If you do a lot of driving, like I do, you probably listen to a lot of radio. Yes, satellite radio is fine for some things, but what if you want to listen to the stuff you are most interested in? What if you actually want to learn -rather than be entertained? That's where podcasts come in. Podcasts are internet radio shows. You can listen to them on your phone, iPad or iPod (which is what I do). Best yet, there are are podcasts about everything! Let me share with you some of my favorite health and wellness podcasts and after that give you a few others -that are not related to heath- that I like too. Let me know what podcasts you like, below.
Why Podcasts Are Better
Whether, I'm taking a walk, working out or driving in my car, I prefer podcasts. Here's why:
- I get to listen to just the stuff I like.
- Most podcasts have the clarity of FM radio these days.
- They are free.
- Limited commercials. Many have no commercials at all!
- Those commercials you do hear are often tailed to your particular interests.
And, if you don't like the commercials, just fast forward past them!
While more people do listen to radio, podcasts are on the rise. According to EdisonResearch.com (click to open PDF file), there are over 57 million monthly listeners to podcasts. This number is expected to grow dramatically in the next few years.
Best Health /Nutrition & Wellness Podcasts
There are thousands of podcasts out there on just about every topic you can imagine. But, here is a list of the health, wellness and medical podcasts I listen to on a regular basis. While there are MANY health-related podcasts, I'm going to limit this list to only those I've personally listened to and those that publish new shows on a regular basis. So as to not play any favorites here (I like them all), I'll list them alphabetically.
Also, because I won't listen to a show that contains cursing, all the podcasts I list here are kid-friendly, containing no bad language.
Ask The Pharmacist Podcast
Joe Dimatteo is a pharmacist, clinical nutritionist, homeopath and doctor of naturopathy, based out of Pittsburgh PA. On his Ask The Pharmacist podcast he discusses dietary supplements, health and wellness. He's a Christian and blends nutrition information with scriptures from the Bible.
His website is AskJoeDimatteo.com . His podcast is based on his daily radio show which can be heard at 3PM (EST) on Sirius /XM radio
channel 131 (Family Talk Channel). Because the show is heard daily on XM/Sirius, new podcasts come out several times a week. I like the uplifting nature of the program.
Update: Unfortunately the host of the show – Joe Dimatteo- has passed away following complications from surgery. I'm not sure if anyone will be filling in for Joe but reruns can still be heard on XM radio and all previous podcast can still be accessed on itunes. RIP Joe. I really enjoyed your show.
Intelligent Medicine Podcast
The Intelligent Medicine podcast discusses complimentary alternative medicine, health and medical issues, dietary supplements, nutrition and listener questions. It's the brainchild of Dr. Ronald Hoffman who runs the Hoffman Center in New York City. The Intelligent Medicine Podcast is based on the Intelligent Medicine radio show which is the longest running doctor-hosted radio program in America (it started in 1988) and is syndicated around the US.
While the radio show is an hour long, each podcast is broken up into two 20 or 30 minute segments. While I wish he didn't do this (hint, hint Dr. Hoffman), it does make this podcast easy to listen to if you are out for a short walk or drive.
Nutrition Facts Podcast
The Nutrition Facts podcast is by Dr. Michael Greger who runs NutritionFacts.org and is all about showing people the peer reviewed, clinical evidence for how eating more fruits and vegetables can slow down and even reverse many health issues. Each podcast is about 10-15 ,minutes in length and very easy to understand, even if you know nothing about nutrition.
A new podcast comes out about once a week or so. Dr. Greger is the author of How Not To Die, which is one of the fascinating books I've read in recent memory.
Scientific Strength Podcast
I admit that I'm a boring guy. I like my science to just tell me the facts. That's exactly what the Scientific Strength Podcast does. Show host, Scott Iardella is a physical therapist and strength coach. What I love about this internet podcast is that Scott highlights a clinical study about health or fitness and points out the good and bad (if any) about it.
Past shows have included such taboo subjects such as “are deep squats bad for the knees” and whether or not creatine should be used before or after working out. See my creatine reviews for more on this supplement.
Each podcast lasts about 20 minutes. While the podcasts have been a bit sporadic when they are released, I'm hoping that Scott sees this and knows how much this fellow CSCS appreciates his efforts.
