voice is great, and stories are intriguing.  All about crime; whether it be the person who commited it, witness to a crime, or about things that are crimes.
iTunes | Website

Sword and Scale
Well-produced show about true-crime, high profile trials, unsolved murders, and missing persons cases (from their iTunes info)
iTunes | Website

---SUPERNATURAL & PARANORMAL---

The Black Tapes
A serial docudrama that takes you from one paranormal story into a deeper, darker one.  Kind of spooky, but really entertaining.  Don't listen at night! This is my favorite one besides Astonishing Legends (bottom of this supernatural list).
iTunes | Website

Lore
Bite-sized stories about "dark" historical stories that "fuel our modern superstitions."
iTunes | Website

TANIS
This is another docudrama by the same creators of The Black Tapes.  It's about the search for the mythical entity called Tanis.  They kind of get over their heads and the journey is very engaging.
iTunes | Website

Astonishing Legends
I love every episode of this show.  Scott & Forrest are great hosts who talk about strange legends and events in history (and even current events).  I love the interviews with peopole who've hadclose encounters, too!  I never miss an episode of this. 
iTunes | Website

---STORY TELLING---

The Longest Shortest Time
I'm not a parent, but these stories are too good to ignore, even so.  There are even episodes about women who've decided to not have children and ones that wanted to become a single parent.
iTunes | Website

Reply All
A show about things that involve the internet.  Super broad theme makes for some good episodes regarding things that happen because of the internet.
iTunes | Website

RISK!
True stories told by people who experienced "hilarious, heart-wrenching, and remarkably real" stories.
iTunes | Website

The Allusionist
Podcast about words! The wanna-be linguist in me loves this.
iTunes | Website

Strangers
"True stories about the people we meet, the connections we make, the heartbreaks we suffer, the kindnesses we encounter, and those frightful moments when we discover that WE aren't even who we thought we were."
iTunes | Website

---HISTORY---

Stuff You Missed in History
History lessons with entertaining and lovable hosts.  I don't listen to all their episodes, but everyone I've listened to is a fun learning experience.
iTunes | Website

The History Chicks
My favorite history podcasts. This has women-centric historical figures only.  I love that they talk about the women behind some prominent men and women that are just as prominent.
iTunes | Website | Pinterest board about their stories


AUDIOBOOKS

These are recommendations for only the audiobook version. While some may be read in a physical book at the same enjoyment-level, these books are especially delightful to listen to due to factors such as: Full-cast readings, sound effects and music, and/or the narrator's take on the story.

Graceling series (Graceling, Fire, Bitterblue) by Kristin Cashore
Series of books I *really* enjoyed.  Female lead in a fictional world where some children are born with a "grace" or special power.  You can tell one is graced because they have heterochromia and once their eyes change as a child, they belong to the King. It's a story of rebellion, adventure, growth, and first love (though that's on the back-end story).  Even though the characters are young-ish, I wouldn't say this is a YA genre book series, except for maybe Bitterblue.
Audible | Author Website

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
"The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night. But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will."  Just read this, it's on my all-time favorite list of books ever.
Audible | Author Website

The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley
This is mainly a romance, but it has historical elements that I love. I love most of Susanna's novels. 
Audible | Author Website

Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
Okay, how can I not put this series here?  This also goes for the John Grey books. Diana is currently writing the NINTH book in the series.  Yep, ninth.  And she thinks there may be one more after that.
Audible | Author Website


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Favorite Pencils and Pens

Don't know about you, but I love the feel of a nice pen or pencil in my hands. Some can make art with a number two pencil from grade school, but for me, I need to feel like I'm wielding something that's special...something powerful! In other words, it's just like a placebo to my creative brain, haha! It's like if I have a nicer set of pencils and pens to work with, I'm more motivated to create and more likely to love what I just did.

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