8 Great Podcasts to See You Through 2019

Listening is the new watching

Six years ago I returned home with my newborn daughter and entered into the eerie silence of new motherhood. I felt both constantly needed and full of time to fill - the strange balance of doing everything and nothing in those fresh and uncertain months of first-time motherhood.

During that time I was introduced to podcasts, the beautiful symphony of audio entertainment soothed my soul and re-energized me. I welcomed podcast hosts into my home each day, eager to hear their stories and connect in some way.

I’ve listened to a variety of podcasts in many genres, and have compiled a list of some of my favourites. There’s a podcast for everyone, and who knows, maybe you’ll find your new best friend below.

The Longest Shortest Time

The title of this podcast captures the essence of parenthood in four simple words. This award-winning podcast, hosted by Andrea Silenzi discusses parenthood in all its forms. The Longest Shortest Time features an inside look at some fascinating guests, and offers insightful content about hot button topics, culture, and parenthood.

Take a listen: Check out “Does Family Size Matter” with KJ Dell’Antonia


Zen Parenting

A mind-opening and enlightening podcast about self-awareness. Zen Parenting draws from personal experience, research, and pop culture, and creates an entertaining and often illuminating show that aims at allowing us to feel greater compassion for ourselves, and others too.

Take a listen: Check out “Wisdom from Glennon and Abby


Jesus and Jollof

Featuring Luvvie Ajayi and Yvonne Orji, two proudly Nigerian women, this podcast is about all the things they love, peppered with stories and a lot of laughter. Ajayi and Orji discuss everything and anything, from Nigerian dating rules, to turning a case of plagiarism into a NYT bestselling book.

Take a listen: Check out “From Bottom to Breakthrough



This eye-opening podcast delivers a documentary-style format, with each episode featuring a women-centered medical mystery that is unpacked and explored throughout the episode. Bodies is a feminist exploration of women’s health, what we believe about our bodies, and why.

Take a listen: Check out “Refusing to Feed


The Simple Show

Tsh Oxenreider hosts this show about life, and all the random topics that come up in conversations between friends. From Netflix binges, minimalism, travel, and world events, each episode centres around a theme, and includes co-hosts and guests having a conversation with Tsh.

Take a listen: Check out “Slow Living


Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard

This mega-popular, and fairly new podcast is hosted by the loveable Dax Shepard. There are plenty of A-list guests on this show, and a lot of fun, entertaining, and illuminating conversations happen too.

Take a listen: Check out “Brene Brown


Personal Best

This CBC podcast “turns tiny goals into grand adventures.” Each guest on the show has a personal goal they’d like to meet, from Oriana who can’t tell a lie and says its hurting her family members, to Julia who can’t flirt over text. Guests hope to improve themselves, but through discussion new conclusions and revelations often come out.

Take a listen: Check out “How to be a little less awkward with strangers


The Baby-Sitters Club Club

Seriously, the name says it all. Two grown men embark on a journey through Ann M. Martin’s beloved The Baby-sitters Club series of books, and what evolves is just pure hilarity and joy.

Take a listen: Check out “Kristy’s Great Idea,” you may as well start at the beginning


Brianna Bell is a writer and journalist based out of Guelph, Ontario. She has written for many online and print publications, including Scary Mommy, The Penny Hoarder, and The Globe & Mail. 

Brianna's budget-savvy ways has attracted media attention, and led to newspaper coverage in The Globe & Mail and The Guelph Mercury. In April 2016 Brianna will be featured in Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Joy of Less, alongside co-writer Brooke Burke. You can find Brianna's website at Brianna Bell Writes.