This week, I’m back on the road! After spending the weekend in Pennsylvania celebrating one sister’s high school graduation and another sister’s Sweet Sixteen, I — along with my laptop and everything else I need to keep my writing business going — drove down to Ocean City, New Jersey. The festivities are rolling on for my newly graduated sister, and I didn’t want to miss the chance to hang with her and her besties for their beachy Senior Week! I’m heading back to New York tomorrow, but in the meantime, it’s been really nice to squeeze in a few hours in the sun between stretches of work. At heart, I’m a total Jersey shore girl, and this change of scenery has been good for me. Plus, I got to watch an old school Disney Channel Original Movie (DCOM, anyone?) with the girls last night — and when else would I have an opportunity to do that?

With all of the driving I’ve been doing over the last few days (plus some beach time!), my podcast listening is at an all-time high, so I thought I’d round up some of the shows I’ve been loving lately as a sequel to my last post of podcast recommendations. Check these out!

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1. Young House Love Has A PodcastAbout two years ago, I become totally obsessed with HGTV. For a while, it was pretty much the only thing on TV that Matt and I could consistently agree on, so our television viewing was more or less limited to House HuntersProperty Brothers, and the occasional episode of Love It Or List It (Matt’s not a huge fan of that one). Young House Love Has A Podcast is basically the audio equivalent of all of my favorite HGTV shows — plus, it has the distinct advantage of being hosted by a couple that you can’t help but fall in love with. Because we rent a teeny apartment in New York City, a lot of the home improvement tips don’t directly apply to my life right now, but I still love the way John and Sherry talk about their space, and it’s definitely teaching me a lot about how to do things beautifully and on a budget someday when we do have a house! These two are super relatable, and the podcast has also been a good entry point for me into their blog (also called Young House Love), which is really awesome, too.

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2. The DailyI think I speak for many of us when I say that, with all of the crazy and intense things happening in our world lately, it’s easy to feel totally overwhelmed by the news. It’s really important to me to stay informed about current events, but if I’m being honest, I sometimes can’t bring myself to turn on the news or take a deep dive into my Twitter feed. So much of what’s out there feels sensationalized, and I really don’t think we need the extra drama. For me, The Daily (which is a podcast by The New York Times) has been a really great solution to those problems. They release a new episode every day, and each one highlights the most crucial developing stories in 25-35 minutes. My favorite part is that the journalists who run the show dig a little deeper beyond the headlines to get at the heart of what’s really going on, and to explain to listeners what things mean and how they may have started.


3. Watch What CrappensAt the total opposite end of the spectrum from The Daily is Watch What Crappens — a Bravo recap show that (literally) had me doubled over with laughter the first time I listened to it on the subway last week. I didn’t even care that I was creating a bit of a scene in public! I was loving the podcast so much that I didn’t want to wait until I got home to listen. As many of you know, I am a huge (and only slightly embarrassed) fan of the whole Real Housewives franchise, and the hosts of this show recap every episode with absolutely hilarious impersonations of each cast member. If Bravo is one of your guilty pleasures (yes, I’m talking to YOU!), then I suggest you run — don’t walk — to your device of choice and start listening.

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4. How I Built This: NPRMy budding entrepreneurial spirit goes nuts for this show, which profiles the founders of various businesses and tracks the stories of their success. So far, I’ve listened to the episodes about the visionaries behind Whole Foods and TOMS, and both have been super interesting — but they’ve also been good reminders that anyone can have a good idea, and that even the entrepreneurs behind the biggest names in business had to start somewhere. How I Built This is an NPR podcast, which doesn’t hurt its credibility!

What podcasts have you been loving recently? I’d love your recommendations in the comments section below!