Plane Podcasts: Barcelona Edition
I thought I would do something a little different with the podcast recommendations this week. I recently got back from a trip from Barcelona with 9 hours of plane travel to and from, resulting in quite the podcast-listening marathon. I realized that with my monthly favorites I wasn't sharing the ones I was lukewarm about or didn't really like at all. If you like or dislike this kind of format please let me know! My goal is to start having more nuanced podcast posts here on Coffee Meets Polished.
On the way to Barcelona I did a combination of podcasts and movies, but the return flight I listened exclusively to podcasts. The reason for return flight podcast marathon was actually because they didn't have a TV on my United Airlines flight despite it being a 8+ hour international flight. You were able to access movies and shows through the United website on your personal device, which was a chore in itself. But, I digress…
Here are the podcasts I listened to while in airports and on planes to and from Barcelona. They are divided by channel and rated from 1-5. Loosely, this is my rating criteria at the moment:
✔︎ Strongly do not recommend. Disliked to the point where I couldn't finish the episode and unsubscribed from the channel.
✔︎✔︎ Do not recommend. Disliked to the point where I could finish the episode but didn't take anything from it.
✔︎✔︎✔︎ Neutral recommendation. If you like this topic, you may enjoy it more that me. It may have been more informational vs. inspirational.
✔︎✔︎✔︎✔︎ Recommend. This would be a candidate for a monthly favorites post. It was entertaining, and/or took points away from the episode that I could apply to my life or share with others.
✔︎✔︎✔︎✔︎✔︎ Highly recommend. This would be in a monthly favorites post. I was very entertained and/or felt inspired and empowered to share with others to listen to immediately.
A (*) denotes that this was the first episode I've listened to for the podcast channel.
➢Episode #002: Why You Don't Need to Apologize for Being an Introvert (39 min): ✔︎✔︎✔︎✔︎ I loved this episode because while I'm becoming more and more well-versed in introvert nuances, I was still able to take a lot away that was tangible and applicable to my life. Whether you're an introvert or extrovert, it's a great listen. I can't wait to see what other episodes are to come for this channel!
➢The ideology behind the Toronto terror attack, explained (32 min): ✔︎✔︎✔︎ This channel was a new discovery for me in an attempt to find some other news-related podcasts to keep updated on current events. It was pretty good but I think for now I'll stick to NPR Up First and NYT's The Daily. The content of the podcast was very enlightening and opened my eyes to a subculture I'd never heard of.
➢Our First Podcast (32 min): ✔︎✔︎✔︎✔︎ Candice and Casey Neistat's inaugural podcast was a blast. I love getting a chance to hear Candice more compared to Casey's YouTube channel and also learn more about how they work through their arguments. Candice is a huge proponent of mental health and regularly going to a therapist for mental health maintenance and think that's so important that she uses this platform to change the conversation.
➢Don't Touch Me (40 min): ✔︎✔︎✔︎✔︎ Podcast #2 came out in time for the flight back home. This one talked a lot about vulnerability and physical touch with family members and friends. Really interesting conversation that will make you think more about your own relationships and saying "I love you" to your parents. Highly recommend this channel overall!
[Am I an Ahole](https://amianahole.podbean.com/)**
➢For Not Wanting Kids (1 hr 6 min): ✔︎✔︎✔︎✔︎ I recently discovered this podcast and thought it was such a refreshing format. They take on some questions that we think but may be hesitant to unpack. This one was about being a woman of childbearing age, or close to reaching the end of that time, and not wanting to have kids. It spoke a lot to my current stage in life and it helped me feel like I wasn't alone.
➢Meet Our Full Time Sugar Baby from SeekingArrangements.com (34 min): ✔︎✔︎✔︎✔︎ He Said What is one of the channels I started listening to as part of a collective of sex-positive podcasts I'm subscribing to. I want to be more open-minded with sex and think of it as less taboo that I grew up considering it. This episode I learned about a whole different lifestyle and career that I knew nothing about and was really interesting and enlightening.
➢MASTURBATION (42 min): ✔︎✔︎✔︎✔︎ This podcast is another channel that is helping me de-taboo sex. The hosts are two amazing women that talk about sex as if it's part of normal conversation (as it should). They don't hesitate and they are very open with their own experiences with feeling that sex is something to hide. This episode was all about masturbation, its myths, and ways to teach your kids about healthy masturbation. I love this podcast.
➢Emotional Labor: The Invisible Work (Most) Women Do--With Gemma Hartly (46 min): ✔︎✔︎✔︎✔︎✔︎ Oh Dear Sugars, this is an amazing podcast. It's been around for a really long time but I subscribed to them just last month. They go through so many deep discussions from those who write in their relationship trials and tribulations. This specific episode was of women who are bearing emotional labor with their significant others and unsure how to proceed. The stories struck so close to home and what I believe many women will feel. I'm happy to not have the unbearable situations I had in the past, but in many relationships I have both personal and professionally I still have to set boundaries of emotional labor very deliberately.
➢We Watch Whiteness (1 hr 2 min): ✔︎✔︎✔︎✔︎ One of my favorite podcast channels of all time. The conversations between hosts unpack things I never was aware of and help me learn so much. At the very least, I learn a lot of the language to use when discussing these topics with others.
➢When Courage Meets Compassion (52 min): ✔︎✔︎✔︎✔︎ I love this podcast. The conversations between Ingrid Nilsen and Cat Valdes are so raw but eloquently stated that sometimes I take notes because they're able to put deep feelings into beautiful words.
➢#113: Candice Kumai - The Japanese Art of Nourishing Mind, Body, & Spirit (1 hr 10 min): ✔︎✔︎✔︎ This rating was hard for me because I LOVE Candice Kumai and I bought her new book, Kintsungi Wellness that she is on "podcast tour" for, but the channel itself I'm not the biggest fan of its format. It starts with a lot of ads and ends with a lot of ads so it's hard to find the meat of what I wanted to listen to - which was Candice. Now, once you get to Candice's part I thought she was absolutely amazing. I would still recommend to listen but a heads up it starts 17 minutes in.
➢Hey Ladies (54 min): ✔︎✔︎✔︎ Call Your Girlfriend was a random find perusing iTunes and I'm so happy I found it. A lot of their podcasts will end up on my future favorites lists, but this wasn't one of them only because I'm not that excited about the book it was promoting, Hey Ladies. I think just because it doesn't resonate with my stage in life not because I think it will be a bad book. No hard feelings, not my cup of tea. Stay tuned for more episodes I've loved from CYG.
➢Are NFL Cheerleaders Being Exploited? (58 min): ✔︎✔︎✔︎ I've been following SMNTY for a bit now and have lots of favorites. This one wasn't one of them, but I still thought it was really interesting. It was an appropriate topic to cover but I just thought it was more discussion opinion-based vs. interview-based.
➢A Life-or-Death Crisis for Black Mothers (26 min): ✔︎✔︎✔︎✔︎ This episode is so important for everyone to listen to. It discusses the implicit and explicit bias of medical care for black women, especially for pregnancy care and pain control. It's scary and incredibly sad but being aware of it helps us actively make changes to move forward.
➢Return of Rudy Guiliani (22 in): ✔︎✔︎ Eh, this was ok. Only because of the topic. I think I dozed off in the middle of this one anyway.
➢EP23: Stereotypes of Masculinity (1 hr 12 min): ✔︎✔︎✔︎✔︎✔︎ I've been subscribed to Let's Talk About It for a few months now and I've never been disappointed. This one definitely spoke to my feminist heart because it addressed masculinity and how it is defined and challenged. I loved the conversation between the hosts and the guest. Highly recommend to listen to this one.
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