The Dear Sugars podcast is an advice column hosted by Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond. Listeners send in their burning questions, and the Sugars dish out loving, yet honest, advice using what Cheryl calls “radical empathy.” Each episode begins with Cheryl reminding her listeners that “the universe has good news for the lost, lonely, and heartsick. Dear Sugars is here, speaking straight into your ears.” The podcast fields questions about life’s deep and dark issues, from heartbreak and family struggles to job loss. A good friend of mine pointed me to Dear Sugars when I was going through a rough patch. Knowing that other people were asking these hard life questions provided comfort and connection.
Typology explores the mystery of the human psyche through the lens of the Enneagram, an ancient system describing nine distinct and fundamentally different personality types. Typology is hosted by author, speaker, and therapist, Ian Morgan Cron. Each episode, Ian interviews business leaders, psychologists, artists, authors, and other prominent figures who use the Enneagram for their own personal growth. The best way to learn about the Enneagram is by hearing people tell their stories, so this podcast is great for newcomers and longtime Enneagram followers alike. Listen in to discover your type, gain insight into your growth areas, and become a more authentic version of yourself.
The Shauna Niequist Podcast
Well, it’s no mystery to my friends that I love Shauna Niequist. I initially heard her interviewed on one of my other favorite podcasts, The Road Back to You, and was drawn to her because we are the same Enneagram type. I share so many of her interests and struggles. For me, this podcast feels like hanging out with a good girlfriend. Shauna is a speaker and author who has penned several New York Times bestsellers, including Cold Tangerines, Bread & Wine, and Present Over Perfect. This podcast features interviews with other leaders, thinkers, and authors and covers topics about life, relationships, purpose, family, and faith.
Up and Vanished
What happened to Tara Grinstead? If you’re up for a good mystery, tune in to find out. Up and Vanished is an investigative podcast that dives into the disappearance of the Georgia beauty queen who went missing in 2005. This case remained unsolved for the past 11 years until an amateur investigator, Payne Lindsey, started examining the case and asking questions. Small town gossip, police cover-ups, and faulty evidence keeps you coming back, but fair warning, this podcast is long. There are 24 episodes, along with hours of bonus features. It’s perfect for a long road trip or a rainy day.
Truth be told, I'm just starting this one, but when I heard this was a musical podcast, I knew I would be in. 36 Questions tells the story of a couple trying to save their marriage using the ever popular New York Times article, “The 36 Questions That Lead to Love”. The idea that mutual vulnerability fosters closeness is behind the questions, meant to promote connection and sharing. The podcast stars Jonathan Groff (of ‘Hamilton’ and ‘Glee’) and newcomer, Jessie Shelton. I’m interested to see how this podcast format pans out for musicals.