Podcasts are a source of entertainment and education to listen to while exercising, commuting, or even working from home because of the influence of social media in our everyday lives. This type of communication has grown in popularity in recent years and you’ll find hundreds of podcasts out there to choose from, with topics ranging from mental health to fiction, meditation, and language lessons. Podcasts are the radio stations of this generation, and hosts became content creators with powerful platforms.
With this being the month of love, are a few podcasts to add to your playlists:
The Self-Love Fix by Beatrice Kamau
Beatrice is an astrologer and embodiment coach who, as a woman of color, emphasizes on her podcast how people have their own experiences with love and how the concept takes on different meanings depending on who is looking at it. According to researcher Wilma J. Henry: “it is important to consider these phenomena when discussing Black love relationships among college students, because of their salient and intersecting influences on the identity development of Black men and women in this country.”
Suggested episode: 157. Rewind episode: Jealousy, self-comparison, + codependency.
To All The People by Janell Roberts
From college crushes to friendships and career struggles, love is shaped by different stages in a woman’s life. To All The Peopleis “a journey of overcoming depression, learning forgiveness, and becoming your own sense of self-love,” says its host Janell on the podcast’s about page, representing the educational and personal content that you’ll find by listening to it.
Suggested episode: We aren’t the same people when we first started dating (couples edition).
Blush by Hiwa Alaghebandian
As a Blush Media project, Hiwa hosts the Blush podcast to discuss all things love– but it’s more than just a casual chat with a long-distance friend; it’s a space to learn actionable ideas to understand and grow in the two most important relationships you have: with yourself and with others.
Suggested episode: How to get your needs met & have stable, secure relationships.
The Level Up Latinas by Cecilia, Irene and Veronica
Friendships with other women provide a revolutionary form of loving. When these women gather together in a podcast about community and personal development, networking alliances and much-needed support for Latinx in this country are formed. LUL’s hosts, as they share on their website, “embrace motherhood as they balance self-care, finances, fulfilling careers, and healthy relationships.”
Suggested episode: How friendships improve mental health, episode 184.
No More Small Talk by Mads Maley
Some subjects, even when deemed typical day-to-day matters in an open-minded context, remain taboo in others. Topics such as sexuality, changing professional pathways, and mental health are examples of this. Mads offers her podcast as a safe space for people to discuss these issues that are inherent to self-love and wellness, with guests ranging from certified hormone specialists to conversations with friends.
Suggested episode: My 5 rules for dating & an IUD update.