Best Podcasts for Car Rides, Cleaning, Jogging and Cooking

Best Podcasts | A Couple Cooks

It’s official: podcasts are a thing, and they’re here to stay. Alex and I have been avid listeners for quite a while, but it wasn’t until the smash hit Serial that podcasts came into the public consciousness for good. The great thing about pods is they’re a filler for dead time: car rides, cleaning the house, jogging on the elliptical, sitting in an airport, cooking, etc. Any time we need a little entertainment to pass the time, it’s a podcast.

You may have noticed we’ve started an A Couple Cooks podcast, which may come as a surprise since we hadn’t ever touched the topic of podcasts in this space. It’s almost just as surprising for us: we’d been toying with the idea for quite a while, but never knew if we could make that dream a reality. After 9 (nine!) takes of Episode 1, it’s now out there, and we’re having a blast each week.

Now that the holidays are here, it’s a perfect time for downloading a stockpile of podcasts for car or airplane travel, or when you just need to take a little “me” time away from the family shenanigans! Here are some of the podcasts that fill the queue of our podcast app.

What are  your favorite podcasts? We’d love to hear!

What’s in Our Podcast Apps:


A Couple Cooks Podcast

OK, we don’t actually listen to our own podcast after its published, but it’s nice to have it in our app to make sure it’s still there! Our goal with each pod is to compile a few short segments with recipes, cooking tips, inspirations, and interviews with big names in food to inspire a national resurgence of eating well through people, laughter and stories. Let us know if you take a listen.

Radio Cherry Bombe

This is my favorite food pod as of late; Kerry Diamond and Claudia Wu of the indie magazine Cherry Bombe interview inspiring women in food. Guests include Ina Garten (Ina!), Alice Waters, and Amanda Frietag.

The Splendid Table

Does a radio show count as a podcast? We’ve been listening to Lynn Rosetto Kasper of the Splendid Table for years on NPR, and love her comforting voice and sage advice on what’s new in food.



Another radio show that I listen to religiously to stay informed (and entertained). Business news at its finest, and my morning elliptical is not complete without the voice of Kai Ryssdal.

TED Radio Hour

Are you a TED talk fan? Alex and I could listen to these talks on technology, education and design topics for hours. This show paraphrases TED talks and follows up with the speakers for more in depth info.


RadioLab is one of my favorite podcasts and also one of the hardest to describe. According to its About page, “RadioLab is a show about curiosity. Where sound illuminates ideas, and the boundaries blur between science, philosophy, and human experience.” It’s truly fascinating, and we always come away inspired.


This American Life

It will make you laugh, cry, and everything in between. Each episode is a series of stories hosted by Ira Glass, and it’s endearing and addicting.


A podcast about starting a podcast company – how meta is that? It seems to be on everyone’s podcast list these days, and for good reason. I just started at the beginning of Season 1 and am hooked.

Serial (Season 2)

We’re anxiously awaiting Serial Season 2. Will it ever be as good as Season 1? Only time will tell.


One Part Podcast

Our girl Jessica Murnane is funny, witty, and a fantastic interviewer of guests on topics from health to business. Guests get pretty real on the show, which I love (*feelings*).

Marriage is Funny Podcast

Jessie and Gerard Pepper host a pod about being married that’s sweet, down-to-earth, hilarious, and touching all at once. As a couple who works together, we love hearing about the ins and outs of another husband and wife team.

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.


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    November 25, 2015 at 9:53 am

    That is great! I can’t wait to check it out! Where did you find that awesome microphone?!

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    Katie @ Whole Nourishment
    November 25, 2015 at 11:27 am

    Ooh, thank you so much for this list. Just yesterday I was trying to find more podcasts to add to the rotation, so this is very timely. I like listening to Happier with Gretchen Rubin and Crave Cast with Alex Jamieson.

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    November 25, 2015 at 11:35 am

    RadioLab! RadioLab may be my favorite podcast ever, and that’s including Serial. It’s absolutely brilliant. I can’t wait to check out some of the ones you’ve recommended here. I’m really enjoying your podcast- keep it up.

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    November 25, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    Ooo man I love this list. I’m a huge fan of Serial, This American Life, Ted Radio Hour, and One Part Podcast as well. It’s so nice to listen to them when I don’t want to listen to the same American Top 40 on my morning run every single day! Another one of my favorites is Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, it’s an NPR radio current events trivia show and it’s SO SO funny. Like seriously I just smile to myself and look like a weirdo as I’m walking down the canal listening to it. And apparently they do their recordings in Chicago and you can be a part of the audience so it’s totally on my bucket list now. You’ve got a great list of podcasts up there!! Have a happy Thanksgiving and good luck with future recordings of your own podcast! :)

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    November 25, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    yes! i love the One Part Podcast & This American Life, but I def need some new material…. thanks for the suggestions1 & I can’t wait to hear YOUR podcast :)

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    November 27, 2015 at 11:34 am

    Thanks for including me in your roundup!

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    December 7, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    Woohoo! So honored to make this killer list, and can’t wait to share you guys with our MIF community! XO

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      December 7, 2015 at 7:40 pm

      And SO excited to be a part of your fabulous show! xo

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