The Best Podcasts for Kickstarting Your Morning


Keep ' em coming, there can never be one too many podcasts.

Podcasts are a phenomenon that emerged with the digital era, a compartmentalized topical radio show that you can tune into anytime. Whether the rising popularity and demand for podcasts ought to be attributed to the decline of listenable tunes on the radio, or a low quality of mainstream radio shows, the general consensus is that people are hungry for entertainment, or better yet, entertainment entangled with knowledge enlightenment.

If you thought there was no such thing as learning and having fun at the same time - think again. And after you are done thinking, fire up that Google search engine and let yourself be drowned in Podcasts shows.

Here are my top 5 favorite Podcast choices to kick off your morning, excluding the newly released Spotify Podcast "Renegades Born in the USA"; hosted by Bruce Springsteen and Barack Obama:

(Listen, Mr. President, I've been secretly in love with you in a not creepy way for twelve years now, and got over it only recently. I can't go down that rabbit hole again and start my mornings listening to your voice. But in every other aspect, you make the list. All the lists. Again, not in a creepy way...ILY)

1. "The Habit Coach" with Ashdin Docto‪r‬

Ashdin Doctor, the habit coach, is a professional life-style guru that believes in building your life around positive habits. The show is released every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Ashdin talks about the little things that make the biggest difference - creating connections in life, which side of the bed you sleep on, how to incorporate health as your top priority into a daily routine. Sometimes, he invites experts to talk about all sorts of human behavioral patterns. You can listen to Ashdin on

WHAT WE LOVE: The episodes are super short, around five-seven minutes, which gives you just enough time to hype yourself up, yet stay on track in the morning.

Credit: Youtube

2. "Dr. Paul's Family Talk" on IMPACT RADIO USA

This wonderful show is hosted by Paul Reeves, a former educator, arts supporter, and now a host of the "Dr. Paul's Family Talk" Podcast in the Detroit area, is an avid fan of writers and beneficiaries that bolster up artists. Although it airs on live radio, you can tune into the podcast episodes on the website of the Impact Radio USA. Paul Reeves's show's shenanigans include impressions of Bill Clinton or Elvis Presley but when it is time to get serious, he does not shy away from inviting mental health professionals to talk about the growing dangers of depression sweeping through the society.

WHAT WE LOVE: The show is earnest, funny, and strictly to the point. Who wants a host to beat around the bush for thirty minutes?

Credit: Writers Unite Web

3. "My First Fanfiction"

Host Elle Rose is a lady open to sharing one of the most embarrassing stories of her life. The podcast is hilarious, and the key to that humor is Elle's intelligence and self-awareness. She is already way into season two and there is no stopping her. If you used to write fanfiction when you were twelve, stalking your exes, or interviewing your family about what a weirdo they think you are, this is the show for you.

WHAT WE LOVE: Relatability. We are humans, we copy one another's manners and beliefs, yet we often think how alone we are in this world with our problems. Elle is an incredible storyteller, proving you wrong. You can catch her Podcast on Player FM and

Credit: @myfirstfanpod Twitter

4. Brookings Cafeteria Podcast

Tending to a specific niche audiences, Fred Dews hosts a Academy of Podcasters Awards´ winning show about a global economic and socio-political issues. Being acquainted with the DC area, and the subject itself, I am absolutely biased towards this one - however, I think there is a general consensus that we all enjoy a good late night monologue from either Seth Meyers and his Closer Look Segment, or Stephen Colbert's nightly take on the politics. Having said that, those folks are restricted by the air time and television language. Fred does a wonderful job of striking that perfect balance between updating you without making you feel like the world is ending, and everything is horrible and what even is the point of all this? Available on Spotify and Apple.

WHAT WE LOVE: No topic is off limits. Fred invites the most thoughtful, well-versed experts such as Metropolitan Policy Director Camille Busette to talk about social networks and its impact on the global economy.

Credit: Brookings Institution

5. Life, I Swear

What better way to run to the finish line, then by recommending a self-explanatory podcast. Julee Wilson, Beauty Director at Cosmopolitan, discussed the power of affirmations, and artist Deun Ivory invites trauma survivors to a safe space where they can inspire others. Hosted by women, dedicated to women, it´s always a soothing experience to tune into - available on iTunes, Google, and Spotify.

WHAT WE LOVE: Talking candidly can be a minefield these days - if you wish to hear some honesty about what women go through, the good and the bad, this is the show for you.


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Zara Miller is a writer, blogger, and the author of the Young Adult novel "I am Cecilia" published under the auspices of the New Degree Press Publishing. She studied diplomacy at Middlesex University London where she started developing her artistic talents. She is a vivacious blogger, book reviewer, and a social media enthusiast. She loves musical theatre, historical anecdotes and her greatest inspiration for writing comes from her family.