5 Essential Podcasts You Should Be Listening To From Erica Raleigh (+55 Bonus Podcasts)

For those of us who are constantly on the go and on long commutes, podcasts provide an opportunity to keep on top of things we love without skipping a beat. We sat down with our executive director, Erica Raleigh, and discussed some of her favorite podcasts that she listens to in between her busy days.

1) Fresh Air hosted by Terry Gross:

While mostly known as a talk show, Fresh Air focuses on the topics of contemporary issues throughout the country. Terry Gross is known for her revolutionary interviews, with probing questions and unusual insights.

Why Erica’s into it: “I just can’t help it! Terry Gross is one of my favorite interviewers on the planet. They’re always a good place to get recent and historical news, and in long-form, so there’s time for nuance.”

2) The TED Radio Hour:  

This podcast is based on various TED Talks and each episode centers on a common theme – such as the five senses, adaptation, or failure – and brings these ideas to life.

Why Erica’s into it: “The Ted Radio Hour is a lovely radio-friendly extension of one of my favorite internet pastimes. Guy Raz is an inquisitive and enthusiastic host who takes listeners on a journey that weaves together several TED Talk speakers around a single theme. The recent one on Reconciliation helped me breathe a little easier about 2016.”

3) Radiolab Presents—More Perfect: 

Named after the phrase ‘in order to create a more perfect union’ from the preamble to the U.S. Constitution, this podcast covers the decisions made inside the Supreme Court, but bypasses the legalese and tells stories behind some of the court’s biggest rulings.

Why Erica’s into it: “You probably never knew it, but you are really, really interested in these deep dives into issues considered by the United States Supreme Court. ”

4) StartUp

Each season discusses how successful businesses were started, and it has transformed into a flow of following some of these businesses. The first season followed the building of Gimlet Media, StartUp’s parent company.

Why Erica’s into it: “The hutzpah required to record and publish the founding of a company is probably beyond me, but Alex Blumberg made it work. I love knowing the complexities and hurdles we face on a regular basis are not unique to us and find myself eagerly awaiting each new episode release.”

5) This American Life:

This American Life is hosted by Ira Glass and is routinely one of iTunes’ top podcasts. Each This American Life episode has a theme and showcases a variety of stories around that theme.

Why Erica’s into it: “How could I not listen to the podcast that got me into listening to podcasts?!”

We’re feeling it!

Oh! Make sure to check out this really great blog by FiveThirtyEight. It’s probably one of the most inspirational write-ups that Erica has come across—her words! 👇

We Asked You To Visualize Your Podcast Listening And, Wow, Did You Deliver


How I Built This

Home of the Brave

The Moth

Snap Judgement

Marketplace Tech

Planet Money

Car Talk

Science Friday


Only Human

Freakonomics Radio

The Allusionist



Reply All

Hidden Brain

The James Altucher Show

The Art of Charm

You Are Not So Smart

Code Switch

Note to Self

99% Invisible

Science Vs

WTF with Marc Maron

The Mortified Podcast

2 Dope Queens

The Story Collider


Radio Diaries

KCRW’s Here Be Monsters

Fugitive Waves with The Kitchen Sisters



Selected Shorts

Selected Shorts: Too Hot For Radio


Ask Me Another

The Memory Palace

Love + Radio



The Truth

Benjamen Walker’s Theory of Everything

The Longest Shortest Time


Savage Lovecast

Beautiful Stories From Anonymous People

KCRW’s UnFictional

Not By Accident

The Heart

Question of the Day

The Stoop Storytelling Series

The Uncertain Hour

The Beginning of the End

Porchlight Storytelling Series

First Time Last Time

State of the Human