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He was right. (Thanks, Dustin!) It helps that I’m a woman, which is the Becoming Her target audience, but I really do think the messages in this podcast could apply to an array of genders, especially if you’re single.

The most important thing about Becoming Her is that it’s real, raw, and aspires to bring you fun conversations you would have with your besties. Another great thing about it – the inspiration- and information-packed episodes range from nine to 12 minutes, so you can listen fast and then think about what Elizabeth had to say when you get a moment. Of course, I love longer formatted shows too, but Elizabeth makes self improvement bite sized and accessible.

What I love about discovering brand new indie podcasts is that you get to evolve with the show.

However, if you don’t want to go in order and are looking for love while it’s cold outside here in the Northern Hemisphere, check out 002. Cuffing Season…Is it tho? where Elizabeth dissects short-term fixes, namely hooking up because you’re lonely. But, short-term fixes in general can be iffy, right?

(Elizabeth, I watched Holidate on Netflix too!)

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The Inconclusive Podcast

I found this podcast on Instagram – the artwork is on point, the sound is great, the topics appeal to those with an academic slant, and the three cohosts’ friendship shines through the playful banter in an entertaining way. So, I’ve been following this podcast for at least six months now and know that:

Abigail, Candace, and James are educators at an international school in Taiwan. They believe in the free exchange of ideas, and hot damn is that refreshing. They believe that the free exchange of ideas brings about human progress. I agree.

They cover discussions on economics, politics, unpopular opinions (like watching sports is a waste of time…), psychology, information, doctrine, the environment, education, space, senior citizens, and justice. Specifically, topics have twisted and turned from cannibalism, the term microaggression, marching bands, DNA rights versus the common good, colonization, and even children and the internet.

Not only would listening to any episode of this podcast open your mind a little more and make you think about topics you probably haven’t considered deeply in a while, but listening to valid but sometimes disagreeing perspectives being hashed out in a respectful way can only make you a better human. It can even be a model for how to do it yourself in any aspect of your life where you have to communicate ideas that don’t always line up with the opinions and convictions, even, of those you love, like, or spend time with at work. You don’t have to lose respect for those who disagree with you!

Anyways, I know you can’t just go listen to all the episodes at once, so since I LOVE marching bands, was in marching band from eighth grade all the way through college, could go on and on about all the benefits of marching band, and am now a marching band mom, start with Unpopular Opinions: Marching Band. In it, Candace thinks marching band is a sport.

But, if you want something a little heavier (but still light hearted like these friends), check out Unpopular Opinions: Cultural Appropriation, where James thinks cultural appropriation is helpful to human progress and isn’t bad at all. I actually agree and love this unpopular opinion and that these guys put it out there to explore all the angles. This is actually a really relevant and important episode with valid point after valid point.

Not only is this podcast a great model for constructive and civil discourse, even if you don’t reach a conclusion or agreement at the end, it exercises your mind. It keeps the wheels in your brain from getting rusty, so I feel like just by listening you’re sharpening your intellect.

AND, there’s more! These three cohosts’ motivation for doing their show is something I can get behind all the way – they want to improve themselves through this discourse. Amazing. Fantastic. Go listen.

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