The Strength Physiotherapy Podcast
The Strength Physio podcast, broadcast from London, provides 30 minute education sessions on all things having to do with resistance training, rehab, health and fitness. The show, from strength coach, Chris Lendrum, is easy to listen to and science based. The podcast covers a range of topics from reviewing clinical studies to interviews. The show addresses issues ranging from does cardio make you weaker to what is “functional training?”
This show is MUCH better than the NSCA Podcast, which I find to be too short, not well structured and just plain boring to listen to. If you are a fitness trainer looking for a science-based practical podcast on strength and conditioning, check out the Strength and Physio podcast.
While the Strength Physio podcast is marked “explicit” in iTunes, I have not heard any cursing or other inappropriate things in the shows I've listened to. This is something the people who run this show should address as it might help get them more notoriety.
The People's Pharmacy Podcast
The Peoples Pharmacy Podcast is run by Joe Graedon, who is a pharmacist and Terry Graedon, who has a PhD in Anthropology. This podcast has some of the best interviews of any radio show I've heard! They interview not only the big names in complementary medicine (like Dr. Andrew Weil) but also experts who are in the lab, doing clinical research. Because they are scientists, they ask good questions, many of which I'd ask myself if I were in the room with them.
Each show lasts about 60 minutes and a new show comes out each week. I'm especially fond of the People's Pharmacy Health Headlines segment at the start of each show. The show is syndicated to over 200 radio stations and even in Alaska!
Ted Talks Science And Medicine Podcast
Most everybody has heard of Ted Talks (if not check YouTube) where someone goes up on stage and gives the best lecture of their lives in about 20 minutes. The motto of Ted Talks is “Ideas Worth Spreading” and this podcast is no different. This version of Ted Talks deals only with medical and science issues. Just a few Ted Talks I've enjoyed include Alzheimer's disease, genetic research, gene editing and gut microbiome research.
Tuesday Talk Show Podcast
The Tuesday Talk Show is one of those little known gems most people probably have not heard of. The podcast comes from Krfc 88.9 radio out of Fort Collins CO. Lindsey Woods, the host, interviews traditional and natropathic physicians and local health resources to provide one of the most information dense shows I've ever heard.There are no commercials in this podcast. Just useful health information.
Unlike many podcasts these days that have intro and out going music, the Tuesday Talk Show podcast just starts with Lindsey Woods, introducing the guest and topic and they jump right into it. This no-frills “get to the info” approach is both “old school” and very refreshing. The geek in me loves this!
If you have Sirius/XM Radio, you have a access to “Doctor Radio” which is a joint venture between Sirius/XM and the NYU Langone Medical Center. The Doctor Radio channel runs medical and health programing all day, all night all year long. What I like about this channel is that you have an XM All Access account, you can listen to the shows live on your phone and computer and listen to free podcasts of past shows. If you have not heard of Doctor Radio, check it out. They also do a Nutrition Show that I enjoy very much too. Doctor Radio can be found on channel 110 on your Sirius/XM radio.
Non-Health/Wellness Podcasts I Like
Man does not live by health and wellness alone. So, here's a list of other podcasts, that have nothing to do with nutrition, health or wellness – that I listen to regularly.
Clark Howard Show
Clark Howard is America's best known consumer advocate. He helps you save money and avoid getting ripped off. The Clark Howard podcast is a 60 minute show that comes out pretty much every day. If you want to know more about saving, money issues and avoiding scams, this podcast is for you.
I love reading books with my Amazon Kindle because I can take it anywhere. The Kindle Chronicles is a weekly podcast all about the Kindle, Amazon and Amazon services. Host Edgerly, also interviews those involved with the world of online and print media. He's even interviewed Jeff Bezos too. Episodes last about an hour and come out every Friday.
We all need a pep talk sometimes. MWF Motivation is short, to the point, podcast designed to inspire people and help them grow to become the best versions of themselves. Each episode lasts less than 15 minutes and, as the name tells us, new shows come out every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Quote Of The Day Podcast
I love quotes, especially those that are motivating. The mission of the Quote Of the Day Podcast is to help you change your life in 15 minutes or less. Every Monday-Friday host Sean Croxton, gives a thought provoking quote and then often follows it up with a clip of a motivational speech from the person who said it. Two of my favorite episodes are those from Inky Johnson and Wess More. Sean Croxton is also one of the creators of the JERF Bar.
