Content worth checking out!

In my last job, I had an hour-long commute. On a really bad day, the commute could take up to an hour-and-a-half. I took some back roads but the closer I got to work, the more congested and the tougher the drive got. The job came with its share of stressors too. Okay, it came with more than its fair share of stress and tension. The thing that saved me from both the job and the commute, though, were podcasts and audiobooks.  

In 2014, the Serial Podcast and the question of whether Baltimore County cops had the right man behind bars for the 1999 killing of high school senior Hae Min Lee or if Adnan Syed was an innocent man kept me weighing the facts and, on my toes, getting to work for weeks.

A few years later, I listened to Susan Cain’s audiobook, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking and wondered how she found a way to record my thoughts and feelings without me knowing it. I was spellbound as Cain argued that society undervalues the traits and capabilities of introverted people; showed that introversion is both common and normal; and urged changes in the workplace and schools.

In both instances, I would get into the car, tired after a crazy day of work, and turn on the podcast or book and instantly be taken away to some other place. The miles passed before me and became a joy instead of slog through commuting hell. I couldn’t wait for my drive home and not just because it was the end of the day.

I don’t have much of a work commute anymore, since I’m working remote, but that doesn’t mean I don’t love a great podcast or audiobook. In fact, I’ve been getting a ton of joy from listening to the podcasts put out by my blogging friends at The Heart of the Matter. Wynne Leon and Dr. Vicki Atkinson, the creators of the site, have created a nice collection of podcasts and have leveraged the same formula that I came to love — the creation of strong content and a tight community. They’ve pushed out five podcasts so far. I sat down with them for one, you might want to skip that one, but the rest have been enjoyable to listen and learn!

Check them out and let me know what you think.

While you’re at it, I’m interested in what you’re listening to right now. Besides the podcasts put out out by The Heart of the Matter, what other podcasts would you recommend? I’m looking for some new ones to try? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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  1. That’s been the one downside of working remotely–fewer opportunities to indulge in a good audio book or podcast. I’m really enjoying The Heart of the Matter podcast, though it’s currently the only on my radar. I’m looking forward to see what others may recommend!

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    1. Yes, I’m with you. I’m not ready to say I miss my commute yet, I like working from home too much, but my podcast listening has dropped. That’s why I’m asking for suggestions. I know there are some good new ones out there that I haven’t listened to. And yea, I think Wynne and Vicki have done a great job. Interested to hear what others suggest?


  2. Brian, Brian, Brian…you are a podcast pro, my friend. Such a joy to spend time with you… chatting in a non-text-based way! 😉 I think everyone who listens will enjoy your positive energy and infectious humor. Such fun! And cheers to Susan Cain and “Quiet”…it’s still a fave. 😉

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  3. Hi Brian, I envy you and others who can listen to podcasts and audiobooks while commuting! I’ve tried many times over the years to do this consistently, but for some reason, I just can’t seem to manage it if I’m the one driving! My mind wanders too much. It’s weird because if my husband is driving, and we listen to podcasts, it’s absolutely no problem for me to stay focused. But, if I’m home cleaning or such, I can listen and follow just fine. I don’t understand what my quirk is! Anyway, I really enjoyed Serial, too. I’ve followed the case ever since. If you haven’t already, check out the podcast On Being with Krista Tippett. She always has interesting people on with her. And like you, I’ve been enjoying Heart of the Matter podcasts as well! 💜

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    1. Oh, I’ll have to check out that podcast. And we’re funny, we’re exact opposites. I can listen to a podcast in the car, at home cleaning, I need music. I’m sure it has something to do with my short attention span. When I’m driving, if I’m bored with the podcast, I can look around at the side of the road. I’m getting better listening at home, but it takes me a few minutes to really get in the right mood.


    1. Driving around PA … you need something, either audiobooks or a really good mix of music. If you’re on the turnpike, you never know what you’re going to hit. Back country roads, could get behind a truck or Amish buggy. Philly or Pittsburgh, congested traffic. Definitely need some amusement! Ha, ha!


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