Podcast Recommendations, Part XIII.

Happy Friday! I am really excited because today is the day Hallmark Channel kicks off their “Countdown to Christmas” movies for their Christmas in July celebration!

That means back-to-back Christmas movies starting at 2pm EST. I even got some stuff to bake chocolate chip cookies for the occasion! It’s the little things, people.

I have also been making an effort to dive into some new (to me) podcasts, lately. I listen to a few that come out daily, so although I don’t have a lot of room to listen, I really want something riveting.

Here’s what I’ve been listening to lately:

Asking for a Friend

Maybe because of “The Hills” reboot, I had Lauren Conrad on my mind, but I have always admired her style. She launched this podcast earlier this year, and although I’ve only listened to a few episodes so far, I like it! It’s very lite and has useful advice. Here’s the scoop:

In today’s social media culture, it’s easy to look around and believe that everyone else has life figured out. But things aren’t always as they appear! Each week, fashion designer, NYT bestselling author and lifestyle expert, Lauren Conrad will host a variety of experts for candid conversations on everything from life, love, and business!

Whether it’s the ideal seven-minute morning beauty regimen, how to snap that perfect IG-worthy flat lay or tips for tricking party guests into believing you’re a gourmet chef, Conrad’s guests will offer listeners tips for quickly navigating a Pinterest-obsessed world, as well as offering a healthy dose of reality. Because life isn’t always about knowing how to do everything perfectly yourself; it’s about knowing the people who do!

The Dropout

Okay, as you can probably tell from the podcast’s photo, “The Dropout” is the story of Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos. I watched the HBO documentary on it AND the 20/20 episode on it, and here I am listening to the podcast. This whole story is so creepy to me, but I can’t quit! Here’s more details on the podcast:

Money. Romance. Tragedy. Deception. The story of Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos is an unbelievable tale of ambition and fame gone terribly wrong. How did the world’s youngest self-made female billionaire lose it all in the blink of an eye? How did the woman once heralded as “the next Steve Jobs” find herself facing criminal charges — to which she pleaded not guilty — and up to 20 years in jail? How did her technology, meant to revolutionize healthcare, potentially put millions of patients at risk? And how did so many smart people get it so wrong along the way?

ABC News chief business, technology and economics correspondent Rebecca Jarvis, along with producers Taylor Dunn and Victoria Thompson, take listeners on a journey that includes a three-year-long investigation. You’ll hear exclusive interviews with former employees, investors, and patients, and for the first-time, the never-before-aired deposition testimony of Elizabeth Holmes, and those at the center of this story.

LIKEtoKNOW.it Influencer Radio

I sort of can’t believe I’m writing about this one — “Influencers” have put such a bad taste in my mouth lately. But, there are some of them that have been around before all this social media business and they are hustlers. So, I listened to the episodes they were featured on and I really loved the stories they shared!

Here’s more about the podcast:

On LIKEtoKNOW.it Influencer Radio, Amber Venz Box sits down with some of the top LIKEtoKNOW.it influencers who have mastered the art of curating authentic, inviting, and accessible online spaces that people are drawn to and can’t get enough of. Listen in to hear their take on all things influence, solo-prenuership, and life in general.

In 2011, Amber and her co-founder, Baxter Box, began the journey of pioneering what is known today as the influencer industry. Their company, rewardStyle, is the largest influencer platform in the world and empowers over 45,000 influencers worldwide.

Over My Dead Body

Back to my obsession: TRUE CRIME. This one was recommended to me and after episode one, I wasn’t sold. But, I kept listening and in episode two, I was hooked. I don’t think the description (posted below) does it much justice, so I’m going to say it: this is a brutal murder case that came out of NOWHERE.

In “Tally,” the first season of OVER MY DEAD BODY, Dan and Wendi are two good-looking attorneys whose wedding is featured in the New York Times. But when this “perfect” couple falls apart, it leads to a bad breakup, a worse divorce, and a murder case involving a menagerie of high-priced lawyers and unexpected co-conspirators. From Wondery, the team that brought you “Dirty John” and “Dr. Death,” “Tally” is a story that says as much about love and marriage as it does about justice, revenge, and the lengths some people will go to get what they want. Hosted by Matthew Shaer.

What podcasts do you listen to? I have a list of ones I’m trying to get to, but am always looking for more!

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