8 Favorite Podcasts Right Now

The holiday travel season started this week, and one of my favorite forms of entertainment on the road (or in the air) is podcasts. I love listening to stories today as much as I did when my dad read to me at bedtime. I love interviews because I'm always so curious about how people got where they are today. These podcasts are good for traveling because they're all long-form, but they're also useful for long days at a desk.

WTF with Marc Maron: An old favorite that I still look forward to every Monday and Thursday. Marc Maron interviews comedians, musicians, and others. Known for making guests get emotional. You will laugh, you will maybe cry. Length: about 1-2 hours.

Serial: The podcast EVERYONE is talking about, from the producers of This American Life (another goodie). It's a real-life murder mystery, with each episode as a new chapter. Very juicy, and would be a great binge-listen if you haven't heard it yet. Length: about 30 minutes-1 hour.

Death, Sex & Money: This is my newest favorite podcast. Anna Sale interviews a diverse group of people, from actress Ellen Burstyn to a New York Post dating reporter to a funeral director . They discuss "the things we think about a lot and need to talk about more." Length: about 20-30 minutes.

Radio Cherry Bombe: Cherry Bombe is an annual, female-centric food magazine, and this is their podcast. Host (and cookbook author) Julia Turshen interviews women in the food industry including chefs, business owners, baristas, food stylists, and writers. The interviews are interesting from a foodie standpoint, but I'm also inspired by the stories of these womens' professional success. Length: about 30-45 minutes.

After the Jump: This podcast is hosted by Grace Bonney of the Design*Sponge blog, who also happens to be the wife of Radio Cherry Bombe's Julia Turshen. Grace interviews other bloggers, artists, designers, and creative people, usually with a business-centric theme. They discuss the state of digital content, social media practices, finding inspiration, product development, and more. Inspiring, informative, and — though there are many interview-style podcasts on this list — this one is unique because the information is delivered more as advice and not just someone's personal story. Length: about 30 minutes.

Design Matters: This podcast can be a little insider-y for designers and artists at times, but overall I think anyone in a creative field would enjoy listening to these interviews. I like that Debbie Millman interviews people from different specialties, like book cover design and styling, and different ages. The designers who got their start in the 1960s have much different stories than those who've come up in the digital age. A lot of wisdom is shared. Stefan Sagmeister, Tina Roth Eisenberg, Grace Bonney (the same one from After the Jump), and Wendy MacNaughton + Caroline Paul were some of my favorite interviewees, as well as the just-released interview with Tina + Ryan Essmaker of The Great Discontent. Length: about 30-45 minutes.

Risk!: Another recent favorite. People (famous and not) tell stories that are cringe-worthy. A.D. Miles, writer for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, told a mortifying, hilarious story of digestive issues on a date. SNL's Sasheer Zamata told the tale of her embarrassing interview for a Disneyland Tokyo job. I listened to that one while I took Loki for a walk and must have looked like a crazy person LOL-ing down the street. Length: about 30 minutes - 1.5 hours.

You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes: Comedian Pete Holmes interviews mostly other comedians but also some science and spiritual/wellness-types. All of his podcasts are LONG, which is amazing for a road trip. He's more light-hearted than Marc Maron but still asks his guests deep questions, like what they think about God — and that's always interesting to hear, especially when coming from people like Bill Nye, Jim Gaffigan, Zach Galifinakis... Length: about 1-2.5 hours.

Other podcasts in regular rotation are Savage Lovecast, The Moth, TED Radio Hour, Stuff Mom Never Told You, Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!, and Ask Me Another.

Save travels.

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WEEKEND // 2

Another weekend followed by another Monday. Friday night we went to dinner with friends, and — not that Sam and I are old, but — we're realizing we can't have a few drinks and wake up as bright eyed and bushy-tailed as we once could. Our college years are far behind us, and a Friday night of beer, wine, and cocktails was necessarily followed by a Saturday morning of sleeping in.  Then I squeezed in a few hours of work, followed by a nice hike. That's when I took this photo.

Saturday night we stopped by a friend's house for a party, and I decided to try wearing lipstick again (this one in 'dragon girl'). Normally I'm wearing a pretty-much-invisible lip balm, but i decided to mix it up. God, I used to wear lipstick every day when I was about 15. I also used to style my hair with a curling iron every morning! I can't imagine spending so much time on daily hair and makeup anymore, but that practice did give me a decent set of skills for special occasions. 

Sunday was more sleeping in and lounging, then a very late brunch (pictured) and seeing the new hunger games movie. I liked it, but it's always a bit anti-climactic seeing a 'part 1' of the movie version of a final book in a series and having to wait another year to see the actual ending of the story.

 

HAPPY FRIDAY

Happy Friday! It's finally starting to feel like fall in SLO. We even got some rain! I know I'm a spoiled Californian and shouldn't gripe about sunshine, but I'm ready for more grey days. More watching rain hit the window, more cups of tea, more coat-wearing. 

Here are some fun things from around the web:

A modern house in London with a rainbow spiral staircase

This is how women in prison make their own make-up

Watching Interstellar must have piqued my interest in space. Here's an astronaut's account of what living in zero gravity is really like.

Louis C.K. has wise words about creativity and solving problems

Cabin Porn

ONE OF THE BEST FEELINGS

Tonight I had one of the best feelings. It is this:

You're walking through the streets, and it starts to get dark — maybe it even starts to drizzle a little, like it did for me this evening. As the sky darkens, windows of the houses you pass begin to light up. The air is cold and raindrops start to dot the sidewalk, and you see people in their kitchens and living rooms, starting dinner or under a blanket on their couch.** Then you realize the next house you pass is yours, and you see a welcoming light in the window. You realize you get to go in this house, and you are going to be the cozy and warm person inside.

**Neighbors: I'm sorry, yes, I do this. If I ever get a chance, especially when it's dark out and your lights are on and the view is so clear, I'm looking in your window. I'm always curious to see what it looks like in other people's homes. I assume you'd do the same to me — which is why I close the blinds as soon as twilight hits.

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WEEKEND // 1

I thought it would be fun to post re-caps of the weekend on Mondays. Of course, this is Tuesday night. Oh well.

Saturday we walked downtown for some shopping. This is the first place I've ever lived where I'm close enough to walk downtown from my house, and it's one of my favorite things about living here. I love the small-town vibe, with one distinct center for everyone to gather in. Sam has a full closet...but hadn't been shopping in a while. It was fun to go shopping with a man in mind. He looks at and considers clothes in such a different way than I do. Saturday night he made vegetarian sushi for us. It was delicious, and he's getting really good at making the rolls. 

Sunday, we woke up and got coffee in Avila, a smaller beach town nearby, and took Loki to the beach. As you can see in the photo, he had a LOT of fun. Luckily there are a lot of dog-friendly places around here. Loki has spots to run free and make friends. (And dig holes that aren't in our backyard.) In the afternoon we saw the new movie Interstellar which was...much more emotional than I anticipated. I won't give anything away, but I think I cried 5 times. 

THAT AWKWARD FIRST POST...

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Hello! this is awkward. 

Like it says in the sidebar, my name is Kayla and I live in San Luis Obispo, CA with my boyfriend Sam and our puppy Loki. I'm a designer. I wanted to create this blog as a creative free space, and a space to share my life in accompaniment to my work. Here goes nothing...