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Five Favorite Podcasts (and a Dog Walking Saga)
Five Favorite Podcasts | Freckled Italian

The best thing I did in the past few months was finally learn how to walk my dog with one hand and push a stroller with another—that may sound silly but Ender is a super high-energy pup and if he doesn’t get enough exercise it can be a struggle.

For the first few months of Sophie’s life, I’d wear her in a baby wrap and walk Ender and it was great—we’d get out of the house for 30-40 minutes, sometimes even an hour every day, she would sleep on me, and he would get his exercise; but as Sophie got bigger it became harder to manage them both that way. After a few weeks of trying to walk him early before anyone in my house woke up, I decided to just get over it and walk Ender with the stroller—something I always found really intimidating.

The first few times didn’t exactly go smoothly, but after a few walks we started to get the hang of it, and now we get a good 2-3 miles in pretty much every day, which has been so nice for all of us. Sometimes I’ll call my mom or a friend to catch up while I’m walking, but most of the time I listen to one of my favorite podcasts, which I wanted to share here—which is also why I’m telling you this story about walking the dog.

So without further ado, my five favorite podcasts:

  • The Bon Appétit Foodcast: I don’t listen to every episode of this show, but the ones I do listen to I always enjoy so much. I consume Bon Appétit content on pretty much every channel they create it for: Instagram, YouTube, I’ll even buy a copy of the magazine if I’m in an airport and my flight gets delayed. So it was only a matter of time before I started listening to their podcast as well. I feel like I know the people who work at BA, and their enthusiasm and passion for food really speaks to me. Who wants to listen to someone talk about rice for an hour? I do.

  • Getting Curious: Jonathan Van Ness is like my imaginary friend, except he’s real, he just doesn’t have any idea who I am. I think he is so sweet and funny and I love listening to him ask people questions on this show. I love that he is loud and outrageous and has the funniest expressions but also really does his research and leads some super interesting conversations with experts on a really wide spectrum of topics. It’s so interesting, and I’ve learned so much.

  • Pod Save America: I listen to this podcast first when I’m walking and always when I’m driving anywhere—I’m at the point where this is really the only way I want to hear the news and learn about current events. These guys are funny (never have I ever fast forwarded through one of their ads), smart, and well-connected and I love hearing from them a couple times a week. They’re also in the process of interviewing every Democratic nominee for President right now and releasing them as separate episodes, which is super interesting and valuable to me.

  • Yo, Is This Racist?: I learned about Andrew Ti on an episode of Getting Curious last year and finally started listening to this podcast last month. He and his co-host Tawny Newsome answer listener questions about racism, and they are so hilarious but also unapologetic about calling out racism even just in our casual, day-to-day lives. I really can’t recommend this show enough, especially if you’re white. There are so many things I used to not notice or—even worse—ignore and this podcast has really taught me so much about speaking up in the face of white supremacy (while making me laugh out loud in the process).

  • Cafeteria Christian: This was a podcast I really needed. If you’ve been here for a while you know I was raised in the Catholic church but don’t really identify as Catholic anymore. For a long time I wasn’t sure if I even identified as Christian. When this podcast came out and announced that it was a show for “people who like Jesus but aren’t so sure about some of his friends,” I knew I had to subscribe. From forgiveness to prosperity gospel and purity culture to mental health and even abortion, Natalia and Nora tackle everything through the lens of progressive Christian-ish-ity.

What are you listening to these days?

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Five Favorite Songs v.6
Five Favorite Songs | Freckled Italian

I am forever jumping the gun before spring and fall, obsessing over one warm and rainy or cool and breezy afternoon and rushing to the market for fresh flowers or pumpkin butter, depending on the coming season.

The other day the sun came out on a 65 degree afternoon and I peeled my sweater off in the driveway, rolling the windows down in my car and feeling the sun on my bare arms. I immediately started listening to music from this playlist and it brought me right back to springtime of my junior year of college, when I ran every day and had just started dating a tall boy named Rob Peterson.

But then more recently it was rainy and cold as I stepped into rain boots on my way out the door early on a Sunday morning, a hot latte in hand. Rob was in the kitchen, feeding our daughter eggs and sliced strawberries as she babbled happily to him in her almost-15-month-old way, and I couldn’t help but think that while warm-weather college nostalgia is still so special to me, there’s something truly magical about being present in a moment that you know will become a rainy-day memory, complete with songs to bring you back to it every time.

Here are some songs I’ve been listening to that I love, no matter the weather.

  • Shake, The Head and the Heart: for me this was one of those songs that pop up on your Discover Weekly or Daily Playlist and make you pause to take note of it the first time you hear it. I love it.

  • If You Ain’t Got Love, Mason Jennings: a song that used to remind me of the ex-boyfriend who first introduced me to it but now just makes me so incredibly thankful for the life and family I ended up getting instead.

  • Step, Vampire Weekend: this one made it onto my “most played 2018” list.

  • 60 & Punk, Death Cab for Cutie: one of my favorite songs on the new album, and one that I really loved hearing live in late August when my brother was visiting.

  • Home, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros: reminds me of living in Minneapolis and driving to Wisconsin for a music festival and planning our wedding and snow and spring and my friends and s’mores over campfires and basically everything good.

What are five of your favorite songs?

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Five Favorite Fall Things
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The smell of fresh coffee on a cold morning.

Making a huge pot of chili on a weekend afternoon, football on in the background.

Putting on that first sweater.

Listening to a new song in the car and realizing that it’ll remind you of the changing seasons every fall from now on.

New to me this year: planning a birthday party for my daughter.

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