12 Podcasts You'll Love Listening to This Summer

Summertime is the best time to dive into a new world, and podcasts provide the perfect portal whether we are road-tripping, sitting by the pool, or working at our computers and wishing we were someplace else. Podcasts let us escape or learn something new while we get things done, which is why I have fallen in love with this not-so-guilty pleasure.

I began listening in the car when I wanted to learn how to publish a book. The volumes of info I could take in as I drove the three hours to my parents' house sold me. But then, I discovered S Town. The stories pulled me into another universe and made me look forward to driving. Apparently, the podcast craze took over the whole town. I began to have to flag down friends at the soccer field, noticing they were engrossed by their earbuds. 

Now, totally sold on podcasts, I decided to ask my readers what they were listening to this summer, and I've been busy ever since!

Here are 12 podcasts you'll love listening to this summer.

Informational  

Side Hustle School - When you have more than one source of income, you’re no longer dependent on a single employer. You’ll gain new skills and have fun. Oh, and you’ll also have more money.

Ask Science Mike - Mike McHargue (better known as Science Mike) is an author, podcaster, and speaker who travels the world helping people understand the science of life's most profound experiences. His bestselling debut book, Finding God in the Waves, has helped thousands understand faith in the 21st century.

Balanced Bites - A practical and modern approach to holistic & Paleo/real food nutrition with a healthy dose of humor. Hosted by Diane Sanfilippo & Liz Wolfe (of Real Food Liz). Submit your questions the Balanced Bites website at www.balancedbites.com

The Creative Penn (My favorite) - Podcast episodes cover interviews, inspiration and information on writing and creativity, publishing options, book marketing and creative entrepreneurship.

Pod Save America - This is a political podcast for people not yet ready to give up or go insane hosted by Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Dan Pfeiffer and Tommy Vietor.

For Fun

Rabbits - When Carly Parker’s friend Yumiko goes missing under very mysterious circumstances, Carly’s search for her friend leads her headfirst into a ancient mysterious game known only as Rabbits. Soon Carly begins to suspect that Rabbits is much more than just a game, and that the key to understanding Rabbits, might be the key to the survival of our species, and the Universe, as we know it.  

This American Life - This American Life is a weekly public radio show, heard by 2.2 million people on more than 500 stations. Most weeks, it is the most popular podcast in the country, with around 2.5 million people downloading each episode.

Homecoming - A new psychological thriller from Gimlet Media, starring Catherine Keener, Oscar Isaac, and David Schwimmer.

Wonders Podcast - Welcome to the Wonders of the World! In this podcast, we'll visit the Earth's great places to tell the story of our people, our civilization, and our planet. From history to travel and even to food, we'll examine what makes us great and what makes us human.

Inspirational

God Centered Mom - Welcome to a space where you and I can admit we're not perfect, God-centered moms, but in-process ones. Wanna join me?

Happier with Gretchen Rubin - My experiments in the pursuit of happiness and good habits

Invisibilia (Latin for invisible things) is about the invisible forces that control human behavior – ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions. Co-hosted by Lulu Miller, Hanna Rosin and Alix Spiegel, Invisibilia interweaves narrative storytelling with scientific research that will ultimately make you see your own life differently.More from Invisibilia »

Mud Stories - A podcast dedicated to bringing you inspiration in your muddiest moments, hope to make it through your mud, and encouragement for you to know, you are never, ever alone.

So what's your recommendation? Tell us in the comments below. Happy Summering!