Something You Should Know
Want to know if someone is lying to you? How about how to live to be 100? If you like interesting fact based discussions on really interesting topics, you will really enjoy the Something You Should Know Podcast. This is the podcast version of the Something You Should Know radio show that is syndicated to over 8000 stations across the US and Canada. Unlike the radio show, the podcast, lasts about 60 minutes, giving host Mike Carruthers time to dig into the meat of the topic.
Tech Guy Podcast
Every Saturday and Sunday Leo Laporte, Americans best known computer geek hosts a 3 hour podcast devoted to all things that have a computer chip in it – phones, tablets, mac vs. PC, ham radio, and the latest tech news, all your answers are right here. Got a problem you need help with? look no further. Leo is famous for breaking down techie stuff so anybody can understand it. If you like tech, you will love this podcast.
The Story Behind Podcast
Ever wonder about mustaches? How about how surfing became popular? If you like trivia and little known facts you'll love The Story Behind Podcast. Each week, Emily Prokop, dissects an interesting story and gives you the scoop on it. The Story Behind is kind of like The Useless Information Podcast (described below) only it's a shorter version. Podcasts last about 10 minutes or so. If you ever secretly longed to be Cliff Clavin (from “Cheers”) you will really enjoy this show.
Thomas Jefferson Hour
The Thomas Jefferson Hour is the most unique podcast I've ever listened to. Clay Jenkinson is one of the best known experts on Thomas Jefferson in America. In fact, he's been portraying Jefferson on stage for decades (check him out on YouTube).
Each week, Mr Jenkinson goes into a barn (I believe in the barn!) at an undisclosed location and pretends to be Thomas Jefferson, answering questions, as Jefferson himself might if he were still with us.
I honestly didn't realize how much I was learning until I found myself reciting trivia facts about Jefferson and Lewis and Clark during a conversion with my niece. No matter if you are currently in school or have been out of school for many years, The Thomas Jefferson Hour is hands down, one of the best podcasts on Earth. Everyone should be listening to it.
Useless Information Podcast
Steve Silverman is a high school science teacher who has a love for telling fascinating true stories from the flip side of history. Each episode of the Useless Information podcast recounts a little known but true story from the -mostly forgotten – past.
Because he's a teacher, Steve names his sources very well – the people in the stories and the dates the stories occurred too – to better help us look the stuff up (which I've done quite a few times). As an added bonus, The Useless Information podcast also plays old radio commercials from the 30s-50s along with trivia about them. I love that part of the podcast!
Steve Silverman is the author of the book, Einsteins Refrigerator, which is also about strange but true stories from the past.
As a lover of trivia and obscure facts myself, I must say the Useless Information podcast is one of the most educational and entertaining podcasts I listen to. His students are so lucky to have him as their teacher.
How To Listen To Podcasts?
One of the easiest ways to listen to podcasts is to download them directly from iTunes, which you already have on your iPhone or Mac computer. Then, you just search the iTunes store for the podcasts you like and subscribe to them (it's free to subscribe to podcasts). For us Windows users, just search online for “iTunes” and you an download it (it's free) from Apple. Then you can subscribe and listen on your computer or
transfer the podcasts to your iPod, if you're like me. The picture you see is my iPod that I plug into my laptop to transfer podcasts. I know, I do it the “old fashioned way,” but it works well for me at this point.
I tunes Alternatives
Don't like iTunes? I don't blame you. I don't either. No worries though. There are many free podcast apps. Both the Apple app store and Google play store have many podcast apps you can use instead of iTunes. Just a few of the more popular podcast players include
- CastBox (free)
- Overcast Podcast Player (free)
- Podbean (free)
- Stitcher Radio (free)
Not all podcast players are free but those that are free are pretty good. I've used CastBox on my Android phone and it works very well.
Listen To Podcasts In Your Car
It's possible that your car is already set up to play podcasts. It may just be a matter of syncing your phone to your car. If you have an older car, there is a simple cable that will connect your ipod to your car. Then you can listen to podcasts through your cars speakers.
What Are You Waiting For?
Podcasts are no longer the stuff of the internet fringe where people broadcast from their basement. As proof of this, many celebrities have created their own podcasts, bypassing traditional, mainstream, media and taking their talents directly to the public. If you have a long commute to work or like to learn or just be entertained while you take a stole, then you will love podcasts. We live in an age of personalized information, the likes of which has never been seen on Earth before. It really is a revolution.
What Podcasts Do You Like?